Oliver backing Cornerstone in French Derby
Andrew Oliver is confident Frankie Dettori's mount First Cornerstone is ready for his second shot at Classic glory in eight days as he heads to Chantilly for tomorrow's Prix du Jockey Club.
Winner of the Group Two Futurity Stakes at the Curragh as a juvenile, the Team Valor-owned chestnut ran a respectable race on his seasonal return in last weekend's Irish 2,000 Guineas to finish fifth.
Connections are now sending him for the French Derby, where he is drawn in stall 13. "Everything is good, he's come out of the Irish Guineas well," said Oliver.
"It always seems to be a rough race in the straight, but he's a manly enough horse and if the gap is there he'll go through it."
First Cornerstone is one of three Irish challengers, with Jim Bolger's Loch Garman (stall five) travelling, along with stable companion Beyond Thankful (stall seven).
There are also two contenders from Britain, with the Jo Hughes-trained Glacial Age and Ann Duffield's Willie The Whipper renewing rivalries having finished third and fourth respectively behind subsequent Irish Guineas hero Magician in Chester's Dee Stakes.