Owen Burrows has been dealt a merciless blow after Hukum required surgical procedure on an harm picked up throughout his Coronation Cup victory, with the chance his steady star may have run his final race.
Hukum is anticipated to have the ability to return to motion later within the 12 months, however Burrows believes there’s a probability the Shadwell-owned five-year-old will now take up stallion duties.
It represents an enormous swing in fortunes for the Burrows steady, who went from the excessive of celebrating a primary Group 1 success at Epsom to the low of Hukum probably not racing once more.
The coach mentioned: “Sadly, he picked up an harm within the race and it wasn’t till we bought again to the yard that he was lame. He needed to have surgical procedure on Saturday morning and had three screws put in a hind leg.
“It wouldn’t be career-ending, however there may be the prospect of him interesting as a stallion for in all probability the jumps.
“It’s too early to say whether or not that will probably be him completed and it’s not as if he couldn’t run once more, it simply depends upon his restoration and what kind of curiosity there may be for him.”
Burrows had initially been left to think about extra lofty targets for Hukum, together with subsequent month’s King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Ascot, after his dominant victory over final 12 months’s winner Pyledriver in Friday’s Coronation Cup.
Nevertheless, all plans have been positioned on maintain by Burrows and Shadwell’s racing supervisor Angus Gold till a call is made on Hukum’s future.
“He’s going to must box-rest for just a few weeks and he definitely wouldn’t be again till late autumn on the earliest, however that’s a best-case situation it heals effectively,” mentioned Burrows.
“It’s not as if it’s him fully completed, all of it relies upon actually. I used to be chatting with Angus yesterday and we are able to’t make any selections now; we’ll see how he mends and go from there.”
Final 12 months, Burrows was compelled to relocate to new premises with a considerably diminished group as a consequence of Shadwell’s cutbacks after the demise of Hamdan Al Maktoum.
Though not a personal coach for Shadwell, Burrows saved maintain of Hukum and took nice satisfaction within the six-time Group winner making his breakthrough on the highest degree.
“One minute I used to be floating residence from Epsom after which bang,” the coach mentioned. “I used to be 1 / 4 of an hour from getting again to the yard when my assistant rang me and it was a little bit bit bittersweet.
“I’ve skilled plenty of feelings on this recreation over time, however that may in all probability be up there. It’s gutting from a private and group viewpoint, however I really feel very privileged to coach such a great horse and am so happy he was in a position to lastly present what we felt he was able to.”
Hukum, a year-older brother of Shadwell celebrity Baaeed, has gained 9 of his 15 begins and earned prize-money of greater than £630,000.