Aidan O’Brien seeks to rule the world at Irish Derby
RULER Of The World will be out to prove his Epsom win was no fluke as he takes in the Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby at the Curragh tomorrow.
More words were written about the capitulation of Dawn Approach than of Ruler Of The World's commanding success and while before the race he may not have been a household name, he lived up to his moniker on the Downs.
The fact that Aidan O'Brien has already stated he will be on his own as he bids for a second Derby, and not joined by any stablemates, suggests confidence in the camp is very high indeed.
After the success of running the big race in a teatime slot on a Saturday rather than the Sunday 12 months ago, Curragh officials will be hoping it was no flash in the pan.
Set to take him on is fast-finishing Epsom second Libertarian, who will be having his last run for Elaine Burke having been purchased by the Godolphin operation.
The three-day John Smith's Northumberland Plate meeting will pack them in at Newcastle with the action kicking off on Thursday with a relatively moderate card.
Things hot up markedly on Friday night with the Listed EBF Hoppings Stakes and the always-competitive totesport.com Gosforth Park Cup.
Saturday is Plate day, and the 'Pitmen's Derby' - worth some £150,000 in added prize money - will command plenty of betting attention throughout the week.
David Simcock's Montaser looks a likely type for this year's race after a comfortable success on his comeback at York.
Sun Central, Ardlui and No Heretic are others that will be popular ante-post.
Chief supporting contest is the Betfred Chipchase Stakes, a six-furlong sprint won by some decent types over the years, including future Group One victor Soldier's Tale for Jeremy Noseda back in 2005.
A big week in the north gets going at Carlisle on Wednesday, where the bookmakers.co.uk Carlisle Bell can be traced back to its first running in the 16th century.
Newmarket host a Friday night-Saturday afternoon meeting on the July course with the second day full of quality.
Providing ample interest elsewhere at Headquarters will be the Group Three Criterion Stakes and Listed events in the shape of the Fred Archer Stakes and Empress Stakes.
Fixtures (Flat in capitals)
Monday: CHEPSTOW, THIRSK (evening), WINDSOR (evening), WOLVERHAMPTON
Tuesday: BEVERLEY, BRIGHTON, NEWBURY (evening), Newton Abbot (evening)
Wednesday: BATH (evening), CARLISLE, KEMPTON (evening), SALISBURY, Worcester
Thursday: HAMILTON (evening), LEICESTER (evening), NEWCASTLE, WARWICK, YARMOUTH
Friday: CHESTER (evening), DONCASTER, MUSSELBURGH, NEWCASTLE (evening), NEWMARKET (evening), YARMOUTH
Saturday: CHESTER, DONCASTER (evening), LINGFIELD (evening), NEWCASTLE (CH4), NEWMARKET (CH4), WINDSOR
Sunday: SALISBURY, Uttoxeter, WINDSOR