Beckford impresses in the Group 2 Railway Stakes
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Last season’s Railway Stakes hero Beckford, who left Gordon Elliott to be trained in America, will miss an intended return to Europe for Royal Ascot, after suffering a leg fracture.

The son of Bated Breath won his first two starts for Gordon Elliott last season, including his Group Two triumph at the Curragh.

He was later second in both the Phoenix and the National Stakes, before coming home fifth behind Mendelssohn in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf.

Beckford stayed in the United States and was sent to the stables of Brendan Walsh, who had been preparing the colt for a crack at Royal Ascot.

That dream has now been crushed.

Walsh told Daily Racing Form: “It’s something he should be able to recover from, but obviously it’s disappointing.”

The trainer also confirmed the colt has had surgery and that he was hopeful of a return to racing next year.