Foot issue hampers Khaadem
Connections of Khaadem says a foot problem was the main factor in his poor display in the Sprint Cup at Haydock on Saturday.
The Charlie Hills-trained colt was well fancied going into the race, particularly after impressing in the Stewards' Cup at Goodwood last month.
However, the son of Dark Angel came last of 11 runners, trailing a long way behind eventual winner Hello Youmzain.
He might have a chance to redeem himself at the Qipco British Champions Sprint Stakes at Ascot on October 19, but for now, the focus will be on getting him back to 100 per cent fitness.
Angus Gold, racing manager to Khaadem's owner Sheikh Hamdan Al Maktoum, said: "He had a bit of a bruised foot at the end of last week, but he trotted up sound on Friday night and again on Saturday morning, so there was no reason not to run him.
"We didn't think beforehand the soft ground would be a problem, but Jim (Crowley) felt he wasn't letting himself down. That may have been down to the foot problem, but unfortunately, the horse can't tell us.
"I'm not saying that's the only reason (he disappointed), but I know Charles was very happy with him going into the race and clearly he hasn't run up to his best on the day."
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