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Monday, 17 December, 2018

Too bad to be true: Tip Two Win's Lennox flop still a mystery to trainer Teal

Tip Two Win and Roger Teal at his Great Shefford stables
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Roger Teal is still searching for a reason why his 2,000 Guineas runner-up Tip Two Win flopped in the Lennox Stakes at Goodwood last Wednesday.

Blood tests failed to reveal any abnormalities and the Hungerford trainer is lining up a scope to see if the three-year-old has a wind problem after he made a noise when pulling up after finishing last in the Group 2 behind Sir Dancealot.

Tip Two Win pictured finishing second to Saxon Warrior in the 2,000 Guineas

"He might have got his tongue over the bit as he made a bit of a noise," Teal said on Sunday. "Or maybe he flipped his palate – it was too bad a run to be true and he looked weary in the finish.

"You could see he was uncomfortable and out of sorts, he was in trouble as he couldn't get into a rhythm. He never hit top gear and I knew he was in trouble before the home turn.

Tip Two Win's form and race replays

"It was very disappointing as David [Probert] thought he was better than ever when riding him in work last week and we were happy with him going into the race."

Roger Teal with stable star Tip Two Win

Teal hopes to find out more this week: "Unless we find a reason we may pull up stumps for the year and look to next year. He has been on the go for a while, having started in January. He is a May foal and has always been catching up," he said.

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He might have got his tongue over his bit as he made a bit of a noise
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