x Abu Dhabi, UAETuesday 25 July 2017

Ocean War will be Godolphin's sole Epsom Derby representative

Ocean War will carry Godolphin's colours in the Epsom Derby as Genius Beast and Casamento were both withdrawn.

LONDON // Godolphin will be represented in the Derby at Epsom tomorrow by Ocean War after Genius Beast and Casamento were withdrawn from the British Classic.

Ocean War was among the 13 horses who stood their ground at yesterday's final declaration stage after Nathaniel and Roderic O'Connor were also left out of the 2,400 metre race.

Ocean War will emerge from stall 10, the same gate that Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid's Nashwan burst out of en route to victory in 1989. The recent winners Sir Percy (2006) and Galileo (2001) also drew that gate.

Ocean War owes his place in the line-up after two battling successes over 2,000m at Newmarket in April. Those performances fall way short of the standard required of an average Derby winner, but Mahmood al Zarooni, the colt's trainer, is optimistic that his horse has progressed enough to do his presence justice.

"Ocean War is in very good form at the moment," al Zarooni said. "He is improving all of the time and we don't know how good he could be."

Carlton House, Queen Elizabeth II's horse, was the subject of an injury scare on Wednesday which was likened by John Warren, the Queen's racing manager, as if "an athlete had sprained an ankle".

The colt knocked his near-fore joint which swelled up after a routine piece of work.

The son of Street Cry bids to give the Queen her first Derby winner. Her first runner was in 1953, the year of her coronation.

Carlton House was declared yesterday after a breeze over four furlongs. A final decision on the colt's participation will be made this afternoon.