Racing: Hurricane forecast for Curragh

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André Fabre is keen for Hurricane Run to appear next in the Irish Derby, where there is a chance that he could meet the Epsom hero Motivator.

André Fabre is keen for Hurricane Run to appear next in the Irish Derby, where there is a chance that he could meet the Epsom hero Motivator.

Fabre's colt finished a neck second to Shamardal in Sunday's French equivalent, the Prix du Jockey-Club, where he appeared to have found the race's new distance of an extended mile and two furlongs insufficient. Having easily won his previous three starts, Hurricane Run looked inexperienced and took a long time to get going before finally hitting top gear close to the line when it was too late.

"The plan is to go to Ireland," Fabre said. "It was frustrating to be beaten like that but the way he ran was very promising. He is a good horse.

"Motivator was very impressive at Epsom but Shamardal is a good horse also. He was a leading two-year-old and I'm not sure Motivator beat the same type of horse [at Epsom].

"Hurricane Run will obviously stay and the mile and a half at the Curragh should suit him better than the trip at Chantilly."

The Irish Derby on 26 June is one option for Michael Bell's Motivator.

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