Derby Hero Desert Crown's King George Bid Up In The Air After Setback

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Impressive G1 Cazoo Derby hero Desert Crown (GB) (Nathaniel {Ire}) has suffered a “little niggle” according to trainer Sir Michael Stoute and could miss an intended start in the G1 King George VI and Queen Elizabeth S. on July 23. The Saeed Suhail-owned colt was due to work on Thursday morning, but that plan has been suspended.

“He won't be working tomorrow morning,” said Stoute. “We just have a little niggle that we are checking out on his foot.

“So, we will have more news on Friday or Saturday. It is too early to say whether he will run in the King George. We can't make a decision now.”

An impressive three-for-three in his young career, the bay won at Nottingham in November, before bolting up a 3 1/4-length victor in the G2 Dante S. at York on May 12. He polished off his Epsom foes by 2 1/2 lengths on June 4 and has not graced the racecourse since.

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