Shez All Rock and Mark Purdon are well clear in the New Zealand Oaks. Photo: Race Images.
Champion filly Shez All Rock will miss the Australasian Breeders Crown in Victoria next month after a recurrence of a knee complaint.
Co-trainer Mark Purdon confirmed on his stable website this morning (Friday) that he, partner Natalie Rasmussen and American-based owner Chris Ryder had made the decision just days before she was due to fly to Melbourne.
“Unfortunately, just being a little touchy on pulling up from her work and after consultation with Chris Ryder, we agreed not to take any risks and pulled her out of the trip,” he said.
“It is a major disappointment of course, but it is tot too serious and in time she should be fine.
“The injury has a background since she had been treated for a little knee problem before she came over and it has probably been an underlying condition.”
Shez All Rock’s future lies in North America, but there was a school of thought that she may stay in Australasia next season, though that is now in doubt.
“I am not sure what the immediate future is,” said Purdon.
“She could have a good spell here but Chris has yet to make up his mind and if some surgery is required, he may prefer to take her up there to have it done.”
When Ryder purchased the daughter of Rock N Roll Heaven in April, she had only been beaten once in her career and had won both the New South Wales and Queensland Oaks.
She made her New Zealand debut with a brilliant win in the New Zealand Oaks at Addington on May 18 and backed that up with a dominant Harness Jewels win at Cambridge a fortnight later.
Purdon and Rasmussen’s Breeders Crown team is down to just two – Another Masterpiece and Princess Tiffany – but they will be accompanied on Monday’s flight to Sydney by Cash N Flow, who is destined to race at Menangle, and former stablemate Show Gait, who will contest the breeders crown for Regan Todd.