Desert Crown Unlikely To Run Again This Season


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Desert Crown (GB) (Nathaniel {Ire}) is doubtful to run again this season but connections of the brilliant G1 Derby winner are committed to keeping him in training next year. 

Sir Michael Stoute's sixth Derby winner has not raced since his Epsom triumph and Bruce Raymond, racing manager to owner Saeed Suhail, delivered the news on Friday's Nick Luck Daily Podcast that the colt was unlikely to reappear again in 2022. 

“The difficult thing is, would he [Stoute] have time to prepare him [for the major races in the autumn] and that probably is doubtful,” Raymond said.

Asked if he was confident that Desert Crown would be back next year, Raymond added, “One hundred per cent yes, he'll definitely be back next year. I don't know what the programme is but I know Saeed would like to take him to Dubai for the Sheema Classic but that's entirely up to him and Sir Michael. 

“The trouble with the [G1] Sheema Classic is, it's a great race and you get lots of kudos for winning it over there, but you miss so many early-season races because you have to give them a good rest afterwards. 

“Saeed is looking towards Dubai with him and we're pretty confident that he'll get there.”

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