ANDRE Fabre last tasted Irish Derby (5.20pm) success in 2005 when the late Hurricane Run came home in front – but the trainer shouldn’t have too much longer to wait thanks to WALDGEIST.
The chestnut colt brings the best European form into the race having finished a short head second behind French Derby and French Guineas winner Brametot last time out.
Waldgeist also ran really well when landing the Saint-Cloud Criterium at the expense of not only runner-up Best Solution, but also four Aidan O’Brien runners who re-oppose here.
Capri, Douglas Macarthur and Taj Mahal were all in behind that day and haven’t done anything on the track since to suggest they can turn the tables on Fabre’s entry.
However, one who can forget all about that race is fellow O’Brien runner Wings Of Eagles who finished ninth of 13 that day before shocking the racing world when landing the Epsom Derby.
I expect both to be battling it out for the win at the finish, but the step up in trip and soft ground should play into the hands of Waldgeist and he looks a fair bet at a general 5/2.
John Gosden won this race in 2015 with Jack Hobbs but the incoming rain looks set to dampen his chances of winning it for the second time in three years with soft ground unlikely to suit Cracksman.
He went off favourite for the Epsom Derby back in June. However, he was no match for Wings Of Eagles or Cliffs Of Moher when finishing third and his best form has come on good ground.
Douglas Macarthur led home an O’Brien 1-2-3 in the Group Three Leopardstown Derby trial in May and could prove best of the rest with Dubai Sand also well down the field that day.
Waldgeist 5.20pm Curragh