Ickworth fine after Queen Mary mishap

Filly reared up as stalls opened

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Willie McCreery hopes it may prove a blessing in disguise that Ickworth took no part in the Queen Mary Stakes at Royal Ascot.

Having followed up a winning debut at Dundalk with a Listed success at the Curragh, the Godolphin-owned filly was a major contender for Wednesday’s five-furlong Group Two – only to rear up when the stalls opened and fail to join in with the rest of the field.

While disappointed, McCreery reports his youngster none the worse – and is understandably keen to move on from the unfortunate episode.

“She reared as the stalls opened and she fell down on her hunkers,” said the Rathbride-based trainer.

“She was very lucky that she didn’t fall under the stalls, because you see them disappear.

“In hindsight, it probably wasn’t a bad thing – because all the speed was over the other side, and the ground turned.

“She’s home now anyway and there’s not a bother on her.”

Ickworth is entered in the Group Two Airlie Stud Stakes at the Curragh on Friday and the GAIN Railway Stakes the following afternoon.

Ickworth fine after Queen Mary mishap
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