“The week after next he’ll probably get the truck back home,” Peters said.
“It just wasn’t him, the way he was racing and what he was doing and that’s why I asked to get him checked out and we’ve come up with this problem.
“I suppose you’d say it’s a lung infection and an asthmatic sort of thing as well, so we’ll have to treat that and get him over it. There were some treatments they said he could [still race this spring] but I wasn’t prepared to do them and I worry about his long-term future rather than the short term.
“We’ve got both him and Arcadia Queen in a bit of trouble.”
Arcadia Queen was also due to run second-up in the Memsie Stakes on Saturday but was scratched on the eve of the race due to a hoof complaint – the same issue she had when she returned to Perth from Sydney last spring.
“It’s improving. We’ll keep going on with her,” Peters said.
“I was very happy with her first-up run considering how long she had been off and what she’d been through and the work she’d missed. It was very good.
“[But] it’s still not good because the plan was to race in those weight-for-age races every two weeks; that’s not going to happen now so we’ll see how we go.”
Peters will be represented by Showmanship at the Valley on Saturday over 1200 metres after the five-year-old returned a winner at Caulfield three weeks ago. Both he and Perfect Jewel, who won the Cockram on Saturday, will take this spring one run at a time.
“He’s done everything we’ve asked of him,” he said.
“It’s a big step up now, he gets into stakes company and we’ll see how he goes there.
“We’ll just see how he goes with each run and then pick another race for him after that.”
Damien Ractliffe is the Chief Racing Reporter for The Age.