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Saturday 3 December 2016

Zawraq remains on course for Epsom Derby, despite scare

Zawraq
Zawraq

DERMOT WELD'S unbeaten colt Zawraq remains on course for the Epsom Derby despite a scare yesterday morning at his trainer's Curragh base.

The two-time winner, who was a prominent figure in what is a wide open looking Epsom Derby, is yet to be full confirmed for the race, which declares tomorrow morning but Angus Gold, racing manager to owner Sheikh Hamdan Al Maktoum, is hopeful they will still get Zawraq to Epsom.

Gold explained: "He did a bit of work this morning with Pat Smullen up, he did it fine and walked back to the yard ok but when the head lad came back into his box, he just thought he took a lame step."

Zawraq was a drifter in the betting following the news but remains as short as 5/1 behind Golden Horn and Jack Hobbs for Saturday's showpiece. Gold added: "He did his work fine, had a pick of grass back at the yard, but they just felt he wasn't 100 per cent when they trotted him up.

"He has been taken to the vets for an X-rays and scans and they came back fine, they didn't show up anything apart from a small mark on the inside of his near-fore cannon bone, so hopefully he has just given himself a knock.

ICED

"He's being iced and hopefully he's just given himself a bang, but we will obviously know more over the next 36 hours or so.

"It was his final piece of work so he's done everything he needs to do and is a fit horse.

"We are hoping to get him to the Derby but we just wanted to make everyone aware of what has happened."

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