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Injury rules Cape Verdi out for year; Decision soon on future after Guineas heroine fractures pastern.

CAPE VERDI, brilliant winner of the 1,000 Guineas, is unlikely to run again this season and may be retired after suffering a hairline fracture to a hind pastern, writes Jon Lees.

The filly picked up the injury 10 days ago, when she was found lame as she was being prepared for this week's Group 1 Sussex Stakes.

Though it is anticipated she will make a complete recovery, there seems little chance of Cape Verdi running again this season.

Godolphin racing manager Simon Crisford confirmed yesterday: "Cape Verdi has a hairline fracture to a hind pastern. That will rule her out for quite some time.

"We are very hopeful she will make a complete recovery but we can't plan anything for the remainder of the season. There will be a decision in the near future as to whether she stays in training next year."

Cape Verdi, who captured the 1,000 Guineas by five lengths, has not run since her Derby flop at Epsom, where she started 11-4 favourite but finished only ninth behind High-Rise. The Caerleon filly had been showing signs on the gallops that she was returning to her best until she suffered this setback.

Her Classic win confirmed the rich promise she had shown as a two-year- old, when she was trained initially by Peter Chapple-Hyam for Robert Sangster.

She was beaten by Central Park in the Chesham Stakes at Royal Ascot but later captured the Group 2 Lowther Stakes by a short head from Embassy. Godolphin purchased her from Sangster after that run, but she disap- pointed on her first outing for new connections when only fourth in the Cheveley Park Stakes before being shipped to Dubai for the winter.

Her injury means neither Newmarket Guineas winners are in action, 2,000 Guineas hero King Of Kings having been retired after returning home injured from his last place in the Derby.
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Publication:The Racing Post (London, England)
Date:Jul 27, 1998
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