Aidan O’Brien has admitted that he is “fighting time” as he attempts to get Kingsbarns ready for the Investec Derby in June.
With a crack at the 2000 Guineas already ruled out, O’Brien is hoping the current Derby favourite will run in a trial before the classic, but concedes this may not be possible. Speaking on At The Races, he said: “We dreamed he could have been a Triple Crown horse this year, but that wasn’t to be.
“He was always the horse we were dreaming about but things haven’t gone well with him, we hoped to have him at the Curragh (to gallop) a couple of weeks ago, but he didn’t make it and we are just struggling a little bit to get him 100 per cent.
“He’s in the pool a lot and we are trying to catch up. He’s no chance of making the Guineas, anyway.You can never be confident (of getting to the Derby) and I’d imagine it (a Derby trial) will be a late one, because it is time we are fighting with him. It (a trial) will probably be as close to the Derby as we can get because we want to give him as much time to get back as we can really.
“It’s far from ideal that we got stopped when we did, he was totally stopped for 10 days. We are forcing as much as we can without risking the horse because we always thought he was very special.”