Young Rascal has been ruled out of an appearance at Royal Ascot with trainer William Haggas still at a loss to explain his disappointing effort in the Investec Derby.
The Intello colt was considered a major contender for the premier Classic at Epsom following his victory in the Chester Vase, but could only finish a well-beaten seventh behind Masar.
The fact that Chester Vase runner-up Dee Ex Bee finished second is evidence that Young Rascal did not run up to his best, and Haggas is keen to give him time to recover before considering future targets.
Haggas said: “He’s OK. He hasn’t been eating as much grub as usual, but he’s sound, which is the main thing.
“I’ve no idea what happened, to be perfectly honest. He didn’t race on the day and it was very disappointing, but we live to fight another day.
“He won’t be going to Ascot. That race (King Edward VII Stakes) has been a graveyard for Derby horses, so we’ll give it a miss.
“We’ll see how he is in the next couple of weeks and plan from there.”