Talking Horses: Derby winner Desert Crown set to be ruled out for season

By: Greg Wood at Goodwood Saturday 30 July 2022

Foot injury likely to scupper colt’s chances of running in Arc but plans in place to keep Epsom hero in training next season

The chance that Desert Crown, who maintained his unbeaten record in the Derby at Epsom in June, will race again in his Classic season appeared to recede further on Friday when Bruce Raymond, racing manager for Saeed Suhail, the colt’s owner, admitted that Sir Michael Stoute is already running out of time to get Desert Crown ready for a race in October.

Speaking at Goodwood, Raymond said: “I would say he’s doubtful [for the rest of the season]. There’s nothing major wrong with him [and] we’ll try to get him there, but it’s not the injury, it’s the time it takes to prepare him for it.”

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