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Tyrone trainer Andy Oliver is hoping his horse Glory Daze will be able to emulate the success of Aidan O'Brien's 33/1 shot Sovereign in 2019.

Tyrone trainer Andy Oliver is hoping his horse Glory Daze will be able to emulate the success of Aidan O'Brien's 33/1 shot Sovereign in 2019.

Tyrone trainer Andy Oliver is hoping his horse Glory Daze will be able to emulate the success of Aidan O'Brien's 33/1 shot Sovereign in 2019.

The odds would suggest a mountainous task faces Glory Daze in Saturday’s Irish Derby, but recent history of the Curragh Classic indicates that nothing is impossible for Andy Oliver’s stable star.

It’s only three years since Sovereign delivered a 33/1 shock under Pádraig Beggy when Aidan O’Brien’s front-runner coasted home by six lengths, so stranger things have happened and Glory Daze could well outrun his monster odds of 40/1.

Much like Sovereign, Glory Daze ran no sort of race when trailing home in 14th place in the Epsom Derby, and Oliver will be hoping that the Cotai Glory colt finds similar improvement to the 2019 Derby hero when tackling the Irish equivalent.

The Tyrone-based trainer is perplexed as to what went amiss with him at Epsom, but he is expecting a much-improved showing at the Kildare track having worked sweetly as recently as yesterday morning.

“He is likely to take his chance,” Oliver said. “He’s a big horse and we ran him at Epsom and the whole thing just didn’t work out. He ran flat.

“It’s a hard one to call, we put him in at second stage so we felt as if we should stay in. We have just nursed him along, we’ve tried to keep freshening him up. He worked this morning, his first bit, and he did that well.

“We don’t really know where we are because the usual momentum and build-up to the race has been broken, but, as far as we know, everything is in good form. We’ll stay in and we’ll see how we get on.”

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Another at a big price is Duke De Sessa (33/1) as Dermot Weld bids for a fourth victory in the €1 million showpiece having already scored with Zagreb (1996), Grey Swallow (2004) and Harzand (2016).

The Lope De Vega colt, a Group Three winner as a juvenile over 1m1f when beating another Derby hope in the shape of the Donnacha O’Brien-trained Piz Badile, has not shown Derby-winning credentials as of yet this season, but jockey Chris Hayes is hoping that a step up in distance might see significant improvement.

Duke De Sessa never got involved when fifth behind Native Trail on his last start in the Irish 2,000 Guineas but Hayes and Weld have already combined to land the Irish 1,000 Guineas at the Curragh earlier this season with the brilliant Homeless Songs, so Hayes is optimistic of his chances in a “wide-open renewal”.

“His pedigree suggests he will get this trip but I’d love to see a bit of moisture in the ground. His form is a lot better on slower ground but he seems to be going the right way and if he did line up, he’d be in the best form he could be and we’ll give it a fair crack,” Hayes said.


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