Beaveroo's hopes of winning back-to-back Bong Bong Cups is over even before it started with trainer Stephen Schofield set to scratch the horse this morning.
On course to make it two straight wins in the feature event of the Bong Bong Picnics, a highlight of many social calendars in the Southern Highlands, Beaveroo will be a notable absentee in the $13,500 race today.
"He got cast in the box and he struggled to get up," Wyong-based Schofield said. "He struck himself on the inside of his front leg and it's blown up. I don't think it's anything serious, but nevertheless he can't run [today].
"He's flying, but it just can't be avoided. Unfortunately you can't sleep with them."
Beaveroo made a mockery of his 69.5-kilogram impost - six more than his nearest rival - to blow away the field in last year's event.
The now six-year-old was going to be forced to shoulder 70.5 kilograms over the 1560-metre journey today, with leading amateur jockey Cameren Swan again on board.
Beaveroo's withdrawal means Louise Dean's Late Starter will gain a run as first emergency. Diane Poidevin-Laine's She's A Silvertail will be another Kembla Grange-trained runner to contest the feature, while Berry horseman Robert Price will saddle up Fine Drop.
The members-only Bong Bong races are conducted on the club's privately owned Wyeera property.