Al Aasy Set For Break; To Be Gelded

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Shadwell's Al Aasy (Ire) (Sea The Stars {Ire}) will miss the G1 King George VI and Queen Elizabeth S. on July 24 and is set to be gelded, according to Racing Manager Angus Gold. The 4-year-old began his campaign with back-to-back Group 3 wins in the John Porter S. and Aston Park S. for trainer William Haggas, but settled for second in both the G1 Coronation Cup and G2 Princess of Wales's S. most recently.

“Al Aasy had every chance to go and win the race last week and you've got to take the rough with the smooth,” Gold said. “We're going to give him a bit of a break and we're probably going to geld him. We know he handles soft ground, so we'll give him a few weeks off and then bring him back in the autumn. The King George is definitely out.

“He's got plenty of talent, he's just a bit of a thug. Going out on the track, he makes it difficult for whoever is on board. Of course we could keep him entire and hope that he's going to make a stallion somewhere in due course, but it's more important for Sheikha Hissa and her family to have these horses to race now. This horse could win a lot of money in Dubai or Australia or wherever.”

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