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Improved Guineas bid in balance

Thu, 19 April 2012
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Most Improved, general second favourite for the Qipco 2000 Guineas, missed his intended reappearance at Newmarket.

Brian Meehan's charge was due to go off a short-priced favourite for the Novae Bloodstock Insurance Craven Stakes. However, last year's Dewhurst Stakes third was reported to be slightly lame on his near foreleg as he was being prepared to leave for Newmarket.

Meehan's vets were in attendance early on Thursday morning and the Manton team are hoping Most Improved has suffered only a minor setback and will be fit for the Classic on May 5.

Meehan told his official website: "Obviously at this stage his participation is open to question. We will closely monitor the situation in conjunction with the vets, and as soon as they have cleared him, we will keep everyone informed."