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