Plans for Aidan O'Brien's runners in the big races at Leopardstown this weekend are set to be finalised after the trainer has spoken with the Coolmore owners.
With Roger Charlton's Al Kazeem thought likely to be an absentee, Juddmonte International winner Declaration Of War was today the horse for money in the Red Mills Irish Champion Stakes, with Paddy Power cutting the four-year-old to 7-4 favourite from 2-1.
O'Brien also had five other possibles at the confirmation stage on Monday, including Kingsbarns, who has not run since last season's Racing Post Trophy.
Declarations for the Irish Champion and the Coolmore Fusaichi Pegasus Matron Stakes are due to be made tomorrow morning.
"Declaration Of War is a definite possible as long as the ground stays quick" - Joseph O'Brien
Speaking at Gowran Park, O’Brien’s son and jockey Joseph said: "Dad will talk to the owners and finalise plans this evening.
"Declaration Of War is a definite possible as long as the ground stays quick.
"Kingsbarns is another possible. Obviously he has been off for nearly a year and it would be a massive ask.
"There is a chance Ruler Of The World will also run, but he might go to France the following week instead for an Arc trial (Prix Niel)."
He added: "Just Pretending, Magical Dream and Say are our three in the Matron. The three of them might run as long as the ground stays quick.
"I'm not sure who I will be riding in both races."