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Military March ruled out of Derby | Racing News

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Military March has been ruled out of next week’s Investec Derby after suffering a setback.

The son of New Approach, trained by Saeed bin Suroor, was a leading fancy for the premier Classic at Epsom on July 4 after finishing fourth in the 2000 Guineas at Newmarket on his seasonal debut.

Bin Suroor said: “He’ll be back by the end of the season, but his setback means no Derby.

“He’s a nice horse, we like him and he was doing really well so it’s really unfortunate. He’ll have a break now, but he should be back in October and we’ll look forward to that.

“It’s sad that he’s not running. He ran a good race in the Guineas and the Derby looked the perfect race for him, we’ve always felt he was a mile-and-a-quarter or mile-and-a-half horse, but he’s still one to look forward to in the future.

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“It’s not serious, but he just needs time.

“He would have been my best chance in the Derby for a long time.”

Owned by Godolphin, Military March was third favourite at around 11-2 behind English King and Kameko.

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