Found (left): a possible contender for the Investec DerbyPICTURE: Edward Whitaker (racingpost.com/photos)
O’Brien set to finalise plans for Epsom Classics
BALLYDOYLE'S Investec Derby plans should become clearer over the weekend, trainer Aidan O'Brien said on Friday, as his Coolmore owners continued to ponder their Epsom permutations.
Forfeits, at a cost of £1,900 for each filly, are made on Saturday for the Investec Oaks, in which O'Brien's principal contenders are Found - who may yet be supplemented to the Derby on Monday - Diamondsandrubies and Together Forever.
Of the colts, Hans Holbein and Kilimanjaro are Epsom-bound while, although still in the race, it is unclear whether Gleneagles and/or Giovanni Canaletto will be joining them.
The trainer said: "Nothing has been decided yet and everything is still a bit up in the air. We will discuss things over the weekend and finalise plans then."
One-time Derby hope Sir Isaac Newton could travel to Royal Ascot for his next engagement after getting off the mark at the third time of asking in a maiden at Gowran Park on Wednesday.
O'Brien said: "He won his maiden over seven furlongs, so the Jersey Stakes is an obvious option. We will take things gradually with him and I would imagine his next race will be over anything from seven to a mile and a quarter, so the Tercentenary Stakes will also be considered."