There’s been a horrible accident in the lead up to the 2011 Adelaide Cup with six-year-old mare Lady Avacan being put down after a horror accident in trackwork.
During a seemingly normal leisurely run she went down with a broken leg when the rider tried to increase the tempo.
It’s a devastating blow especially after she showed a lot of promise with a third place in the last start Lord Reims Stakes.
“We were pretty keen on her, she’d never raced over two mile, but Sue used to work her during training and she’d run the distance,” said owner Wally Polniak.
“Sadly now we’ll never know if she could win a cup like that.”
A syndicate of 11 owners bought Lady Avacan and are still coming to terms with their loss.
She leaves behind a career record of 43 starts for ten wins and eleven places as well as about $250,000 in prize money.
“She gave us a lot of pleasure and made some money for us as well and it’s just sad she’s gone this way,” Mr Polniak said.
“It’s just a freak accident, that’s all it was.”
The 2011 Adelaide Cup is scheduled for Monday March 14th at Morphettville Racecourse.