Invisible won’t be seen during Sydney Autumn Carnival

Smart two year old Invisible won’t be seen during the Sydney Autumn Carnival after co-trainer John Hawkes revealed the colt has sustained a fractured splint bone on his off foreleg.

Invisible will miss the Golden Slipper because of a leg injury.

Invisible will miss the Golden Slipper because of a leg injury. Photo by Steve Hart.

Invisbile, trained in partnership by John and his two sons Michael and Wayne, could be on the sidelines for six months with plans to run the All American colt in the Group 1 $3.5m Tooheys New Golden Slipper (1200m) at Rosehill on April 5 having to be scrapped.

Racegoers will have to wait until the Spring to see the best of Invisible after John Hawkes confirmed the youngster will need a long spell to recover from the fractured splint bone, a small bone that runs down the inside of the cannon bone.

“He will be out for six months, you won’t see him again until the spring and that’s if everything goes right,” Hawkes told Racing Network.

“It’s bad luck for the owners. It’s disappointing, but you have to move on. There’s nothing we can do about it.

“All those people who said he went no good in the Magic Millions now know why.”

Invisible impressed the Hawkes camp with a first up win with James McDonald over 1200m at Canterbury on December 28 and went to the Gold Coast as one of the main fancies in the Jeep $2m Magic Millions 2yo Classic (1200m) on January 11.

McDonald had no luck on Invisible and as well as receiving a buffering at the 800m, was forced to race wide before finishing eighth to Unencumbered in the $2m race for the two year olds.

The Bjorn Baker trained Unencumbered at $6.50 is now challenging Earthquake from the Darley stable who is the $5.50 favourite for the Golden Slipper while Gai Waterhouse’s colt Fighting Sun is the next in the betting at $11.

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