Friday 18 October 2019

Telecaster and Morrison out to spoil O'Brien's Derby party

Ballinrobe is today's Irish focus, with the McHale Mayo National (8.0) spearheading a decent card, as Gordon Elliott's Swingbridge bids to follow up his Killarney National success (stock photo)
Ballinrobe is today's Irish focus, with the McHale Mayo National (8.0) spearheading a decent card, as Gordon Elliott's Swingbridge bids to follow up his Killarney National success (stock photo)
Michael Verney

Michael Verney

Hughie Morrison is preparing for some sleepless nights after Dante winner Telecaster was supplemented for Saturday's Epsom Derby at a cost of just under €100,000.

Telecaster lowered the colours of Too Darn Hot with an impressive display at York two weeks ago and it was "a relatively easy decision" to tackle the Epsom showpiece despite the expense.

"The difficult part starts now, but we don't envisage any problems and if there were any doubts we wouldn't have done it. We've done it because it is the Derby," Morrison said.

"It is our responsibility to ensure that the Derby remains just that - the turf race of the season. Whatever happens on the day, it would be a lesser race if he wasn't there.

"I can't really look forward to it now and I'll have five sleepless nights worried that the horse might do something. He could stand on a stone or anything, it happens daily in every yard, so we'll all be a bit nervous."

The son of New Approach is as low as 9/2 to land a first Derby for Morrison, while Aidan O'Brien's Sir Dragonet carries favouritism (3/1) having also been supplemented after a scintillating victory in the Chester Vase.

O'Brien is mob-handed with eight of the 15 that remain and Anthony Van Dyck, Broome, Cape Of Good Hope, Circus Maximus, Japan, Norway and Sovereign are among the Ballydoyle possibilities, while Kevin Prendergast's Madhmoon is the only other potential challenger from Ireland in the 240th running of the Derby.

Ballinrobe is today's Irish focus, with the McHale Mayo National (8.0) spearheading a decent card, as Gordon Elliott's Swingbridge bids to follow up his Killarney National success.

Pat Kelly's Mall Dini will be a popular choice to finally break his duck over fences in the €50,000 feature, while the McHale Mayo Handicap Hurdle (6.30) is also worth a second look, with the classy Getaway Katie Mai an interesting contender for John Queally.

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