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Zawraq's set for long spell on sidelines after fracture





Zawraq is set for a lengthy spell on the sidelines after X-rays revealed a fracture to his off-fore cannon bone.

Dermot Weld’s unbeaten colt was set to head to Epsom as a major contender for the Investec Derby, but was found to be lame earlier in the week and although initial X-rays and scans were inconclusive, he was not declared for the premier Classic.

Connections were hoping the injury was not serious, but Angus Gold, racing manager to owner Sheikh Hamdan Al Maktoum, revealed the three-year-old is set to miss a large bulk of the campaign.

Gold said: “He was re-X-rayed over the weekend and they found a crack in his off-fore cannon bone. He’s had two screws put in it.

“He’s going to need three months recuperation. I can’t tell you how long it will take for the bone to heal, but there will be nothing happening in the short term, obviously.

“It’s disappointing, but better to find out this way than running down the hill at Epsom.”

Outspoken is set to be part of Aidan O’Brien’s formidable squad for Royal Ascot later this month following his impressive debut at Navan

The stoutly-bred son of Galileo made a big impression when make a successful start to his career in County Meath, pulling readily clear of a number of more experienced horses in the hands of the trainer’s son, Donnacha.

Although that victory came over a mile and a quarter, Outspoken could step up to two miles for the Queen’s Vase at the Royal meeting, with the King Edward VII Stakes over a mile and a half another option.

O’Brien said: “He could go to Ascot for the Queen’s Vase or the King Edward and looks the type that could improve a lot.”

Trainer Criquette Head-Maarek felt French superstar Treve oozed positivity in a routine piece of work yesterday.

The five-year-old mare made an uplifting seasonal debut in the Prix Corrida at Saint-Cloud late last month as she takes aim at an unprecedented third Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe victory in the autumn.

Treve’s next assignment is in the Group One Grand Prix de Saint-Cloud on June 28.

Head-Maarek said: “The champ is very well and looks in great form, never better.”