Hurricane to face maximum of nine rivals

HURRICANE RUN, a best priced 4-6 with Paddy Power, will face a maximum of nine rivals in Sunday’s Budweiser Irish Derby after it was revealed that John Dunlop’s triple entry in the race was a mistake.

Yesterday morning it appeared that the Arundel handler had kept Ebtikaar, Gifted Musician and Jungle Drums in the Curragh Classic.

However, Dunlop’s office maintained that they had sent over a forfeit for the horses last month, which was not received by administrators Horse Racing Ireland.

The mix-up was quickly sorted out and Jason Morris of HRI reported: “John Dunlop’s office were able to supply written proof that they had sent the forfeit and the runners will be treated as if they were taken out in May.”

Hurricane Run, a fast-finishing second to Shamardal in the French Derby, was unbeaten in his three outings before that and although he will remain in training with Andre Fabre for this season, he has been bought by the Coolmore operation and is set to be partnered by Kieren Fallon.

The only supplemented horse yesterday was the Clive Brittain-trained Bahar Shumaal, who is owned by Saeed Manana.

The popular Newmarket trainer has made no secret of his regard for the lightly-raced colt, who lost his maiden tag at the second time of asking in good style at Sandown a few weeks ago.

Connections have stumped up €95,000 to let him take his chance.

Another French raider, Walk In The Park, is the second favourite and John Hammond’s runner will attempt to advertise the form from Epsom, having finished second to Motivator.

Derby fourth and fifth Fracas and Gypsy King are still engaged, and the latter’s trainer Aidan O’Brien also has Scorpion and Yehudi.

Dermot Weld is represented by Helvetio, who did not stay in the Queen’s Vase last week, while John Oxx, who has trained two winners of the race in the last five years, has Shalapour.

The remaining runner is Mark Johnston’s King Edward VII Stakes second Brahminy Kite.

Budweiser Irish Derby betting:

Cashmans: 4-7 Hurricane Run, 7-2 Walk In The Park, 6-1 Aidan O’Brien stable, 9-1 Bahar Shumaal, 10-1 Fracas, 20-1 Shalapour, Brahminy Kite, 33-1 Helvetio.

Paddy Power: 4-6 Hurricane Run, 3-1 Walk In the Park, 8-1 Fracas, 10-1 Gypsy King, 14-1 Bahar Shumaal, 16-1 Shalapour, 25-1 Brahminy Kite, Helvetio, 33-1 Scorpion, 40-1 Yehudi.

Boylesports: 1-2 Hurricane Run, 7-2 Walk In the Park, 6-1 Gypsy King, 7-1 Fracas, 10-1 Bahar Shumaal, 14-1 Shalapour, 20-1 Brahminy Kite, 20-1 Helvetio, 25-1 Scorpion, 33-1 Yehudi.

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