DUBAI PRINCE, one of the most credible challengers to Frankel in the English 2,000 Guineas, was yesterday ruled out of not only the Classic on the Rowley Mile, but also the Derby.
The unbeaten colt, transferred at the end of his juvenile campaign from Dermot Weld to the Godolphin operation, has sustained a pelvic injury that will keep him off the track for the first half of the season.
The son of Shamardal, yet to race this year, had been as short as 12/1 for the Guineas, having advertised his potential with a clear-cut success in a Group Three contest at Leopardstown before his inevitable switch from owner Sheikh Mohammed's original maroon-and-white colours to his Godolphin blue and the care of Mohammed Al Zarooni.
The colt's enforced absence (he has suffered a hairline fracture to the wing of his right hip) means that odds-on shot Frankel has further contracted in the Qipco Guineas lists, with the best price now available the 8/13 from Boylesports.
Ballydoyle inmate Roderic O'Connor -- second to Frankel in the Dewhurst -- has leapfrogged Jessica Harrington-trained Pathfork to 6/1 with the news that Ryan Moore will take the Classic ride.
Godolphin's main hope for the colts' Classics is now Casamento, around 16/1 for the Newmarket race but as short as 10/1 for Epsom. (© Independent News Service)