Imperial Aviator’s horse racing career is on hold following a trip in the Group One contest at Chantilly. The three year old stumbled on ground that was in, hindsight, perhaps a little too hard for him. The trip resulted in a shoulder injury, the injury has since been treated, but the bay colt needs time to rebuild his strength, and his pace.
Imperial Aviator will race again but his trainer has said that there is no need to rush him. Before he sustained his injury the horse managed to run a winner in the London Gold Cup at Newbury racecourse. The result gave his trainer, Roger Charlton, the motivation he needed to enter the three year old into the French Derby. It was just unfortunate that things didn’t go the way they had hoped for him.
Speaking of the incident, and shouldering the blame, Charlton made us aware that he had perhaps made the wrong decision with regards to the horses’ entry. He admitted that the ground was tough, but that he felt Imperial Aviator would run well on it. Unfortunately he didn’t so very well at all.
The trainer described the trip that resulted in the injury as a lunge and a fall due to the conditions and a hole in the ground.
Charlton went on to say that they are taking the bay colt out every day for a ride in the hope that they will be able to build up the pace. He emphasized the fact that there was no rush, but is hopeful that he will begin running again next month, (August).
Author Lisa Wood
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