St Mark’s Basillica injured and Love steps in

Hot favourite St Mark’s Basilica has been ruled out of Wednesday’s Juddmonte International at York.

Trainer Aidan O’Brien revealed on Monday morning that the colt had picked up an injury on the gallops at home. His front shoe flew off while he was exercising and it caught his hind leg, leaving a gash.

Vets at Ballydoyle performed tests on St Mark’s Basilica’s injured leg and the wound was showing early signs of infection, so the horse will undergo treatment and head for next month’s Irish Champion Stakes instead.

The top-class three-year-old was the general 8-11 jolly for the £1 million Group 1 after his brilliant win in the Coral-Eclipse last month. O’Brien has had to call on Prince Of Wales’s Stakes heroine Love as his big-race replacement.

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