Gwenda Markwell is still at a loss to explain Peal Of Bells’ suspensory ligament injury, which rubs him out of Group1 race The Metropolitan (2400m) on Saturday.
Only hours after acceptances were taken for the premier staying event of the Sydney spring carnival, Markwell was forced to scratch Peal Of Bells from Super Saturday.
It also ruled out the 2012 Queanbeyan Cup winner, which still held an entry for the Melbourne Cup, from the spring carnival south of the border.
‘‘I don’t know how he did it,’’ Markwell said
‘‘He worked on Tuesday morning and appeared fine.
‘‘He just had a suspensory problem which was scanned [yesterday] morning.
‘‘Just having a look at him it doesn’t look bad and he doesn’t look lame, but it’s something very unusual,’’ he said.
‘‘We’re not going to break him and want to have a horse later on in his career.’’
Peal Of Bells outlined his spring credentials with a pair of promising runs in stakes grade this campaign.
He went down narrowly to Wazn in the Wyong Cup (2100m) then finished a close-up third to Winning Glory in the Newcastle Gold Cup (2300m).
‘‘I thought he would go close to winning The Metropolitan and knowing my luck it will probably rain later in the week,’’ Markwell said of Peal Of Bells liking for the wet.
Peal Of Bells ran a bold race to finish sixth in The Metropolitan last year, only months after quickly scaling the grades to finish in the same position in the Group1 Sydney Cup (3200m).
Kerry Parker’s Planet Purple squeezed into The Metropolitan field after a cheeky run in the Colin Stephen Quality (2400m) at Rosehill last week.