Cup contender out of spring racing after colic surgery

British import Lord Belvedere (GB) will miss the upcoming Victorian Spring Carnival after suffering a colic attack late last month.

Trained in partnership by Ciaron Maher and David Eustace, Lord Belvedere displayed his considerable promise when cruising to a two-length victory over 2500 metres at Flemington on July 20.

But just a week later his health deteriorated and, battling a bout of colic, he had to undergo surgery.

"He has come through it really well," Eustace said.

"It was a straightforward surgery, they didn't have to remove anything from inside but he will be out for three months.

"It is obviously disappointing and the timing is not ideal but we'll now have to look forward to the Melbourne Cup in 2020."

Lord Belvedere was named Mister Belvedere when Harry Herbert's Highclere Racing purchased him out of the Tattersall's Autumn Horses in Training Sale for 100,000 guineas (A$197,000) last November with the intention of chasing a Melbourne Cup.

He raced 17 times in Britain for three wins and eight placings, registering two victories over 2400 metres at York and Haydock during England's summer of 2018 in female-rider-only races, one of them strictly for amateurs and the other a 'Pro-Am' event.

Lord Belvedere's final British run saw him finish runner-up, beaten four lengths by Super Titus over 2385 metres during York's Ebor Festival in August. Super Titus is now trained by Lindsay Park Racing and resumed at Flemington on Saturday, finishing third to Vinland over 1400 metres.

Lord Belvedere's Australian stint started on a winning note over 1600 metres at Cranbourne before he produced an eye-catching fourth over 1800 metres at Rosehill on June 15.

His Flemington victory on July 20 ensured he had won $108,250 from just three Australian outings, more than half of his tally accrued in Britain.

No 2019 Melbourne Cup bid for Lord Belvedere (GB), picture VRC