Derby Runner-up Dee Ex Bee To Take On Irish Version


INVESTEC Derby runner-up Dee Ex Bee will head to the Curragh to have a crack at the Irish equivalent.

The three-year-old was a revelation at Epsom, and assistant trainer Charlie Johnston believes his colt could start off favourite for the Irish Classic on June 30.

Getty Images – Getty Dee Ex Bee (right) finishes second to Masar in the Epsom Derby

Relatively unfancied before the Derby, Mark Johnston’s stable star was sent off at 20-1 but belied his odds to see off the challenge of Roaring Lion for second place.

If that form is taken at face value then there is likely little across the water able to provide a formidable challenge to the British raider.

Masar, who won the Epsom contest, is unlikely to head for the race in favour of a date with the Eclipse, so the door could well be open for Dee Ex Bee to strike.

Charlie Johnston said: “Jono Mills (Godolphin bloodstock manager) has been up to the yard this morning and I think if Masar is going to the Eclipse, that would make Ireland a strong favourite for Dee Ex Bee.

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