Bell says prognosis good for injured Main Desire
Michael Bell is hoping his star two-year-old Main Desire will make a full recovery after he revealed the extent of a setback that has forced her out of next week’s Queen Mary Stakes.
The daughter of High Chaparral had been 11-2 second favourite for her Royal Ascot assignment before she was injured on Monday morning.
Bell said: “It’s a fracture of the hind cannon but it’s been screwed and the prognosis is good for a return to racing, so it’s not complete doom and gloom.
“It’s disappointing but what can you do? It won’t be tomorrow but she should make a full recovery.”
The trainer’s spirits have been lifted by the balmy forecast for next week’s meeting, which should help provide the fast ground his Gold Cup-bound stable star Big Orange thrives off.
Bell added: “The weather looks like it’s going to be in our favour so onwards and upwards.”
>>>The countdown to Royal Ascot continues with the Big Orange story, available to read online at racingpost.com and in the Racing Post on Thursday