Dan Morton has turned to interstate rider Joe Bowditch to partner Beethoven in the Group 2 Karrakatta Plate (1200m) at Ascot on Saturday.
Bowditch, fresh from riding Viddora in the Al Quoz Sprint in Dubai on the weekend, takes over from the injured Clint Johnston-Porter.
The young hoop has failed to gain a medical clearance after sustaining injuries in a fall on Burger Time at Bunbury nearly two weeks ago.
It’s another disappointing setback for the talented rider who was hitting form again after fracturing his back in a track accident last year.
Johnston-Porter has been on Beethoven in three of the gelding’s four outings including a last-start victory in the Listed Perth Stakes (1100m).
Morton said it was a bitter setback for Johnston-Porter.
“I feel so sorry for Clint,” Morton said.
“It’s a blow for him at this time.
“We got Joe across because of his experience.
“It’s a pressure race and he is a big race rider.”
Morton hopes Bowditch can revive fond Perth memories from two years ago when he won the Group 1 Winterbottom Stakes (1200m) on Viddora.
Morton says Beethoven is in good order since his win over Jericho Missile in the Perth Stakes and was looking forward to Tuesday’s barrier draw.
“We are hoping we can have the luxury of a good gate,” Morton said.
“But if he doesn’t it won’t be the end of the world for this horse.
“He is very tractable.”