Connections of Khaadem believe a foot issue may have led to some disappointing display from the Sprint Cup at Haydock on Saturday.
Having looked every inch a sprinter at the making once turning the competitive Stewards’ Cup in Goodwood to a procession the Charlie Hills-trained colt was well fancied as he returned into Group One level on Merseyside.
On the other hand, Dark Angel’s son trailed home of 11 runners supporting the notable winner Hi Youmzain of Kevin Ryan.
Angus Gold, racing manager to Khaadem’s owner Sheikh Hamdan Al Maktoum, said:”He needed a tiny bruised foot in the end of last week, but he trotted up audio on Friday night and on Saturday morning, therefore there was no reason not to run him.
“We didn’t think ahead the soft floor would be a issue, however, Jim (Crowley) felt he was not letting himself down. Unfortunately we can’t be told by the horse, although This might have been down to the foot issue.
“I’m not saying that’s the only reason (he frustrated ), but I understand Charles was really pleased with him entering the race and obviously he has not run up to his best on the afternoon.”
Khaadem could run to redeem himself in the Qipco British Champions Sprint Stakes on October 19 at Ascot – provided Hills and the rest of his team are pleased with him.
Gold added:”He can visit Ascot, but we’ll see. I think we only need to put a line throughout his run at Haydock and then move on.”

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