Saturday 22 July 2017

Blanco bypasses Epsom

Aidan O'Brien. Photo: Getty Images
Aidan O'Brien. Photo: Getty Images

Aidan O'Brien has confirmed Cape Blanco is to miss the Investec Derby in favour of the French version 24 hours later.

Since winning the Dante Stakes at York, O'Brien had mooted the possibility that the unbeaten colt could miss the Epsom Classic in favour of the Prix du Jockey Club and that decision has now been confirmed.

Cape Blanco will be joined in France by Viscount Nelson.

The Ballydoyle handler also stated, as expected, that stable number one jockey Johnny Murtagh will ride new Derby favourite Jan Vermeer at Epsom, with Colm O'Donoghue on Midas Touch and Seamie Heffernan aboard At First Sight.

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