08/31/2005 12:00AM

Ouija Board out of September Stakes


Ouija Board will miss her intended engagement in Saturday's Group 3 September Stakes at Newmarket after she failed to pass an endoscopic examination Wednesday.

The winner of last year's Breeders' Cup Filly and Mare, Ouija Board was expected to use the September Stakes, a 1 1/2-mile race, as the starting point of her autumn campaign, which is supposed to culminate in either the Breeders' Cup Turf or the Filly and Mare Turf. Instead, trainer Ed Dunlop will send her to Longchamp for the 1 1/2-mile, Group 1 Prix Vermeille on Sept. 11.

Ouija Board has run only once since last year's Breeders' Cup, finishing seventh June 15 at Royal Ascot at York in the Prince of Wales's Stakes, a race in which she suffered a stress fracture to her left fore cannonbone.

Another top ranking British filly, English Oaks winner Eswarah, was retired Wednesday because of a bone chip in her knee. By Unfuwain out of 1000 Guineas and English Oaks winner Midway Lady, Eswarah was trained by Michael Jarvis for Hamdan Al Maktoum.

Mullins Bay neck winner in Strensall

Aidan O'Brien has a new rising star in Mullins Bay. A half brother to Prince of Wales's Stakes winner Stagecraft, Mullins Bay scored a neck victory over Andean in the Group 3, $90,000 Strensall Stakes at York on Wednesday. Maraahel finished another four lengths back in third as the even-money favorite.

Ridden by Kieren Fallon at odds of 5-2, Mullins Bay had previously won the highly competitive John Smith's Handicap going 1 5/16 miles at York on July 9. His time for the 1 1/8 miles on good to firm ground was 1:49.19.