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The "scared off" charge is manifestly unfair.<br>What have connections got to gain by missing the chance of earning good prize money with an 8 year old gelding ? Flat stud considerations obviously don’t apply.<br>Take out Kauto Star and this year’s Gold Cup looks a particularly weak event in which WoA would certainly have been competitive. In any event you should never be afraid of one horse and KS is the same price to fail to complete as it is to win.<br>Fair enough, a GC win over Hedgehunter and win at Punchestown over Beef or Salmon hardly confers greatness and  WoA was either being brought along slowly or wasn’t at his best this season but there are worse winners of big races in the form book.<br>The horse is only 8 and comparatively lightly raced and MAY come back and retain ability – didn’t Well Chief have a similar "heat in a leg" problem?<br>Commiserations to Mouse Morris as well over the death of his mother on Friday.