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Anthony Van Dyck and Broome to head O'Brien's team in Irish Derby

Anthony Van Dyck, the Investec Derby winner, and Broome, who finished fourth in the Epsom Classic, will head Aidan O’Brien's bid for a 13th Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby win at the Curragh on Saturday.

However, impressive King Edward VII Stakes winner and Derby third Japan will be kept in reserve for a choice of targets next month.

Speaking on Sunday, O’Brien said: “Anthony Van Dyck came out of Epsom well and is in good form. The plan is to run him and Broome and possibly a couple of others in the Irish Derby.”

O’Brien’s 12 Irish Derby winners include four who were completing the Epsom-Curragh Derby double – Galileo, High Chaparral, Camelot and, most recently, Australia in 2014.

O’Brien said: “Japan definitely won’t be running at the Curragh. We’ll wait a bit before making a plan for him. We have the option of either the Grand Prix de Paris (July 14) or the King George Vl and Queen Elizabeth Qipco Stakes (July 27).”

According to O’Brien, plans for dual 1,000 Guineas winner Hermosa, who finished second in the Coronation Stakes on Friday, are fluid. “We haven’t made a plan for Hermosa. We might keep her to a mile but we also have the option of going up in trip,“ O’Brien said.

Ten Sovereigns, who finished fourth when favourite for the Commonwealth Cup, is likely to be kept to sprinting.

O’Brien said: “Like all the horses we ran at Ascot, we’ll wait and see how he has come out of his race. I’d imagine we’ll probably keep him to sprints and I’m sure the July Cup is a race we’ll consider for him.”

The Kerrygold Irish Oaks is a possible target for Fleeting, who came from behind to finish second in the Ribblesdale Stakes on Thursday. “The Irish Oaks will be an option for Fleeting but there are also some fillies races in the US that we might look at,“ O’Brien said.

Arizona, who gave O'Brien his ninth Coventry Stakes win on Tuesday, is likely to head next for the Group 1 Keeneland Phoenix Stakes at the Curragh on August 9.

O'Brien's five winners at Royal Ascot saw him become leading trainer at the meeting for the tenth time. It was the first time since 2009 that no other Irish trainer got amongst the winners.

Japan, picture Liesl King

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