Protectionist Possible 2016 Melbourne Cup Runner
The 2014 Melbourne Cup winner, Protectionist, spelling ever since he had a bad showing in the 2015 Caulfield Cup, might take to the track again soon, but in Europe rather than Australia.
Andreas Wohler is back as trainer after Protectionist failed to show his old form in eight starts for the Kris Lees stable.
Veterinarians think the probable cause of the horse’s difficulties was bone soreness resulting from running on too firm tracks, so running on Europe’s typically softer tracks would benefit the six-year-old.
Protectionist could be running again as soon as the end of May and if the thus far alleviated symptoms of soreness remain at bay, he could potentially start preparing for another run at the Melbourne Cup.
The German-foaled bay has made 18 career starts, winning a Group 3 race in Germany as a two-year-old. His results at three were rather underwhelming, but when he took to Flemington at four, he had shown huge potential at staying distances in France and Germany.
It is not too late for Protectionist to make a comeback and it would be hard to say that he has been overworked, having made only 18 starts. Hopefully, his connections can find some nice soft European turf for him to run on in Queensland or New South Wales should he return.