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PROMISING colt Haradasun has broken down and will miss the spring.
The classy three-year-old, prepared by Aquanita trainer Tony Vasil, pulled up "not quite 100 per cent" following a sensational workout at Caulfield on Saturday.
After exhausting testing at the Ballarat veterinary clinic yesterday and today, which included dozens of x-rays, a fine crack was detected in Haradasun's near fore cannon bone ruling him out until next year.
The injury came as a shock to Vasil as early reports from the clinic were all positive.
However, Vasil is optimistic about the future and believes time will heal the big colt who will be missing for about three months before returning for the autumn.
"He's done a great job so far but it is frustrating as he had the Guineas at his mercy," Vasil said.
"Thankfully it was picked up though and he can return in the autumn.
"He has frightening ability, he's potentially a freak but we still have a horse."
By Fusaichi Pegasus, Haradasun is a half-brother to Elvstroem who won more than $5.7 million in stakes including the 2003 Victoria Derby, 2004 Caulfield Cup and 2005 Dubai Duty Free.
Haradasun suffered his first defeat in three starts when a desperately unlucky second to Golden Slipper winner Miss Finland in the McNeil Stakes (1200m) at Caulfield on September 2.
At his only other starts he won his race debut by 10 lengths in June and scored a stunning win in the Vain Stakes (1100m) at Caulfield on August 19.
Haradasun would have been a short-priced favourite for Saturday's Guineas Prelude (1400m) on his home track and had been set for the Caulfield Guineas and Cox Plate.
The colt was prominent in betting at $8 in most charts for the Cox Plate.