Connections of Khaadem believe that a foot issue may have contributed at Haydock on Saturday.
Having looked every inch a top-class sprinter at the making after turning the generally competitive Stewards’ Cup at Goodwood to a procession last month, the Charlie Hills-trained colt was fancied since he returned on Merseyside.
On the other hand, the boy of Angel trailed house of 11 runners behind Kevin Ryan’s notable winner Hello Youmzain.
Angus Gold, racing manager to Khaadem’s owner Sheikh Hamdan Al Maktoum, said:”He needed a bit of a bruised foot at the conclusion of last week, but he trotted up audio on Friday night and again on Saturday morning, therefore there wasn’t any reason to not run him.
“We didn’t think beforehand the soft ground would be a issue, but Jim (Crowley) felt he wasn’t letting himself down. Unfortunately we can’t be told by the horse, although that might have been down into the foot issue.
“I’m not saying that’s the sole reason (he frustrated ), but that I understand Charles was very happy with him going into the race and obviously he has not run up to his own best on the afternoon.”
Khaadem will run to redeem himself at the Qipco British Champions Sprint Stakes on October 19 at Ascot – provided Hills and the remainder of his team are pleased with him.
Gold added:”He can go to Ascot, but we’ll see. I believe we only need to set a line through his conduct at Haydock and then proceed.”
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