Gai Waterhouse’s champion stayer Fiorente has almost certainly run his last race after sustaining a tendon injury.
The Melbourne Cup winner has a small tear in his off-forleg tendon, and connections are expected to negotiate a deal for the imported stallion to stand at stud either in Australia or overseas.
Fiorente was found to have heat in his off-foreleg on Sunday, after finishing third behind Silent Achiever in Saturday’s Group 1 The BMW at Rosehill. He was taken to Randwick Equine Hospital and was found to have a tear in the tendon.
The day before The BMW, Fiorente was the subject of a heavy betting plunge to win the Sydney Cup, despite originally being set for the $4 million Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Royal Randwick.
The 6-year-old had 11 starts in Australia for 4 wins, including Melbourne Cup and Australian Cup victories.
Fiorente earned more than $6 million for connections, after being purchased for $1.3 million from the United Kingdom in 2012 .