Aidan O'Brien's Wichita Suffers Serious Leg Injury


The Aidan O'Brien trained Wichita has suffered a serious leg injury at the Werribee International Horse Centre in Australia as he did some work ahead of he Group 1 Cantala Stakes over a mile at Flemington on October 31st.

The Three year old has come on leaps and bounds from his juvenile career, finishing second to Kameko on his seasonal debut in the 2000 Guineas in what was a hot renewal.

From there he was a narrow third in the St James's Palace Stakes at Royal Ascot behind Pinatubo and Palace Pier and after that was thrown into the Sussex Stakes and Prix Maurice De Gheest where he was outclassed.

He was then dropped down to the Group Two Park Stakes at the St Leger meeting and got back to winning ways, narrowly seeing off three time Prix de la Foret winner One Master in a Photo-finish.

With all this form behind him the son of No Nay Never was set for a decent campaign down under with Group One races beckoning, but after suffering a fracture to his right hind leg his season and maybe his career is over.

Wichita will remain confined to his box under veterinary care while Racing Victoria and stable veterinarians assess the horse's injury to see where the team go with him next.