Connections of Khaadem think a foot problem may have contributed to some display from the Sprint Cup at Haydock.
Having looked every inch top-class sprinter in the making after turning the usually competitive Stewards’ Cup into a procession last month, the Charlie Hills-trained colt was well fancied since he returned on Merseyside to Group One level.
However, the boy of Angel trailed residence of 11 runners behind the notable winner Hello Youmzain of Kevin Ryan.
Angus Gold, racing manager to Khaadem’s owner Sheikh Hamdan Al Maktoum, said:”He needed a bit of a bruised foot in the conclusion of a week, but he trotted up sound on Friday night and on Saturday morning, so there was no reason to not conduct him.
“We did not think ahead the soft floor would be a problem, but Jim (Crowley) felt he was not allowing himself down. Sadly the horse can’t tell us, although that might have been down into the foot issue.
“I am not saying that is the sole reason (he frustrated ), but I know Charles was really happy with him entering the race and clearly he has not run as much as his own best on the afternoon.”
Khaadem will run to redeem himself Stakes on October 19 at Ascot – provided Hills and the remainder of his staff are content with him at the meantime.
Gold added:”He can visit Ascot, but we will see. I believe we just have to place a line through his run at Haydock and move on.”
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