Wednesday 18 September 2019

Irish Derby hero Latrobe can return to winning ways for O'Briens

Joseph O'Brien's (pictured) Iridessa is likely to head the market having extended clear to land the Pretty Polly Stakes at the Kildare track last month. Photo: Sportsfile
Joseph O'Brien's (pictured) Iridessa is likely to head the market having extended clear to land the Pretty Polly Stakes at the Kildare track last month. Photo: Sportsfile
Michael Verney

Michael Verney

There have been plenty of good performances in defeat but today looks like the day when Latrobe can get back to winning ways with last year's Irish Derby winner expected to land the Group Three Grenke Finance Ballyroan Stakes (6.55) at Leopardstown.

Without a win in the eight runs since his Classic victory, Joseph O'Brien's four-year-old should have the class to negotiate this quintet having ran a cracker when just edged out in the Group Two Curragh Cup last time out.

Dermot Weld has won five of the last ten renewals and pitches in the unbeaten Broad Street - which beat a 103-rated rival in Wargrave when securing back-to-back victories at Gowran Park in June - but this looks a tall order given his inexperience.

Jim Bolger's Guaranteed - which scored at Listed level on his penultimate start at the Curragh - and Aidan O'Brien's Blenheim Palace should give Latrobe most to do availing of the three-year-old allowance but Donnacha O'Brien's mount can justify favouritism and end a 14-month famine

The opening maiden (5.15) has a star-studded roll of honour with Madhmoon (2018), Nelson (2017), Order Of St George (2014) and Free Eagle (2013) prevailing in recent years and Aidan O'Brien's debutant Mythical could be the one to follow this year.

Meanwhile, victory for Kastasa (11/4) in yesterday's Connacht Oaks at Sligo went some way to making up for a quiet Galway Festival for Weld as Andy Slattery steered home the three-year-old filly under a feather weight.

Gary Carroll was the hero of the hour notching a 359/1 treble through the Michael Mulvany-trained pair of Grove Hill (8/1) and In From The Cold (4/1) as well as Joe Murphy's Kodiqueen (7/1).

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