Owen Burrows has been dealt a merciless blow after Hukum required surgical procedure on an harm picked up throughout his Coronation Cup victory, with the likelihood his steady star might have run his final race.
Hukum is anticipated to have the ability to return to motion later within the yr, however Burrows believes there’s a likelihood the Shadwell-owned five-year-old will now take up stallion duties.
It represents an enormous swing in fortunes for the Burrows steady, who went from the excessive of celebrating a primary Group 1 success at Epsom to the low of Hukum doubtlessly not racing once more.
The coach mentioned: “Sadly, he picked up an harm within the race and it wasn’t till we acquired again to the yard that he was lame. He needed to have surgical procedure on Saturday morning and had three screws put in a hind leg.
“It wouldn’t be career-ending, however there’s the prospect of him interesting as a stallion for in all probability the jumps.
“It’s too early to say whether or not that will likely be him completed and it’s not as if he couldn’t run once more, it simply is dependent upon his restoration and what kind of curiosity there’s for him.”
Burrows had initially been left to contemplate extra lofty targets for Hukum, together with subsequent month’s King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Ascot, after his dominant victory over final yr’s winner Pyledriver in Friday’s Coronation Cup.
Nonetheless, all plans have been positioned on maintain by Burrows and Shadwell’s racing supervisor Angus Gold till a call is made on Hukum’s future.
“He’s going to should box-rest for a number of weeks and he actually wouldn’t be again till late autumn on the earliest, however that’s a best-case state of affairs it heals nicely,” mentioned Burrows.
“It’s not as if it’s him fully completed, all of it relies upon actually. I used to be chatting with Angus yesterday and we will’t make any choices now; we’ll see how he mends and go from there.”
Final yr, Burrows was pressured to relocate to new premises with a considerably decreased group resulting from Shadwell’s cutbacks after the loss of life of Hamdan Al Maktoum.
Though not a non-public coach for Shadwell, Burrows stored maintain of Hukum and took nice satisfaction within the six-time Group winner making his breakthrough on the highest stage.
“One minute I used to be floating dwelling from Epsom after which bang,” the coach mentioned. “I used to be 1 / 4 of an hour from getting again to the yard when my assistant rang me and it was slightly bit bittersweet.
“I’ve skilled a number of feelings on this sport through the years, however that may in all probability be up there. It’s gutting from a private and group perspective, however I really feel very privileged to coach such a great horse and am so happy he was capable of lastly present what we felt he was able to.”
Hukum, a year-older brother of Shadwell celebrity Baaeed, has received 9 of his 15 begins and earned prize-money of greater than £630,000.