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Sea The Stars out of Irish Derby

Updated: Saturday, 27 Jun 2009 15:40

Sea The Stars has been rerouted to Sandown
Sea The Stars has been rerouted to Sandown

Sea The Stars has been ruled out of Sunday’s Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby at the Curragh.

The English 2000 Guineas and Derby winner was due to bid for a Classic hat-trick but heavy rain on Friday had turned conditions against him.

Trainer John Oxx had warned the Cape Cross colt would not run on easy ground and the Currabeg handler has opted to give the race a miss.

His wife Caitriona confirmed: ‘It's official, Sea The Stars will not be running at the Curragh tomorrow.

‘We wanted to run him but the ground is not right for him and he will go for the Eclipse now.’

Sea The Stars will be stepping back to 10 furlongs in Sandown's Coral-Eclipse next Saturday.

The Group One sees the first real clash of the Classic generation with their older rivals and the sponsors make Sea The Stars their 5-4 favourite for the contest.

Having already emulated Nashwan in becoming the first Guineas winner to triumph at Epsom in 20 years, he would be following in that horse's hoofprints if he can score at Sandown too.

Last year's St Leger winner Conduit is the 11-4 second favourite while Derby fourth Rip Van Winkle is a 9-2 chance.

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