WILLIAM MUIR has excluded his stable star Pyledriver OUT from the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe.

His coronation cup hero had already missed engagements with King George and Juddmonte International.

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Pyledriver was an overall 20: 1 for the huge Group 1 in FrancePhoto credit: PA

The four-year-old pulled a muscle as he slipped in his box.

Muir, his joint trainer, said: “I spoke to the owners yesterday and we said let’s forget about the Arc, he’s a horse we don’t want to rush.

“They said, ‘Should we just pull the stumps of the year?’ But I didn’t want that, because he’s just going crazy and getting another injury in the meantime.

“So I brought the book out and the last Group 1 in Europe this year is in Germany (the Bavarian Grand Prix), so we’ll train him for it.

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“That means it should be just right for a trip to Hong Kong and then you have races in the Middle East that are very valuable. There are races for him in Dubai like the Sheema Classic.

“If we have to prepare him for it right away, so be it.

“He’ll be back next year, there’s no doubt about that. I think he’ll get bigger and stronger then.”

Already a winner at Royal Ascot and Epsom, Pyledriver was unsold in sales for £ 10,000 and has since gained connections of nearly £ 400,000.

A late setback meant Muir was forced to skip both the King George and Juddmonte International, won by Mishriff last week.

It was not easy for Muir to watch his star sit in his box.

He said, “We would have loved to have been to York with him, but it shouldn’t be.

“He’s the only good horse we’ve had over the years that we haven’t been unlucky with so far, so I shouldn’t be complaining.

“But we’re happier with him now and he looks like he’s going back to the horse we know.

“He would never retire and while one exciting route was closed with him, another could be opened with what happened.”

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