Tuesday 23 July 2019

Injury to rule 'Magna' out of Royal meeting as Farclas chases hat-trick

Trainer Aidan O'Brien. Photo: Cody Glenn/Sportsfile
Trainer Aidan O'Brien. Photo: Cody Glenn/Sportsfile
Michael Verney

Michael Verney

Magna Grecia is unlikely to recover in time for a trip to Royal Ascot next week with the English 2,000 Guineas winner still recovering from a hamstring injury.

Aidan O'Brien's colt was out of sorts on his subsequent start in last month's Irish 2,000 Guineas but was since found to have picked up an injury which looks to put paid to any plans of a tilt at the St James's Palace Stakes.

The son of Invincible Spirit (currently 6/1 third favourite) faces a race against time to make the Royal meeting where rivalries would be renewed with Irish 2,000 Guineas victor Phoenix Of Spain (7/4) and runner-up Too Darn Hot (7/2).

The Ballydoyle maestro will be out to maintain his remarkable start to the season this Sunday in Chantilly, however, as he eyes his fourth Classic of the year in the French Oaks.

Epsom Oaks second Pink Dogwood is a possible runner along with Oaks third Fleeting but Coral Beach - which has disappointed on both starts this season - is the most likely Ballydoyle contender in the €1million feature, a glaring omission from his stellar CV.

Meanwhile, Roscommon is today's Irish focus where the thetote.com Connacht National (8.10) takes centre stage with 'Shark' Hanlon's unexposed five-year-old Rewritetherules sure to carry plenty of support despite facing more experienced rivals.

Gordon Elliott's Farclas bids for his third successive victory over fences when tackling the Novice Chase (7.40) but it's far from a formality for the 2018 Triumph Hurdle winner.

Farclas has impressed over the larger obstacles but will have 2016 Triumph winner Ivanovich Gorbatov - trained by Joseph O'Brien - to contend with.

Elsewhere, Ken Condon was out of luck on his trip to France as Success Days ran out of the placings in the final furlong of the Group Three La Coupe at Longchamp yesterday.

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