Covert Love to miss York following ‘slight setback’

Covert Love: likely to return to the track in June

Covert Love: likely to return to the track in June

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DUAL Group 1 winner Covert Love will miss the Group 2 Middleton Stakes at York next month after trainer Hugo Palmer revealed she has suffered a “slight setback”.

The four-year-old filly had been targeted for a return to the track in May though is now likely to head straight to Royal Ascot or Curragh the following month.

Covert Love was last seen finishing a close fourth behind Simple Verse in the Group 1 Qipco British Champions Fillies and Mares Stakes at the end of a landmark season, in which she secured wins at the highest level in the Darley Irish Oaks and Prix de l’Opera Longines.

Palmer said: “Covert Love has had a slight setback though it is nothing serious – and it doesn’t affect the longevity of her season, and certainly not her career – but she had some pus in her foot, and has missed five days of training.

“The problem had been rumbling on for about 10 days, but we have dealt with it now and I’d be confident of her starting back in work on Tuesday.”

A return to Ascot for the Group 1 Prince Of Wales’s Stakes in June appears a likely possibility with Palmer also considering the Group 1 Pretty Polly Stakes for his filly, though warned she will only run on a sound surface.

Palmer wrote on his Betfair blog: “We could look to run her in the Tattersalls Gold Cup on May 22 at the Curragh, but that may come too soon, and the Prince Of Wales’s Stakes at Royal Ascot, or the Pretty Polly at the Curragh at the end of June, are likelier options perhaps.

“But she won’t appear in any race where the word soft appears in the going description, as I’ve said before.”


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