It’s all over for million dollar mare Bettor Cover Lover.
And this time there will be no dramatic comeback.
Betty, as her fans came to know her, has a hole in her tendon and trainer Brent Mangos and owner Trevor Lindsay this week made the decision to call time on her wonderful career.
Mangos became concerned about Bettor Cover Lover when she didn't feel right when running fourth in the Flying Mile at Cambridge two weeks ago and pulled up with filling in a leg.
He restricted her to swimming to help the swelling settle down but after two hoppled runs she went lame and scans on Monday showed significant damage to her tendon.
"The vet, Ivan Bridge, recommended at least eight months rest but with all the rehab you'd have to do she would be seven when she came back," Mangos said.
Owner, Perth vet Trevor Lindsay, made an instant decision to retire the mare after seeing the scans.
"He said judging by the damage it would have been brewing for the last five or six weeks and has just now come to a head."
Mangos said there had been no sign of the trouble before Cambridge. On the few occasions when Betty had not felt at her best they put it down to her troublesome feet, which have had quarter cracks and other niggles for years.
The problem would explain why, apart from running second to Adore Me in the Queen Of Hearts, Betty had not run her most recent races right out.
"If she was a younger horse, you'd give it (another campaign) a go but she has nothing to prove. And I don't want to demoralise her.
"Trevor was naturally disappointed but he said straight away to pull pin. He's really looking forward to breeding from her now. He's right into breeding - he has 20 broodmares - and he plans to keep her fillies and sell the colts."
Ironically, Lindsay took an embryo from Bettor Cover Lover on her recent campaign in West Australia, and now has a surrogate mare carrying her Art Major foal.