O’Brien has belief in Australia
Yesterday saw the masses descend on Ballydoyle as Aidan O’Brien opened the doors for his press day with all eyes on Australia, his three year old colt by Gallileo who is currently as short as evens with Ladbrokes for the Investec Derby at Epsom on June 7th.
It was a Willi Wonka golden ticket inspired scrum at the gates to get a glimpse of the O’Brien battalions in work and neither the horses or the “lads” disappointing in delivering the treats and sweets required to satisfy the hungry press representatives.
O’Brien revealed he is likely to send four to Epsom for the showpiece, headed by Australia of course but accompanied by Geoffrey Chaucer, the Chester Vase winner Orchestra and Kingfisher, winner of the Dee Stakes at the same meeting last week.
It’s a long held love and belief in Australia that shone through from O’Brien and he was keen to express his delight in the progression in four runs to date.
“The lads always liked him as he has always shown us something different, he is a very natural horse with a great mind.”
“Even as a two year old in the early stages he was half speeding with horses he shouldn’t have been at that stage and is a horse you have to work all the time, he is so relaxed and always yawning!”
Reflecting on his third in the 2000 Guineas O’Brien was not disappointed “He ran well, there were just so many variables in the race. He has done nothing since and there are still four weeks to the Derby”.
Orchestra looks like being Ryan Moore’s ride in the big race with son Joseph obviously set to ride Australia. Referring to the Chester Vase winner there was a quiet confidence that they have a serious chance if things drop right for him there.
“I was happy with the way he won at Chester, I know Ryan was impressed and he thinks he has a big chance in the Derby.”
If Aidan O’Brien does win the Derby this year on the 7th June it will be an amazing 21 years to the day since he saddled his first winner, Wandering Thoughts at Tralee who scored in a 7f Handicap as a 5/2 fav. In an an attempt of understatement of the year he has come a long way since then!
By Dean Ryan / Photo Artur Widak/PA Wire
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