Air Force disappoints O’Brien

Aidan O'Brien admitted Air Force Blue "is only a shadow of what he was" following another abject performance at the Curragh on Sunday.

Air Force Blue 'a shadow of what he was'

The War Front colt was crowned last season's champion two-year-old after completing a hat-trick of Group One victories in the Dewhurst at Newmarket and was odds-on to make a winning return and claim Classic glory in the 2000 Guineas.

However, he was bitterly disappointing on the Rowley Mile, and then fared little better in the Irish 2,000 Guineas and the July Cup.

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A drop in grade for the Phoenix Sprint Stakes at the weekend failed to yield any improvement as he trailed home last of seven runners.

O'Brien said: "We'll see how he is. Obviously we'll talk about it over the next week.

"It was a very disappointing run. He never really took off and is only a shadow of what he was.

"We'll see over the next couple of weeks."

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