Derrinstown Stud trial for Zanughan

JOHN OXX is to allow Zanughan to take his chance in the Derrinstown Stud Derby Trial at Leopardstown on May 8 following a cosy victory on Sunday.

The son of Azamour confirmed the promise of his Curragh third on his debut two weeks earlier when taking a 16-runner maiden over 10 furlongs at Navan.

Zanughan holds entries in the Investec Derby and the Irish Field St Leger.

“The Derrinstown is the plan. It might be a bit ambitious but we might just go there,” said the Currabeg handler.

“The timing is right, it’s a three-week interval, he’s entered in it so we’ll let him take his chance.

“He may get a mile and a half in time, but he’s zippy enough and handy enough for a mile and a quarter. Hopefully he’ll go a bit further when required.”

nAUSTRALIAN colt Retrieve could join Godolphin for a European campaign after running on Saturday.

Sheikh Mohammed’s four-year-old, who is a Group Three winner and Group One-placed over 10 furlongs and a mile and a half, is to contest the Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Randwick before a decision is made.

“We in Australia have the chance to have these horses but, ultimately, the main ones go to Godolphin,” said Darley racing manager Trevor Lobb.

“He will run next Saturday in the Queen Elizabeth and we’ll think about it after that.

“Retrieve could go to England and race at the back end of the European season and then go back to Dubai for the World Cup series.”

Lobb hopes he will return for a Melbourne Cup at one point, adding: “Retrieve could be the ideal horse for Sheikh Mohammed to win the Cups.

“At this point of time, it is planned that he will go overseas and then he may come back as an older horse for the Cups.

“Godolphin, it’s their dream to win the Cups.”

nWillie Twiston-Davies will soon be released from Warwick Hospital after undergoing surgery on his broken leg.

His elder brother, Sam, reports the young rider in good spirits. “He got through his operation very well. He’s in good form,” he said.

Willie Twiston-Davies sustained the injury when Battlecry slipped up in the Bet totepool At Hunters’ Chase at Stratford on Sunday.

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