Aclaim had been quietly fancied by connections to run a big race in the Lockinge, but he disappointed although tests have come back revealing something was amiss
TRAINER Martyn Meade is confident Aclaim will bounce back to form after finding an excuse for his disappointing run in the Lockinge Stakes at Newbury.
Meade was quietly confident heading into the Lockinge, but Aclaim failed to run to his best form and connections have found that something was amiss.
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“It was a very disappointing run and clearly something was amiss. The annoying thing is I had him routine blood tested the day before he ran and he was absolutely fine, brilliant in his coat and wonderful at home,” said Meade.
“He ran flat in the race, we got him back and had him blood tested and his blood was wrong, so he had an infection which we are treating now.
“You can put a line through that run. Luckily he wasn’t given too hard a race as he didn’t perform at all.
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“This must have literally happened and manifested itself the day he ran. He will bounce back and maybe we will now go to Royal Ascot for the Queen Anne.
“We will re-bleed him just to make sure he is clear of it now, but it is 100 per cent that is what it was.”