Horse Racing: Eagle all set to swoop for Fallon; CURRAGH.
EAGLE MOUNTAIN, a distant second to Authorized at Epsom, is a short price to go one better in today's Budweiser Irish Derby (3.50) at the Curragh.
Aidan O'Brien's colt, who will be ridden by Kieren Fallon, may have been the bridesmaid in Frankie's finest hour four weeks ago but he has his chance for glory on home soil with stable mate and Derby fifth Soldier of Fortune also rumoured to be a major fancy.
Either would be a popular local success for their Ballydoyle handler who is bidding for his fourth win in the race in seven years.
Scots-born Mark Johnston may put a spoke in the wheels with his Middleham raider Boscobel, an expensive late entry at the huge cost of E150,000.
Boscobel, who will be partnered by Joe Fanning after it was announced Dettori wouldn't be able to take the ride, proved he can mix it with the best when landing the King Edward V11 Stakes at Royal Ascot and Fanning has never been beaten on four previous rides on a colt that scored in Listed grade at Hamilton Parkin May.
French challenger Shamdinan was third in his own Derby and is a classy colt that is fully expected to improve for tackling a mile and a half for the first time.
Stan James make Eagle Mountain an even money shot while Shamdinan is next in the betting at 7-1 with Coral.co.uk. Soldier of Fortune is also 7's with bet365.
Blue Square's quote of 15-2 about Boscobel is definitely worth an each-way interest to back up Eagle Mountain bets.
Hot pot: Epsom second Eagle Mountain is all set to go one better today