Epsom’s third Hurricane Lane will try to complete a Derby brace for coach Charlie Appleby at the Curragh.
Colt Frankel was the best of three runners for the Moulton Paddocks maestro in the first classic at Epsom three weeks ago, having taken his unbeaten record to three in the Dante Stakes in York, where he had high definition in third place.
Hurricane Lane was ultimately eclipsed by his teammate Adayar on D-Day, but played with great credit to finish third – and Appleby is hoping he can give Britain a rare victory in Dubai Duty. Saturday Free Irish Derby.
Appleby, who has yet to win an Irish Classic, told the Godolphin website: “We are happy with Hurricane Lane’s efforts at Epsom, and he has more experience under his belt to do so.
“He was an inexperienced horse before the Derby, and he maybe discovered it a bit, but he definitely sharpened himself for the race.
“The style of the Curragh track should suit him better, and if he can repeat his effort in the Derby it will certainly make him very competitive.”
Hurricane Lane has just over three lengths to find with Richard Hannon’s 50-1 Epsom runner-up Mojo Star.
Hannon said: “He had a great race at Epsom. It was a brave / stupid call, but it paid off – and here we are.
“Looks like he’s going to be a really good horse. I think High Definition is the one to beat, and then there’s Epsom’s placed horse battle, but High Definition looks like a really good horse and a worthy favorite.
“I think our boy has a very good chance, and if he runs the same race as Epsom he will be close to winning.
“The favorite (high definition) looks like a very decent horse. I’m not sure he’s taken horses of this caliber yet, but he obviously does great things at home and they love him. a lot – there’s a lot of strength in the depth. “
The other British raider is Lone Eagle, who will be ridden by Frankie Dettori.
The Cocked Hat Stakes winner missed Epsom with a dirty bezel, but he would be back on trainer Martyn Meade’s song.
“We couldn’t be happier with him,” Manton manager said.
“It’s not easy with all the trips and stuff. But he comes in like a new horse, having missed Epsom, and we’ve got a good man on our back to race against the Irish – Frankie (Dettori) is the man for. work.
“It will be, but it would be nice to think that if he does his best he should have a really good chance.”
Johnny Murtagh, who has won the Irish Derby four times in his illustrious riding career, leans on Earlswood to give him his first classic success as a coach.
Since making his winning debut for the Navan Yard in March, ex-inmate John Oxx has finished third in the Dee Stakes at Chester and won the Gallinule Stakes there last month.
Murtagh said: “We were imagining he was going to Navan for the first time, and he won a maiden over a mile in heavy terrain, so I thought he might be a little better than a maiden. .
“I decided to go to Chester so he could learn a bit and we know more. He ran well that day, but got tapped on the toe.
“We knew that coming back from Chester we had a beautiful horse, and he won the Gallinule that day – which gave us a free ticket to the Irish Derby.
“He has a few pounds to find, but hopefully stepping up the trip will give him more improvements.”