Kris Kin decision looks set to go to the wire

A DECISION on the participation of Kris Kin in the Budweiser Irish Derby will be left as late as possible.

A spokeswoman for trainer Sir Michael Stoute said consultations over ground conditions would be made with the Curragh this morning and a final decision taken before the noon deadline for supplementary entries.

Owner Saeed Suhail forked out £90,000 to add the Kris S colt to the field for the Vodafone Derby and reaped a handsome dividend as the Dee Stakes winner powered home for a one-length success from The Great Gatsby.

A run in the Curragh showpiece will cost an additional £66,000.

Current ground conditions at the Curragh are described as good to firm, good in the straight.

“The forecast is for a dry week,” said racecourse manager Paul Hensey. “We’ll monitor it very closely but I think today we will put some water on the round course on some parts of the track that tend to get particularly fast.

“We’ll keep a close eye on the weather forecast and make a decision on further watering later in the week.

“Our plan would be to water to keep the ground safe and to ensure there is good to firm ground. We wouldn’t be watering to alter the ground any further than that.”

Hensey is keeping his fingers crossed that all the big guns turn up for what would be a mouth-watering affair.

As well as Kris Kin, unbeaten French Derby winner Dalakhani is also set to try to follow up, while The Great Gatsby and Alamshar, second and third respectively at Epsom, are also intended runners.

“It looks like being as good a Derby as we have had in a long, long time,” he said.

“It’s actually 1978 since the first three from the Epsom Derby came here, and it has only happened four times in the history of the race that the winners of the English and French Derbys have taken each other on here.

“So it’s very, very significant.”

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