Massaat set to undergo tests

Massaat will undergo a thorough examination following his disappointing effort in the Sovereign Stakes at Salisbury last week.

Massaat: No obvious excuses for poor showing

Having finished second in the 2000 Guineas before stepping up to 12 furlongs to finish ninth in the Derby, Owen Burrows charge was well fancied to return to his best dropping back to a mile last Thursday.

However, the Teofilo colt dropped away quickly after leading through the early stages and while Burrows reports nothing to have come to light yet, he is planning a full set of tests for his charge.

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He said: "Nothing mechanical has come to light. He was not lame or anything like that. We are just going to do some internal tests on him now over the next week to make sure everything is at as it should be.

"We will have to wait and see what the specialists find but it is hard to say if he will come back as he was, but we hope and pray he does.

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"Even if he was a bit under the weather, he would have still got to a furlong and a half out. The worrying fact was that he stopped so quickly and that he lost his action all too soon. That's not him.

"I was happy that he was out in front at Salisbury as I thought he would wind it up and that it would take a good one to get past him."

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