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Saturday 18 August 2018

Positive vibes over House hitting Curragh

Epsom Derby favourite and close third Carlton House could well bid to give the queen of England some compensation when lining up in Sunday's Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby at the Curragh.

A decision on the participation of the colt, who has been made the 6/4 favourite by bookmakers Paddy Power, is likely to be made within the next 24 to 48 hours, but vibes are positive from the Michael Stoute camp.

The five-day entry stage for the race closed at lunch-time today and others to come out of Epsom that are ready to head for the Irish equivalent are Native Khan and the Ballydoyle four of Treasure Beach, Memphis Tennessee, Recital and Seville.

Native Khan caused so much controversy before the Epsom showpiece at the beginning of this month. Kieren Fallon first of all opted against riding Ed Dunlop's charge, having given a commitment to the connections, before an injunction was granted to the owner Ibrahim Araci, preventing Fallon from riding at all in the Derby on the morning of the race.

Johnny Murtagh, who finished fifth on Native Khan, is likely to be onboard again on Sunday, despite Fallon's claims that the matter has been resolved with himself and Araci.

Jockey bookings for the Ballydoyle four are not yet confirmed with connections there likely to sit tight and see if Carlton House comes over and therefore rules out Ryan Moore.

Ann-Marie O'Brien, wife of trainer Aidan, revealed yesterday; "At the moment our four Epsom Derby runners are on target for the Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby at the Curragh on Sunday."

Meanwhile, the Henry Cecil-trained Midday and Ed Dunlop's Snow Fairy are the pick of the 14 entries for Saturday's Stobart Ireland Pretty Polly Stakes.

Five-year-old Midday will be hoping to go one better than her defeat by St Nicholas Abbey last time while Snow Fairy looks set to make her seasonal debut having not raced since winning the Hong Kong Cup at Sha Tin back in December.

Richard Hughes may make an appearance at his local track this weekend but the rider, who was narrowly pipped in the race to be leading rider at Royal Ascot last week, has now been all but ruled out of the Newmarket July Meeting.

Hughes, who is retained by his father-in-law Richard Hannon, picked up a seven-day suspension at Windsor last night for what the stewards deemed to be careless riding.

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