Connections of Khaadem believe that a foot issue may have contributed at Haydock.
Having appeared every inch a sprinter in the manufacturing after turning the competitive Stewards’ Cup to a procession at Goodwood the Charlie colt was fancied because he returned on Merseyside to Group One degree.
On the other hand, the son of Dark Angel trailed house last of 11 runners supporting Kevin Ryan winner Hi Youmzain.
Angus Gold, racing manager to Khaadem’s owner Sheikh Hamdan Al Maktoum, said:”He needed a tiny bruised foot in the end of last week, however he trotted up sound on Friday night and again on Saturday morning, therefore there wasn’t any reason not to run him.
“We didn’t think ahead the soft ground would be a issue, however, Jim (Crowley) believed he wasn’t letting himself down. This may have been down to the foot problem, but the horse can’t tell us.
“I am not saying that’s the only reason (he frustrated ), but I know Charles was very satisfied with him entering the race and clearly he has not run as much as his best on the afternoon.”
Khaadem will run to redeem himself Stakes at Ascot at the meantime – provided Hills and the remainder of his staff are satisfied with him on October 19.
Gold added:”He could go to Ascot, but we’ll see. I believe we just have to put a line during his run at Haydock and then move on.”
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