06/23/2003 11:00PM

Kris Kin to pass Irish Derby


Saeed Suhail, the owner of Kris Kin, has decided not to spend the $110,000 that would have been necessary to supplement his Epsom Derby winner into Sunday's Irish Derby.

Suhail, who had written a check for $150,000 to supplement Kris Kin to the Epsom Derby, decided along with trainer Michael Stoute that the firm ground at The Curragh would not be to the liking of Kris Kin, who earned $1.4 million for winning at Epsom on good ground.

Suhail's racing manager, Joe Mercer, hinted that Kris Kin's next race would be the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Diamond Stakes at Ascot on July 26.

Suhail's decision will deny racegoers at The Curragh an opportunity to see a clash between Kris Kin and the French Derby winner, Dalakhani. Eleven horses were left in the 1 1/2-mile classic at Monday's six-day entry stage, among them the second- and third-place finishers in the Epsom Derby, the Aidan O'Brien-trained The Great Gatsby, and Alamshar who, like Dalakhani, is owned by the Aga Khan.