Stable companions Nelson, Delano Roosevelt and The Pentagon are set to renew rivalries in Derrinstown Stud Derby Trial at Leopardstown on Sunday.
The Aidan O’Brien-trained trio finished first, second and third respectively in the Ballysax Stakes over the same course and distance a month ago and the Ballydoyle handler has confirmed all three are intended runners in this weekend’s Group Three contest.
O’Brien has saddled a record 11 winners of the race, with subsequent Epsom Derby heroes Galileo (2001) and High Chaparral (2002) among those on the roll of honour, as well as the four-times Gold Cup winner Yeats.
The trainer has also entered James Cook and Zabriskie.
He said: “The Derrinstown is always an important race as a trial and Nelson, Delano Roosevelt and The Pentagon would look likely to be our three runners at the moment.”
Dermot Weld’s pair of Hazapour and Burgundy Boy are also among 12 entries.
O’Brien is responsible for four of the 16 contenders in the Derrinstown Stud 1,000 Guineas Trial, including Magical.
Weld has entered the exciting Leopardstown maiden winner Chiara Luna, Willie McCreery could saddle impressive Salsabil Stakes winner Mary Tudor and Ellthea is a potential British raider for Karl Burke.
The Group Three Amethyst Stakes looks another strong heat, with last year’s winner Custom Cut in the mix to defend his crown for David O’Meara.
O’Brien’s team is headed by Deauville, Tom Hogan has entered Gordon Lord Byron and the unbeaten pair of Jim Bolger’s Goldrush and the Fozzy Stack-trained Zihba add further strength in depth.