Injury Forces Retirement Of Investec Derby Hero Wings Of Eagles

by | 07.03.2017 | 8:42am
Wings Of Eagles lands the Derby over Cliffs Of Moher (dark blue) and Cracksman (rail)

Coolmore's Wings of Eagles, who pulled off a 40-1 upset in the G1 Investec Derby last month, has been retired after it was discovered that he suffered a career-ending injury after finishing third in Saturday's G1 Irish Derby.

The Racing Post reports that the 3-year-old son of Pour Moi, who was beaten just a neck and a short head by Capri and Cracksman at the Curragh, came out of the race with a fractured left front sesamoid.

Trainer Aidan O'Brien told the Post on Sunday, “It's shocking news. Wings Of Eagles has suffered a bad fracture to his near-fore sesamoid and has been retired. He will have a pin inserted in his leg but, unfortunately, his racing career is over.”

“He was obviously a very good colt,” O'Brien continued. “He showed that at Epsom and again in the Irish Derby. It was a really brave effort in the circumstances as the injury obviously happened at some stage of the race.”

“He was top class and as well as having stamina he could quicken very well. Not being able to race him again is a big loss.”

Wings of Eagles was one of six O'Brien-trained runners in the Investec Derby. With only a maiden win to his credit, the son of 2011 Derby winner Pour Moi was dismissed at odds of 40-1. Ridden by little-known jockey Padraig Beggy, Wings of Eagles swept past Cracksman and Cliffs of Moher in the final strides to clinch the shocking victory.

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