The star is rumored to be skipping the Diamond Jubilee event.


The star is rumored to be skipping the Diamond Jubilee event.

Ed Walker will check the circumstances at Ascot on Friday, but admits Starman is “pretty unlikely” to run in the Diamond Jubilee Stakes on Saturday.

Before a torrent of rain poured in Berkshire overnight, turning the ground to heavy and prompting an inspection before racing, the four-year-old had been the ante-post favorite for the six-furlong feature on the penultimate day of the race.

Starman has won four of his five races to date, with his only defeat coming at Ascot in October over six furlongs on soft ground, and Walker believes the conditions have worked against his stable hero.

“I think it’s pretty doubtful he’ll run,” he added. I have a runner in the last race, so I’ll have a look at the track and make a decision, but I think it’s a long shot.

“His single loss so far came here last year on soft ground.

“It’s frustrating because not only is it a beautiful opportunity at Royal Ascot, but some of the other races he might run in, such as the Maurice de Gheest and the Sprint Cup at Haydock, are frequently raced on soft ground, so it’s sad to lose a summer aim to strange weather.”

“We’ve just got to hope the weather improves and everything dries out now,” Walker said, referring to Starman’s entry in next month’s July Cup at Newmarket.

“He’s entered in the July Cup, so if the ground dries up, that’s an option.”

Walker’s Coronation Stakes candidate Premio Bacio had to retire because to the rain.

The filly, who shone in her victory at York, could possibly run at Newmarket.

“I’m not sure where we’ll go yet,” Walker remarked.

“We couldn’t run since the Coronation had been her goal since she crossed the line at York.

“She’s entered in the Falmouth Stakes at Newmarket, so we could look there, but the ground would have to be better.”


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