Hoof It thwarted by setback
Breathing problem for Easterby star
Last Updated: September 3, 2012 3:54pm
Hoof It: Under assessment
Hoof It remains under assessment at Mick Easterby's stable and is not likely to be seen in action until a breathing issue has been diagnosed.
It was assumed the five-year-old, who is owned in partnership by golfer Lee Westwood and his agent, Chubby Chandler, would make a return in Saturday's Betfred Sprint Cup at Haydock, but he did not appear among the confirmed entries.
Hoof It won last year's Stewards' Cup and was a close third in the Haydock race but has not been the same force this term, despite a reasonably promising reappearance in the Duke of York Stakes.
He was a disappointing favourite when tried over seven furlongs on his most recent start at Newmarket in late June.
Speaking from America, Chandler said: "He's got a bit of a breathing problem and they are just trying to work out what it is.
"He's been making a few noises when they've galloped him at home so they are doing the prudent thing and not running him on Saturday.
"I've no idea where he'll go next."