Racing: Washington works

Aidan O'Brien has ruled George Washington out of a return to action at Leopardstown this weekend, but a trip to Goodwood the following week remains a possibility. The Ballydoyle trainer had been considering the Desmond Stakes or Celebration Mile as a starting point for his 2,000 Guineas winner, who has been sidelined since pulling a hip muscle when second to Araafa in the Irish 2,000.

The colt was put through his paces yesterday and O'Brien said: "Everything went fine, but I don't think he's going for the Desmond as he needs more time."