Connections of Khaadem think a foot problem may have contributed to his disappointing display in the Sprint Cup at Haydock on Saturday.
Having appeared every inch a top-class sprinter at the manufacturing when turning the competitive Stewards’ Cup to a procession in Goodwood last month, the Charlie Hills-trained colt was fancied as he returned on Merseyside into Group One degree.
However, Dark Angel’s son trailed house of 11 runners supporting the impressive winner Hello Youmzain of Kevin Ryan.
Angus Gold, racing manager to Khaadem’s owner Sheikh Hamdan Al Maktoum, said:”He needed a small bruised foot in the conclusion of a week, however he trotted up sound on Friday night and on Saturday afternoon, so there wasn’t any reason not to conduct him.
“We did not think beforehand the soft ground would be a issue, but Jim (Crowley) believed he was not allowing himself down. Sadly the horse can’t tell us, although that may have been down to the foot problem.
“I’m not saying that’s the only reason (he disappointed), but I know Charles was really pleased with him entering the race and obviously he hasn’t run up to his own best on the afternoon.”
Khaadem could bid to redeem himself Stakes on October 19 at Ascot – provided Hills and the remainder of his team are delighted with him in the meantime.
Gold added:”He can visit Ascot, but we will see. I think we only need to set a line through his run at Haydock and then proceed.”
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