Sunday 18 February 2018

O'Brien praise after 'Aquarius' saved for stud career

Keith Hamer

TOP stayer Age Of Aquarius will still be able to have a career as a stallion after breaking down in Thursday's Goodwood Cup.

The Aidan O'Brien-trained stayer, runner-up in the Gold Cup at Royal Ascot on his previous start, went wrong with around half a mile to run when in the lead.

The four-year-old colt was swiftly taken to Arundel Equine Hospital, where subsequent X-rays revealed he had sustained ruptured ligaments below the fetlock of his off-fore.

However, he is now back in Tipperary to continue his recovery and although his racing days are over, the son of Galileo can be saved for stud.

"After sustaining a serious injury yesterday in the Goodwood Cup, Age Of Aquarius was transferred to the Arundel Veterinary Hospital where he received great care and attention for which we are very grateful," O'Brien said yesterday.

"Age Of Aquarius has arrived back to Fethard Equine Hospital this morning and we are delighted to report that we are going to be able to save the horse for breeding.

O'Brien, meanwhile, has learned that an inquiry into whether he obstructed the stewards at York following Cape Blanco's run in the Dante Stakes in May will be heard on August 3. The Ballydoyle supremo refused to allow Cape Blanco to be trotted up before the vet.

Another casualty from Goodwood was Borderlescott, which will not run again this season after being injured when winning the King George Stakes on Thursday.

It means the eight-year-old sprinter will be unable to bid for a hat-trick of victories in the Coolmore Nunthorpe Stakes at York next month.

He is to remain at Arundel Veterinary Centre to undergo a bone scan next week. "They have not quite diagnosed what it is, but he's going to have a bone scan next Thursday. He's staying down at Arundel," said trainer Robin Bastiman. (© Independent News Service)

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