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, which began on Monday.
Darley Australia managing director Henry Plumptre said breeders had been notified of the situation.
“It’s an ongoing lameness issue that has been really troubling the horse for a couple of weeks now,” said Plumptre, speaking to racingnetwork.com.au.
“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, who won the Dubai World Cup for Godolphin before going on to land the Grade 1 Stephen Foster Handicap, is best known as the sire of 13-time Grade 1 winner Zenyatta and fellow Darley sire Street Sense. His leading Australian performers include Group 1 winners Shocking, Whobegotyou and Long John.
He is also the sire of Caulfield Guineas favourite Chivalry.
Extract from Racing Post