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City Of Troy confirmed for Eclipse

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It has been confirmed that City Of Troy will head to the Eclipse Stakes at Sandown, whilst stablemate Los Angeles will bid for Classic success in the Irish Derby.

CITY OF TROY (left, dark blue cap) winning the Epsom Derby at Epsom Downs in England.
CITY OF TROY (left, dark blue cap) winning the Epsom Derby at Epsom Downs in England. Picture: Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images

Disappointing on seasonal reappearance in the 2000 Guineas, City Of Troy made a miraculous return to form in the Epsom Derby, cruising to a two-and-three-quarter length win. Successful in the seven-furlong Group 1 Dewhurst Stakes as a juvenile, it was unclear where trainer Aidan O'Brien would take the colt next, with the Travers Stakes at Saratoga mentioned as a possible option.

In a statement on Coolmore's website, it was announced: "Following discussions between the Coolmore partners and trainers Aidan O'Brien and Chad Brown, Los Angeles (Camelot) will take his place in the €1,250,000 Irish Derby field on June 30 at the Curragh, where he will bid to emulate his sire in winning Ireland's premier Classic.

"European Champion Two-Year-Old and decisive Epsom Derby victor, City Of Troy (Justify) will drop back in trip for Sandown's 10-furlong feature, the Eclipse Stakes, on the following Saturday, July 6."

Paddy Power made City Of Troy the evens favourite for the Eclipse on the back of the news and shortened Los Angeles to 5/4 favourite for the Irish Derby.

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