The frustrating run with gifted sprinter Zoustyle has continued, with the Tony Gollan-trained galloper being ruled out of the summer carnival.
Gollan said Zoustyle had a minor soft tissue injury in a suspensory which is going to take time to heal.
“It’s just tiny, but it’s there and has to be fixed,” Gollan said. “We will rehabilitate him and it’s not career-ending, but he’s just a very fragile animal.”
Gollan said Zoustyle may go to noted horse healer Lee Evison in Victoria during his time out, but is hopeful Zoustyle can recover in time to have a crack at the winter carnival.
The son of Zoustar has been one of Queensland’s best horses since starting his career in June 2018, but the past 15 months have proven nothing but frustrating for connections.
He was never right in Melbourne last spring then suffered a bleeding attack after setting a torrid tempo in Sydney’s Maurice McCarten in March.
Given a long break, he reminded everyone of his brilliance with a dominant first-up Gold Coast win in September.
Gollan immediately eyed off the summer and the hope of securing a Magic Millions wildcard, but those plans have now been shelved.
Meantime, former Magic Millions winner Houtzen sold at the Keeneland Breeding Stock Sale this week for $US1.5 million. She was sold to Stonestreet Farm, in foal to US stallion Curlin.