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Trainer Aidan O'Brien after winning the Darley Irish Oaks on Bracelet during Darley Irish Oaks Day at Curragh Racecourse, County Kildare. Picture: Pat Healy/PA Wire.

Trainer Aidan O'Brien after winning the Darley Irish Oaks on Bracelet during Darley Irish Oaks Day at Curragh Racecourse, County Kildare. Picture: Pat Healy/PA Wire.

Trainer Aidan O'Brien after winning the Darley Irish Oaks on Bracelet during Darley Irish Oaks Day at Curragh Racecourse, County Kildare. Picture: Pat Healy/PA Wire.

JOSEPH O'Brien believes he can manage the 8st 12lb required to ride Australia in Wednesday's Juddmonte International at York.

Should the jockey's father Aidan (pictured) give the Investec Derby winner the go-ahead for the Knavesmire, Australia would be dropping back two furlongs from his most recent appearance in the Irish Derby.

Two years ago, O'Brien jnr had to miss the ride on Camelot in the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe because he could not manage 8st 11lb.

After winning on Qualify at Dundalk, when he put up 1lb overweight on a horse scheduled to carry 9st, the jockey was asked about Australia. He said: "I can do the weight."

Charlie Fellowes is trying to decide whether to strike while the iron is hot with his progressive handicapper Epsom Hill.

The Swedish-bred colt has made a huge leap forward for his young trainer in the last couple of weeks, winning by 10 lengths at Thirsk at the start of the month.

Last Friday, he gave Fellowes his first Newbury winner as a hot favourite on soft ground.

"It's a tricky one," said the trainer.

"I have had a look at the programme book and as he's in such good form, I could put him in the Melrose at York on Saturday.

"But on the other hand, there are a couple of nice races later on and I could put him away for the November Handicap.

"Ground is the key to him. We'll see how he comes out of Friday's race. My gut feeling is to put him away, but it's a nice dilemma to have."

Zarshana gave the Aga Khan another win for the Aga Khan in the Prix Minerve when arriving with a strong finish under Christophe Soumillon. The Group Three event for three-year-olds over an extended mile and a half had attracted a trio of cross-Channel raiders and it was those three who set the pace, with Ralph Beckett's Honor Bound leading from Criteria and Marsh Daisy.

As the field straightened up for home, the whole complexion of the race changed and as the British runners weakened, it was Alain de Royer-Dupre's recent Longchamp winner and 2-1 favourite Zarshana who took advantage from the closing Game Zone.

The most recent of the owner's numerous wins in this race had been from Shareta in 2011.

Paul Hanagan warmed up for the 
four-day Ebor Festival when landing a double on his comeback from injury at Pontefract.

The dual champion jockey made a successful return on Imshivalla (5-2) for trainer Richard Fahey, for whom he used to be stable jockey, in the CGC Events For Conference & Banqueting Handicap.

He made all of the running as the three-year-old filly swept to her third win over a mile at the course this season, beating Lockhart by two and a half lengths. "I'm just glad to be back," said Hanagan.


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