Injury forces Wings Of Eagles retirement

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July 3, 2017 - 07:33 AM

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Epsom Derby winner Wings Of Eagles has been retired after suffering a leg injury during in the Irish Derby.

The Aidan O'Brien-trained colt was a shock winner of the premier Classic in early June and was favourite become the Ballydoyle handler's fifth dual Derby winner at the Curragh on Saturday.

He finished a close-up third behind stablemate Capri and the John Gosden-trained Cracksman, but it proved to be his final racecourse appearance.

"Epsom Derby winner Wings Of Eagles was found to be lame this morning after running in the Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby at the Curragh yesterday," Coolmore said in a statement.

"He was examined today in his box in Ballydoyle by the attending veterinary surgeon who diagnosed a fracture of his left front sesamoid.

"Sadly this is a career-ending injury."

In another blow for the stable, high-class filly Somehow had to be put down after fracturing a cannon bone.

She won five of her 12 starts including the Group Two Dahlia Stakes at Newmarket in May.

She was last seen filling the runner-up spot in the Tattersalls Gold Cup at the Curragh.