Bell’s Desire suffers setback

Main Desire (right) has suffered a setback

Michael Bell's unbeaten filly Main Desire is unlikely to run again this season.

It was revealed on Monday morning she had suffered a setback which Bell hopes is not career threatening.

A Listed winner at York last time out, she had been the leading British contender for the Queen Mary Stakes at Royal Ascot next week.

"She won't be running in the Queen Mary and is being assessed by the vets as we speak," said Bell.

"It's desperate for all concerned, particularly her owner Steve Parkin, because according to the bookmakers at least, she had a leading chance.

"It's crazy to speculate at this stage, but what I can say for certain is that she won't be running on Wednesday week.

"It's unlikely she'll run again this season, but hopefully she'll be fine for her three-year-old career. I hope it's not career threatening.

"It's hard to take. We still have Big Orange in the Gold Cup and Ronald R in the Britannia along with a few other bullets, but she looked to be our best chance."


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