Setback for 1000 Guineas winner

Rollout The Carpet’s Group One success in the NZ Bloodstock 1000 Guineas at Riccarton came at a cost.

The top-class Cambridge filly underwent a surgery to remove a bone chip from her near foreleg and as a result of the operation she will miss a planned tilt at the Group I Telegraph Handicap at Trentham in January.

It is thought Rollout The Carpet suffered the injury when she knuckled over at the start of the fillies feature and if that was the case it was a truly courageous effort to recover and win the race in a driving finish with fellow Cambridge filly Waterford.

“She was never lame or sore and seemed quite happy after the race, but it was a long trip home and she was quite tired,” said co-trainer Emma-Lee Browne. “We had x-rays done as a precaution and she had a little chip off the fetlock. It wasn’t displaced so there was no major damage and it was all very simple and the prognosis is brilliant.”

It is likely Rollout The Carpet will have a six-week spell and a new programme will be decided upon with the possibility of crossing the Tasman.

Rollout The Carpet’s win at Riccarton made up for her losing on protest the Group I Haunui Farm Diamond Stakes at Ellerslie last season.

Meanwhile Browne and her training partner, father Jeff McVean, will be attempting to land a second Group One win for the season when represented in Friday’s Levin Classic by Pouri Chimes.

Pouri Chimes has shown promise from the outset and did well to finish second behind the likely Levin Classic favourite Touch Win at Tauranga recently.