Launceston Cup winner Genuine Lad bows a tendon while preparing for jumps career

Genuine Lad and Craig Williams after their Launceston Cup win.
Genuine Lad and Craig Williams after their Launceston Cup win.

Genuine Lad, winner of the 2015 Launceston Cup, has bowed a tendon for the second time and is unlikely to race again.

Longford part-owner Bill Ryan, who trained Genuine Lad to all six of his career wins, said the injury was career-ending.

“He did his nearside tendon previously and now he’s done his offside tendon so it’s the end of the road,” Ryan said.

“I’m hoping to get him back to Tasmania at the end of the week and we’ll give him a good home.

“Unfortunately, he’s not suitable for a hack as he’s too difficult to ride, which is a pity because he’s a lovely-natured horse.”

Since mid-2015, Genuine Lad has been in Victoria where his best run was a third in the group 3 Naturalism Stakes at Caulfield.

Trainer Robert Smerdon has been getting him ready for a hurdling career.

“Jamie Mott, who rode him when he won a hurdle trial, is gutted because he thought he had a great future over jumps,” Ryan said.