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Friday, 16 November, 2018

Carroll blow after Brocklesby winner Santry breaks leg

Santry: was two from two following victories at Doncaster and York
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Declan Carroll and his team received a major blow on Wednesday when his Royal Ascot-placed two-year-old Santry suffered a fatal injury on the gallops.

The trainer had made no secret of the high regard in which he held the Norfolk Stakes runner-up, who he rated the best juvenile he had trained, and was looking forward to taking him to York a week on Saturday.

But the trainer revealed: "We were getting him ready for the Gimcrack and he broke a leg on the gallops this morning. We're all gutted and numb – it's such a shock we've lost him."

Santry, who cost €24,000 as a yearling and was owned by Steve Ryan, Ray Flegg and John Bousfield, won a division of the Brocklesby at Doncaster on his debut in April and followed up in a novice event at York in May.

There was a degree of bad luck in his narrow defeat in the Norfolk as he was drawn on the opposite side of the track to half-length winner Sioux Nation.

Sioux Nation advertised the value of that form by winning the Group 1 Phoenix Stakes at the Curragh last Sunday.

There was a small measure of compensation for Carroll, who runs Saigon City in the Ebor at York on Gimcrack day, and for Santry's part-owner Ryan when their Save The Bees won the 1m2f handicap at Beverley on Wednesday afternoon.

We are all gutted and numb - it's such a shock that we have lost him
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