FORMER Launceston Cup winner Genuine Lad will be retired after damaging a tendon in is nearside front leg while contesting the Easter Cup at Caulfield last Saturday.
Genuine Lad was prepared in Tasmania by Bill Ryan leading up to his triumph in the Launceston Cup but connections opted to send the gelding to Robert Smerdon in Melbourne for the balance of his racing career.
The gelded son of Ladoni had only one start in Tasmania after his Launceston Cup win for a dominant victory at Mowbray carrying 62.5 kilograms but he failed to win in 10 starts in two years for Smerdon.
However he suffered a torn tendon in April last year that kept him off the scene for almost a year.
Smerdon was excited about the gelding’s prospects as a jumper.
“We were all very excited about his future over the hurdles and I have no doubt he would have been a star,” Smerdon said.
“He had trialed really well but jumping him has been on the agenda for over a year.
“The horse damaged his off-side tendon over a year ago but it had recovered well but the tendon on the other leg went this time and scans told us that he is better off not racing.”
The horse is owned by Ryan and his wife Mary in partnership with Andrew Jones and Maurice and Jenny Mace.
Ryan ran his handy mare Stella Etoile in Melbourne last Saturday without success so Genuine Lad will accompany her back to Tasmania later this week.
“I haven’t spoken to Genuine Lad’s other owners but I’m sure they won’t object to the horse living out his days on my property at Longford where he will be well looked after,” Ryan said.
Genuine Lad started 28 times for six wins and 11 minor placings for $282,225 in stakes.