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Irish Derby: Timeform's runner-by-runner guide

Westover at Sandown
Westover is a leading player in the Irish Derby

"...would have been second in the Derby but for meeting trouble..."

Timeform on Westover

Timeform bring you their runner-by-runner guide to the Irish Derby at the Curragh on Saturday.

Irish Derby
15:45 Curragh, Saturday
Live on ITV

1. Boundless Ocean (Jim Bolger/ Kevin Manning)
Useful colt who finished second in a Leopardstown listed race last time. However, he still has only a maiden win to his name and it would be a big surprise if he landed this.

2. French Claim (Paddy Twomey/ Billy Lee)
Ran out an impressive winner of a Cork conditions event on his reappearance and he confirmed he's a pretty smart colt when third to Stone Age in the Derby Trial Stakes over a mile and a quarter at Leopardstown last month. Will need to improve for the step up to a mile and a half to make an impact at this level, though.

3. Glory Daze (Andrew Oliver/ Ronan Whelan)
Won a maiden at this course on his reappearance and finished narrowly in front of French Claim in the Derby Trial at Leopardstown last month. Was well held in the Derby at Epsom last time and is surely firmly up against it again.

4. Hannibal Barca (Joseph O'Brien/ Shane Crosse)
Finished fourth in the Group 1 Futurity Trophy at Doncaster on his final run as a two-year-old before being sold out of Brian Meehan's stable for 500,000 guineas. Made a winning start for these connections in the Group 3 Gallinule Stakes over a mile and a quarter here last month. Likely to stay a mile and a half and could easily have more to offer after only four starts.

5. Lionel (David Menuisier/ Jamie Spencer)
Very progressive colt who shaped very well at Newbury on his first two starts and found another chunk of improvement when getting up near the finish in a Goodwood listed race last month. There should be more to come as his stamina is drawn out and he's not to be underestimated.

6. Piz Badile (Donnacha O'Brien/ Gavin Ryan)
Made the breakthrough at Group level when a narrow winner of the Ballysax Stakes over a mile and a quarter at Leopardstown on his reappearance in April, displaying a very willing attitude. Didn't seem to handle the track when down the field in the Derby at Epsom and remains capable of better.

7. Westover (Ralph Beckett/ Colin Keane)
Improving Frankel colt who won the Group 3 Classic Trial at Sandown on his reappearance before finishing an excellent third to Desert Crown in the Derby at Epsom. He would have been second in the Derby but for meeting trouble and he holds leading claims here.

8. Tuesday (Aidan O'Brien/ Ryan Moore)
Finished third in the 1000 Guineas at Newmarket, runner-up in the Irish 1000 Guineas and then landed the Oaks at Epsom, relishing the step up to a mile and a half. There could be more to come from her over this trip and she is likely to make a bold bid to provide her remarkable trainer with a 15th win in this race.

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Timeform Analyst Verdict

While it would be pushing it to suggest Westover was unlucky not to win at Epsom he would have been a clear second but for meeting trouble over two furlongs out and he can prevent Oaks heroine Tuesday becoming the first filly to win this since Balanchine in 1994. Lionel looks best of the remainder.

1. Westover
2. Tuesday
3. Lionel


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