Ralph Beckett's star stayer Scope has unfortunately had to be put down having suffered a serious injury on the gallops in a piece of work.
The four year old was set for a big campaign this term in the staying division off the back of winning the Group One Prix Royal Oak last year in October at Paris Longchamp over two miles.
Returning this term in the Group Three Al Rayyan Stakes over 1m4f he ran a big race on ground he did not favour to finish second behind the race fit Ilaraab at Newbury.
Beckett reported in his website blog: “Scope was put down this (Tuesday) morning after fracturing his right-hind cannon bone and pastern, whilst at routine exercise.
“Having trained him, his entire family, and won a Group One with him last autumn, he meant a great deal to us and we will miss him sorely.”
This horrific news comes off the back of one of Ralph Beckett's greatest days in the sport having just landed the Irish Derby with Westover.