Native set for Irish Derby tilt
Published 17/06/2011 | 05:00
Ed Dunlop has given Native Khan the green light to line up in the Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby at The Curragh on Sunday week.
A staying-on fifth behind Pour Moi in the Epsom Derby earlier this month, Dunlop believes the son of Azamour will be well suited to the demands of The Curragh's 12 furlongs.
"He has come out of the Epsom race well and we are delighted that Johnny Murtagh is available to ride him again," said Dunlop.
Aidan O'Brien, attempting to win this race for the sixth year in a row and the ninth in total, has confirmed that Treasure Beach, Memphis Tennessee and Recital (second, fourth and sixth respectively at Epsom) are his three main contenders for the race.
"They all ran really well at Epsom and deserve to take their chance at The Curragh," said O'Brien, who has 22 of the 48 horses still left in the race.
Other likely Irish-trained contenders include Dunboyne Express and Notable Graduate.
Connections of Carlton House, which finished third behind Pour Moi at Epsom, are likely to make a decision this weekend concerning the colt's participation at The Curragh.