Final Up to date: 11/09/19 1:58pm
Connections of Khaadem imagine a foot drawback could have contributed to his disappointing show within the Dash Cup at Haydock on Saturday.
Having appeared each inch a top-class sprinter within the making when turning the often aggressive Stewards’ Cup right into a procession at Goodwood final month, the Charlie Hills-trained colt was effectively fancied as he returned to Group One stage on Merseyside.
Nevertheless, the son of Darkish Angel trailed residence final of 11 runners behind Kevin Ryan’s spectacular winner Hi there Youmzain.
Angus Gold, racing supervisor to Khaadem’s proprietor Sheikh Hamdan Al Maktoum, mentioned: “He had a little bit of a bruised foot on the finish of final week, however he trotted up sound on Friday night time and once more on Saturday morning, so there was no cause to not run him.
“We did not suppose beforehand the mushy floor could be an issue, however Jim (Crowley) felt he wasn’t letting himself down. Which will have been all the way down to the foot drawback, however sadly the horse cannot inform 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.”
Khaadem might bid to redeem himself within the Qipco British Champions Dash Stakes at Ascot on October 19 – supplied Hills and the remainder of his group are pleased with him within the meantime.
Gold added: “He could go to Ascot, but we’ll see. I think we just have to put a line through his run at Haydock and move on.”