Ballydoyle close in on Derby plans
Breakfast with the Stars at Epsom this morning saw some further news on Ballydoyle plans for the summer showpiece courtesy of UK representative Kevin Buckley who hasn’t ruled out Found lining up agains the colts in the Classic.
Talking about the 1000 Guineas second at the Curragh last weekend Buckley said “The plan is to come to Epsom, probably for the Oaks but possibly for the Derby. We have a good representation in the Oaks with Diamondsandrubies and Together Forever, so we have to look at the Derby for Found.”
Other possible Derby contenders for the master of Ballydoyle include Chester Vase winner Hans Holbein, but it appears increasingly likely dual Guineas winner Gleneagles will not be on the team. “I was taken by Hans Holbein’s performance at Chester. and he’s a big price.”
“Aidan maintains that Gleaneagles is a specialist miler. Being realistic, the St James’s Palace at Royal Ascot is his likely target. Giovanni Canaletto is still being trained with the Derby in mind, but race may come too soon.”
John Gosden worked Jack Hobbs at the track and suggested his charge is likely to run should the ground not turn up “rattling fast” and French trainer Criquette Head-Maarek will very likely send Epicuris to Epsom after French authorities confirmed that she could not have stalls assistance for the intended run in this Sunday’s Prix Du Jockey Club.
Head-Maarek reported this morning “They said no so we’re going to England, I only heard their decision late last night so I called Teddy Grimthorpe. He called me back and it’s all decided.”
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