The Irish Derby is the key race today, Saturday and the three runners which were virtually in a blanket finish in the Epsom equivalent will again be in opposition.
The quartet of Anthony Van Dyck, Madhmoon , Japan and Broome were separated by the narrowest of margins in a breathtaking finish in the English race, with Anthony Van Dyck ridden by Seamie Heffernan and trained by Aidan O’Brien,taking the race by half a length from Madhmoon.
The latter, trained by Kevin Prendergast, did not have a clear run in closing stages and had to be switched. Given a good run, he has a chance of reversing the English one-two.
Meanwhile Anthony Van Dyck has the advantage of having achieved a good victory over talented rivals. Also he appears to act on any going and has Ryan Moore in the saddle. He has a good turn of foot.
Japan, ridden by Wayne Lordan and trained by A P O’Brien, was another close contender, beaten into third place in the English Derby by the smallest of distances-a nose, even though his rider dropped his whip 100 yards out.
Meanwhile Broome was a short head further back in fourth place.
There is all to play for today in what should be a fascinating race.