A FREAK accident has put Chicago Bull’s career in jeopardy.
Fresh from his win in Auckland last Friday night, Chicago Bull suffered an anaphylactic shock to treatment the following morning, which resulted in him fracturing his withers.
The withers are located above and behind the horse’s shoulders, near its shoulder blades, with the long thoracic vertebrae supporting its head and neck.
In Chicago Bull’s case, he has fractured six vertebrae.
A devastated Gary Hall broke the news this morning.
“He had a couple of cuts when he galloped on his shin and the vet gave him some fluids, which is what we do after a tough run,” Hall explained.
“The vet also put some dexamethasone into the jugular vein and he had an anaphylactic reaction to it, flipped himself over and has fractured his wither.
“There are six bones there and he has fractured all of them so it’s quite substantial.
“It could also have been worse, he could have broken his neck and died.”
With his injury preventing Chicago Bull from travelling, the son of Bettors Delight will be stranded in New Zealand for up to six months.
“There is nothing they can do for it,” Hall said. “It’s just complete rest at this stage.
“He can’t travel so he will be in New Zealand for quite some time… I don’t know when he will come back.
“Fingers crossed he can make a full recovery.”
Chicago Bull was the top ranked pacer for the Melbourne Inter Dominion, with Tab Fixed Odds listing as the $5 favourite.
The Inter Dominion is scheduled to begin at Tabcorp Park Melton on December 1.