Griffin's Derby plan in limbo
Eoin Griffin will make a late decision as to The Last Derby's big-race participation this weekend.
The County Kilkenny trainer has learned to preserve his chaser for spring and autumn campaigns but he ran very well in spite of the heavy ground on his most recent start in last October's Cork Grand National, finishing third.
A winner of the United House Gold Cup at Ascot in 2009, The Last Derby is engaged at Sandown in the bet365 Gold Cup Chase as well as Monday's Ladbrokes Irish Grand National.
"My first preference is the Irish National," said Griffin.
"However, he is quite a fair way down the list and I need to work out whether he will get in.
"If it looks like he won't, then he'll go to Sandown.
"He's a fast ground horse and he's best fresh, which is why I haven't given him a prep run. He's in good form, so we'll have to see what happens."