It is hugely disappointing to confirm the news that Clares Rocket, the Boylesports Irish Derby antepost favourite, has had to be withdrawn from the competition.

He was found to be sore on his right wrist on Sunday and our initial fears were confirmed as he was diagnosed with a strained tendon with a recommended lay off of 6-8 weeks. He’ll now be on the treatment table for the next few weeks before building him back up for racing. We hope to see him back on track in time for the Night of Stars gala event in November.

Thank you to those followers of Clares Rocket, and the kennels, who have wished him a speedy recovery.