Ballydoyle, Ireland - (Ass mess): Fabled Irish talking horse George Washington was pulled from this weekend's Queen Elizabeth II Stakes at Ascot after an operation to geld him went badly wrong, leaving the 4-year-old son of Danehill a prime contender for a three-legged donkey derby.
The defending QE II titleholder was passed fit by trainer Aidan O'Brien for the midweek two-bricks-behind-the-stables ball chop in a bid to concentrate his mind a bit more on racing.
However as soon as the thoroughbred saw the fate that awaited his bollocks he bolted and ended up rampaging all over the trainer's son's potting shed.
There his off-fore leg got caught up in the O'Brien family moonshine still, leaving the animal limping as well as minus his stud duties tackle.
O'Brien is said to be 'gutted' having backed the wonder-horse heavily at ante-post odds of 8-1.
Stable lads reckon the Ballydoyle trainer has lost between £50,000 and £100,000 in the ante-post disaster "and never mind his rake-off from the Ascot prize money."
Now all that remains in the race are the stable's cast offs, namely Duke of Marmalade and Excellent Art "neither of which stands a hope in hell of winning the seller at Haydock tomorrow let alone the QEII in Ascot" according to internet spread betting index Aintgottaprayer.com.