Magna Grecia hopeful for Royal Ascot after reason found for Guineas flop

• Colt pulled hamstring when disappointing at The Curragh
• Hermosa being switched to Ascot target from French Oaks

Magna Grecia, one of the first horses beaten in last month’s Irish 2,000 Guineas, remains among the possible runners for an outstanding renewal of the St James’s Palace Stakes at Royal Ascot in 13 days’ time after he was found to have pulled a hamstring when returning to light exercise after his run at The Curragh.

Magna Grecia was the first of Aidan O’Brien’s three Classic winners in Britain so far this season when he took the 2,000 Guineas at Newmarket on the first weekend in May. He was then sent off as the 6-4 joint-favourite for the Irish equivalent alongside Too Darn Hot, last year’s top juvenile, but faded rapidly from three furlongs out behind the 16-1 winner, Phoenix Of Spain.

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