Dubai Prince will be forced to miss the 2000 Guineas and the Epsom Derby after suffering a setback in his recovery from injury.
The three-year-old was diagnosed with a hairline fracture in the pelvic region which requires around three weeks recuperation, meaning he will likely miss the two races, which start on the 30th May and 4th June respectively.
The 2000 Guineas is the first classic of the season and will come too soon for the talented colt, while his recuperation from the injury will not be fully completed until after the Derby.
Speaking on Godolphin’s website, race manager Simon Crisford admitted it was a disappointment to miss the two prestigious races.
It is a big shame as he had been shaping up nicely this spring. He said of the fracture.
“He will now need a few weeks off but he should be fine for later in the season.”
Dubai Prince is unbeaten in two starts as a juvenile for Dermot Weld, which culminated with victory in the Group 3 JRA Killavullan Stakes, and has now switched hands to be trained by Mahmood Al Zarooni.
He had been placed as good as 10-1 for the 2000 Guineas, and 14-1 for the Derby, far behind clear horse betting favourite Frankel.
Godolphin will still have two representatives for the 2000 Guineas, with Casamento and Saamidd likely to take part.