Ground threat for Darjina

Darjina has arrived safely at Newmarket but her bid for Wednesday’s UAE Hydra Properties Falmouth Stakes could have been derailed by the weather rather than her hazardous journey.

Darjina has arrived safely at Newmarket but her bid for Wednesday’s UAE Hydra Properties Falmouth Stakes could have been derailed by the weather rather than her hazardous journey.

The triple Group One winner, who was only beaten a head in the Queen Anne Stakes, spent 18 hours in her horsebox from Chantilly following a delay crossing the Channel.

She eventually arrived in Britain but trainer Alain de Royer-Dupre now has the issue of ground to worry about as his charge prefers quick conditions and the going has eased after heavy rain.

Royer-Dupre said: “She had to stay for six hours at Calais because of the storms. She left us at 6am and got to Newmarket at 12 last night so it was a very long trip.

“She is OK but we have the problem of the rain. They had 10 millimetres of rain last night and there is more rain tomorrow. If the ground is not as she likes it, I would prefer not to run.”

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