Khaadem suffering foot problem after Haydock flop


Connections of Khaadem think that a foot issue may have led at Haydock.
Having looked every inch top-class sprinter in the manufacturing when turning the usually competitive Stewards’ Cup in Goodwood into a procession the Charlie Hills-trained colt was fancied because he returned to Group One degree on Merseyside.
However, the son of Angel trailed home last of 11 runners behind the remarkable winner Hi Youmzain of Kevin Ryan.
Angus Gold, racing manager to Khaadem’s owner Sheikh Hamdan Al Maktoum, said:”He had a tiny bruised foot at the end of last week, however he trotted up sound on Friday night and again on Saturday afternoon, so there was no reason to not run him.
“We did not think beforehand the soft ground would be a issue, however, Jim (Crowley) felt that he was not allowing himself down. The horse can not tell us, although This might have been down into the foot problem.
“I am not saying that is the sole reason (he frustrated ), but that I know Charles was really satisfied with him entering the race and obviously he has not run up to his best on the afternoon.”
Khaadem could bid to redeem himself at the Qipco British Champions Sprint Stakes on October 19 at Ascot – provided Hills and the remainder of his staff are content with him.
Gold added:”He could visit Ascot, but we’ll see. I think we just have to set a line throughout his run at Haydock and proceed.”

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