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Thursday, 5 July, 2001, 21:47 GMT 22:47 UK
Injured Admiral misses Eclipse
Compton Admiral wins the 1999 Eclipse
Compton Admiral storms to victory in the 1999 Eclipse
Injury has cost Compton Admiral the chance to win a second Coral Eurobet Eclipse Stakes at Sandown on Saturday.

And it is feared the horse, who won the big mile-and-a-quarter race in 1999, may now have to be retired.

Gerard Butler's star was the most unexpected absentee when nine horses were declared at Thursday's 48-hour stage for the 325,000 Group One event.

The five-year-old was found to have damaged a tendon.

He had just two races since springing a 20-1 surprise for owner Erik Penser and the Blewbury trainer in 1999.

It's absolutely shattering
  Compton Admiral trainer Gerard Butler

"He has met with a new tendon injury and we had no option but to scratch him from the Eclipse and more likely he will be retired now," said a devastated Butler.

"We have waited a year and a half for this and two days before the race it all comes to nothing. It's absolutely shattering."

Compton Admiral finishing fifth to Royal Anthem in the Juddmonte International at York the month following his Eclipse triumph.

But then he chipped a bone in his off-fore knee and suffered a further setback early last year.

Frankie Dettori rides Tobougg
Tobougg was third in the Derby
After an operation on the knee, Compton Admiral returned to the racecourse five weeks ago at Newbury and was an encouraging third to Dramatic Quest.

"Everybody is sick here, very very upset about it," said Butler.

The course has dried out since water was last applied earlier in the week and the going is officially described as good to firm, but rain is expected.

Aidan O'Brien (three) and Godolphin (two) are responsible for the majority of the nine runners.

Major clash

Black Minnaloushe heads a team of three from O'Brien's Ballydoyle base as the champion Irish trainer bids to follow up last year's success with Giant's Causeway.

Mick Kinane partners the Entenmann's 2000 Guineas and St James's Palace Stakes winner in the first major clash of the season between the generations.

Black Minnaloushe wins at Royal Ascot
Black Minnaloushe is on a roll

Johnny Murtagh, successful in both those Group One races on Black Minnaloushe, will be on Bach while Paul Scallan gets the leg up on Darwin.

Godolphin, who have taken the prize three times in recent years, will be double-handed.

Vodafone Derby third Tobougg, the mount of Frankie Dettori, is the first string with Daragh O'Donohoe on Broche.

Pick of the older horses is the Sir Michael Stoute-trained Medicean.

The four-year-old steps up to a mile and a quarter for only the second time following his wins in the Juddmonte Lockinge Stakes and the Queen Anne Stakes over a mile.

Michael Jarvis has declared Holding Court but last year's French Derby winner will only run if there is sufficient rain.

James Fanshawe is hoping for a bold show from French Derby third Grandera, who missed the Irish equivalent on Sunday through softening ground.

Coral Eurobet Eclipse Stakes betting:
Coral Eurobet: 2-1 Black Minnaloushe, 9-4 (from 11-4) Tobougg, 3-1 (from 100-30) Medicean, 13-2 Endless Hall, 10-1 Grandera, 16-1 Holding Court, 33-1 Bach, 50-1 Broche, 100-1 Darwin.
William Hill: 15-8 Black Minnaloushe, 9-4 Tobougg, 3-1 Medicean, 8-1 Endless Hall, Grandera, 16-1 Holding Court, 40-1 Bach, 50-1 Broche, 200-1 Darwin.

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