Carlton House will face a small but talented field as he seeks to exorcize his demons from the Investec Derby earlier this month.
The colt was heavy horse betting favourite for the race at Epsom but suffered an injury during his preparations for the famous race and could do nothing about French challenger Pour Moi running out convincing winner.
Owned by the Queen, he will be bidding to become the first British horse to win the race since Balanchinescored in 1994, and will face competiton from the Aiden O’Brien quartet of Seville, Memphis Tennessee Treasure Beach and Roderic O’Connor as he chases his sixth consecutive winner.
The Ed Dunlop-trained Native Kahn will also provide the 3-year-old with a stern test in the 1m4f classic, and will be seated by Johnny Murtagh.
Dunlop insists that the race will suit his charge, and said he had confidence in Murtagh’s claim that the race distance will suit him.
“He showed in the Derby that he stays the mile and a half and he only needs to find a little improvement to reverse the form with the others.” He said on his website.
“Johnny is adamant that, while the Curragh is more of a stamina track than Epsom, it will suit Native Khan better, so we go there with a good shout.” He added.
Horse bets have placed Native Kahn at around 8/1 while Carlton House is around 5/4 with move bookmakers.