On Sunday, Bonfire was found to be lame on Sunday morning after his run in the Coral-Eclipse at Sandown. The racehorse notably won the Dante Stakes earlier this year. "He was lame behind on his off-hind this morning. We are going to have to investigate it tomorrow," said trainer Andrew Balding.
Bonfire is currently scheduled to compete for the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe at Longchamp in October. "We are back to the drawing board a little bit. We will take stock, give him a break, and try to get him sorted out," added Balding.
The mile-and-a-quarter Group 1 race was won by Nathaniel (7-2 betting odds) in a thrilling dash against Farhh (11-4 betting odds). After the race, trainer John Gosden said his team still needs to assess whether Nathaniel will defend his crown in the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Ascot later this month.
"Because of the Diamond Jubilee and the Olympics there are only two weeks, it's compressed, between the Eclipse and the King George, and that is not ideal when you've had a lay-off and have a tough race like Saturday's," Gosden told At The Races.