Shalaa: only defeat came on debut at Newbury
PICTURE: Mark Cranham (racingpost.com/photos)
LAST year’s top-rated British juvenile Shalaa has suffered a pelvic injury that will definitely rule him out of the Commonwealth Cup at Royal Ascot for which he was generally 3-1 favourite.
The John Gosden-trained speedster racked up four Group successes in a sequence of five straight wins last summer including two at the highest level in the Prix Morny and the Middle Park Stakes.
Owned by Al Shaqab, Shalaa had swerved a 2,000 Guineas prep to stick to the sprinting ranks but now is out until the second half of the season.
Harry Herbert, racing manager to Al Shaqab, revealed the news to the Racing Post on Friday.
He said: “Shalaa sustained a pelvic injury during a routine canter and won’t make Royal Ascot but we hope to have him back in the second part of the season.
“As you can imagine, it’s immensely disappointing for everyone particularly at this stage of the season. We’ve had these sort of injuries before but for it to happen to our top-rated horse is very annoying.”
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