Top racehorse Steel Bull has three teeth removed after accident

Steel Bull has had three teeth removed after he damaged them in the stalls before the Keeneland Phoenix Stakes on Sunday.

The top juvenile hit his head as the runners broke away for the Group One contest at the Curragh and went on to finish seventh behind impressive winner Lucky Vega.

The winner of his two previous starts, including the Molecomb Stakes at Goodwood, Steel Bull was privately purchased by Classic-winning owner Chantal Regalado-Gonzalez ahead of his first run at six furlongs.

Despite the incident, Michael O’Callaghan's colt travelled well into the race, but had no more to offer under Leigh Roche in the closing stages.

"Steel Bull banged his head in the stalls and broke three front teeth," the trainer said yesterday.

"Their teeth are very hard and he must have hit the stalls with some force to break them, so I imagine he was seeing stars.

"He ran a very good race considering, so we have to put a line through the result.

"He has had the three teeth removed by the vet.

"He will be fine in a few days and is having a little break now.

"He will be aimed at the Flying Childers at Doncaster in September."

Bookmakers made Lucky Vega a 16/1 shot to race on to victory in next season's 2,000 Guineas.

Well-backed for the sprint at the weekend, Jessica Harrington's ninth Group One winner showed a smart turn of foot to defeat his rivals by three-and-a-half lengths.

Runner-up Aloha Star was demoted into third for interference, with The Lir Jet taking her place.

Trainer Fozzy Stack has confirmed he lodged an appeal against the decision.

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