Connections of Khaadem believe a foot issue may have contributed at Haydock.
Having appeared every inch a sprinter in the making when turning the usually competitive Stewards’ Cup to a procession at Goodwood the Charlie Hills-trained colt was fancied since he returned on Merseyside.
However, the son of Angel trailed residence last of 11 runners behind the remarkable winner Hello Youmzain of Kevin Ryan.
Angus Gold, racing manager to Khaadem’s owner Sheikh Hamdan Al Maktoum, said:”He needed a small bruised foot in the end of a week, but he trotted up sound on Friday night and again on Saturday afternoon, so there was no reason not to run him.
“We didn’t think ahead the soft floor would be a problem, however, Jim (Crowley) felt he wasn’t letting himself down. This might have been down to the foot problem, but sadly we can’t be told by the horse.
“I’m not saying that is the only reason (he frustrated ), but that I understand Charles was very happy with him entering the race and clearly he has not run up to his own best on the afternoon.”
Khaadem could run to redeem himself Stakes at Ascot at the meantime – supplied Hills and the remainder of his team are happy with him on October 19.
Gold added:”He can visit Ascot, but we’ll see. I think we only need to place a line throughout his conduct at Haydock and move on.”
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