Talented Kentucky Derby winner California Chrome looks set to miss the Group 1 Prince Of Wales’s Stakes (2012m) during the 2015 Royal Ascot Carnival this week after having his preparation hampered by a nasty hoof abscess.
A four-time Group 1 winner, California Chrome returned to racing this for a close second behind Shared Belief in the Group 2 San Antonio Invitational Stakes (1810m) on February 7th and was last seen running on for second behind Prince Bishop in the Group 1 Dubai World Cup (2000m) at Meydan on March 28th.
Having been geared towards a maiden appearance at the Royal Ascot Carnival and 2015 Prince Of Wales’s Stakes, overseeing Newmarket trainer Rae Guest said that while he is yet to be ruled out, the situation for the four-year-old does not look good.
“He is not ruled out yet, but he has a bruised foot. Unless it is OK in the morning, which is doubtful, he won’t go to Ascot,” Guest told PAA.
“He has had a vet put a hole in to let any poison there might be out, but if he can’t get a shoe on in the morning he won’t run.”
Posting eight wins and a further three minors through 15 career starts so far, California Chrome stamped his name as one to watch from his first competitive appearance on course in mid-2013.
Undoubtedly finding career-best form to date over the 2013/14 American winter and spring, the Lucky Pulpit entire won a pair of minors before taking out each of the Group 2 San Felipe Stakes (1710m), Group 1 Santa Anita Derby (1810m), Group 1 Kentucky Derby (2011m) and Group 1 Preakness Stakes (1910m) before placing fourth in the Group 1 Belmont Stakes (2413m); the final leg of the coveted US Triple Crown.
Steadily building to the task over a three start American autumn preparation, California Chrome ran sixth in the Group 2 Pennsylvania Derby (1810m) first-up; progressing to third in the Group 1 Breeders’ Cup Classic (2012m) and success in the Group 1 Hollywood Derby (1810m).
California Chrome remains in 2015 Prince Of Wales’s Stakes betting markets for the time being; currently available at a quote of $17 for success.
Australia’s Criterion remains an $11 chance after drawing barrier 7.