Native Khan has been confirmed a definite starter in the Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby at the Curragh on June 26.
Ed Dunlop’s colt won the Craven Stakes,finished third in the 2000 Guineas and then finished fifth behind Pour Moi at Epsom.Johnny Murtagh rode the grey on his latest start and has again been booked for the Curragh classic.
“Having had discussions with Pinar Araci, whose father Ibrahim owns Native Khan, we have decided to go to Ireland,” said Dunlop.
“Epsom showed us that Native Khan stays the mile and a half which opens up so many more doors and, while we did consider the Coral-Eclipse at Sandown, we would be taking on older horses there and it makes sense to stick to your own age group while it is still possible.
“Native Khan came out of Epsom well and with Johnny having been so complimentary about the horse afterwards, I am delighted that he is again available to ride. We prefer to have continuity when we can with our jockeys and though Johnny is retained by the Aga Khan, he has agreed to ride Native Khan for us when His Highness does not need him.”