The Aidan O’Brien trained Recital has today been ruled out of this Sunday’s Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby by his trainer after he suffered a setback on the Ballydoyle gallops this morning.
The son of Montjeu, who was the 4-1 third favourite behind Carlton House and stable mate Treasure Beach had been fancied by many observers to turn the tables on those two rivals at the Curragh having finished a disappointing sixth in the Epsom Derby. His place in the line up could now be taken by Irish 2000 Guineas winner Roderic O’Connor.
Annemarie O’Brien, wife of trainer Aidan, tweeted on Tuesday: “We weren’t 100 per cent happy with Recital this morning so he will not run in the Derby on Sunday. Roderic O’Connor will be left in the race and is a possible to run instead.”
Sent off the shortest priced of O’Brien’s four Derby runners, Recital finished behind his stable mates Treasure Beach and Memphis Tennessee, who also remain in the declarations for Sundays race.
A total of nine horses have been left in the Irish Derby with the second and third in that race, Treasure Beach and Carlton House likely to re oppose.