Smolda to miss Easter Cup

04:21 PM 28 Mar 2014 NZDT
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Smolda - has been ruled out of the upcoming Easter Cup

Smolda is out of the Easter Cup after a leg "blew up'' during the week which suggested he has suffered an infection.

"He seems perfectly sound and there is no sign of any injury so we think it is an infection and might clear up in a few days" Mark said.

"If it clears up as we hope he could still go to the Taylor Mile in Auckland. If it is going to take longer I would lean toward tipping him out and starting on him in June looking toward the New Zealand Cup. It will all depend on what happens in the next few days".

Meanwhile, the All Star team will head to Addington tonight with a team that includes Classy three-year-old Alleluia and impressive trialist Holy Grail, who will be handled by stable foreman Ross Payne.

Ross has never been one not to live by his assessments and he rates Holy Grail from a speed viewpoint.

"Outside of Alleluia among the younger horses I don't think there is anything we have got which can sprint home faster off a run'' Ross said after Holy Grail won his workout for him.

"I'm not saying he doesn't have things to learn and he isn't proven yet but what he does off the back of another horse is exciting’’ Holy Grail makes his debut in a strong field and nobody would be expecting him to be favourite in a classy field. But Mark is prepared to back Ross's judgement at this stage.

 Courtesy of ALL STARTS STABES

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