Tendons take out Timaru jumpers

Tendon injuries have halted the campaigns of Timaru stablemates The Sydney Express and Delleud.

Not being able to race the two jumpers at the Grand National meeting at Riccarton next month is a disappointment for trainer David Hutton.

"They're both out for the year," he said yesterday. They went pretty good and are worth bringing back."

The Sydney Express suffered a tendon strain when winning a restricted open steeplechase at Timaru on July 11 in his last start.

The 8-year-old gelding was in a strong patch of form because he had finished second over country in his previous two starts.

Delleud won the Jo McGartland Memorial Hurdles at Timaru on June 13. In his only start since, Delleud ran seventh over hurdles at Wingatui on June 26.

The Hutton stable will have Indian Burt (maiden 1400m), Plays Until Dark (maiden 1200m) and Cheeky Tart (rating 75 1200m) starting at Ashburton on Friday. The horseman plans to race Faites Vos Jeux and Jayjay in maiden and 0-1 win steeplechases at the National meeting, which is at Riccarton on August 2, 6 and 9.

Apart from The Sydney Express, other winners for Hutton this season have been Cheeky Tart and Delleud, Timaru, June 13; Ghostinthemachine, Ashburton, February 10, Wingatui, December 1; and Just Bolting, Ashburton, August 30.

The Southland Times