Author: Alan Kelly
Published: 14:45 25/06/2015
8 Horses have been declared for the 150th Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby, due to be run at 6.30pm on Saturday evening in which Epsom runner up Jack Hobbs is a top price 4-5 with Betfair Sportsbook to go one better than his three and a half lengths defeat at the hands of stablemate Golden Horn, with that horse scheduled to drop back in trip for next weekend's Coral-Eclipse at Sandown.
With trainer John Gosden expecting the Godolphin-owned son of Halling to be better suited to the Curragh rather than the undulations of Epsom the mount of William Buick is going to be a tough nut to crack in an effort to become the first British-trained winner of the race since Balanchine in 1994, although the prolific Ballydoyle stable of Aidan O'Brien will not go down without a fight as the handler is set to field 50% of the runners in bidding for an unbelievable 12th victory in the mile and a half Classic.
Epsom Derby fourth and sixth, Giovanni Canaletto and Kilimanjaro, will be joined by Prix Du Jockey Club runner-up Highland Reel along with shock 50-1 Oaks winner Qualify who is a best price 12-1 with several bookmakers including Irish layer Paddy Power to become the first filly to win the race since Salsabil and Balanchine were successful in the 1990's.
In-form jockey Ryan Moore is set to partner Highland Reel ( 11-2 Skybet, Paddy Power and Boylesports ) with the trainer's son aboard Giovanni Canaletto ( 8-1 Generally ) leaving Seamie Heffernan and Colm O'Donoghue to takes the rides on Kilimanjaro ( 33-1 Generally ) and Qualify respectively.
The field of eight is completed by Epsom third Storm The Stars ( 8-1 Betvictor, Bet365, Coral and William Hill ), the unbeaten Dermot Weld-trained Radanpour ( 20-1 Generally ) a half length winner of a Leopardstown Listed race most recently and 150-1 ( Betvictor and Stan James ) outsider Carbon Dating who has eleven lengths to make up on Jack Hobbs after coming home a respectful eighth in the ' Blue Riband ' of the turf earlier this month.