Leading Karaka 2YO Million Palamos Withdrawn

Date: 6 Jan 2021

Leading Karaka 2YO Million Palamos Withdrawn

Palamos, the top qualifier for the Karaka 2YO Million, has been withdrawn from the race.

Te Akau Racing has today announced that the exciting colt by Extreme Choice, will not take his place in the iconic event on Saturday 23 January.

Palamos, purchased by Te Akau's David Ellis for $85,000 from Karaka Book 1 Sale, tops the Karaka 2YO Million Order of Entry with $40,050 in stakes' earnings.

"Unfortunately a routine veterinary inspection has identified a small issue with the colt," said Te Akau trainer Jamie Richards.

"While we could continue with his preparation towards the Karaka Million, we are resolute in our view that we must always do the right thing by our horses, hence our decision.  He is owned by very loyal Te Akau owner Mr Edmund Wong who is based in Hong Kong and, while he is understandably very disappointed as we all are, he completely supports us in this call. Mr Wong is as passionate about his horse's well-being as we are." 

"Palamos is a very promising colt and he has a big future ahead of him so we will give him the time he needs now, as we are sure this patience and care will reap future racing rewards."

With the withdrawal of Palamos, Te Akau's "tangerine army" still has plenty of firepower to defend its four consecutive Karaka 2YO Million win titles, aiming to record an unprecedented fifth win in a row.  

The Karaka 2YO Million Order of Entry is now led by the Te Akau trained stakes' winner Avonallo, with stablemates On the Bubbles (5), Sophisticardo (7), Millefiori (10) and Sneaky Shark (12) on current standings - making a total of five Te Akau contenders in the field of 14.


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