ZOFFANY has been ruled out of a potential return to action at the Curragh on Saturday in the Abu Dhabi Irish 2000 Guineas.
Trained by Aidan O’Brien, Zoffany was also entered in the 6f Group 3 Greenlands Stakes on Saturday, and was 7-2 second favourite behind Dubawi Gold.
The son of Dansili won five of his seven races as a juvenile, including the Group 1 Phoenix Stakes, but has not run since finishing third behind Pathfork when favourite for the National Stakes in September.
Paddy Power reacted to the news by making Dubawi Gold a shorter favourite at 6-4 with Roderic O’Connor outright second favourite at 11-4, ahead of Dunboyne Express (3-1), who was produced by Kevin Prendergast to win a three-runner Guineas trial at Leopardstown.
O’Brien has three others among the 10 remaining in the field, High Ruler, Master Of Hounds and Oracle.
The 2000 Guineas fourth Slim Shadey and Michael Dods’ Ashva are the only other possible British representatives while Foolproof and Zabarajad complete the line-up.
The Jessica Harrington-trained Pathfork and Dream Ahead were the most notable dropouts.
Pathfork, who was seventh at Newmarket, also has an entry in the St James’s Palace and Harrington said there was nothing amiss with him.
“He is fine, but I’ve been away for a week and haven’t yet talked to the owners (the Silverton Hill Partnership) about making a plan for him,” explained Harrington.
The runner-up to Frankel in the Newmarket equivalent, Dream Ahead was supplemented for the race by owner Andrew Tinkler.
Dream Ahead has missed potential engagements in both the French and English versions of the Classics because of the ground. David Simcock will now focus the attentions of last year’s Middle Park winner on the St James’s Palace Stakes at Royal Ascot and a potential rematch with Frankel.
Abu Dhabi Irish 2000 Guineas Paddy Power bet: 6-4 Dubawi Gold, 11-4 Roderic O’Connor, 3-1 Dunboyne Express, 13-2 Zabarajad, 12-1 Master Of Hounds, 16-1 bar.
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