Lizzie L’Amour scratched from Group One

Lizzie L’Amour (Matt Cameron) effortlessly winning last year’s Gr.1 Herbie Dyke Stakes at Te Rapa.

Dual Group One winner Lizzie L’Amour has been scratched from the Gr.1 Herbie Dyke Stakes (2000m) at Te Rapa tomorrow.

 The Murray Baker and Andrew Forsman-trained six-year-old pulled up a little sore yesterday and her trainers opted not to take any chances with their smart mare.

“She galloped well on Thursday morning and just walked out of her box a little bit tenderly on Thursday afternoon,” Forsman said.

“We gave her a bit of a trot-up and we just weren’t quite happy. It’s more wear and tear than anything, from a lot of racing.

“Given the track is going to be pretty firm tomorrow we certainly didn’t think she owes us or her connections anything.

“It’s probably the right thing to put her out and I’d say she could potentially be retired, but we haven’t made that decision yet.”

The Zabeel mare has accrued a fine record, winning seven of her 25 starts, including two at Group One level, and being placed in a further eight.

Forsman said it was a shame that Lizzie L’Amour won’t get a chance to defend her title on Saturday after winning the 2018 running of the Herbie Dyke Stakes by five and a half lengths.

“It’s a shame she couldn’t get her chance to win another one, but she has already won two Group Ones and placed in multiple Group races and she certainly doesn’t need to add anything to her CV,” he said.

“Being by Zabeel she has done all she needed to do.”

Forsman said a decision on Lizzie L’Amour’s future will likely be made next week.

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