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Harzand and Pat Smullen winning from Idaho

Harzand (noseband) won the Ballysax on heavy ground

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Ground a major factor in Harzand Derby decision

A DECISION on Ballysax winner Harzand's participation in the Investec Derby is likely to be delayed until the middle of next week, according to his trainer Dermot Weld.


Harzand, a son of Sea The Stars, has won two of his three starts - both of them on heavy ground. He won a 1m2f maiden at Cork by 16 lengths in March before landing the Ballysax Stakes by one and a quarter lengths and his trainer revealed the going will be a major factor in the decision.

Weld said of the Aga Khan-owned 20-1 shot: "Harzand is very well but we we're in no rush to make a call about him running at Epsom. There are a number of things to be taken into consideration before we decide. 

"We'll see what the weather does and what the likely ground conditions will be. Harzand doesn't have to have testing ground but he wouldn't want it too quick."

Weld has had seven runners in the Derby and enjoyed his best result in the race in 2008 when Casual Conquest finished third behind New Approach and Tartan Bearer.

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