24th April, 2012 - Posted by Elliot Slater - Comments Off
Backers of the heavily supported Qipco 2000 Guineas ante-post second-favourite Most Improved will be doubtless concerned about the wellbeing of their fancy following his withdrawal from the Group 3 Craven Stakes at Newmarket on the morning of the contest having been found to be lame on his off-fore leg, writes Elliot Slater.
Backed from 20/1 down to 4/1 for the first colts’ classic of the season following horse racing tips and rumours of some tremendous training sessions on the gallops at Manton this spring, Brian Meehan’s colt has been the big talking horse of the season and had been expected to go off a short price to win the key classic trial on the Rowley Mile at Newmarket’s first meeting of the term. Speaking on television a day earlier Meehan had appeared very confident that the son of Lawman would go well on his seasonal return, but that outing has now been delayed and there are fears that he may not be ready in time to take his chance back at HQ on May 5.
Punters who bet on racing were immediately alerted and Bookmakers reacted to the absence of the anticipated hotpot for the Craven Stakes by pushing the Iraj Parvizi-owned three-year-old out to 5/1 for the 2000 Guineas as the news hit the markets, but Meehan promised to keep the public informed every step of the way once the extent of any possible injury is revealed.
Last term Most Improved demonstrated significant ability, failing by just a short-head to beat the useful Kinglet on his racecourse bow at Newmarket in August before putting that experience to good use in returning to the July course three weeks later to hack up by five lengths and lose his maiden tag in style. Stepped up to Group 1 company for the Dubai Dewhurst Stakes on the Rowley Mile in October, Meehan’s charge ran a stormer in failing by just three-quarters-of-a-length to beat Jim Bolger’s Parish Hall and stamped himself a definite horse to follow this season.