Reasons for Rekindling flop

Joseph O'Brien felt Rekindling didn't handle the track

Joseph O'Brien felt Rekindling struggled to adjust to the demands of Epsom in the Investec Derby.

This season's Ballysax Stakes winner was never a factor in the premier Classic and beat just two horses home in 16th place.

Rekindling does not hold an entry in the Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby on July 1, but his trainer has not yet dismissed the possibility of seeking atonement at the Curragh.

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O'Brien told his Boylesports blog: "Rekindling came out of the race fine.

"Wayne (Lordan) said that he didn't handle the track at all. He said he felt very unbalanced, especially when he started running downhill.

"That's the way it goes and these are the joys of Epsom.

"Thankfully he came out of the race fine, though.

"I'm not sure if he'll go for the Irish Derby. We'll make a plan later in the week, but the Curragh would probably suit him all right."


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