Trainer Tony McEvoy has confirmed Royal Symphony has been ruled out of the Spring Carnival as he struggles with a suspensory ligament injury.
Royal Symphony is believed to have picked up the problem when finishing fourth in the 2017 Cox Plate and McEvoy admits it has been a long and slow recovery process.
The trainer still believes his colt will make a full recovery, but for now has ruled him out of the spring, saying he will not be seen in action until the autumn.
Fields Of Omagh suffered two suspensory injuries to both his front legs yet managed to win his second Cox Plate in 2006 and McEvoy is keeping his fingers crossed for the same with Royal Symphony.
Royal Symphony is 999/1 to win the Cox Plate while Dark Dream can be backed at 999/1.
"He tore a suspensory ligament and, because it has taken a while to heal, we are not going to worry about the spring," McEvoy said. "We saw the problem in the next bit of work he did after the Cox Plate but the chances are he may have done it in the Cox Plate.
"Fields of Omagh did two of these injuries but that horse was a good healer whereas Royal Symphony is a slow healer and it is not progressing as quickly as we would have liked.
"We have tried some stem cell stuff and he's been doing a lot of rehab on a treadmill and a lot of swimming and a few other things.
"His last scan was promising but spring will be too soon for him and he won't be seen until the autumn."
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