Massaat run ‘a head-scratcher’

Owen Burrows has not ruled out the possibility of 2000 Guineas runner-up Massaat returning to the track before the end of the season.

Massaat: No show at Salisbury

Although tests carried out on the three-year-old following his tame effort in the Sovereign Stakes earlier this month in which he was virtually pulled up have so far proven to be inconclusive, the Lambourn handler is refusing to call it a day on his campaign just yet.

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Having found only Galileo Gold too strong at Newmarket the son of Teofilo was returned to a mile in the Group Three prize at Salisbury after failing to see out the mile-and-a-half trip in the Epsom Derby in June.

Burrows said: "We have done some more tests on him, but we have still found nothing. There are still a couple more we need to do and we should know more by the middle of next week.

"It is a bit of a head-scratcher as when they virtually stop and run as disappointingly as that you automatically think that you should find something wrong.

"Because we have not finished all the tests yet it is hard to say if it is the end of his season. Once we have done all the tests I will be in a position to make a decision, but I could not give a straight answer at this time."

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