Updated on 09/17/2011 10:50AM

Dalakhani odds-on


Dalakhani and Sulamani, perhaps the two most prominent horses in Europe, will both be in action on Sunday in Group 1 races.

Dalakhani, owned by the Aga Khan, will journey from France to The Curragh for the $1.48 million , while Sulamani, from Godolphin Racing, will travel from Newmarket, England, to France for the $400,000 Grand Prix de Saint-Cloud.

Dalakhani, undefeated winner of the French Derby, will be running outside of France for the first time in his career, but that should not pose a problem. Trainer Alain de Royer-Dupre supervised a sharp workout at Chantilly on Tuesday. Christophe Soumillon will be in the saddle Sunday, as he has for all six of the Irish-bred colt's victories. The galloping nature of The Curragh's 1 1/2-mile course perfectly suits the considerable talents of Dalakhani, the race's 3-5 favorite.

Dalakhani's two main foes, however, are both coming off good efforts in the Epsom classic. The Great Gatsby is the best of six horses who will be saddled by Aidan O'Brien in search of his third straight Irish Derby triumph, but O'Brien appears to be substituting quantity for quality this time around.

The Great Gatsby was a length second to Kris Kin in the Epsom Derby but is a short-actioned type who might not be at home at The Curragh, where he was sixth in a Group 3 event in his only appearance there last autumn. A stronger challenge could come from Epsom Derby third Alamshar, who like Dalakhani is owned by the Aga Khan, but who is trained in Ireland by John Oxx. On Friday, however, Oxx said that Alamshar might be withdrawn because of back problems.

The 1 1/2-mile Grand Prix de Saint-Cloud will be the first start for last year's French Derby winner, Sulamani, since he ran down Ange Gabriel in the Dubai Sheema Classic on March 29. Ange Gabriel has since won the 1 1/2-mile, Group 2 Grand Prix de Chantilly and is capable of springing an upset.

A pair of Andre Fabre runners, Dance Routine, the handy winner of the Group 2 Prix de Royallieu, and Polish Summer, must also be considered.