Sport Horse Racing

Saturday 20 January 2018

O'Brien sets his sights on Derrinstown

Trainer Aidan O'Brien. Photo: Sportsfile
Trainer Aidan O'Brien. Photo: Sportsfile

Thomas Kelly

Aidan O'Brien has lined up a battalion of eight entries among the 13 horses declared for the Derrinstown Stud Derby Trial at Leopardstown on Sunday.

While the Ballydoyle supremo has won the race on ten occasions, he has - rather surprisingly - not been successful in this contest since 2013 with Battle Of Marengo.

Douglas Macarthur, Yucatan and Capri - the second, third and fourth home in the Ballysax - could all clash again. Diodorus, Ensign, Finn McCool, Taj Mahal and Venice Beach, the only one of the eight which won last time out, complete the team.

Joseph O'Brien's Druid's Cross, Jim Bolger's Dubai Sand, Inshayable and Naturalist, first and second in a maiden at the track, and Night Of Glory complete the possibles.

In the Derrinstown Stud 1,000 Guineas Trial, Ralph Beckett's unbeaten Sibilance is among 14 fillies entered, while Alluringly and Rain Goddess are among O'Brien's five-strong team.

Irish Independent

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