Zawraq is set to bypass the Tattersalls Irish 2,000 Guineas on Saturday week and head straight for the Investec Derby.

Connections of the Dermot Weld-trained colt are keen to try the unbeaten son of Shamardal in the premier Classic over a mile and a half at Epsom on 6 June.

Zawraq won his only start as a two-year-old and made an impressive reappearance in the Leopardstown 2,000 Guineas Trial last month.

"I would say at this stage we'd be looking more at going straight to the Derby, all being well," said Angus Gold, racing manager to owner Sheikh Hamdan Al Maktoum.

"I've got to confirm with Sheikh Hamdan, but I know the trainer is keen to head straight to the Derby.

"We don't know if he's going to stay, but the race still looks open at the moment so we'd love to give it a go anyway.

"He missed one gallop when he just knocked a joint in his box, but he's been working away this week and he's fine. Everyone's happy with him, so it's fingers crossed."

Nafaqa, Sheikh Hamdan's runner in Thursday's Betfred Dante Stakes at York, was a well-beaten fourth behind emphatic victor Golden Horn, who would have to be supplemented for Epsom.

"Nafaqa is not a Derby horse. He's got ability but he needs thing to go right for him in a race and he didn't help him himself by pulling," said Gold.

"It looked a very good trial."