Saturday 24 February 2018

Leading contenders

6/4 -- Pat Smullen

Dermot Weld's stable jockey has been Irish champion jockey four times and is odds-on to make it number five next month. Sole English Classic came aboard Weld's Refuse To Bend in 2004. Enjoyed Irish Classic success this season with the stable's Bethrah and also landed the Ascot Gold Cup aboard Rite Of Passage.

7/2 -- Christophe Soumillon

The Belgian has ridden Ballydoyle second strings in the past, which is no surprise considering his impressive big-race record all over the world. These number an Irish Oaks with Shawanda in 2005, while he has won two Arcs -- Dalakhani (2003) and Zarkava (2008).

5/1 -- Ryan Moore

The 27-year-old English rider has claimed the British champion jockeys' title three times and landed the Epsom Derby-Oaks double this summer with Workforce and Snow Fairy. The former's Arc win capped an annus mirabilis, but his stable job with that horse's trainer, Michael Stoute, might keep him in Newmarket.

Irish Independent

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