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Hans Holbein: is a best-priced 12-1 for the Investec Derby

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Derby plans 'up in the air' after O'Brien reverses

HANS HOLBEIN and Kilimanjaro remained the only Aidan O'Brien-trained Investec Derby contenders widely quoted by bookmakers on Sunday night after an Irish 1,000 Guineas day that did not produce an obvious third Ballydoyle Epsom runner.

Defeat for Giovanni Canaletto in the Gallinule Stakes appears to have put paid to prospects of him lining up at Epsom on June 6, and while the Investec Oaks remains the likely destination for Irish 1,000 Guineas runner-up Found, she could yet be considered for a Derby supplementary entry with owners Coolmore already boasting the favourite for the fillies' Classic in Legatissimo.

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Dual Guineas hero Gleneagles also remains under consideration for the Derby, though connections on Sunday sounded as reticent as they had a day earlier about the prospects of him staying a mile and a half at Epsom.

O'Brien said: "Found looks as if she will appreciate going up in trip, and whether that might be at Epsom, in the Derby or the Oaks, I don't know.

"We haven't had a chance to discuss things. She ran a good race today. Jim [Bolger]'s filly [Pleascach] got first run on her and she just couldn't peg her back."

Of Gleneagles, O'Brien said: "Anything is possible. I'd like to go to the St James's Palace with Gleneagles, but he's still in the Derby so we'll just have to wait and see. Everything is up in the air for now and there will be no decision about the Derby for the moment."

O'Brien said after Giovanni Canaletto's second to Curvy on his reappearance: "He ran well but he was just a bit babyish, and that's the vibe Ryan [Moore] was getting. And that's the way he was in his maidens last year too.

"He was slowly away and Ryan just brought him back to give him a chance. He's more professional than he was last year but it would be hard to throw him into Epsom, going down that hill."

Golden Horn was a best-priced 2-1 favourite for the Derby on Sunday night with BoyleSports and Betfair, with Zawraq 5-1 and Racing Post Trophy winner Elm Park 7-1. Hans Holbein is at 12-1, with Kilimanjaro a 20-1 shot. Gleneagles is 3-1 with a run with Paddy Power and a best-priced 10-1 from the two firms that have priced him up, while Found is quoted at 14-1 by three firms.

 
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