October 22, 2005

Epsom Derby winner Motivator to miss Breeders’ Cup

LONDON (Reuters) - Epsom Derby winner Motivator has been
ruled out of next Saturday's Breeders' Cup Turf race at Belmont
Park, New York.

The colt was found to be slightly lame in one of his hind
legs during a workout at Newmarket.

Trainer Michael Bell told Channel 4 Racing on Saturday: "He
was in great form and walked home sound but then when we got
him back to his box we found he was slightly lame on his
off-hind so it has knocked the Breeders' Cup on the head,

The Breeders' Cup was to have been Motivator's last run
before retiring. As previously announced, he will stand at the
royal stud of Britain's Queen Elizabeth.

Earlier this month, Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe winner
Hurricane Run, who had been 2-1 favorite to win the Turf, was
withdrawn after he coughed in his stable in France.

Motivator raced seven times, winning on four occasions and
earning prize-money totaling 1.19 million pounds.

Despite his absence, 21 horses trained in Europe are still
set to tilt at the eight races which comprise Breeders' Cup