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Ektihaam - Ascot 11/5/2013

Ektihaam: may be saved for the King George after suffering setback

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Ektihaam could miss bid for Princess of Wales’s

EKTIHAAM, who dramatically slipped up when leading the Group 2 Hardwicke Stakes field at Royal Ascot, has suffered a setback that might rule him out of Newmarket's July meeting.

The Roger Varian-trained four-year-old holds an entry for the Princess of Wales's Stakes on July 11 but may be saved for the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes later this month.

Angus Gold, racing manager for the gelding's owner Hamdan Al Maktoum, said: "He had minor swelling in a joint three days ago and it might preclude him running next week.

"We've got the option of the King George and had he stood up and won the Hardwicke that is where we would be looking to run, so we'll see how he is."

Gold also had an update on Sheikh Hamdan's Mukhadram, who is a general 6-1 chance for Saturday's Coral-Eclipse at Sandown following his second in the Prince of Wales's Stakes at Royal Ascot.

"Richard Hills rode him in a pipe-opener this morning and said he was absolutely delighted with him," he said on At The Races.

"He had them all in trouble for a bit [at Ascot] and it took what I believe is the best older horse in Europe [Al Kazeem] the whole of the Ascot straight to catch him.

"He doesn't have to make the running but you wouldn't want to settle out the back and I'd imagine with his long stride and high cruising speed he'll be there or thereabouts."

Gold added that the John Gosden-trained Lahaag was a possible for the Old Newton Cup at Haydock on Saturday.

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