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Declaration Of War - Royal Ascot - 18.06.13

Declaration Of War (right): Royal Ascot winner likely to run at Sandown

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Declaration Of War set to join Mars in Eclipse

QUEEN ANNE winner Declaration Of War, who had been missing from the ante-post show of the race sponsors, is likely to join stablemate Mars in Saturday's Coral-Eclipse at Sandown.

However, the Aidan O'Brien-trained duo will not be joined by Camelot, last season's Guineas and Derby champion.

Coral introduced Declaration Of War into their Eclipse betting as 7-2 second favourite on learning of the news, with Al Kazeem heading the market at 13-8.

O'Brien said on Wednesday: "There is a strong possibility that Declaration Of War will run in the Eclipse. A final decision will be made early in the morning. We plan to run Mars in the race.

"Camelot will not be running. We're giving him a break."

In recent days O'Brien has discussed retirement as an option for Camelot, who has lost his last two races to Al Kazeem and struggled to recapture the form of his three-year-old season.

Declaration Of War is a best-priced 4-1 for the Coral-Eclipse, while Mars, an unlucky sixth in the Derby at Epsom, is no bigger than 5-1.

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