Thursday 22 February 2018

Hobbs heads Irish Derby field

Jack Hobbs
Jack Hobbs

Nine possibles remain in the mix for Saturday's Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby - headed by Epsom runner-up Jack Hobbs.

Immediately after he chased home stable companion Golden Horn in the Investec Derby, John Gosden had his eyes on this prize and he is the odds-on favourite to go one better.

Adding colour to the occasion, though, is the possible participation of a couple of fillies, including Oaks heroine Qualify.

A shock 50-1 winner at Epsom for Aidan O'Brien, she earned a 'win-and-you're-in' ticket when scoring on the Downs and has been added to the Curragh field.

Jim Bolger could run his Irish 1,000 Guineas winner Pleascach, though she was turned over in the Ribblesdale at Ascot last week. Like Jack Hobbs, she now wears the Godolphin blue.

As well as Qualify, O'Brien could run Giovanni Canaletto, fourth at Epsom, French Derby runner-up Highland Reel and Kilimanjaro.

Storm The Stars, who ran such a good race to be third behind Golden Horn and Jack Hobbs, is a possible for William Haggas, while the unbeaten Radanpour is set to be Dermot Weld's representative.

Carbon Dating, eighth at Epsom, completes the list.

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