Al Aasy is set to miss the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Qipco Stakes and undergo gelding surgery after being narrowly beaten for the second consecutive time at Newmarket last week.
Sea The Stars’ son looked destined for the top after securing back-to-back Group 3 wins at Newbury in the spring and was a big favorite to make his successful Coronation Cup Group 1 debut at Epsom.
But after having traveled smoothly in wrestling, Al Aasy was beaten by the admirable Pyledriver, and was again beaten in the neck by Sir Ron Priestley while in contention for the Princess of Wales’s Stakes in Newmarket.
Angus Gold, Race Director for Shadwell Estate Owners, believes the time has come for some drastic action.
He said: “Al Aasy had every chance of going to win the race last week and you have to take the hard with the good.
“We’re going to give him a bit of a breather and we’re probably going to have him freeze. We know he manages soft ground, so we’ll give him a few weeks off and then bring him back in the fall. The King George is definitely on. got out.
“He’s very talented, he’s just a bit of a thug. Getting out on the track, he makes it difficult for anyone on board.”
Once Al Aasy has been neutered and enjoyed a mid-season break, he could be prepared for international goals.
“Of course we could keep him whole and hope he will make a stallion somewhere in due course, but it’s more important for Sheikha Hissa and her family to have these horses to run now,” Gold added.
“This horse could make a lot of money in Dubai or Australia or wherever. We discussed that and it’s more his attitude and general behavior before a race (that’s a problem).
“I wasn’t there last week, but William said he got pretty colty again before, so let’s guess the equation.
“We’re going to send him to stud for three weeks to refresh him, so I think it’ll be September before he races again.”