Menari Out Of Spring And May Be Retired

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Group Two winner Menari has suffered a career-threatening leg injury, ruling him out of the spring and the $13 million Everest.

Trainer said the horse had run in a jump-out at on Monday morning but was later found to have an injury to his near foreleg.

Menari was scheduled to race for Max Whitby's group in the $13 million Everest at Randwick on October 13 and his withdrawal means there are now three slots open for the 12-horse race.

Ryan said it would be up to owner George Altomonte whether Menari raced again or was retired to stud with his rehabilitation expected to take six months.

“No-one has seen the best of him,” Ryan said.

“It is bad luck. He is a big horse and those horses can be a bit harder to keep . He's 17 hands and 610 kilos and he may have just over-reached.”

The Ryan-trained Trapeze Artist is the favourite for after his two Group One weight-for-age wins in the autumn in the TJ Smith Sakes and .

Trapeze Artist's other Group One win came in last year's for three-year-olds when he beat and Menari who started favourite.

Menari was later found to have breathing issues and underwent throat surgery.

, who runs in Saturday's Missile Stakes at Randwick, has firmed to $7 for The Everest with , winner of the Lightning Stakes in , is at $9 but neither has yet to secure a slot in the race.

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