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Libertarian and William Buick win the Betfred Dante Stakes during the Betfred Dante Stakes Day of the 2013 Dante Festival at York Racecourse. PRESS ASSOCATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday May 16, 2013. See PA story RACING York. Photo credit should read: John Giles/PA Wire

Libertarian and William Buick win the Betfred Dante Stakes during the Betfred Dante Stakes Day of the 2013 Dante Festival at York Racecourse. PRESS ASSOCATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday May 16, 2013. See PA story RACING York. Photo credit should read: John Giles/PA Wire

Libertarian and William Buick win the Betfred Dante Stakes during the Betfred Dante Stakes Day of the 2013 Dante Festival at York Racecourse. PRESS ASSOCATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday May 16, 2013. See PA story RACING York. Photo credit should read: John Giles/PA Wire

Aidan O'Brien's domination of the Derby trials came to an end at York yesterday as Indian Chief failed to give the Ballydoyle outfit a fifth trial success in just over a week.

Indian Chief was sent off the favourite for this year's Dante Stakes, but despite arriving with what looked a menacing challenge, he failed to outstay the Elaine Burke-trained Libertarian.

Trading Leather, trained by Jim Bolger, was the other Irish representative, and he too looked to have every chance from two furlongs out and although staying on well, he had to settle for second.

In fairness to Indian Chief, it was just his third career start, although none of the field were overly experienced and bookmakers Paddy Power opted to cut Dawn Approach for the Epsom Derby from 6/4 into 5/4, while Boylesports are now non-runner, no bet on the race.

Dawn Approach's trainer Jim Bolger said of yesterday's runner-up Trading Leather: "I couldn't be more happy with him and we expect him to come on for the run. He'd only go to Epsom if something happened to Dawn Approach.

"This horse and Loch Garman have the options of the Irish Guineas and the French Derby."

The winner was a 33/1 outsider for yesterday's race, but had previously been supplemented for the Derby by Elaine and husband Karl Burke and he is around about a 20/1 shot for that.

Prior to yesterday, Libertarian had run in the Group Three Classic Trial and was beaten over eight lengths into fourth with three Irish horses in front of him.

Patrick Prendergast's Sugar Boy was the winner on that occasion with Aidan O'Brien's Eye Of The Storm in second and Galileo Rock placed third.

None of that trio have run since, but the form was certainly given a major boost and connections of Sugar Boy will be eagerly anticipating their next outing.

The colt has entries in the King Edward VII Stakes at Royal Ascot and the Irish Derby at the Curragh, so he'll be watched with interest.


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