That Autumn campaign was ended prematurely when on Wednesday evening Sejardan “sustained a laceration to the near-hind foot near the coronet band” which put his chances of running again this campaign in doubt.
The son of racing great Sebring was set to return to the track this coming weekend where he was to line up in the Inglis Sires’ Produce Stakes with his stablemate and Golden Slipper winner Fireburn.
Racing New South Wales Stewards confirmed the decision to spell the valuable colt had been made on Saturday putting an end to the two year old continuing his winning run after claiming the lucrative Golden Gift and Group 2 Todman Stakes during his first year of racing.
“Trainer Mr G Portelli has advised Racing NSW Stewards that whilst Sejardan has responded well to treatment to a laceration it sustained to it’s near hind foot, the colt has now been spelled and will not race again during the Autumn carnival,” a stewards release confirmed.
Sejardan has been removed from the betting in the Sires Produce where he had been on the second line of betting at $11.
Portelli may not be too phased by the spelling of Sejardan however with the stable still have Fireburn in the Group 1 contest as the $3.50 favourite.
Fireburn is set to chase the two-year-old triple crown and is a $3.50 favourite to win the Champagne Stakes on Saturday April 16 and punters seem to fancy Portelli’s Golden Slipper Winner having backed the sprinter into clear favourtism for both juvenile contests.