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Tuesday and jockey Ryan Moore will be bidding for a rare Classic double in Saturday's Irish Derby at the Curragh.

Tuesday and jockey Ryan Moore will be bidding for a rare Classic double in Saturday's Irish Derby at the Curragh.

Tuesday and jockey Ryan Moore will be bidding for a rare Classic double in Saturday's Irish Derby at the Curragh.

There are few accomplishments which have escaped Aidan O’Brien’s CV during a glittering training career, but winning the Irish Derby with a filly is one of them and he will bid to change that statistic on Saturday at the Curragh.

O’Brien reports English Oaks heroine Tuesday to be in flying form since her narrow victory over Emily Upjohn at Epsom earlier this month, with the daughter of Galileo confirmed for this weekend’s €1 million showpiece after being supplemented yesterday.

The Ballydoyle maestro already has a record 14 Irish Derby successes to his name and the decision has been taken to parachute Tuesday into the fold against the opposite sex – where she will receive a 3lb allowance – for the first time in her career

Balanchine was the last filly to win the Irish Derby under Frankie Dettori some 28 years ago, and Tuesday holds obvious claims given that Oaks third Nashwa has already franked the form in style with her Prix de Diane success at Chantilly on Sunday.

Tuesday, which was placed in both the English and Irish 1,000 Guineas before relishing the step up to 1m4f at Epsom, will be partnered once again by Ryan Moore and she is vying for favouritism at 7/4 with Ralph Beckett’s British raider Westover.

A mouth-watering duel is in store between Tuesday and the Epsom Derby third with Westover set to be partnered for the first time by three-time Irish champion jockey Colin Keane, who is bidding to add a first Irish Derby success to his growing trophy cabinet.

Rob Hornby has been on board Westover on his two previous starts this season, but Meath native Keane will take over this weekend, with connections hoping to make the most of his local knowledge.

“Rob Hornby is an integral part of the team in Ralph Beckett’s and has done a wonderful job with Westover and I thought he gave him a beautiful ride in Epsom,” Barry Mahon, general manager of owners Juddmonte, said.

“Our decision is purely down to Colin’s experience and experience of the Curragh and Curragh Classics. What better man than a three-time Irish champion jockey who has won an Irish 2,000 Guineas and an Irish Oaks at the Curragh to get on board?

“He knows the track inside out and hopefully that will be a help to Westover. We just felt, for this race anyway, that he’s an able deputy.”

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Westover will be joined by another raider in the shape of David Menuisier’s recent Listed winner Lionel (10/1), while O’Brien has also left in Derby sixth Stone Age (7/1) – although the Coral-Eclipse looks a more likely target – last week’s King Edward VII Stakes winner Changingoftheguard (10/1), Temple Of Artemis (50/1) as well as Anchorage (66/1).

Joseph O’Brien has Hannibal Barca (8/1), Buckaroo (16/1), and Vega Magnifico (40/1) among the 16 which are left standing while his brother Donnacha could saddle Epsom disappointment Piz Badile (10/1).


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