Summer success for Beat The Bank marred by injury

Beat The Bank - bittersweet win at Ascot

Beat The Bank is undergoing further assessment after sustaining an injury in the course of a brave victory in the Fred Cowley MBE Memorial Summer Mile at Ascot.

Andrew Balding’s charge had won the race 12 months ago and was sent off the 2-1 favourite to back it up.

The result looked unlikely a furlong out as Sir Michael Stoute’s Zaaki was still on the bridle while Silvestre de Sousa was hard at work.

As Zaaki looked set to extend his winning streak, Beat The Bank gamely found more for pressure and had his nose down where it mattered most.

However, it soon became apparent all was not well and De Sousa dismounted quickly with Beat The Bank eventually leaving the track in a horse ambulance.

Ascot racecourse tweeted: “Winner of the Summer Mile, Beat The Bank, suffered an injury at the finish and has (been) taken to be X-rayed.”

The British Horseracing Authority confirmed Beat The Bank was lame on his left hind leg.

The victory capped a fruitful day for owners King Power Racing, who also won the John Smith’s Diamond Jubilee Cup at York with Pivoine and the Superlative Stakes at Newmarket with Mystery Power.