by Stable Lad

On the last Saturday of this month of June, the Dubai Irish Derby will be run at the Curragh, and, as in all of the other classic races so far this season, both here and across the pond, there will be a numerous and concerted challenge for the laurels by the Ballydoyle contingent of Aidan O’Brien.

Among his many talented entries for this Derby will be the current favourite for the race, and recent winner of the Epsom Derby, Camelot, who at present is in the ante-post betting lists at the ludicrous price of 1/5.

Having said that, it indeed would be hard to blame the layers for these rather restricted odds, for this Camelot, ridden with great panache by Joe O’Brien, was one of the easiest Epsom winners of all time, coming home hard held for a very facile victory.

On account of this, he certainly fully deserves his lofty position in this Curragh field, with the problem for punters being the seeking of one to take him on.

Opposing him will be a fairly strong selection, mainly led by his own stablemates, Astrology and Imperial Monarch, both of whom, in any other year, would appear to be good enough to accomplish this winning task.

Astrology, for me, at any rate, appeals as something special, and, if ridden differently from the Epsom race, could indeed, in my opinion, give favourite Camelot something to worry about.

Take it from me, we have not seen the best side of Astrology yet, and this could be the day when he will really turn it on.

Imperial Monarch, on the other hand, although reported as going well on the gallops, appears to be a slow improver, and we may have to wait until Royal Ascot, or later on in the season, to see the best of this one.

The Jim Bolger trained Parish Hall, of whom much is expected, has been steadily improving all season, and, after his recent bold showing at Epsom, could indeed be one of the dark horses of this Dubai Irish Derby.

All in all, it looks like we will have a terrific race to look forward to, so, don’t forget to tune in next week for the final countdown to the long-awaited Curragh shoot-out!

This Saturday we will stay at York for our “Fab Four” weekend joust.

The 2:05 is a cup race for lady amateurs, in which Red Jade is fancied to complete a brilliant three-timer, although this is a race filled with pitfalls and unknown quantities. The Ladbroke H/Cap is a class two race, and looks a thorny contest.

One who looks well in here is Crown Counsel, who can win this for Mark Johnson.

The Bonus Trophy could go to Top Cop, for the Balding yard, who can go in at a nice price.

In the Macmillan Stakes, Fury, with a repeat of his last run, should just about get home here. Have a great weekend all!


The Fab Four:

York 2:05 Red Jade, 2:35 Crown Counsel, 3:10 Top Cop, 3:25 Fury.