Australia to go International

  • Last Updated: August 18 2014, 18:34 BST

Joseph O'Brien believes he can manage the 8st 12lb required to ride Australia in Wednesday's Juddmonte International at York.

Australia is set to run at York
Australia is set to run at York

Should the jockey's father Aidan give the Investec Derby winner the go-ahead for the Knavesmire, Australia would be dropping back two furlongs from his most recent appearance in the Irish Derby.

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Two years ago, O'Brien jnr had to miss the ride on Camelot in the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe because he could not manage 8st 11lb.

After winning on Qualify at Dundalk, when he put up 1lb overweight on a horse scheduled to carry 9st, the jockey was asked about Australia.

He said: "I can do the weight."

Australia hasn't raced since winning the second of his two Derbys at the Curragh in June when he was chased home by stablemate and Dee Stakes winner Kingfisher but he is on target to run at York.

"The plan is [Australia] will be declared if the ground looks okay in the morning and if everything is okay with him then he will be declared to run," the trainer revealed on At The Races.

"He has done very well in his mid-season break and he is ready to go. I would imagine that he will come on for it. Kingfisher might run too. He's a solid horse and if Australia runs he might run with him."