John Gosden happy with Jack Hobbs

Ante-post favourite Jack Hobbs pleased trainer John Gosden in his final piece of work on Wednesday morning ahead of the 150th Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby at the Curragh on Saturday.

John Gosden happy with Jack Hobbs

Gosden is seeking to win the Irish Classic for the first time with the colt that finished second behind stable companion Golden Horn in the Investec Derby at Epsom earlier this month.

“He worked this morning with William Buick on him and we were happy with him and the horse seems in good order,” said the Newmarket handler.

“We would appreciate a shower or two and something close to good ground but we are pleased with the horse and we’ll be heading over, all being well between now and the weekend. He handled Epsom surprisingly well for a tall, rangy, horse and we hoped the Curragh would suit him better and it was the plan to always come here and we are holding with it.”

Dermot Weld would like to see some rain fall on the Curragh before committing Brooch to Sunday’s Sea The Stars Pretty Polly Stakes.

Unbeaten in four starts, the four-year-old would be facing her toughest test to date.

The Khalid Abdullah-owned filly landed the Lanwades Stud Stakes in fine style on her only run this season but prefers a bit of dig in the ground.

“She’s a nice filly, she’s been progressing well,” said Weld.

“We’ll just have to see what the ground is like for her.

“She likes a bit of cut, so we’d need some rain to consider running.”

For the last three seasons the race has been won by British-trained runners in Izzi Top, Ambivalent and Thistle Bird.

This year there is another strong challenge with Ribbons, Madame Chiang, Secret Gesture and the supplemented Mutatis Mutandis possibly being joined by Rizeena

Meanwhile Gordon Lord Byron is set to make a quick reappearance in the Dubai Duty Free Dash Stakes at the Curragh on Saturday following his run at Royal Ascot.

Trainer Tom Hogan was satisfied with his triple Group One winner’s performance in finishing eighth to Undrafted in the Diamond Jubilee Stakes on Saturday.

Hogan expects the seven-year-old to come on for the outing having been laid low with a lung infection after being in action at the Curragh a month earlier.

“He seems grand. He’d had a lung infection within a month of the run and he ended up probably needing it. I was happy enough with the run,” said the County Tipperary trainer.

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