Hugo Palmer: Covert Love slight injury setback means no Middleton Stakes

Hugo brings us exclusive news about a Covert Love injury setback
Hugo brings us exclusive news about a Covert Love injury setback

Covert Love has suffered a slight injury setback. Trainer Hugo Palmer brings Betfair the exclusive news...

"The problem had been rumbling on for about 10 days, but we have dealt with it now and I’d be confident of her starting back in work on Tuesday. It isn’t an issue in the wider picture, but I thought it best to let everyone know."

Covert Love will not be taking up the option of starting her campaign in the Middleton Stakes at York next month because she has had a slight setback.

It is nothing serious - and it doesn't affect the longevity of her season, and certainly not her career - but she had some pus in her foot, and has missed five days of training.

The problem had been rumbling on for about 10 days, but we have dealt with it now and I'd be confident of her starting back in work on Tuesday. It isn't an issue in the wider picture, but I thought it best to let everyone know.

And in many ways it confirms in my mind that we have made the right decision to go to the 2,000 Guineas with Galileo Gold today. When you have a horse in as good as shape as he is, you have to seize the opportunity when it presents itself. So many issues and problems can arise with horses.

But, to re-iterate, there is no long problem with Covert Love and she is entered in every suitable race around the globe.

We could look to run her in the Tattersalls Gold Cup on May 22 at the Curragh, but that may come too soon, and the Prince Of Wales's Stakes at Royal Ascot , or the Pretty Polly at the Curragh at the end of June, are likelier options perhaps.

But she won't appear in any race where the word soft appears in the going description, as I've said before.

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