Shock ‘Em Ova’s (NZ) (Shocking) spring campaign is over after trainer Alex Rae scratched him from Saturday’s Gr.2 Zipping Classic at Caulfield.
Rae made the decision to scratch after his stable star suffered from “some very mild inflammation in a fetlock”.
“I have had to pull Shock ‘Em Ova out of the Classic on Saturday due to some very mild inflammation in a fetlock incurred galloping Tuesday morning,” Rae told racing.com
“The horse is 98 percent but we just feel we need to be at our best to be racing at WFA and mindful of the fact the horse’s best is still to come, He will now be sent for a spell.”
A terrific Rosehill Cup run turned out to be the last of his campaign with the talented five-year-old was enormous in the A$750,000 contest, charging from the back to place at his first attempt going in the clockwise direction.
“He was terrific; the first time that way of going was always going to be a big test, but he dealt with it really well,” Rae said.
“If a few more things went his way, he probably finishes up even closer.”