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Be Ready faces heart scan

Be Ready was suffering from an "atrial fibrillation" when disappointing in the Craven Stakes at Newmarket on Thursday.

The colt was having just his third run having shown smart form as a juvenile and trainer Saeed bin Suroor had spoken of him in glowing terms in recent weeks.

However, the signs Silvestre de Sousa was giving out early on were not good and his mount came home tailed off.

A statement on www.godolphin.com read: "Following a veterinary examination after the race, it appears the colt had an atrial fibrillation.

"Be Ready's cardiac rhythm had returned to normal this morning (April 18) and the three-year-old will undergo a heart scan and other tests this afternoon by a leading specialist in equine internal medicine, Celia Marr.

"This is to make sure there are no residual problems. Be Ready's heart rhythm during exercise will be monitored when he returns to training.

"Atrial fibrillation is a fairly common irregularity of the heart rhythm in racehorses. During an episode, the horse is unable to perform to his usual standard.

"But, in most horses, it is a one-off event and the prognosis is good for a complete recovery of previous race form."

Marr's name is already well known to racing fans, having recently worked with Nicky Henderson to assist with Sprinter Sacre's recovery from a similar problem.