Alex My Boy: has been retired due to injury
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By David Conolly-Smith 5:00PM 8 JUN 2016
LEADING German stayer Alex My Boy – a general 20-1 shot for next Thursday’s Gold Cup at Royal Ascot – has been retired after sustaining an injury.
According to trainer Andreas Wöhler´s website, the five-year-old suffered a hairline fracture while working on Tuesday.
Bruce Raymond, racing manager to owner Jaber Abdullah, said: “It´s a great shame, as we had high hopes for him. We will now look for a place for him as a stallion; he is very well bred, being by Dalakhani out of Oaks winner Alexandrova, and he is a half-brother to last week´s Oaks fourth Somehow.”
Alex My Boy, who started off in Britain under the care of Mark Johnston, won a Group 2 and a Group 3 race in France for Wöhler last season and earned connections in excess of £150,000 in prize-money during his career.
Wöhler will still have a runner in next week’s Gold Cup, however, as Wasir – as big as 100-1 in places – will take his chance under Brazilian-born jockey Rafael Schistl, who rode him when he defeated Alex My Boy in the Oleander-Rennen at Hoppegarten a month ago.
Order Of St George has been towards the head of the Gold Cup market since his stunning 11-length triumph in the Irish St Leger last season and he attracted further support on Wednesday.
Order Of St George, who made a winning return to action in the Saval Beg Stakes at Leopardstown last week, is now the general 6-4 favourite to add to trainer Aidan O’Brien’s remarkable record in the race. O’Brien has won six of the last ten renewals of the Gold Cup.