Most Improved (orange silks) was slightly lame on his near forelegPICTURE: Mark Cranham (racingpost.com/photos)
Guineas gamble Most Improved misses Craven
MOST IMPROVED, who had been a red-hot favourite for the Novae Bloodstock Insurance Craven Stakes at Newmarket on Thursday, will miss the race after being found to be lame on the morning of the race.
Third in last seasons's Dubai Dewhurst Stakes, Most Improved has been the subject of a major ante-post gamble for the Qipco 2,000 Guineas following a series of glowing reports from his trainer Brain Meehan but his participation in the first Classic of the season is now in doubt.
Announcing the news, Meehan told his website: "Obviously at this stage his participation is open to question. We will closely monitor the situation in conjunction with the vets and as soon as they have cleared him we will keep everyone informed."
The Lawman colt was found to be slightly lame on his near-fore leg as he was being prepared to leave for Newmarket early on Thursday morning and Manton's vets were in attendance before 7.30am to investigate the injury.
Most Improved is the general 4-1 second-favourite for the Guineas, although BetVictor and Sportingbet go just 7-2. Camelot remains favourite for the race, although his participation has yet to be confirmed.
Following his withdrawal from Thursday's Guineas trial, the Richard Hannon-trained Trumpet Major heads the Craven market at 4-1.