Dubai Millennium's Condition Deteriorates; Sheikh Mohammed Arrives

Dubai Millennium's Condition Deteriorates; Sheikh Mohammed Arrives
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Dubai Millennium, after winning the 2000 Dubai World Cup.
Godolphin stallion Dubai Millennium remains in intensive care at a Newmarket clinic following surgery. The condition has worsened to such a point that Godolphin's Sheikh Mohammed arrived Wednesday from Dubai to check out the stallion. Dubai Millennium, who is standing his first season at stud, underwent surgery Monday to relieve a blockage of the small intestine and additional surgery Tuesday night. He remains in intensive care in Newmarket, but the vets are giving him every possible medical treatment to enable his internal system to function normally again," said Sheikh Mohammed's bloodstock advisor John Ferguson. "He's being a wonderful patient, and is comfortable, though clearly unwell."

The colic surgery was conducted by veterinarians Huw Neal and James Crowhurst with Newmarket, England-based Greenwood, Ellis, and Partners.

Liam O'Rourke, stud director at Dalham Hall Stud, where the son of Seeking the Gold stands, said the Monday operation lasted about 1 3/4 hours.

Classified by Sheikh Mohammed as the best horse he has ever campaigned, Dubai Millennium won nine of 10 starts and earned the equivalent of $4.4 million. He was retired to stud with much fanfare and a first year fee reportedly of £100,000 (about $150,000).

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