Stem cell therapy for sidelined star Smoko

Posted: November 10, 2014 at 2:42 pm

Magnifisio dashed home strongly over 1400m to win Saturdays Lee-Steere Stakes at Ascot. Picture: Westernracepix

Sprinter Smoko will have stem cell therapy at Murdoch Veterinary Hospital to a strained suspensory ligament in his off-foreleg.

Vets found Smoko had strained the ligament when he pulled up sore following his shock sixth as a $2 favourite to Shining Knight in last Tuesday's Colonel Reeves Stakes (1100m) at Ascot.

Co-trainer Ross Price said Smoko would be sidelined for months.

"He will go to Murdoch where they will look at him and see about stem cell therapy," he said.

"In about 10 days we will take him up there and see what they can do. It is then going to be five months off and hoping."

Smoko was a $6.50 chance in Saturday week's Winterbottom Stakes (1200m) before he was scratched. WA's hopes of winning back the Group 1 weight-for-age hinge on Magnifisio, Shining Knight and Testamezzo, with Barakey in doubt after struggling to recover from a virus.

"He is still feeling flat and I will have to wait and see if he improves over the next few days," trainer Jim Taylor said.

Magnifisio firmed from $12 into $8 on the TAB yesterday following her strong win at her debut over 1400m in Saturday's Group 2 Lee-Steere Stakes at Ascot.

Melbourne sprinters Angelic Light, Moment Of Change and reigning champion Buffering dominate betting at $4.30, $6.50 and $7.50.

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