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Brutal to return in the autumn

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A major Group 1 spring carnival contender has gone to the paddock with the undefeated colt Brutal (NZ) (O’Reilly {NZ}) side-lined by a hock injury and won’t be seen again until the autumn.

He was heavily-fancied in the market for the G1 Coolmore Stud S., after three successive wins from as many starts for Team Hawkes.

Brutal was a dominant winner on debut before he claimed the Listed McKenzie S., and at his last appearance he added the Listed Antler Luggage Plate to his record. At Flemington, he beat the subsequent G2 Stutt S., winner Leonardo Da Hinchi (Hinchinbrook).

“He just hurt himself in the box and the end result is he's not 100 per cent so he is heading to the paddock," Wayne Hawkes told Racing.com.

“We've said it all along unless he's 100 per cent we wouldn't hesitate to put him in the paddock, and it's his first racing preparation.” – Wayne Hawkes.

“We've said it all along unless he's 100 per cent we wouldn't hesitate to put him in the paddock, and it's his first racing preparation.

“We are disappointed because he'll be out for the spring, but that's the way it is. The end result is it's not life threatening and we've always been looking forward to the autumn with him.”

Undefeated colt Brutal

Brutal was purchased out of Mapperley Stud’s draft by Hawkes Racing for NZ$220,000 during premier session of New Zealand Bloodstock’s 2017 Yearling Sale series.

He is a son of the Group 3 performer Alberton Princess (NZ) (Golan {IRE}) and is a half-sister to the G2 Matamata Breeders’ S., winner Te Akau Rose (NZ) (Thorn Park).

Brutal as a yearling