Connections of Battaash are set for discussions on the way forward for the sensible sprinter, with retirement showing a definite risk.
The seven-year-old may end solely seventh in his bid for a fifth successive King George Qatar Stakes at Goodwood on Friday, and Angus Gold, racing supervisor for Shadwell Estate, will now seek the advice of with Sheikha Hissa on Battaash’s future.
The Charlie Hills-trained gelding made a belated return to motion this time period when fourth at Royal Ascot, after struggling an damage throughout the winter, and connections may now name time on his profession.
Gold mentioned: “Jim (Crowley, jockey) said he really didn’t like the ground but that was not the reason he was beaten.
“The horse has finished remarkably properly to get again to the races and it took him a very long time to come back proper after the fracture.
“Jim mentioned ‘I had a trip for a number of yards’ and there comes a time for all of us.
“I shall communicate to the proprietor tonight, as the very last thing we wish to do is abuse him.
“After all the problems we’ve had, why would we go on now?
“She (Sheikha Hissa) spoke to me at Ascot and mentioned she did not wish to abuse this horse, so I believe there will probably be an announcement forthcoming.”