Palace Pier ruled out of 2000 Guineas

Palace Pier

One of John Gosden's leading hopes in the first Classic of the season, Palace Pier has been ruled out of the 2000 Guineas after his trainer did not want the son of Kingman being entered with no prep run.

The rescheduled Group One will take place on the first weekend in June and with the three year old Owned by Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed having been a general 10/1 shot he will no longer be contesting the event.

Palace Pier was unbeaten on both his starts in minor company at Sandown last year, but just when he was going to be unleashed into the major two year old races he was ruled out of them after sustaining a leg injury in September and has not raced since.

(Credit Racing Post) Peter Shoemark, racing office manager for Gosden, said on Thursday: "Due to the fact that there was no racing in April or May, Mr Gosden did not want Palace Pier to run in the 2,000 Guineas without a prep race. Therefore he will most probably start at Newcastle in a three-year-old race."