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Mill Reef winner Sakheer to miss Dewhurst date after dirty scope

Sakheer: Mill Reef winner will miss the Dewhurst
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Seven runners were declared on Thursday for Friday's Dewhurst Stakes but Sakheer was not among them after scoping dirty.

The €550,000 breeze-up purchase was ante-post favourite for Saturday's Group 1 but will miss the race in a big blow for trainer Roger Varian and owners KHK Racing.

Varian said in a statement released on Twitter: "Unfortunately Sakheer has scoped dirty this morning ahead of his intended run in the Dewhurst Stakes at Newmarket on Saturday. 

"This is of course very frustrating and disappointing, and I am very sorry for owners KHK Racing and everyone connected with the horse.

"He will be put away now for the season and we look forward to him returning as a three-year-old."

After finishing second on his debut at Windsor in August, Sakheer has developed quickly into one of this season's leading juveniles. He cantered to a six-length novice win at Haydock at the start of September and made light work of a steep rise in class to win the Group 2 Mill Reef Stakes at Newbury by three and a half lengths.

The impressive nature of that win prompted connections to pay £35,000 on Monday to supplement him for the Dewhurst.

Varian, whose team had a career-best month in September with 29 winners from 99 runners in Britain, had spoken on Wednesday of how the son of Zoffany had to be treated as a possible Guineas contender. He is 12-1 with Paddy Power, Betfair Sportsbook and Betfred for next year's Newmarket Classic.

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He will be put away now for the season and we look forward to his returning as a three-year-old
E.W. Terms