Former New Zealand-trained galloper Werther will be side-lined for the mandatory three months after bleeding from both nostrils when finishing runner-up to Time Warp in Sunday’s Gr. 1 Hong Kong Gold Cup.
“It’s a shame, because he had already headed Time Warp and Hugh (Bowman) thought, when he really went for him, that Werther would give him at least another half a length,” trainer John Moore told the South China Morning Post.
“We’ll get him back again, but there won’t be races for him at that stage of this season.”
A son of Tavistock, Werther had been on target for next month’s Dubai World Cup meeting, where he held entries for the Gr. 1 Dubai Sheema Classic and Dubai Turf.