Deacon Blues has been ruled out of the two big sprint races at Royal Ascot this year after trainer James Fanshawe revealed his horse had picked up a tendon injury in his leg which will leave him out of action for the whole season.

The talented five-year old won five out of his six races last term, including the Wokingham Stakes at the Royal Meeting when he got the better of Waffle by a neck. He then returned to the same track in October at the British Champions meeting to win the finale of the sprint series when going off 5/2 favourite for the 6f contest, finishing ahead of the late finishing Wizz Kid. Fans of the best Royal Ascot betting will be disappointed to hear of his injury blow.

“Unfortunately, Deacon Blues was found to have some heat in his near fore tendon on Friday and was subsequently foundto have sustained a small tear which will put him out for the season.”

Royal Ascot was a meeting to remember for Fanshawe last year after he also captured the Group One Golden Jubilee Stakes with Society Rock before his success later in the week with Deacon Blues.

“It’s a big blow for the yard as we had hoped he could have progressed further this year. He will be given the year off and we will do everything possible to get him back for 2013.”

Despite the disappoint setback, Fanshawe is still hopeful that Deacon Blues can return next season and continue his progression as a top class sprinter.

He said: “It’s a big blow for the yard as we had hoped he could have progressed further this year.

“He will be given the year off and we will do everything possible to get him back for 2013.”

The big talking point this season with regards to the big sprint races at the Royal meeting is which contest connections of the Australian superstar Black Caviar will choose, if she makes the trip to Europe. The Peter Moody-trained mare made it 19 consecutive wins at Flemington Park last time out in the Coolmore Lightning Stakes.

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