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Trainer Joseph O'Brien

Trainer Joseph O'Brien

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Trainer Joseph O'Brien

It's 43 years since there has been an Irish Derby field as large as the 15 runners which vie for glory in Saturday evening’s Dubai Duty Free-sponsored Classic (7.15) but there’s a familiar theme with the O’Brien family aiming for total domination at the Curragh.

With father Aidan responsible for six, his eldest son Joseph running a trio and youngest son Donnacha saddling a sole charge, the O’Brien dynasty oversees 10 contenders, which is sure to be a regular occurrence in prestigious races for some time.

It stacks the deck against the rest but Jim Bolger, the red-hot Jessica Harrington, recent Classic winner Ger Lyons, Andrew Slattery and Emmet Mullins have all stood up to the test with a runner apiece, although the quintet face an unenviable task.