Lame Bonfire 'too keen' in Eclipse

  • Last Updated: July 8 2012, 17:18 BST

Bonfire was found to be lame on Sunday morning following his disappointing run in the Coral-Eclipse at Sandown on Saturday.

Bonfire: Never gave himself a chance at Sandown

Trainer Andrew Balding is going to have the problem checked out, but believes the Dante Stakes winner lost all chance by running too free in the early stages of the mile-and-a-quarter showpiece won by Nathaniel.

"He was lame behind on his off-hind this morning. We are going to have to investigate it tomorrow," the Kingsclere handler said on Sunday.

"He's not lame enough to use it as an excuse. He was just too keen in the race and didn't give himself a chance to run his race.

"We are back to the drawing board a little bit.

"We will take stock, give him a break, and try to get him sorted out."