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Monday 25 September 2017

Cape can settle derby dilemma

The unbeaten Cape Blanco faces five rivals in arguably the classiest Derby trial of the season as Aidan O'Brien and his team at Ballydoyle bid to piece together their Derby puzzle, which still revolves around 2,000 Guineas disappointment St Nicholas Abbey.

Cape Blanco landed the Tyros and Futurity Stakes en route to tomorrow's Group Two at York in what was an undefeated juvenile campaign with three wins from three starts.

In making his seasonal bow and putting his Derby credentials on the table, he faces the former Jim Bolger-trained Chabal who has the benefit of this season's Group Three Classic Trial win under his belt last month for team Godolphin.

The progression of the least exposed Workforce is going to attract plenty of interest after Michael Stoute's colt bolted up by six lengths on his only competitive racecourse appearance when landing his maiden at Goodwood on good ground in September.

The field is completed by another winner from this season, Coordinated Cut, who is the mount of Jamie Spencer for Michael Bell, while Fair Trade and Circumvent complete the line-up.

Meanwhile at home, jump jockey Mick Darcy faces 12 race days on the sidelines after he failed a random alcohol breath test at Limerick on bank holiday Monday.

Darcy, who has been in great form of late on the track, was breathalysed before racing on May 3 when the concentration of alcohol in his breath was registered at 42 micrograms, seven above the allowed limit of 35 for 100ml.

The Turf Club deemed the "seriousness of the offence" as the reason behind the lengthy sentence for the rider, who is only the second on these shores to be found guilty of such an offence.

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