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Sorcerous, considered a Derby hope early in the season, won at Listowel in September and was second to Tholjanah in a Listed race at Newmarket on his only subsequent start, while last year's St Leger winner Milan was injured on his return in the Mooresbridge Stakes at The Curragh in May and has not raced since.
Kinane made all on the Aidan O'Brien-trained Sorcerous in the three-runner Patsy Byrne Race, denying Johnny Murtagh, on 2/5 favourite Millstreet, an optimistic run up the rail.
Latest Derby betting (Coral prices): 7-1 (from 9-1) Hawk Wing, 16-1 Shaanmer, Right Approach, 20-1 Dubai Destination, Sorcerous, High Chapparal, 25-1 Hathaal, Dubai Excellence, Naheef, Canberra, King Of Happiness, Tikkun, Ballingarry, 33-1 Mutinyonthebounty, Proven, Landseer, Fight Your Corner, Century City, Where Or When, Hill Of Gold, 40-1 bar.
Millstreet (Murtagh) was beaten a length and a half by Aidan O'Brien's Sorcerous (Kinane), but Oxx's appeal was dismissed.
Although the Ballydoyle handler has axed Ballingarry, Castle Gandolfo, Sholokhov and Sorcerous, from the Parisian feature.
Seamus educated High Chaparral and this horse and Hawk Wing are still in the frame for Epsom along with Sorcerous, who will probably go to the Dante at York this week," O'Brien said.
Impressive newcomer Sorcerous, who cost two million guineas at the Newmarket sales last autumn, starred in a stunning O'Brien fourtimer at Leopardstown that also saw victories for Pietra Dura, Stonemason and stable pacemaker Ice Dancer.
However, the Listowel stewards were not satisfied that Sorcerous had improved his placing by causing interference to Millstreet and decided to leave the placings unaltered.
Meanwhile, one-time Derby hope Sorcerous will bid for a first success as a three-year-old when he carries Ballydoyle's hopes in the listed Ardilaun House Hotel Oyster Stakes at Galway today.
Millstreet, owned by Sheikh Mohammed, was beaten one and a half lengths by Sorcerous after having to be switched when he failed to get through on the inside of the Aidan O'Brien-trained colt about a furlong from the finish of the mile-and-a-half event.
HIGHLY regarded Sorcerous will be the focus of most attention when he makes his belated three-year-old debut at Leopardstown tonight.
The race has cut up but nevertheless remains interesting, with Derby flop Tholjanah, runner-up in last year's Solario Stakes and Royal Lodge Stakes, and the Aidan O'Brien-trained Sorcerous taking on useful fillies in Irish Oaks third Lady's Secret and Sundrenched.