Basic hero Coroebus is not going to tackle the good Baaeed within the Qatar Sussex Stakes at Goodwood on Wednesday after struggling a setback.
The pair seemed set for a mouthwatering conflict within the midweek spotlight, with the unbeaten Baaeed having to concede 8lb to Coroebus, winner of the 2000 Guineas and the St James’s Palace Stakes.
However homeowners Godolphin confirmed on Monday morning that Coroebus wouldn’t head for the Sussex Downs, posting on Twitter: “Sadly Coroebus is not going to run on this week’s Sussex Stakes @GoodwoodRaces.
“He was lame in his field this morning and after examination, was discovered to have an abscess in his left hind pastern. That is being handled and he’ll now goal the Prix Jacques le Marois.”
Having already been odds-on, Baaeed will now be extraordinarily prohibitive odds to make it 9 from 9 in opposition to six rivals.
Final 12 months’s winner Alcohol Free returns to defend her crown for Andrew Balding off the again of profitable the July Cup at Newmarket, whereas Aidan O’Brien saddles Breeders’ Cup hero Order Of Australia, who was final seen registering back-to-back wins within the Group Two Minstrel Stakes on the Curragh.
Japanese hopes are carried by Bathrat Leon, who makes his first aggressive look since inflicting a shock within the Godolphin Mile on Dubai World Cup evening at Meydan in March.
Within the absence of Coroebus Charlie Appleby depends on Trendy Video games, with Chindit (Richard Hannon) and Angel Bleu (Ralph Beckett) finishing the sphere.