Welcome to the preview, where for the first time in a few months I’ll be looking at an Irish meeting which comes from Leopardstown in the form of Derby Trial Day. Looking back at the last preview which was the 1000 Guineas Day post, Love got the job done for Aidan O’Brien and Ryan Moore. My punt Quadrilateral managed to get third in the end, and Shimmering found the step up in grade too hot. A lot of my punts hit the post on the day with several places, First In Line (5/1) came 3rd, whereas Fanny Logan (13/8) and Queen Daenerys (8/1) both came second. A winner was had though and that came in the form of Space Blues in the Spring Trophy at Haydock for Charlie Appleby and James Doyle, he got the job done at 3/1.
I’ll be taking an in-depth look at the Derby Trial Stakes itself, and I’ll have some punts on the rest of the card which will be available on the homepage for you to have a gander at.
2012: Light Heavy – (Jockey: Kevin Manning) (Trainer: Jim Bolger)
2013: Battle Of Marengo – (Jockey: Joseph O’Brien) (Trainer: Aidan O’Brien)
2015: Success Days – (Jockey: Shane Foley) (Trainer: Ken Condon)
2016: Moonlight Magic – (Jockey: Kevin Manning) (Trainer: Jim Bolger)
Derby Trial Stakes (Group 3)
The Derrinstown Stud Derby Trial Stakes is a Group 3 event for three-year-olds that’s contested over a distance over a mile and two furlongs. As expected, Aidan O’Brien has a fine record in the race and he was responsible for last year’s winner which was Broome. He has the current market leader in the year’s renewal which comes in the form of Russian Emperor who’s set to be ridden by Seamie Heffernan. He’s a Galileo colt who arrives here on the back of two career starts, he was third on debut and followed up with a win at Naas back in March on heavy going. He’s an obvious massive player here for his top connections.
It’s another O’Brien runner that I’ve had a punt on here and that’s the second favourite in IBERIA who’s the mount of Wayne Lordan. Whilst Russian Emperor looks the most exciting horse in the race with the most potential, Iberia brings a lot of experience to the table. He actually got the better of the favourite in a maiden back at the Curragh in July and has since gone onto run big races in Group company. He was third in the Group 3 Royal Lodge at Newmarket, just over a length behind Guineas winner Kameko and followed that effort up when second in the Group 3 Killauvlan Stakes here. That’s very solid form and if turning up at that level he’s got a major chance.
Sunchart is a very interesting contender for Andrew Slattery and Ben Coen, just the two starts to date winning the latest, he could well be anything. O’Brien also sends Cormorant who’s the mount of Padraig Beggy, whilst concluding the line-up is Agitare for Jim Bolger and outsider Baby Zeus for Ger Lyons and Colin Keane.