Battaash doubtful for Royal Ascot


Battaash, ridden by Jim Crowley, wins the 2020 King

Battaash, ridden by Jim Crowley, wins the 2020 King’s Stand Stakes (Picture: @RacenewsService)

Royal Ascot 2021 could also be with out one among its brightest stars with Battaash underneath a health cloud.

Europe’s champion sprinter sustained an damage whereas spelling over the winter and should not defend his title within the £350,000 (A$630,000) Group 1 King’s Stand Stakes (1006m) on June 15.

“He simply had a tiny little fracture in a joint through the winter and we’ve needed to give him loads of break day. He’s had a pin put in it,” Angus Gold, Shadwell’s racing supervisor, instructed PA Racing.

“He’s been again cantering for 5 weeks now and he appears nice for the time being and we are going to give him two extra weeks cantering there after which, all being effectively, he’ll return into coaching (with Charlie Hills) at that stage.

“Clearly the horse’s welfare is our principal concern. He’ll be a month later going into coaching than regular, however (the late) Sheikh Hamdan did say to strive him once more so long as he was sound.

“As a result of he’s going again in later than regular, it’s not assured he’ll get to Royal Ascot. Hopefully he’ll, however we are going to see how he goes when he will get again in. He’s seven years outdated and we’d like to ensure he’s in a single piece.”

The King’s Stand Stakes is one among two five-furlong races held at Group 1 degree in Britain. Battaash was runner-up behind Blue Level in 2018 and 2019 earlier than profitable the race final yr.

Sportsbet have Battaash as $3.75 favorite for this yr’s King’s Stand Stakes forward of Golden Pal ($6) and Glass Slippers ($7.50).

Battaash has gained 5 of his previous six begins, together with all three races final yr, and gained 13 of 23 begins with all his victories over 5 furlongs.

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