IRISH Oaks odds-on favourite Emily Upjohn has sensationally been ruled out of the race after a 'bird strike' hit the plane that was meant to fly her over.

Instead, the Epsom Oaks runner-up will now be aimed at the blockbuster King George at Ascot next weekend.

Frankie Dettori was all set to ride the John Gosden-trained superstar.

The news that Dettori would get the ride brought to an end their 11-day 'sabbatical'.

That came into effect after Dettori endured a nightmare Royal Ascot, summed up best on his ride on Stradivarius in the Gold Cup.

Emily Upjohn, who is trained at Gosden's Newmarket base, was due to fly out to the Curragh from Stansted for tomorrow's big race.

But 'travel complications' have seen her remain in England and instead be targeted at next Saturday's big race at Ascot.

The news comes less than 24 hours after it was confirmed Epsom Derby hero Desert Crown was out of the King George with injury.

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He had been odds-on the claim the Group 1 but trainer Sir Michael Stoute said the colt will not run.

That saw Westover – third in the Derby and subsequent Irish Derby winner – was made the short-priced favourite.

But now he has been pushed out to 6-4 with Emily Upjohn coming in at 5-2 and Mishriff – who has split from jockey David Egan – a 4-1 chance.

Gosden told the Racing Post: "Emily Upjohn will not be going to Ireland to run in the Juddmonte Oaks at the Curragh on Saturday due to the plane due to take her there sustaining a bird strike earlier in the day.

"Due to various logistical issues she was unable to fly today from Stansted.

"After discussion with the owners it was decided to reroute her to the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Qipco Stakes at Ascot next Saturday."

Paddy Power spokesman Paul Binfield said: "That was a surprise because as the betting indicated, she looked to have the Irish Oaks at her mercy.

"However, the fact that we’ve now put her in at second favourite for the King George is testament to her talents and Irish Derby hero Westover will have to bring his A game to repel her."

King George odds via Paddy Power

6-4 Westover

5-2 Emily Upjohn

4 Mishriff

9 Torquator Tasso

12 Broome, Pyledriver

16 Alenquer

25 Adeybb, Mojo Star

33 Dubai Honour, Stone Age

40 High Definition

50 Lone Eagle

100 Hamish

Irish Oaks odds via Ladbrokes

11-10 Magical Lagoon

5-1 Cairde Go Deo

13-2 Emily Dickinson, Toy

7-1 History

16-1 Fennela, Show Of Stars

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