Back to the drawing board for Brian Meehan with Barraquero

Royal Ascot off the agenda

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Brian Meehan has put future plans for Barraquero on hold following his no-show in the Sandy Lane Stakes at Haydock on his return to action.

The Manton handler reported last year’s Richmond Stakes winner to have returned “pretty stressed” after he bolted to the start before finishing last in the Group Two event.

Following his below-par effort at the Lancashire track, the son of Zebedee has since been taken out of the Commonwealth Cup at Royal Ascot.

Meehan said: “He bolted to the start at Haydock and he came back from that race pretty stressed.

“He has come out of the Commonwealth Cup, as we are still trying to get to the bottom of him and work out what has gone wrong.

“Once we do that we can work out the rest of his plans.”

Group Three winner Raheen House faces a short spell on the sidelines as he continues his recovery from a chest infection.

Meehan added: “He had a bad scope after his last run and is having a break. He just needs to get over his chest infection.

“He will be back mid-summer, but there are no plans for him at the moment. We will make them once he is over that.”

Back to the drawing board for Brian Meehan with Barraquero
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