King on the sick list

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King Of Kings, who relinquished his "superhorse" status when beaten at the Curragh on Sunday, may have been a sick horse. He did not eat up after returning to the stables of his trainer, Aidan O'Brien, who conceded that his juvenile team is under a cloud.

"The three two-year-olds we took out of Sunday's meeting were off the feed that morning, but King Of Kings seemed OK," the Ballydoyle handler explained. "It was a pity for everyone that King Of Kings did not stick his head in front. Unfortunately his symptoms were 24 hours behind the others."

O'Brien added that Desert King is unlikely to run in the King George VI And Queen Elizabeth Stakes and instead may go for the International at York or the Prix Jacques le Marois at Deauville.