O'Brien considers Oaks hero Tuesday as part of Irish Derby squad


Last filly to win the race was Balanchine, ridden by Frankie Dettori, in 1994

Monday, June 20, 2022
Aidan O'Brien's Tuesday just held off Emily Upjohn to win the Epsom Oaks - and could take on the boys in Saturday's Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby

Aidan O'Brien's Tuesday just held off Emily Upjohn to win the Epsom Oaks - and could take on the boys in Saturday's Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby


Aidan O'Brien will make the final decision over his Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby team in the next 48 hours - and could make a tilt at more history in the race he has won 14 times, writes James Toney.

Fresh from winning Royal Ascot's top trainer title for the 11th time - and bringing up his 900th career Group success - O'Brien is considering entering Oaks winner Tuesday to take on the boys in Saturday's  €1 million Curragh classic.

The Oaks winner gets their entry fee refunded if they run in the race as part of the Curragh’s ‘Win & You’re In’ scheme - but the last filly to achieve the feat was Frankie Dettori's Balanchine in 1994.


O'Brien's Changingoftheguard - a Royal Ascot winner last week - was expected to head his team, with the trainer also running his eye over Anchorage, Cougar, Sussex, Temple Of Artemis and Waterville during work rides early this week at Ballydoyle.

"We've a few in the mix and we will decide after work on Tuesday and Wednesday," O'Brien told the Irish Times.

Meanwhile, Ralph Beckett remains confident about the hopes of top British contender Westover, who finished just under three lengths behind Epsom Derby winner Desert Crown.

Rounding out the places in that race is strong form for the Curragh showpiece - Hurricane Lane upgraded in 2021 and other horses to have achieved the feat are 2006 and 2003 winners Dylan Thomas sand Alamshar.

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