LAST weekend all the focus surrounded the Epsom Derby, but tomorrow at the Curragh there will be clues surrounding the Irish equivalent as three colts holding an entry in the Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby at the end of the month have their prep.
The listed TRM Silver Stakes has attracted three very interesting declazrations, with the Jim Bolger-trained Trading Leather likely to head the betting, edging out the Ballydoyle Derby entrant Lines Of Battle and Zand, who comes with a big reputation from the John Oxx yard.
The vibes have always been good emerging from Oxx's base in relation to the lightly-raced Zand, but that stable has slowly got into stride this season and while he is still predicted to run a big race on his seasonal reappearance, you can expect Zand to progress substantially from the outing.
Lines Of Battle was a promising juvenile last season who went on to win the Group Two UAE Derby at Meydan back in March and he too should strip fitter for this run which is his first since that famous Meydan success under Ryan Moore.
However, the best form of the 10 runners would appear to be in the book of Trading Leather.
Jim Bolger's son of Teofilo ran a cracking race when second to subsequent Derby runner-up Libertarian in the Dante Stakes at York before dropping back in trip to stay on stoutly at the death in the Irish 2000 Guineas in which he was third.
The return to 10 furlongs will play to the strengths of Trading Leather and he would look like booking his Irish Derby ticket in this race tomorrow afternoon.
Elsewhere on the Curragh card and the opening two-year-old maiden will be worth watching for possible stars of the future.
Only Jim Bolger's Freedom Square has had a previous run of the eight runners and that one is fitted with a tongue tie for the first time after finishing third on both his two previous outings.
The race sees Aidan O'Brien introduce a Danehill Dancer colt called Dove Mountain who is out of the talented Guineas winning filly Virginia Waters and.
On the basis of that, he should get the nod although market moves may tell best.
Aidan O'Brien can sign off the card with a couple of more winners with two in the colours of his wife Ann-Marie looking to have solid claims.
Recent Navan maiden winner Plinth comes up against another recent maiden winner, Protestant, who won at Roscommon, but Plinth was only nine and a half lengths off Ruler Of The World on debut and that form should be good enough to see him score again off a mark of just 89.
In the concluding maiden, Galileo colt Waver can improve from his debut at big odds at Leopardstown to open his account.