Final yr’s King’s Stand winner Oxted is not going to defend his crown at Royal Ascot and has been dominated out for the season after struggling a tendon damage.
The six-year-old has not been seen since ending third in final yr’s Darley July Cup at Newmarket following knee-chip surgical procedure and suffered an additional setback final month, which had dominated him out of his supposed reappearance within the 1895 Duke Of York Stakes final week and put his participation on the royal assembly unsure.
A subsequent scan has revealed Oxted has a tendon tear and Roger Teal has determined to name time on his marketing campaign and rule him out of the King’s Stand, which he was a one-and-three-quarter-length winner of final yr.
“The scan was an enchancment however we’re out for the season,” Teal advised the Racing Put up.
“He’s received a small tendon tear. It’s not large, nevertheless it’s there. If we ignore it, it’ll make issues ten occasions worse. We’re not going to threat him and we’ve pulled up stumps.”
“It’s such a disgrace because the knee-chip operation labored so properly and he was transferring unbelievably. You get him patched up for one factor and one thing else goes, however they’re athletes. It occurs to the likes of footballers day by day.
“It’s simply the way in which every part goes for us in the meanwhile. Every part’s going flawed and nothing goes proper, once you lose horses like him it’s an enormous kick within the you-know-whats.”
Owned by Tony Hirschfeld, Stephen Piper, David Fish and John Collins, Oxted additionally landed the 2020 July Cup beneath Cieren Fallon and Teal is already trying ahead to unleashing his steady star in 2023.
He added: “Everybody’s taken it on the chin very well. It’s horses, it occurs. When it occurs to the nice ones it’s an enormous blow, however all being properly we are going to get him again for subsequent yr.
“We’ll let it restore and begin once more. Sprinters can go on for fairly some time and fingers crossed we will get him again in a single piece. He’ll be recent, that’s for positive.”
Prime-class US sprinter Golden Pal heads the betting at a basic 5-2 for the King’s Stand, which takes place on June 14, forward of Australian star Nature Strip at 5-1.
Courtesy of Racing Put up