Group One winning sprinter Julius is a doubtful runner in Saturday week’s Gr.1 Tarzino Trophy (1400m).
The nine-year-old gelding finished seventh in the Gr.2 Foxbridge Plate (1200m) last weekend at Te Rapa but is under a fitness cloud.
“He didn’t come out of the Foxbridge Plate particularly well,” trainer John Bell said.
“All four fetlocks are red raw, the back ones especially are really quite bad. To go into a Group One race you need to be 100 percent and to do that by Saturday week is not looking good.”