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Published: 10:50 | 23/6/16

Eight rivals for Harzand


Investec Derby hero Harzand will face eight rivals when he attempts to complete the double by winning Saturday's Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby at the Curragh.

The son of Sea The Stars overcame drama on the morning of the race to provide Dermot Weld a first win in the Epsom Classic, but he was slightly sore on his return to Rosewell House and his trainer is worried that Saturday's race could come a week too soon.

Despite his concerns, Weld has declared the three-year-old and will make a final decision on his participation on Saturday morning.

"Every little bit of rain that falls will help, but my worry is really not the ground," Weld said.

"My biggest worry is he is very tough, but he had a very hard race at Epsom, it left its mark on him and I'd love another week. He's well and at the moment, he's been declared and we'll review it from there. As we have seen with US Army Ranger, anything can happen."

Epsom runner-up US Army Ranger misses the races following an unsatisfactory scope, but Aidan O'Brien still has Idaho, Port Douglas, Shogun and Claudio Monteverdi in the feature.

As well as Harzand, Weld will saddle Ebediyin, while Jim Bolger is also double-handed with Moonlight Magic and Stellar Mass both standing their ground.

There is just one British-trained runner in the final field with Ed Dunlop set to saddle Red Verdon.

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