The Dermot Weld-trained Free Eagle, who would have started favourite for the Tattersalls Gold Cup at the Curragh, has been forced to miss the Group 1 due to a head cold.

The four-year-old’s trainer said on Wednesday: “Free Eagle has picked up a head cold and we’ve decided to be cautious. Apart from the head cold he is fine. But he won’t be running on Sunday and we will train him for Royal Ascot where he will have a choice of engagements.”