Aidan O’Brien is adopting a patient approach with his Investec Derby fifth Sir Dragonet, with the Group One Irish Champion Stakes in September, his main target.

Having not raced at two, the son of Camelot won a Tipperary maiden in the spring, before making a huge impression when landing the Chester Vase.

He battled hard down the Epsom straight and finished just ¾ of a length behind Anthony Van Dyck in the Derby.

O’Brien said: “He is on a little bit of break and is just starting to come back off it. We might have a look at running him in the Irish Champion Stakes or sometime around then.

“He could have run before that, but at the moment he is starting to come out of a little bit of a break.

“We are thinking of dropping him back in trip, but he could keep at a mile and a half. We have to start him somewhere and he could also run on Arc trials weekend in France. There are plenty of options for him.”

Another Ballydoyle inmate who could head to the Irish Champion Stakes is Qipco 2,000 Guineas winner Magna Grecia, suffered an injury, when fifth in the Irish 2,000 Guineas in late May.

“He has had a break and he is in good form now,” said O’Brien.

“He has just started back doing good canters again. We are looking at something like the Irish Champion with him and he is another that could have a run before it.”

St James’s Palace Stakes victor Circus Maximus could be on his way to the Sussex Stakes at Glorious Goodwood.

“We are thinking of the Sussex Stakes with him at the moment, but that is not yet written in stone,” said the Ballydoyle handler.

“It was possible that he could have gone to Sandown (Eclipse), but Magical just came out of it (Royal Ascot) very well. We thought we might have been giving Magical a break after Ascot, but she came out of it so very well that is why we ran her.

“In the end we felt the Eclipse might have come too soon (for Circus Maximus), as he did have a tough race at Ascot.”

Ten Sovereigns meanwhile is set to take his chance in Saturday’s Group One Darley July Cup at Newmarket, having run fourth in the Commonwealth Cup.

“The plan is to run Ten Sovereigns in the July Cup and he seems to have come out of it very well,” O’Brien said.

“We have others in it, but we are thinking he is the main one at the moment.”

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