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Godolphin's big Derby hope suffers injury blow

Dubai Prince is withdrawn from two of the world's biggest races after picking up hairline fracture

Godolphin's big Derby hope suffers injury blow
Godolphins Dubai Prince.

Dubai's racing stable Godolphin on Monday said its big hope for one of the world's biggest races had suffered an injury and had been withdrawn.

Dubai Prince will miss the UK's Group 1 QIPCO 2,000 Guineas and the Investec Derby following a training setback, the racing team said in a statement.

The horse, one of the favourites for the races, has been diagnosed with a hairline fracture of his right ilial wing and will require a few weeks recuperation.

Godolphin racing manager Simon Crisford said: “It is a big shame as he had been shaping up nicely this spring.

“He will now need a few weeks off but he should be fine for later in the season.”

Godolphin still have Casamento and Saamidd engaged in the QIPCO 2,000 Guineas and a decision regarding their participation will be made in the middle of next week, he added.

Dubai Prince was well fancied for the Group 1 races after a comfortable win in the Group 3 Killavullan Stakes at Leopardstown last year.

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