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Kew Gardens was excluded from Thursday’s Gold Cup at Royal Ascot.
Aidan O’Brien’s five-year-old was to renew his rivalry with defending champion Stradivarius after shocking star John Gosden in the Long Distance Cup on British Champions Day.
However, he will not line up in the two and a half mile centerpiece, with Ballydoyle tweeting: “We weren’t 100% happy with Kew Gardens this morning and he won’t be entered in the Ascot Gold Cup.”
O’Brien is without registration for the Group One prize, with the nine contenders led by triplet researcher Stradivarius.
Gosden’s load has warmed up for the race with a third place finish at last week’s Coronation Cup in Newmarket and will bid to join Sagaro as a triple winner, with Yeats holding the race record with his four wins.
Last year’s fourth Cross Counter will again be in opposition to Charlie Appleby, who also joined the Moonlight Spirit.
The technician is about to make his seasonal bow, coach Martyn Meade having reserved jockey champion Oisin Murphy for the ride on the four-year-old child, winner of Group 1 in France last season.
Sagaro Stakes winner Nayef Road is expected to represent Mark Johnston, who won the race with Royal Rebel in 2001 and 2002, and Double Trigger in 1995.
Prince Of Arran finished third in this Newcastle competition and could reopen for Charlie Fellowes, with Roger Charlton retained, seventh.
The nine inscriptions are completed by Mékong by Jamie Osborne and Oriental Eagle, trained by Emmet Mullins.
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