RUNAWAY John Smith’s Cup winner Euchen Glen is out for a year after suffering a tendon injury when striding to victory.
Trainer Jim Goldie had hoped to run him back at York for this year’s Ebor but was dealt a blow as the results of the scan came back.
The five-year-old produced a tremendous front-running display to land last weekend’s prestigious £200,000 handicap and in the immediate aftermath his Scottish trainer was targeting a return to York for next month’s Ebor.
However, Goldie confirmed on Monday that Glen had returned home lame and subsequent scans have revealed the extent of the damage.
He said: “He’s got a hole in his tendon and it’s just a case of how long it takes to recover. We’ll be giving him stem-cell treatment and will throw everything at it and see what happens.
“Next year’s Ebor has to be the target. It might be better if that race wasn’t there actually as usually with these things the more time you give them the better.
“He might not make it and might need more time, but that’s what we’ll aim for.”
With next year’s Ebor worth an eye-watering £1million, Goldie is hoping Euchen Glen’s injury could prove to be a blessing in disguise.
He added: “Everything happens for a reason and who knows, maybe we’ll be the first horse to win the £1million Ebor. After winning on Saturday he should be on a mark where he’ll get in at least.
“It’s disappointing that he’s got injured, but it’s better happening this week than last week.
“We had such a good day on Saturday and it might be a long time until we have another day like that, but racing is littered with ups and downs.”