Camelot tops Curragh contenders

Aidan O’Brien’s unbeaten Camelot appears among 11 confirmations for Saturday’s Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby at The Curragh.

Aidan O’Brien’s unbeaten Camelot appears among 11 confirmations for Saturday’s Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby at The Curragh.

The winner of the 2000 Guineas and most recently the Derby at Epsom, Camelot is set to be a hot favourite in a bid for his third Classic before a likely attempt at completing the British Triple Crown in the St Leger.

The most notable absentee was Jim Bolger’s Dewhurst hero Parish Hall, who has still not appeared this season, and his trainer will have to rely on Ballysax and Derrinstown Trial winner Light Heavy.

O’Brien can also choose from Learn, Astrology, Daddy Long Legs, Father Of Science and Imperial Monarch while John Oxx has three of the remaining runners, headed by Sea The Stars’ half-brother Born To Sea, who was fourth over a mile in the St James’s Palace Stakes.

Akeed Mofeed, not seen since finishing second in the Beresford Stakes at two, and Chester Vase third Call To Battle are his other two.

Dermot Weld’s progressive and lightly-raced Speaking Of Which completes an all-Irish field.

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