Bated Breath remains in the mix for a possible trip to Hong Kong after another near-miss in Canada on Sunday.
Roger Charlton’s sprinter was beaten just a neck by Regally Ready having gone close behind Dream Ahead in both the July Cup and the Sprint Cup at Haydock.
“The climax of our trip to Woodbine was rather frustrating and disappointing,” Charlton said on his website.
“Poor old Bated Breath, yet again denied a deserved Group One victory by a neck. His wide draw was not an advantage, although the winner Regally Ready came from the stall on the inside of him.
“There had been nearly an inch (25mm) of rain in the preceding few days and the turf was definitely soft.
“This was confirmed by the race time being a second slower than Bated Breath had run at Haydock against Dream Ahead.
“The first thing Garrett Gomez said was that he loved Bated Breath and thought that he was a really nice horse but that he was unable to handle the going.
“We will see how he comes out of this race before deciding whether he is a possible for the Hong Kong Sprint on December 11 where he will at least encounter fast ground, but he will have to contend with the specialist sprinters from Australia.”
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