Author: Alan Kelly
Published: 17:17 02/06/2014
Epsom on Saturday may be all about the Investec Derby in which Qipco 2000 Guineas third Australia is likely to go off a short priced favourite to provide Ballydoyle with yet another winner of the world's most famous Flat race but it is not the only Group 1 contest on the seven-race card as at 2.40 last year's Derby winner Ruler Of The World will attempt to follow up in the Investec Coronation Cup ( in Commemoration Of St Nicholas Abbey ) where the son of Galileo could face up to nine rivals including the French gelding Cirrus Des Aigles.
Ruler Of The World has failed to add to that Classic success in five attempts although the colt went close on a couple of occasions when just touched off by Japanese horse Kizuna in Longchamp's Prix Neil last September, and after a creditable seventh in the Arc the following month went down by just a neck and half a length to Farhh in Ascot's Qipco Champion Stakes. Runner-up on that occasion was the Corrine Barands-Barbe-trained Cirrus Des Aigles who is fancied to come out on top once again this Saturday and can be backed at a top price 2-1 with Betfred, while Aidan O'Brien's colt is a standout 5-2 with Coral.
At the age of eight the son of Even Top is no spring chicken but few horses can match his consistency at the highest level and his two most recent efforts suggest that the mount of Cristophe Soumillon is as good, if not better, than ever. A short neck victory in the Prix Ganay saw him take the scalp of the previously unbeaten impressive Arc winner Treve followed by a convincing victory over Olympic Glory and company in last weekend's Prix D'Ispahan. Fellow French raider Flintshire ( 6-1 with Skybet, Betvictor and Stan James ) should run well for Andre Fabre along with the 2013 Oaks winner Talent ( 15-2 William Hill and 888.sport ) but nothing in the field can match the form of the great French gelding who should make it Group 1 win number six providing he handles the unique Epsom undulations on Saturday.