Carlton House will be first-ever Royal runner in Irish Derby

Sir Michael Stoute's Carlton House is an intended runner in Sunday's Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby at the Curragh.

The Street Cry colt has been the subject of much media frenzy this year, owing to the fact he is owned by the Queen.

Victory in the Dante Stakes at York ensured he was sent off hot favourite for the Derby at Epsom, although he did suffer a setback in the week leading up to the race.

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He still put up a fine performance to finish third, beaten just a length by Pour Moi, and is set to get another shot at Classic glory in Ireland this weekend.

A spokeswoman for the Stoute yard confirmed the intention is for the colt to be declared today, making him the first horse owned by a member of the British royal family to run in the Curragh Classic.

Native Khan, who was a length and a half behind Carlton House in fifth place at Epsom, will also get a second Derby chance.

His trainer Ed Dunlop is expecting a bold show, as long as ground conditions are not extreme.

"He's come out of the English Derby well," said the Newmarket handler. "We're pretty confident he stays, but we're under no illusions. It's going to be very tough again and maybe it's going to be more of a stamina test, but it's his last chance of running in a Classic against his own generation. In time we may well drop him in trip.

"He's in very good form and we're happy with him."

Local trainer Michael Smith raised the roof at a rainy Newcastle on the first day of the Northumberland Plate meeting. Smith, who trains just down the road at Kirkheaton in Northumberland, won the feature Seaton Delaval Handicap with the gutsy front-runner Vito Volterra.

The four-year-old, claimed out of Andy Haynes' yard for just 6,000, has been in cracking form of late and finished second in the Carlisle Bell just 24 hours earlier.

After breaking well to claim his customary position at the head of affairs under Adrian Nicholls, the 13-2 chance fought off the challenges of Prince Of Dance and Arabian Spirit to win by a neck and three-quarters of a length.

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At Hamilton, William Buick and Mark Johnston endured a night of mixed fortunes, taking the Taggarts Jaguar/Land Rover Handicap with Jeu De Vivre, but then seeing odds-on favourite Striking The Wind turned over in the maiden.

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