Darley shuttle sire Street Cry is suffering from a neurological ailment that has left him unable to stand for long periods of time.
The disorder, which has left the 16-year-old severely lame on his right foreleg, means he is unlikely to be able to fulfil his southern hemisphere breeding commitments for the season. He stands at Darley Kelvinside for a $110,000 (inc gst) fee.
Managing director Henry Plumptre announced Darley had notified breeders of the situation. “It’s an ongoing lameness issue that has been really troubling the horse for a couple of weeks now,” said Plumtre.
“It’s not an obvious problem, more of a nerve issue. It’s not like a fracture or an abscess that can be easily diagnosed, and it’s not in an area that we can MRI. We’re just throwing treatments at him at the moment and looking for improvement.
“He was marginally better this week but had a slight relapse this morning. We’re doing everything we can to get him over the hump and back to good health.”
Street Cry’s leading Australian performers include Group 1 winners Shocking, Whobegotyou and Long John while his promising three year-old Chivalry is pre-post favourite for the G1 Caulfield Guineas.
He has a quartet of three year-old fillies engaged at Randwick and Moonee Valley on Saturday – Memorial & Winx (G2 ATC Furious Stakes) and stablemates Sabatini & Pittsburgh Flyer (MVRC Telstra Phone Words Plate).