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Abu Dhabi, UAESaturday 17 November 2018

Godolphin's Old Persian in line for Irish Derby after Royal Ascot victory

The King Edward VII Stakes could be joined by stablemate and Epsom Derby winner Masar
Old Persian ridden by William Buick win the King Edward VII Stakes at Royal Ascot. Andrew Boyers / Reuters

Godolphin's Royal Ascot winner Old Persian could make a swift return to action in Saturday's Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby at the Curragh.

Charlie Appleby's charge claimed his fifth victory from eight career starts in Friday's King Edward VII Stakes.

The Group Two contest was a "win and you're in" race for this weekend's Classic and Appleby revealed connections are giving serious thought to sending him to Ireland.

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Speaking on www.godolphin.com, the trainer said: "Old Persian has come out of his race very well and I am very pleased with him.

"I have had initial discussions about the Irish Derby with His Highness Sheikh Mohammed and he has agreed to review the situation before the supplementary entry deadline on Tuesday."

Should Old Persian take his place in the Irish Derby, he could be joined by stablemate, and Epsom Derby winner, Masar.

Masar ended Godolphin's wait for an Epsom Derby winner, and following the race, Appleby revealed to The National that the plan was to run him at the June 30 meet in Curragh.

“The plan is to run him in the Irish derby,” Appleby said.