Found (left): a possible contender for the Investec Derby
PICTURE: Edward Whitaker (racingpost.com/photos)
BALLYDOYLE’S Investec Derby plans should become clearer over the weekend, trainer Aidan O’Brien said on Friday, as his Coolmore owners continued to ponder their Epsom permutations.
Forfeits, at a cost of £1,900 for each filly, are made on Saturday for the Investec Oaks, in which O’Brien’s principal contenders are Found – who may yet be supplemented to the Derby on Monday – Diamondsandrubies and Together Forever.
Of the colts, Hans Holbein and Kilimanjaro are Epsom-bound while, although still in the race, it is unclear whether Gleneagles and/or Giovanni Canaletto will be joining them.
The trainer said: “Nothing has been decided yet and everything is still a bit up in the air. We will discuss things over the weekend and finalise plans then.”
One-time Derby hope Sir Isaac Newton could travel to Royal Ascot for his next engagement after getting off the mark at the third time of asking in a maiden at Gowran Park on Wednesday.
O’Brien said: “He won his maiden over seven furlongs, so the Jersey Stakes is an obvious option. We will take things gradually with him and I would imagine his next race will be over anything from seven to a mile and a quarter, so the Tercentenary Stakes will also be considered.”
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