Another slot opens up in The Everest with injured Menari likely to be retired
Another slot has opened up in October's The Everest with confirmation on Wednesday that Snitzel entire Menari has injured a tendon and may be retired.
Racing NSW announced the injury and the horse's withdrawal from the A$13 million (£7.3m/€8.2m) sprint less than two weeks after Max Whitby and associates claimed the Group 2 winner for their slot.
Just days after last year's successful slot holder James Harron claimed last Saturday's Bletchingly Stakes winner Vega Magic as his runner, three slots still remain, with Whitby now joining Greg Ingham's GPI Racing and the Australian Turf Club as slot-holders without a confirmed runner.
Racing NSW announced: "Trainer Gerald Ryan has reported to Racing NSW stewards this morning that Menari has sustained an injury to its near-fore tendon and will not race during the Sydney spring carnival which includes The Everest to be conducted at Randwick on Saturday, October 13.
"Mr Ryan advised that, given the nature of the injury, connections will now give consideration to retiring the stallion."
The injury and likely retirement of Menari after just eight starts has given new life to the Everest hopes of the likes of Nature Strip, with other Group 1 stars Kementari and Chautauqua also without a slot.
Menari was a 16-1 shot for the world's richest turf race. The market is led by his stablemate Trapeze Artist at a general 7-2. The Aidan O'Brien-trained US Navy Flag is 8-1 for the race.
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