Epsom Derby next for Luxembourg

The Cazoo Derby will be the next assignment for the race’s ante-post favourite Luxembourg, after he was given the green light by trainer Aidan O’Brien on Monday.

The Cazoo Derby will be the next assignment for the race's ante-post favourite Luxembourg, after he was given the green light by trainer Aidan O'Brien on Monday.

The Camelot lot lost his unbeaten record when third in the 2,000 Guineas over the weekend but O'Brien confirmed he has come out of the race well and his next stop will be Epsom.

A scintillating two-year-old campaign marked him out as a potential Classic winner in 2022 and, despite that defeat, the Derby market was not given to an adverse reaction.

Conversely, the Vertem Futurity Trophy winner was seen to have boosted his claims with such a run over a trip that looked as though it may tap him for speed going into it.

Speaking at the Curragh, O'Brien said: "The two colts (from the 2000 Guineas) cantered this morning and seem fine. Luxembourg just clipped heels after going 50 yards and he did well to finish where he did.

"I think he will go straight to Epsom, that was always the plan.

"Point Lonsdale might not have been as ready as I thought, and we might give him a little bit more time to see where he is going to go. He was always going to stay further."

Elsewhere, stablemate and Oaks favourite Tuesday also ran well in the 1,000 Guineas on Sunday, though she may have another run before taking in the fillies' blue riband at Epsom.

Stablemate Tenebrism was eighth as the 11-4 market leader on her first try at a mile, although the Ballydoyle handler feels that was not her true running.

"Tuesday may run in the Guineas at the Curragh and then go for the Oaks," he said.

"Ryan (Moore) said that Tenebrism just got sandwiched for the first four furlongs and never got to relax.

"It was a bit of a non-event and we didn't learn too much about her. She didn't finish and maybe the reason was she was using too much gas or maybe she didn't stay. We'll probably have to run her again to find out."

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