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Found and Ryan Moore

Found (centre): beaten in the Tattersalls Gold Cup last time out

  PICTURE: Patrick McCann (racingpost.com/photos  

Found closing in on
Coronation Cup outing

FOUND is by no means quoted by all bookmakers for the Investec Queen Elizabeth II Coronation Cup at Epsom, but on Sunday there was further encouragement concerning her participation from trainer Aidan O'Brien.

Found was beaten by Fascinating Rock in the Tattersalls Gold Cup at the Curragh just a week ago, and while immediately after the race it seemed doubtful that she would turn out again at Epsom on Derby day, it appears increasingly likely that, along with Simple Verse, there will be female firepower for odds-on favourite Postponed to contend with this Saturday.  

Speaking at Naas on Sunday, O'Brien said of Found: "She came out of the Curragh well and we're looking at the Coronation."

Found is a general 5-1 chance with those firms offering a price, while the King George winner Postponed heads the market at 4-7.

Simple Verse was well supported on Sunday, with Sky Bet cutting her to 3-1 (from 5), while a number of other firms also trimmed last year's St Leger heroine.

Derby update

Also on the Epsom beat, O'Brien confirmed his Investec Derby hopes will remain largely untouched at Monday's confirmation stage.

While the St James's Palace Stakes is the plan for The Gurkha, and Minding is headed for the Investec Oaks, O'Brien's other seven Derby contenders - led by US Army Ranger - will stand their ground.

Ryan Moore would appear likely to ride US Army Ranger, though O'Brien stressed: "Ryan will be left as late as he wants to make his mind up."

Minding is on course to seek a second British Classic success after landing the 1,000 Guineas, despite banging her head on the stalls and suffering a cut in bidding to complete the Guineas double at the Curragh a week ago, when she lost out narrowly to Jet Setting.

O'Brien added: "The plan is to run her if everybody is happy, and so far everybody is."

 
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