Princess Haya of Jordan’s New Approach (Ire) (Galileo) will face a maximum 13 rivals in Sunday’s Gr1 Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby as he bids to become the 13th to complete the Epsom-Curragh Classic double since 1970. Ballymacoll Stud’s runner-up Tartan Bearer (Ire) (Spectrum) and Moyglare Stud’s third Casual Conquest (Ire) (Hernando) are already confirmed as certain starters by connections.
The latter’s trainer Dermot Weld, who also has Bertam Firestone’s Winchester (Theatrical) in the list, is expecting improvement from Casual Conquest. Tartan Bearer’s conditioner Sir Michael Stoute could also be represented by Khalid Abdullah’s Derby fourth Doctor Fremantle (GB) (Sadler’s Wells), while Aidan O’Brien has six remaining headed by Derrick Smith, Michael Tabor and Susan Magnier’s Washington Irving (Ire) (Montjeu) and Alessandro Volta (GB) (Montjeu), who were fifth and sixth, respectively, at Epsom.
The Curragh’s Manager Paul Hensey yesterday described conditions as “good” ahead of the weekend fixture.