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Karl Burke is targeting an autumn campaign with Fallen Angel (GB) (Too Darn Hot {GB}) after injury ruled the G1 Irish 1,000 Guineas heroine out of an intended appearance in the G1 Coronation Stakes at Royal Ascot last week.

“She’s got a small bit of bone bruising, but it’s nothing serious,” Burke summed up. “We’ll leave her alone now and hopefully she’ll be ready for September and an autumn campaign.

“She’ll be back in steady work in the next week or so, but we won’t rush her back. We’ll prepare her from September onwards.”

Burke enjoyed a Royal Ascot double courtesy of Shareholder (Not This Time) in the G2 Norfolk Stakes and Leovanni (Ire) (Kodi Bear {Ire}) in the Queen Mary, but Fallen Angel was not his only high-profile absentee.

Elite Status (GB) (Havana Grey {GB}) was considered a major contender for the G1 Commonwealth Cup but was ruled out of the race at the eleventh hour due to a persistent issue with a joint, while exciting juvenile Andesite (GB) (Pinatubo {Ire}) had to miss the G2 Coventry Stakes after suffering a freak accident in his box.

“With Elite Status, it’s exactly the same issue as we’ve had in the past with a knocked joint, but we’ve got him home and got on top of it,” Burke continued. “We’ve changed a couple of little things with how we train him day to day.

“I’m sure he’ll be back out sooner rather than later and he’s in the July Cup. I’m not sure the track will play to his strengths, the undulations there, but he is in it and it’s a possibility.

“Andesite was very lucky not to be seriously injured–he’s literally just back walking now. He must have kicked out with his hind legs and got his leg caught on the Anti Weave Grille on top of the stable door as he dragged it off. His leg was still stuck and he’s obviously gone berserk in the box trying to get it off–it was a nasty one.”

On future plans for the half-brother to Dramatised (Ire) (Showcasing {GB}), Burke added, “We’ll take our time with him. I think mentally he’ll be fine, but it’s just going to take a little bit of time as there’s a lot of superficial cuts, luckily no serious damage, but it will be a few weeks before he’s back doing any serious work.”

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