Cannock Chase: stripped of last September’s Listed win at Newmarket
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By Graham Dench 3:40PM 9 JUN 2016
CANNOCK CHASE, who on Thursday was stripped of last September’s Listed win in Newmarket’s Sakhee Godolphin Stakes after traces of a prohibited pain relief medication were found in his system, will not take be running at Royal Ascot next week.
The five-year-old, who was successful at the royal meeting two years ago and was a Grade 1 winner at Woodbine last autumn, was among the original entries for both the Group 1 Prince of Wales’s Stakes and the Group 2 Hardwicke.
He was no bigger than 5-1 for the Harwicke, but Stoute, who attended the High Holborn inquiry in person, has ruled him out.
“Cannock Chase won’t be going to Royal Ascot,” said the trainer, who confirmed Exosphere and Dartmouth as intended runners for the Hardwicke.
Nine for Prince of Wales’s Stakes
The Prince of Wales’s Stakes, the Group 1 highlight on day two of Royal Ascot, has an international flavour with Japanese star A Shin Hikari featuring among a possible field of nine revealed on Thursday.
Time Test, successful in the Brigadier Gerard Stakes on his return to action, and Coronation Cup runner-up Found are among the opposition, with Highland Reel, My Dream Boat, The Grey Gatsby, Tryster, Western Hymn and Covert Love also engaged in the 1m2f race.
Prince of Wales’s Stakes
Paddy Power bet: 6-4 A Shin Hikari, 3 Time Test, 7 The Grey Gatsby, 8 Found, 12 Tryster, 14 Covert Love, 16 Highland Reel, Western Hymn, 25 My Dream Boat