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 New Zealand Gallops News 
Wednesday, March 15 2017

A leg injury has forced the withdrawal from Thursday's Gr.1 Barfoot & Thompson Auckland Cup of the defending champion El Soldado.

El Soldado - Trish Dunell

"He's done something to his sesamoid joint or ligament and unfortunately there's been no improvement," part-owner and trainer Phillip Devcich said.

"Whether we retire him or not I don't know, he'll be 11 next season, but he has been a fantastic horse and when he's won, he's won in style."

El Soldado has won eight races with his most recent success a front-running victory in the Gr.2 Avondale Cup.

Posted by: Racing Desk AT 02:39 am   |  Permalink   |  Email