Material Man’s Future Unclear

9
Apr

Owner Michael McDermott says a decision on Material Man’s racing future will be made soon.

Material Man was spelled after finishing 10th in the inaugural All Star Mile (1600m) at Flemington last month.

McDermott, who races Material Man in partnership with his wife, Jill, told The Races WA the son of Vital Equine was likely to remain in Melbourne.

“I’m not sure, but I will map out his future in about three weeks,” McDermott said.

“There is just not a lot of options or races if I bring him back to Perth.

“He will be weighted out of a lot of the races here.

“I could bring him back for the Ascot carinal, but there are a lot of races in Melbourne at the same time.

“I haven’t determined what to do, but at this stage it might be that he remains in Melbourne and has run his last race in Perth.

“I will make up my mind in the next few weeks.”

Material shared the WA racehorse-of-the-year title with Pounamu after winning the Perth Cup (2400m), Strickland Stakes (2000m), Hyperion Stakes (1600m), Belmont Sprint (1400m) and Northam Cup (1600m) last season.

From 29 career starts under trainer Justin Warwick he won 14 races and was placed on seven other occasions for prize money totalling a touch over $1.7 million dollars.

McDermott said Material Man was improving after completing an arduous Melbourne autumn campaign that failed to get off the ground at any stage.

A mild infection was discovered after his disappointing 12th in the Blamey Stakes (1600m) and he had to pass a fitness test for feet issues before the All Star Mile.

“He never had a chance really,” McDermott said.

“He suffered a virus and had problems with his feet.

“Nothing went right for him over there.

“He is slowly recuperating.”

McDermott said if Material Man returned to Perth he would be reuniting with Warwick once more.

“Justin has done a magnificent job with the horse.” McDermott said.

“If he came back home I would be offering Justin the horse again.”

Julio Santarelli
www.rwwa.com.au