After securing a victory in the Epsom Classic by defeating King Of Steel, Auguste Rodin looks to confirm his form against rivals such as White Birch (third), Sprewell (fourth), Adelaide River (eighth), and San Antonio (11th). All of them will compete against the favorite in the €1.25 million Group 1 event.
Trainer Aidan O'Brien, who has previously achieved the Epsom-Curragh double with Galileo, High Chaparral, Camelot, and Australia, is behind Auguste Rodin's campaign. O'Brien dominates the nine-runner line-up, aiming for his 15th victory in the race and potentially marking his 100th Classic win in a European race.
Peking Opera and Covent Garden, first and third in a Listed race at Navan, will make their Classic debut alongside Auguste Rodin, Adelaide River, and San Antonio. These three horses previously represented O'Brien at Epsom.
Joseph O'Brien, a former jockey with Irish Derby wins aboard Camelot and Australia, will be represented by Up And Under. However, the maiden horse faces tough competition, having been defeated by White Birch and Sprewell in its last two starts.
John Murphy's White Birch and Jessica Harrington's Sprewell are the only runners not trained by an O'Brien family member. Unfortunately, Knight To King and Salt Bay have withdrawn from the race, leaving Donnacha O'Brien to represent the family with Proud And Regal. The latter will tackle an increased distance after finishing seventh in the Irish 2,000 Guineas behind Paddington in its previous outing.
Adelaide River Seamie Heffernan
Auguste Rodin Ryan Moore
Covent Garden Declan McDonogh
Peking Opera Tom Marquand
Proud And Regal Gavin Ryan
San Antonio Wayne Lordan
Sprewell Shane Foley
Up And Under Mikey Sheehy
White Birch Dylan Browne McMonagle