06/03/2013 5:15PM

Epsom Derby 1-2 may clash at The Curragh in Irish Derby


Ruler of the World and Libertarian, the one-two finishers in the Epsom Derby on Saturday, could meet again later this month in the Group 1 Irish Derby at The Curragh, while Intello, winner of the French Derby at Chantilly on Sunday, might not be seen again until August, with the Prix Jacques le Marois a possible resurfacing point for France's leader of the 3-year-old divison.

Meanwhile, it is back to the drawing board, evidently, with Dawn Approach, the Epsom Derby favorite who suffered the first loss of his career in finishing last of 12 in his first try beyond one mile.

Ruler of the World, by Galileo, has won all three of his starts, using the Chester Vase as a springboard to his Derby triumph. Ryan Moore kept Ruler of the World free of trouble on the outside in the Derby, and he held clear fast-finishing Libertarian after making the front sooner than Moore would have preferred. There was no official word of plans for Ruler of the World, but winning trainer Aidan O'Brien's 2012 Derby winner, Camelot, swung right back into action to follow up on his Epsom win with an Irish Derby victory. This year's race at The Curragh will be held June 29.

Libertarian, unheralded earlier this spring, would have to be supplemented to the Irish Derby, but his connections suggested Sunday they would relish another try at Ruler of the World.

Libertarian did not handle the downhill portion of the tricky Epsom course especially well Saturday, and raced even farther behind a slow pace than did Ruler of the World, while coming past the finish with more momentum than the winner. 

Neither Godolphin nor trainer Jim Bolger has laid out anything close to specific plans for Dawn Approach, who never relaxed in the Derby for jockey Kevin Manning. What does seem certain is that Dawn Approach will be kept to shorter distances.

"There was no pace, and the horse did not settle," Bolger said on Godolphin's website. "I doubt you will see Dawn Approach again over a mile and a half. We will take him home and see how he is and train him for a while. Time will help us to decide."

Intello, whose lone defeat, in the French 2000 Guineas last month, was of the tough-luck variety, might have outshone Sunday the members of his generation who raced a day earlier at Epsom, though with this colt, too, there are questions concerning his ability to transfer top form to 1 1/2 miles. Running in the Marois, which trainer Andre Fabre announced Monday as a likely landing spot for Intello, would mean turning back in distance to one mile, but Fabre went on record Monday saying he thought Intello could stay 12 furlongs, which would leave in play a year-end goal of the Prix de l'Arc d'Triomphe. Intello, like Ruler of the World, is a son of Galileo.