Highly rated Caulfield and Melbourne Cup hopeful Beaten Up has a tendon issue and his Spring program is in doubt. Trainer Chris Waller  told TVN he has the start of what he describes as “a tendon strain”.

“We had it scanned last night and there is no damage, but there is the start of some activity,” he said. “The horse will now have a week swimming before we can re-assess him and find out where he’s at regarding the Spring Carnival,” Waller explained. “I’m clinging to the hope we can continue and still be on a Caulfield and Melbourne Cup path."

More bad news from the Waller barn was his quality stayer, Kelinni, fourth in last year’s Melbourne Cup, suffered a colic attack last night and will not be running in the Group 2 $200,000 Hill Stakes (2000m) at Randwick on Saturday.

“He had a colic attack and we had to treat him with anti-inflammatories, so he won’t be running Saturday," Waller said. "We will have to wait at least a week, maybe get him to the Craven Plate before the Caulfield and Melbourne Cups...He’ll be fine though.”