Carlton House: could become the Queen's first runner in the Irish DerbyPICTURE: Edward Whitaker (racingpost.com/photos)
Carlton House 6-4 as team mull Irish Derby
THE QUEEN is unlikely to decide until the middle of the week whether Carlton House will seek Classic compensation in Sunday's Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby, but bookmakers have offered their own recommendations, installing
the royal star as short as 6-4 favourite for the Curragh showpiece.
Carlton House was unable to end the Queen's long and frustrating wait for a first success in the Investec Derby when an arguably unlucky third at Epsom, but his owner has not even had a runner in the premier Classic's Irish equivalent, in which her involvement would add significant spice.
That possibility seemed to increase on Saturday when Carlton House delighted connections in a workout on Newmarket's Racecourse Side gallop, on which the Sir Michael Stoute-trained
Totesport Dante Stakes winner stormed clear of an older stablemate.
The Racing Post understands that arrangements to ship Carlton House to the Curragh have already been put in place by trainer Sir Michael Stoute, for whom a major Classic triumph would be extremely welcome following his disappointing start to the season and a Royal Ascot that ended without a win for his stable for the firsttime in 16 years.
Joe Burke, Stan James Ireland spokesman, said: "The vibes after
Carlton House's good piece of work on Saturday would indicate he is likely to travel to the Curragh. His form entitles him to go off a warm favourite and his participation will certainly add colour to the event."
Lying in wait for Carlton House could be a strong team from Aidan O'Brien's powerful stable, including Investec Derby runners Treasure Beach (2nd), Memphis Tennessee (4th), Recital (6th) and Seville (10th).
On Monday, O'Brien's wife Annemaire tweeted: "At the moment our four Epsom Derby runners are on target for the Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby at the Curragh on Sunday."
Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby
Stan James: 6-4 Carlton House, 3 Treasure Beach, 11-2 Recital, 6 Native Khan, 8 Memphis Tennessee, 20 Dunboyne
Express, 25 Notable Graduate
Paddy Power: 7-4 Carlton House, 7-2 Treasure Beach, 4 Recital, 10 Native Khan, Seville, 12 Memphis Tennessee,
20 Dunboyne Express, 25 Notable Graduate