Australia tops Irish Derby 11
Last Updated: 24/06/14 4:37pm
Australia: Likely to be a short-priced favourite for the Irish Derby.
Aidan O'Brien is responsible for seven of the 11 horses left in Saturday's Irish Derby, including Epsom hero Australia.
The Investec Derby winner is likely to be a very warm order to emulate his former stablemate Camelot who completed the Classic double two years ago.
While O'Brien will be hoping wet weather stays away for his new star, connections of Derby runner-up Kingston Hill will be keen to see rain arrive to enable a re-match to take place.
Kingston Hill is set to take his chance as long, as long as connections deem that the ground is not too fast.
"We're looking at the weather. They are saying they could get up to 15mm of rain and if that was the case, we'd love to run if we got good ground or easier," said David Eustace, assistant to trainer Roger Varian.
As well as Australia, O'Brien could run Geoffrey Chaucer, who was all but pulled up at Epsom, Kingfisher, Mekong River, Orchestra, Table Rock and War Command, who was a fast-finishing fourth over a mile in the St James's Palace Stakes last week.
Dermot Weld's Fascinating Rock, eighth at Epsom and Godolphin's True Story, who finished one place in front of him, could renew rivalry.
John Oxx's Ponfeigh, winner of his last two races, is the unknown quantity in the race.
Among those taken out at the confirmation stage were Derby fourth Arod, Ebanoran and Hydrogen.