Racing: Ace is grounded by fractured knee

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COMPTON ACE, who had emerged as a St Leger contender when winning the Gordon Stakes at Goodwood on Tuesday, sustained a fractured knee in capturing the Group Three prize and will not run again this season. The son of Pharly was promoted to 14-1 for the Leger after his length-and- a-half success over Time Zone.

The chestnut's trainer, Gerard Butler, said: "He has cracked a bone in his knee. It is heart-wrenching to say the least. I am very, very disappointed for the horse, for Mr Penser, his owner, and for the yard, because he looked like a horse with a bright future for the Leger. Unfortunately, these things do happen and you have got to take it on the chin."

The Blewbury trainer emphasised that Compton Ace will return next season, when he will be aimed at the long-distance Cup races.

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