Born To Sea: has yet to race beyond a mile and a half in his careerPICTURE: Patrick McCann (racingpost.com/photos)
Oxx to send three against Camelot in Irish Derby
JOHN OXX will launch a three-pronged attack on Camelot in the Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby with Born To Sea spearheading his challenge in Saturday’s showpiece at the Curragh which will not have an overseas raider.
Last year’s Dewhurst winner Parish Hall was not among the list of 11 horses declared at the five-day stage but Born To Sea remained in the field and looks set to tackle further then a mile for the first time after staying on in eye-catching fashion to finish fourth to Most Improved in last Tuesday’s St James’ Palace Stakes at Royal Ascot.
Oxx could also be represented by Akeed Mofeed, who hasn’t been seen since chasing home David Livingston in the Juddmonte Beresford Stakes at the Curragh last September, and Call To Battle.
Not surprisingly, Aidan O’Brien dominates the declarations with six entries as he attempts to win the race for a seventh year in a row and Investec Derby hero Camelot could be backed up by Imperial Monarch, who was so unlucky in the Prix du Jockey Club at Chantilly.
Incidentally, the winner of that messy contest, Saonais, has not been declared. The Ballydoyle maestro has also left Epsom second Astrology, Daddy Long Legs, Father Of Science and Learn in the line-up.
Jim Bolger relies on Derrinstown Derby trial winner Light Heavy while Speaking Of Which will bid to give Dermot Weld his first Irish Derby success since Grey Swallow back in 2004.
Full race card to follow. . .