Rakan Image supplied by HRI; photo: carolinenorris.ie

Dermot Weld is to run his recent Leopardstown winner Rakan, in the Irish Derby, later this month.

The colt is bred in the blue, being by Sea The Stars, out of the top class Tarfasha.

Angus Gold, racing manager to owner Sheikh Hamdan Al Maktoum, commented on the colt’s recent win in the King George V Cup:

“I’ve spoken to Dermot and the Chris Hayes and I think the first thing to say is on the face of it he was workmanlike.

“He did miss quite a lot of groundwork in the winter and what I hadn’t factored in is that he’s a lazy horse and hard to get fit.

“Chris said he thought he was going to go and win by four lengths, but it was a muddling pace and he took a big blow at the furlong pole like he still needed a race, so we can have him fitter.

“While he’ll lack the experience of some in the Irish Derby, if ever a horse was bred to be a Derby horse it’s him, by Sea The Stars out of a mare who was second in an Oaks.

“The Irish Derby is the obvious race, if Dermot is happy with his work, and I’m sure he’ll be better off a stronger pace. I’ve always thought he was potentially our best staying horse on his pedigree and looks, but we also have Madhmoon.

“The King Edward VII at Ascot might have been next if we had an extra three weeks to play with the Irish Derby after that, but time is against us.

“I’m not saying he’s good enough to go and win it on his fifth start, but it has always been the plan and he’s earned the right to go.”