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Collier Hill Out Of Melb Cup

Monday, 26th September 2005

Britain's recent Gr1 Irish St Leger winner Collier Hill (Dr Devious-Polar Queen, by Polish Precedent) has been ruled out of the Gr1 Melbourne Cup "by a bout of arthritis, which has troubled him intermittently during his career," reported racingpost.co.uk. Trainer Alan Swinbank (who denied a rumour "circulating over the weekend that the owners had sold a share in their 7YO gelding") confirmed the problem "flared up in a joint over recent days following his win over The Whistling Teal & Vinnie Roe in the Irish St Leger at The Curragh". Swinbank summed up: "While it's disappointing our adventure to Australia is off this time & we'll have to wait for another year, it's impossible to be too disappointed about a horse who has won so much for us around Europe & beyond. Over the years he has been troubled on & off by arthritis in his joints. We'll just have to sit & wait for things to come right again. Hopefully, it'll not be too long before he's right again; but whether we take him again to Dubai in the spring I don't know: he won & was placed in top class races there last year."

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