The chances of Cup Night continuing his Ascot carnival campaign are in serious doubt.
Trainer Bernie Miller said Cup Night was in a race against time to be fit for the Group 1 Railway Stakes (1600m) on November 21.
Cup Night’s path to the $1 million feature hit a major hurdle after a grueling run in the Asian Beau Stakes (1400m).
Finishing sixth to Inspirational Girl, Cup Night got galloped on and received a bad cut to a hind cannon.
Miller said Cup Night’s bid for the Railway Stakes was in jeopardy.
“He had a gallop on Saturday and was very flat,” Miller told The Races WA.
“It was very uncharacteristic for him and he is feeling a little worse for wear.
“He has deep seated bruising and a sore body.
“He’s improved since Saturday, but I will give him a gallop on Wednesday.
“If he comes through it ok then we are still a chance.
“If he does progress, he will trial before the Railway.
“It’s not over, but it’s not looking good.”
Cup Night has been beset by bad luck since his second to Free Trade in the Pinjarra Classic (1300m) last February.
The five-year-old was hit by a nasty virus that ruled him out of the winter carnival.
Cup Night’s campaign had been on track before the Asian Beau Stakes.
He ran a close second to Stageman in the Black Heart Bart Stakes (1200m) and fourth to Taxagano when he ran on strongly against an on-pace bias in the Northerly Stakes (1400m).
“Not a lot has gone right for him,” Miller said.
“But that’s ok, if he can’t go on, we will come back next year in the autumn.
“I will never be in any rush if he is not ready.
“He can come back for a race like the Roma Cup (1200m).
Cup Night received 53kg for the Railway after weights were released on Monday.