By Sean Goff | Sports reporter
Camelot will face just four rivals in the Irish Derby on Saturday night as Aidan O’Brien’s colt bids to win his third Classic of the season.
The impressive Newmarket 2,000 Guineas and Epsom Derby winner is set to run at the Curragh despite the heavy ground ahead of a possible tilt at the English St Leger at Doncaster in September to secure the Triple Crown.
O’Brien’s Ballydoyle operation will be bidding for their seventh straight win in the 1m 4f contest but now rely on just Camelot and Astrology in the centrepiece of the three-day festival of Flat racing.
John Oxx has declared Born to Sea who caught the eye when finishing fourth behind Most Improved in the St James’s Palace Stakes at Royal Ascot last week.
His stablemate Akeed Mofeed is also engaged while Jim Bolger’s relies on Leopardstown’s Derrinstown Stud winner Light Heavy instead.
Dermot Weld who sent out Princess Highway to win the Ribblesdale Stakes impressively at Royal Ascot declared recent Curragh winner Speaking of Which a non-runner because of the heavy ground.
Paddy Power said: “Camelot’s odds (1/4) are already around the same as El Gran Senor who was the shortest-priced Irish Derby winner of modern times in 1984.It’s not impossible that the English Derby hero could start at Black Caviar’s Ascot SP of 1-6.”
Paddy has also priced up Saturday’s €85,000 Paddy Power Sprint at the Curragh where there’s a money back special if your horse finishes second. (Terms and Conditions apply).
Meanwhile, hopes are high that Black Caviar will race again after the Aussie Sprinting Queen won her 22nd race on the trot at Royal Ascot despite being injured in her narrow win in the Diamond Jubilee Stakes.
Peter Moody’s mare now goes into quarantine and will return to Australia in four weeks time.
And 16 go to post for the Pitman’s Derby, the two-mile Northumberland Plate on Saturday.