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Published: 14:54 | 24/6/16

Harzand ready for Derby

Harzand is well and ready to run in Saturday's Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby.

Dermot Weld's charge spread a plate on the morning of the Investec Derby but overcame the post-race drama to land the blue riband.

He was placed on antibiotics on his return to Ireland and earlier this week Weld admitted he would have preferred another week to get the Sea The Stars colt ready for the Curragh Classic, but he came through a workout on Friday morning and is an intended runner.

"All being well the horse will run tomorrow. He's been out this morning and we're satisfied with him," Weld said on Friday.

"It's been well documented that I'd have preferred another week, but the intention is to run. What he is is very tough and courageous, which is why we are even talking about running him. I'm satisfied he is perfectly sound.

"But, he's a horse who'll meet you halfway, he'll go more than halfway to meet you in fact and that's the big plus.

"The Derby is the Derby and these three-year-olds tend to improve at this time of year which is why it is exciting.

"People say the three-year-olds are sub-standard in the spring, but they haven't been judged by then, they are improving horses."

Harzand will follow in the footsteps of Galileo (2001), High Chaparral (2002), Camelot (2012) and Australia (2014) by becoming a dual Derby winner if he lands the feature on Saturday.

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