15 runners are set to go to post for the 2020 Irish Derby and Aidan O’Brien saddles six runners in a bid to win his seventh Irish Derby in the past 11 years.
Jim Bolger saddles one of the most interesting other contenders in Fiscal Rules and the son of Make Believe out of a Galileo mare should be suited to stepping up to 12 furlongs after finishing fifth in the Irish 2,000 Guineas.
Joseph O’Brien also saddles three runners, with the unbeaten Crossfirehurricane worthy of a mention, though his draw in stall-13 could make life difficult. The Jessica Harrington-trained Gold Maze and the Ger Lyons-trained Chiricahua are also bred to come into their own over middle-distances, with their sires being the former Derby winners Golden Horn and Camelot.
But it will still be a surprise if Aidan O’Brien doesn’t train the winner. The obvious one is Santiago after he hacked up in the Queen Vase at Royal Ascot. But he is dropping back half-a-mile and this race looks a bit of an afterthought for him. Arthur’s Kingdom also ran at Royal Ascot, where he finished second over 12-furlongs in a Group 2. Only time will tell if that form is strong enough, but Wayne Lordan takes the ride.
Tiger Moth, Dawn Patrol, and Order Of Australia finished first, second, and third in a maiden last time and Tiger Moth looks drawn to come out on top once more.
But it could be worth taking a chance on Iberia, who has fared well with the draw in stall 1. A course winner last year, he looked like he would relish another step up in distance when third in the Derrinstown Trial last time, and the second that day has won a decent Group 3 at Royal Ascot since.
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