Australia cruises to Derby double
The brilliant Australia barely had to raise a sweat to record a Derby double for the Ballydoyle team, following up his Epsom Derby success with an effortless victory in the Irish equivalent at the Curragh.
By Galileo and out of the brilliant mare Ouija Board, Australia was born to succeed in the Classics and he has duly obliged with two fantastic performances on both sides of the Irish Sea. Aidan O’Brien’s charges’ task had been made a little easier earlier in the day, with both Kingston Hill, his main rival at Epsom and stablemate Geoffrey Chaucer being withdrawn, meaning that the top class chestnut would go off at a price of 1/8 favourite.
As expected, both of Australia’s stablemates, Orchestra and Kingfisher were quickly out of the stalls and immediately set about making a decent pace for Australia to come off of, with Joseph O’Brien happy to settle his charge in, with just Fascinating Rock and Ponfeigh behind.
Joseph would eventually start to loosen the reigns as the field turned into the straight but he did not have to loosen his grip too much as Australia cruised up to join his stablemates, eventually hacking clear to win by a heavily eased down 2 1/2 lengths.
The rider commented “I’d love to ride him over a mile and two furlongs on quick ground, I think that would really be his ideal thing, he’s got such a massive engine and is just so relaxed. He’s just a good one.”
By Kevin Walsh / Photo: PA WIRE
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