Hoof injury rules Diademe out of Group One

A minor hoof problem has ruled Diademe out of the Haunui Farm Group One WFA Classic at Otaki tomorrow.

Trainers Murray Baker and Andrew Forsman were reluctantly forced to withdraw her from the $200,000 feature this morning after earlier in the week rating her a huge chance to take the honours.

“She’s got a bit of bruising to her foot,” said Forsman. “It flared up yesterday morning and would probably be all right in three or four days but we haven’t got that time.

“We’ve been poulticing it trying to get it right, but we’re run out of time.

“It’s a shame because she would have gone very close. She went a top race at Te Rapa last start and had done well.”

Diademe won the Gr. 2 Cal Isuzu Stakes (1600m) at Te Rapa three starts ago and after a fourth in the Gr. 2 Rich Hill Mile she finished third behind Viadana in last Saturday week’s Gr. 1 NRM Sprint (1400m) at Te Rapa.

“The 1400 metres was a bit sharp for her and she was left a bit flat-footed when they sprinted, but she got home well,” said Forsman.

Diademe’s withdrawal is a blow not only for her trainers and owner, Scott Richardson, but also rider Johnathon Parkes, who was looking forward to his first ride on the Savabeel mare.

Parkes was also in the running for the ride on Fleur de Lune and will no doubt be watching that mare’s performance, in the hands of Mark Hills.