Injury forces change of Farm Boy plans

Farm Boy (inner) holding out King Kamada and subsequent Auckland Cup winner Rock Diva (outside) to win the Go Racing Syndications Avondale Gold Cup. (Photo: Trish Dunell/NZ Racing Desk).

Farm Boy (inner) holding out King Kamada and subsequent Auckland Cup winner Rock Diva (outside) to win the Go Racing Syndications Avondale Gold Cup. (Photo: Trish Dunell/NZ Racing Desk).

A minor setback has robbed Farm Boy of a tilt at the Gr. 3 $100,000 Skycity Hamilton Waikato Cup at Te Rapa on Saturday.

After a close second to Vavasour in the Gr. 3 Chep Pallecon Solutions Counties Cup last start, Farm Boy promises to be a big chance in this weekend’s 2400-metre feature, but his trainers, Margaret and Tim Carter, were forced to withdraw him from the entries this morning.

“He pulled a shoe on Sunday and stood on the toe-clip,” said Tim Carter. “We thought we had him right and he worked fine yesterday, but he was a bit sore this morning.

“We’ve run out of time so he’ll miss Saturday. It’s only a minor issue and he can go to the Zabeel Classic now then back up a week later in the City Of Auckland Cup.”

Farm Boy has 60kg in the Scot Thrust City Of Auckland Cup, the same weight he was due to carry this weekend in the Waikato Cup.

“It would have been interesting to see how he would have gone with 60kg,” said Carter. “He’s very well and I think he would have been hard to beat.

“It’s a shame missing the Waikato Cup, but his long term goal is the Auckland Cup in March.”