Horse Racing

Pyledriver sustains another failure, as Dubai’s plans fail


Pyledriver (left) | Emma the berry

Pyledriver (GB) (Harbour Watch {Ire}), the 2022 G1 winner King George VI and Queen Elizabeth S., suffered defeat on the left front foot, according to co-trainer William Muir. The bay’s race future depends on the results of several sweeps. He is aiming for the G3 Winter Derby, and then is aiming for the G1 Dubai Sheema Classic at Meydan, the race in which he finished fourth last term.

“When he got up from a piece of work, he was a little bit down,” said Muir, who co-trained with Chris Grassick. “He was a lovely person, never short or anything and we just had to wait to finish and take all the scans before we could say what we were doing. I spoke to the owner and I spoke to the vet and he said ‘I’ll forget the Winter Derby’.

“We won’t have any problems and the way he plays, I know he has nothing to lose – he is in very good form. That’s disappointing, but we have to do what’s right for the horse and we have to figure out what it is.

“That’s the minute, a lot of people will look at him and say he’s fine but I know him like the back of my hand and I know he wasn’t right. When he stopped yesterday, the guy who always rides him said, ‘Boss, he’s not feeling well’ and he just seemed a little out of the ordinary.

Muir is adamant that he will not consider, pending the results of the scans, run the 6-year-old owned by La Pyle Partnership in Dubai for his seasonal offering.

“It’s no use, I won’t go straight there. [Dubai],” Muir continued. “Those two races are over and we basically have to see what the results tell us.

“If it’s something that we can treat, care for and make him 100% healthy without losing any ability then we will continue. If we find it worse than that then we’ll have to deal with it and keep turning him into a stallion somewhere.

“For me, there are many countries in the world that love a horse like this because it has a lovely appearance and is a great racehorse with very high ratings.

“That’s the furthest thought in my mind, but I’m trying to mentally prepare for it because if that’s the case, then that’s the case. I hope we get the results in the next few days and it says this, this and this and we can manage well.

“Even so, the only thing that comes first is the horse—that’s why we’ll wait. You have to do what is right for these animals.

“He’s been one of the best things about my coaching career and a special part of my life, but it doesn’t matter if it’s him or the horse running at Southwell on Tuesday night, you always what to do. fit the horses.”

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