Derby winner Desert Crown has suffered a minor harm which may put his participation in subsequent weekend’s King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes doubtful.
A powerful Traditional winner, the Sir Michael Stoute-trained son of Nathaniel is unbeaten in three begins following his romp at Epsom.
Nonetheless, the Saeed Suhail-owned colt, who was odds-on in some locations for the the mile-and-a-half showpiece at Ascot on Saturday week, was a market drifter on Wednesday afternoon, with Coral ultimately suspending their market Desert Crown grew to become the second Saeed Suhail-owned colt educated by Stoute to prevail within the Derby following Kris Kin’s success in 2003.
Hopes had been excessive he would frank the Derby kind, locking horns once more with subsequent Irish Derby winner Westover, who had completed two and three-quarters of a size behind him in third at Epsom.
Nonetheless, Stoute instructed the PA information company: “He will not be working tomorrow morning.
“We simply have just a little niggle that we’re trying out on his foot.” Requested concerning the specifics of the harm and whether or not he had a stone bruise, Stoute mentioned: “Who is aware of?”
He added: “We’re simply checking him out. “So, we can have extra information on Friday or Saturday. It’s too early to say whether or not he will run within the King George. We won’t decide now.”