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Found remains in Derby hat

Published 26/05/2015


Found remains in contention for the Investec Derby at Epsom on Saturday week following her narrow defeat in Sunday's Irish 1,000 Guineas.

The last filly to run in the mile-and-a-half Classic was Cape Verdi, who finished ninth in 1998, with Nobiliary the latest to be placed when second to Grundy in 1975.

Six fillies have won the Derby, although the latest was 99 years ago when Fifinella landed a wartime substitute Derby at Newmarket.

With a number of Aidan O'Brien's Derby prospects falling by the wayside, the Coolmore team are not ruling out letting Found take on the boys after going down by half a length to Pleascach at the Curragh.

Coolmore representative Kevin Buckley said at Tuesday's Breakfast With The Stars morning at Epsom: " The plan is to come to Epsom, probably for the Oaks but possibly for the Derby.

"'We have a good representation in the Oaks with Diamondsandrubies and Together Forever, so we have to look at the Derby for Found."

Other possible Derby contenders for the master of Ballydoyle include Chester Vase winner Hans Holbein, but it appears increasingly likely dual Guineas winner Gleneagles will not be on the team.

"I was taken by Hans Holbein's performance at Chester. He's a big price," said Buckley.

"Aidan maintains he (Gleneagles) is a specialist miler. Being realistic, the St James's Palace (at Royal Ascot) is his likely target.

"Giovanni Canaletto is still being trained with the Derby in mind, but the race may come too soon."

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