Sport Horse Racing

Thursday 26 April 2018

O'Brien has Ascot is sight

Aidan O'Brien. Photo: Getty Images
Aidan O'Brien. Photo: Getty Images

At First Sight is out to prove his extraordinary run in the Investec Derby was no fluke in tomorrow's King Edward VII Stakes at Royal Ascot.

The Galileo colt has only won a Gowran maiden but had been placed in both the Ballysax and Derrinstown Stud Derby Trials before lining up at Epsom.

Sent off at 100-1 in the premier Classic in anticipation of his pacemaking duties for better-fancied Aidan O'Brien runners, he surprised everyone by streaking around 10 lengths clear rounding Tattenham Corner and was only caught by record-breaking Workforce.

"At First Sight did a bit of work on Monday morning, only gentle obviously, and Johnny (Murtagh) was very happy with him, he seems to be in good form," said O'Brien.

"Obviously we always thought that he was a strong, Group-class horse but he went along at a nice pace at Epsom and finished it off well.

"That was his first run over a mile and a half and we felt the time before at Leopardstown that he got 10 furlongs really well and we thought he'd get further.

"He caught a lot of people by surprise. I think Tom Queally's horse (Bullet Train) who was sat in second just struggled coming down the hill and he just got away from them a little bit.

"We were delighted with him and we always felt he'd step up in trip."

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