Racing: Benny versus Bosra

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Benny The Dip, the Derby winner, is "80 per cent certain" to clash with Bosra Sham, the brilliant winner of last Tuesday's Prince of Wales's Stakes at Royal Ascot, in the Eclipse Stakes at Sandown and miss the Irish Derby at the Curragh, John Gosden, his trainer, said yesterday, writes Ian Davies.

Gosden is set to bow to the colt's American owner Landon Knight's belief that the Epsom hero will be better suited by the ten furlongs of the Sandown contest on 5 July.

If confirmed, it will mean that the much anticipated re-match at the Curragh on Sunday with Silver Patriarch, beaten by a fast-diminishing short-head at Epsom, is off.

Gosden said yesterday: "I couldn't reach Mr Knight last night, but Benny The Dip is 80 per cent certain to run in the Eclipse. He takes the view that a mile and a quarter is Benny's optimum trip. Obviously I would prefer it if Bosra Sham went straight to the King George, but we will get weight [for age] from her."

The Curragh Classic could prove short of British challengers, with only Barry Hills' The Fly, who finished fifth at Epsom, set to join Silver Patriarch from the United Kingdom.

Entrepreneur seems unlikely to run. His owners are expected to supplement Strawberry Roan, who finished strongly when second to Classic Park in the Irish 1,000 Guineas, instead.

Romanov, third to Benny The Dip at Epsom, is to run next in the mile and a quarter Prix Eugene Adam at Saint-Cloud on 15 July.