Setback for first Dundeel winner

Cutadeel (Jonathan Riddell) stretching out well to give Dundeel his first win as a sire at Tauranga today.

Promising two-year-old Cutadeel has suffered a serious setback and will not race again this season.

The gelding became the first winner for his sire, multiple Group One winner Dundeel, when beating his stablemate Thomas Aquinas on debut at Tauranga last month.

“He cracked his pelvis in his next gallop after he won at Tauranga,” said co-trainer Murray Baker . “He was to race at New Plymouth last Saturday, but instead he’ll be out for six months.

“Hopefully he’ll come back all right with time.”

Thomas Aquinas, a son of Jakkalberry, went on from that debut second to finish a creditable sixth in the Listed Karaka Million 2YO at Ellerslie and is likely to run next in the Gr.3 Reid & Harrison Slipper at Matamata later this month.

“He’s not really a two-year-old and he did well to finish as close as he did in the Karaka Million,” said Baker. “He did things wrong in his first start.”