Carroll blow after Brocklesby winner Santry breaks leg
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.