WSB Met Runner Bless My Stars is one of five scratching from the WSB Met meeting due to a movement control order put in place after an AHS case was reported in the vicinity of Randjesfontein (Picture: JC Photos)
The five Randjesfontein-based horses who were declared to run on WSB Met day but were still stuck on the Highveld will not be able to travel down to Cape Town.
An African Horse Sickness case has been reported within a 30km radius of the training centre.
Reportedly this happened, in agonising fashion, just a day before the horses would have been allowed to travel.
An AHS outbreak leads to a 40 day travel ban for horses within a 30km radius of it.
The ban for the previous case would have ended today (23rd January).
The news was a particularly devastating blow for trainer Sean Tarry and owner Kenneth Pillay of Kestorm Investements who had declared both WSB Met runner Bless My Stars and R7.5 million Gold Rush runner Storm Brasco.
They had been on tenterhooks for the last week hoping there would be no reported AHS outbreaks in the vicinity.
The 23rd was so agonisingly close.
However, AHS outbreaks at this time of the year in that vicinity are quite normal … it is known as AHS season.
Tarry had also declared the Laurence Wernars homebred colt Proceed in the Listed Summer Juvenile Stakes and the Lammerskraal Stud-owned filly Winter Greeting in the Listed Pongracz Olympic Duel Stakes.
The Mike and Adam Azzie-trained Drakenstein Stud homebred filly Coldhardstare was also declared for the latter event and will not be able to travel.
The Vaughan Marshall-trained Ken and Jan Truter homebred Lancaster Bomber gelding Coastal Commander was the first reserve for the Gold Rush and now looks likely to get a run.