Franklin D: had been lined up for a trip to South Korea
PICTURE: Mark Cranham (racingpost.com/photos)
By David Milnes 8:52AM 17 AUG 2016
FRANKLIN D, the hugely impressive winner of the Betfred Mile at Glorious Goodwood last month, was euthanised on Wednesday morning after sustaining a serious injury during routine exercise in Newmarket.
Owned by Bill and Tim Gredley, Franklin D suffered a break to his hind leg when exercising and the loss of the progressive four-year-old left trainer Michael Bell, his team and the owners in a state of shock.
Bell said: “Unfortunately, Franklin D broke a hind leg pastern this morning and couldn’t be saved. It is very sad for all concerned.
“He was a yard favourite and very easy to train. Everybody is very disappointed and upset by this and we were looking forward to him being a pathfinder for us with his trip to South Korea. This really is a game of snakes and ladders.”
Franklin D had been the toast of punters and left bookmakers “blown to smithereens” at Goodwood when winning the Betfred Mile as the 7-4 favourite, having been 4-1 on the morning of the race.
He was the second leg of a big-race double for Bell and the Gredleys after Big Orange had captured the Goodwood Cup the day before.
South Korea plan
An ambitious international raid had then been planned for Franklin D after his Goodwood win, with the near £700,000 Korea Cup in Seoul on September 11 his target.
Gredley, who had been watching Franklin D exercise when he was injured, said: “It only happens to the good ones.
“There are two uncertainties in life: swimming in the sea where no-one knows you and horseracing”
Franklin D, a 75,000 guineas purchase by Gredley in April 2014, won four of his 13 starts and £145,965 in win and place prize-money.