Economics Ruled Out of Derby Run

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The six-length G2 Dante S. winner Economics (GB) (Night Of Thunder {Ire}) will not be supplemented for the Betfred Derby a week on Saturday with trainer William Haggas fearing the Classic test will come too soon. 

The long-striding chestnut colt, owned by Isa Salman Al Khalifa, ran just once at two last November and returned in late April to win a Newbury maiden before heading to York on May 16. 

Economics had been taken out of the Derby entries before the Dante but had been listed as second-favourite for Epsom behind City Of Troy with one final supplementary stage still available.

“I said before the Dante that I didn't think the Derby was the race for him and I stand by that,” Haggas said on Thursday morning. 

“I'm not sure I want to go a mile and a half either, though that might change.

“We want to give him more time. Sheikh Isa has been very good and has been very supportive of me.”

He added, “I've got no plans really. He's a great big horse and he's clearly a good one, and I don't want to milk him. We'll stay a mile and a quarter for now, and if he can win a Group 1 then that's great. We could look at the King George and the Arc next year.”

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