Ken Nicol: After her poor showing at Kenilworth last week Miss Frankel was found to be lame on the off-fore knee and was sent for x-rays and scans by trainer Dennis Drier.
The results unfortunately revealed a damaged high suspensory ligament, which means she will be sidelined for four to six months. Of course, it may well be longer as connections are sure to err on the side of caution with such a priceless piece of bloodstock.
Known as the “check ligament’’ by old school horsemen, it was described as “a nasty little injury’’ by Drier. “She has youth on her side and will recover, but we will play it by ear’’ were the parting words from her understandably downcast conditioner.
Avontuur Stud general manager Pippa Mickleburgh said the wounded filly would be back on the farm by Friday and would be given a month of box rest before her journey back to the race course gradually begins to take shape.
Apart from her injury being well tended, she’ll be getting no extra special treatment. “We will try to treat her the same as we would any other horse,’’ was the no-nonsense summation from the hugely experienced Mickleburgh.