Champion jumper Black And Bent is set for a long stint on the sidelines
The jumps season has been dealt a blow with news that drawcard jumper Black And Bent has injured a tendon and will not race again in 2012.
The champion six-year-old’s part-owner Mike Symons this morning revealed the news via Twitter.
Symons said that the Robert Smerdon-trained gelding has hurt the same leg that caused him to miss almost 12 months’ racing in 2010/11 and was set for a lengthy spell on the sidelines.
“Black And Bent has injured his tendon – near fore, same (as) last time – and will not race again this season,” Symons said. “Hopefully he can bounce back in 2013.”
The news comes less than a fortnight after the son of Black Hawk equalled Lots Of Time’s Australian record of nine consecutive jumps victories with a strong win over Gotta Take Care in the Galleywood Hurdle and just three days after being passed fit to contest steeplechase races.
Black And Bent’s most recent Galleywood win was his second in that race, having also won the 2010 edition. He also won the Australian Hurdle in 2010 and last year won the Grand National Hurdle in between wins in the Kevin Lafferty Hurdle and J.J. Houlahan Hurdle.
A winner of seven races on the flat, Black And Bent has won 12 of his 18 starts over jumps and $643,830 of his $936,236 in earnings has come via hurdle events.
While a blow for fans of jumps racing, his absence has opened up the remaining legs of this year’s J.J. Houlahan Jumps Championship.
Black And Bent was to have had his next start in either the $100,000 Jack Dow Memorial Hurdle or the $100,000 Great Southern Steeplechase at Mornington this Sunday before being set for the Grand Nationals.