Co-trainer Ben Pearce confirmed classy stakes-winning gelding Money Maher had suffered a second major setback and would not race again this year.
“He’s done a suspensory again,” Pearce told The Races WA.
“It’s the opposite leg to the same injury he suffered last time.
“The vets said if you are to get this type of suspensory injury this is the one you would want to get.
“It doesn’t appear to be as bad as the last time.
“He will probably be out for six months.
“But that rules him out of the spring carnival.
“He could come back next year for a race like the Pinjarra Classic.
“We will persist with him because he has a lot of ability.”
It’s the second major body blow for Money Maher who suffered a suspensory injury after the Group 1 South Australian Derby (2500m) at Morphettville.
The injury kept Money Maher away from racing for a year before he made a spectacular return at Ascot two weeks ago when he won first-up.
Pearce said Money Maher was in line to tackle next month’s Group 3 double: the Hyperion Stakes (1600m) and Strickland Stakes (2000m).
The latest setback came after Money Maher ran a disappointing last as the hot favourite behind Battle Torque at Belmont on Saturday.
Money Maher has collected six wins, two seconds and one third from his 19 starts with $337,600 in prizemoney.
He won three Listed races last season: the Fairetha Stakes (1400m), the Roberts Stakes (1800m) and Melvista Stakes (2000m).
Pearce is hoping Vital Silver can end the week on a brighter note for the stable when he tackles the Group 3 Belmont Sprint (1400m) at Belmont this Saturday.
The five-year-old is coming off a brilliant career-best win in last fortnight’s Roma Cup when he held out Galaxy Star.
Pearce also said he was looking forward to the return of Double Jeopardy after his 950m trial win at Lark Hill on Monday.
The former eastern states galloper raced without luck when placed twice from his first three starts in the West earlier this year.
“He came through the trial well,” Pearce said.
“I think he will make the step up to Saturday grade.”
Pearce said classy filly Angelic Ruler was a fortnight away from coming back into work.
The daughter of Universal Ruler underlined her class with a hat trick of Group placings in Melbourne during the autumn.