Wednesday 18 October 2017

Long legs in tip-top shape

Connections of Daddy Long Legs feel they have the colt in the best of health ahead of tonight's Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs (11.24pm Irish time).

Ballydoyle's big hope was last seen winning the UAE Derby at Meydan in March, and has reportedly thrived since his heroics in Dubai. TJ Comerford, travelling head lad for trainer Aidan O'Brien, said: "He's in good order. The plan was always to come here, so he's trained for it.

"We did plenty with him for Dubai and he was smart away there. I don't know if he's smart enough for the American way, but he's definitely a lot better. He's come on a lot. We just take it as we go. He was quick away in Dubai and if he's as quick away here, it should be okay."

Daddy Long Legs will be ridden by Colm O'Donoghue, who makes his debut in the race. Godolphin are represented by Alpha.

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