Ethiopia is making steady progress in Western Australian recovering from a nightmare run in the Melbourne Cup.
Ethiopia (4g Helenus – Shona by Spectrum) won the G1 Australian Derby for owner-breeder Terry Delroy in April and finished a solid fourth in the Cox Plate leading up to the Cup. The gelding raced on the pace at Flemington before tailing out to be last home – some 60 lengths from the winner Green Moon.
“He whacked his hip leaving the gates and there was a big gouge there when he came back to scale,” Mornington based trainer Pat Carey said. “I went over and saw him last week and he’s in great order.”
Delroy took him back to his farm at Wyadup Valley and beach-work at nearby Yallingup is part of the recovery. “I will be speaking to Terry soon to sort out an upcoming program,” Carey added. “He needed a good break and will probably have no more than one run late in the autumn.”
Ethiopia is by former Heytesbury Stud sire Helenus from failed racemare Shona. Delroy has his two year-old sister Blue Eyes in training with Rebecca Nairn at Karnup.
Helenus stood at Heytesbury and Alwyn Park in Western Australia and is now based at Wattle Grove Thoroughbreds in NSW for a $6,600 service fee.
Australian Derby winner recovering in WA