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.