Good to firm at the Curragh
Aidan O'Brien is likely to take some encouragement from the latest ground and weather update at the Curragh ahead of Australia's bid for a Classic double in the Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby on Saturday.
The regally-bred Galileo colt lived up to the hype when beating Kingston Hill in the Investec Derby at Epsom, but the Ballydoyle trainer has been keen to stress he would not want conditions to turn unsuitably soft at the County Kildare venue.
Speaking at Tipperary last night, O'Brien said: "We all know he wants fast ground. There's a lot of rain forecast for Saturday morning. A lot can change. We want to run him, but he doesn't want soft ground."
Some rain fell overnight, but Curragh manager Paul Hensey tweeted on Friday morning: "5mm rain overnight @curraghrace. The ground remains good to firm. There is a risk of showers today but mostly dry thereafter."