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2nd UK Scan For Starcraft

Monday, 25th July 2005

Meanwhile Australia's triple Gr1-winning 4YO Starcraft (Soviet Star-Flying Floozie, by Pompeii Court) "will undergo a 2nd scan to ascertain the full extent of the pelvic injury thought to be behind his disappointing run" in the recent UK Gr1 Eclipse Stakes, reported racingpost.co.uk. Starcraft "suffered a suspected stress fracture of the ilial bone & underwent an exploratory scan" a week ago; Newmarket-based trainer Luca Cumani has now confirmed the injury "is not as bad as 1st feared" but he will "send the Australian raider back to the vets this week in an attempt to get to the root cause of the problem". Cumani summed up: "He still needs to be kept a close eye on, but the early signs are promising. The initial scan was positive, but another scan is needed to help with our diagnosis." Owner Paul Makin's initial prognosis was that Starcraft (who finished "a superb 3rd behind Valixir & Rakti in the Gr1 Queen Anne Stakes at Royal Ascot at York") could be "sidelined for at least 2 months". However Cumani "refused to speculate on how long Starcraft will be sidelined, until he has received the results of this week's 2nd scan", noting: "It's dangerous making predictions, so I'm not going to even think about when he might return until he has had the 2nd scan."

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