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Derby hero Wings of Eagles suffers career-ending injury

Aidan O'Brien's colt was a shock 40-1 winner of the premier Classic on the Surrey Downs
Aidan O'Brien's colt was a shock 40-1 winner of the premier Classic on the Surrey Downs

Investec Derby hero Wings Of Eagles has been retired after suffering a career-ending injury in the Irish Derby on Saturday.

Aidan O'Brien's colt was a shock 40-1 winner of the premier Classic on the Surrey Downs at the start of June and aimed to become the Ballydoyle handler's fifth dual Derby winner at the Curragh.

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

A statement issued by Coolmore to Press Association Sport read: "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.

"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."

Wings Of Eagles, a son of a Derby winner himself in Pour Moi, made his racecourse debut at last summer's Galway Festival, finishing down the field, before opening his account at Killarney.

He kicked off his three-year-old campaign by finishing second to stablemate Venice Beach in the Chester Vase before his surprise victory at Epsom in the hands of Padraig Beggy.

Beggy was replaced by Ryan Moore on Saturday and was beaten just half a length.

In all he won two of his seven starts and earned over £1million in win and place prize-money.