Luck has deserted Age Of Chivalry from the moment he crossed the line for a last start win at Caulfield on August 17.
The graduate of Curraghmore's 2017 New Zealand Bloodstock Ready To Run draft led throughout to win the Benchmark 84 race over 1400m but not even the post-race interview went to plan.
The gelding was kicked by the racing.com interviewer’s pony with the injury severe enough to warrant three days’ treatment.
“It took him a while to get over the kick he copped and he didn’t do much last week,” co-trainer Simon Zahra said.
“We had to treat him to look after the problem last week but he seems OK.
“But the most annoying thing is that nobody (from racing.com) has even contacted us to see how he is.”
Age Of Chivalry had a quiet week last week but worked on Tuesday morning in the lead-up to Saturday’s Ladbrokes Odds Boost (1400m) at Caulfield.
However, two things went against the son of He’s Remarkable at acceptance time. Age Of Chivalry is the second emergency while he also drew barrier 14 for the vital race in his spring campaign.
Mathew Ellerton and Zahra are trying to get Age Of Chivalry into the field for next month’s G.1 SIr Rupert Clarke Stakes (1400m) so are wanting to get the four-year-old’s rating up with every start.
Zahra said an initial look at the field left the stable confident Age Of Chivalry should get a start in Saturday’s A$125,000 race while his on-pace racing style means he will need to do a bit of early work.
Regular rider Damian Lane will have the task of overcoming Age Of Chivalry’s tricky barrier.
“There’s a few that are double acceptors so we’re thinking he should get a start,” Zahra said.
“We didn’t gallop him this (Thursday) morning, he galloped on Tuesday morning so he’s only had one gallop between runs.
“We probably just have to wait and see how he is on Saturday morning and if he doesn’t run, he won’t run until we get to Flemington in a couple of weeks.”
Punters have some thinking to do about betting early on the last at Caulfield on Saturday. Age Of Chivalry is the $2.90 favourite for the race ahead of the third emergency Rox The Castle at $4.40.
Rox The Castle finished second to Age Of Chivalry at Caulfield last time out. -Racenet.com.au