Hoof Abscesses Delay UK Debut for Hungarian Star Racehorse

Unbeaten Hungarian racehorse Overdose has been ruled out of running at Royal Ascot next month.

The 4-year-old colt, winner of 12 races and given superstar status back home, was set to run at the June 16-20 meet. But owner Zoltan Mikoczy said the foot injury that ruled the Thoroughbred out of Saturday's race at Haydock Park has not healed fast enough.

"The inflammation spread from his left fore leg to the right, possibly because of the fact that he was standing on the right leg," Mikoczy told the Racing Post on May 19.

"Today's X ray showed no change in the structure of the bone in 'Dozi's' hoof. The inflammation is going away and Dozi is now standing on both his feet and is turning around in his box on both feet."

Mikoczy said he hoped Overdose would soon be back exercising.

"If all goes well, he can come out of his box on Thursday for his first walk," Mikoczy said. "This will be decided after the result of tomorrow's X ray.

"The sad thing is that he has no chance of running at Royal Ascot because there is no time left to prepare him for it. But there will be a Royal Ascot again next year."

The sprinter, who carries the colors of Hungary's flag and is now ridden by French-based jockey Christophe Soumillon, has also won races in Germany and Italy.

Overdose also won the Prix de L'Abbaye at Longchamps in a near-record time, only for the race to be invalidated because one starting gate didn't open.

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