Plans fluid for Arabian Queen
Arabian Queen is enjoying a second enforced break of the summer as connections consider the Group One-winning filly's future.
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Her owner Jeff Smith has admitted they have been unable to get to the bottom of the problem despite thorough checks.
Only when Arabian Queen returns to training will trainer David Elsworth and owner/breeder Smith be able to make a decision as to whether the four-year-old races on or is retired to the paddocks.
Arabian Queen will not bid to repeat her shock victory of 12 months ago in the Juddmonte International at York next week, but if she does run again, races such as the Qipco Irish Champion Stakes at Leopardstown on September 10 and the Kingdom Of Bahrain Sun Chariot Stakes at Newmarket on October 1 would be considered.
"She's got intermittent lameness but we've not figured out what it is that is stopping her running," said Smith.
"She picked it up in the Coronation Cup at Epsom and has not been right since.
"It's such a shame as she ran so well at Newmarket, something just went wrong at Epsom.
"Having said that, it is not a serious injury, but it has stopped her from running and interrupted her training as she can't gallop.
"If she does not run any more this season that will be it."