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The G1 Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby at the Curragh on Sunday, June 30 has been confirmed as the next port of call for Epsom runner-up Ambiente Friendly (Ire) (Gleneagles {Ire}), with Robert Havlin again booked to ride having replaced Callum Shepherd in the premier Classic.

Sent off the 9/2 second favourite at Epsom following a dominant four-and-a-half-length success in the Listed Lingfield Derby Trial S. on his previous start, Ambiente Friendly proved himself a high-class colt when chasing home City Of Troy (Justify) on that occasion, ultimately passing the post two and three-quarter lengths behind that rival having travelled strongly throughout.

The G1 Coral-Eclipse S. on Saturday, July 6–which was confirmed as the next target for City Of Troy on Sunday–was one of several options on the table for Ambiente Friendly following that effort, but a trip to Sandown has now been ruled out as connections plot another Classic tilt over a mile and a half for his next start.

“After the dust settled, we were very keen to keep him at a mile and a half and, as importantly, stay against his own age group,” said co-owner Tim Gredley. “It was the only option really and I’m really looking forward to it and I think the race will suit him. We want to do what is right by the horse and the conditions of the Irish Derby seem a lot more favourable than going to the Eclipse.

“They came and won our Derby and for the sport, it only seems fair to go and have a go over there. We think the gradients of the Curragh and conditions of the race will suit, so that is why we have made the decision to go there.

“Rab [Havlin] will ride and we all had a good chat this morning–Mr Fanshawe and I also spoke to Rab and Freddie Tylicki. We are all in unanimous agreement that we should go to Ireland.”

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