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Legend Kinane still doing his share for Oxx

At a media breakfast at the Curragh on Monday, Sugar Boy worked and Patrick Prendergast and Chris Hayes were on hand for a chat, Aidan O'Brien, Jim Bolger and Karl Burke joined in via phone and John Oxx took time out of his busy morning schedule to call in for a brief few words.

The Curragh also invited along the legendary Michael Kinane for the morning and although he wasn't asked for a few words, I felt it would be rude not to get his opinion of this year's race and his views on the Irish Derby were very clear.

"For me," he said. "Epsom form always stands up at the Curragh and I would be with Ruler Of The World."

With such a wealth of experience in the sport, when Mick Kinane talks, you find yourself engrossed in his views and everything going on around you is almost irrelevant.

It was no surprise to hear that he is playing his fair share of golf but interesting to hear just how much he still rides out for his old boss John Oxx, riding work two mornings a week and riding out some of Oxx's Sea The Stars progeny "most mornings" and he still looks as fresh as that memorable year when Sea The Stars wowed us all.

It was funny to hear Oxx and Kinane exchange hellos just as the trainer departed, before Oxx added: "See you in the morning," in a sort of authoritative tone, which raised a laugh from all in ear shot.

Some things never change. Michael Kinane hasn't appeared to anyway.


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