Sad Soppitt sure retired Jo will be success at stud.
TEDS JO, the Videx Puppy Derby winner who broke a hock when clear in a Stan James Gymcrack second round heat at Hall Green on Tuesday, has run his last race and is to stand at stud in Ireland with Michael and Sean Dunphy.
"He's got a fracture just below the joint and there's no prospect of him racing again," said trainer Ted Soppitt yesterday. "It's a crying shame for everyone, particularly his owners John Carr and Mark Crossley, because I genuinely don't think we'd got anywhere near seeing the best of him on the track yet.
"I've not had a dog as consistent as him from the traps and he seemed to be strengthening up with every run. He's a smashing 36kg dog who was just starting to fill his frame and, as he's out of Quare Season, who is a sister of Some Picture, I'm sure he'll have plenty of takers at stud."
When the extent of his injury became apparent, Soppitt was quick to make arrangements for Teds Jo's stud career and he is expected to travel over to the Dunphys next week.
"One thing I would like to say is that I don't hold Hall Green responsible in any way," added Soppitt. "It's a lovely running track and very well maintained - this was just one of those things that can happen in racing.
"It's been a funny old year with some real highs and then massive lows. Of course, Droopys Shearer and Teds Jo have done brilliantly, but in addition to Teds Jo's injury, we lost Dyers Rocket at Monmore in February and he was quite a prospect."
The unfortunate exit of Teds Jo has predictably seen quite a shake-up in the outright betting for the Gymcrack with Ellens Cougar, representing last year's winning trainer Barrie Draper, now best at 9-4 with Hills after a flying 28.23sec win on Tuesday.
Meanwhile, Creamery Euro is a top-priced 4-1 (Bet365 and Chandler) for the Milton Keynes Summer Cup after getting back on the winning trail in Tuesday's first round of the 620m competition.
nLatest Gymcrack betting, page 95 (Ireland, page 87)
Teds Jo: pictured in action during the Videx Puppy Derby at Walthamstow, which he won
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|Publication:||The Racing Post (London, England)|
|Date:||Aug 7, 2003|
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