Tyrone-based horse to race in French Derby on Sunday

First Cornerstone

County Tyrone-based trainer Andrew Oliver has opted to send First Cornerstone to Sunday's French Derby rather than Saturday's Epsom Derby.

Oliver's colt finished a promising fifth in last Saturday's Irish 2000 Guineas on his seasonal reappearance.

"The trainer called me this morning and said he wanted to go for the French Derby," said Barry Irwin, head of owners Team Valor.

"The trainer is no dummy, so I'll indulge him."

Irwin added:"The English Derby looked very tough anyway."

First Cornerstone has been sidelined for much of the year with a lung infection and missed his intended debut for the season in the Derrinstown Stud Derby Trial at Leopardstown.

Irwin was satisfied with First Cornerstone's comeback effort in Saturday's Irish Guineas at the Curragh.

"All in all, we were quite happy knowing what he had encountered going into the race because we had lost some time with him, as he kept having a problem with mucus in his throat.

"We got it cleared away but we were a little behind the eight ball."

Oliver's horse had been a 50-1 shot for the Epsom classic.

The trainer is based in the Tyrone village of Caledon

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