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Lines Of Battle: UAE Derby winner represents Ballydoyle in Kentucky

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Lines Of Battle drawn 11 for Kentucky Derby

USA: Ireland's Kentucky Derby hope Lines Of Battle will break from gate 11 under Ryan Moore in a maximum 20-runner field for Saturday's $2 million contest at Churchill Downs.

Leading ante-post fancies Verrazano and Orb, respective winners of the Wood Memorial and Florida Derby, were also handed double-figure draws in 14 and 16.

Of the other main hopes, Santa Anita Derby hero Goldencents is drawn eight, one inside Arkansas winner Overanalyze, with Louisiana Derby winner Revolutionary in three - close enough to sniff the rail for inside-track specialist Calvin Borel, a three-time winner.

UAE Derby winner Lines Of Battle arrived in Louisville on Wednesday morning after a 14-hour trip from Ireland. Aidan O'Brien's assistant trainer TJ Comerford said everything had gone smoothly.

"It was quick enough," he said. "We're used to travelling our horses so there's not a problem. He's 100 per cent."

Lines Of Battle, a 16-1 shot with British bookmakers, will be O'Brien's fifth Kentucky Derby starter and the third in a row he has taken on from the UAE Derby after Master Of Hounds (fifth) and Daddy Long Legs (pulled up).

"Aidan tries to have a go every year," Comerford said. "Every horse we've brought here has won the same race in Dubai. Aidan would like to win it because it's a major race, one of the biggest races."

"It's not easy - we've come out here most than most and we've tried. God loves a trier!"

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