O’Brien Makes Plans for Two Main Irish Derby Entries
Aidan O’Brien is aiming to win his 13th Irish Derby on Saturday at the Curragh and he has confirmed which of his horses he hopes can win the race. He will be sending two main horses to the race, along with another couple of horses who will be outsiders and more than likely assigned pace making duties. The two main contenders for him will be led by English Derby winner Anthony Van Dyck, and Broome, who finished fourth in the race after staying on strongly.
Japan, who finished third in the Derby, gave the form a great boost when he won in impressive style at Royal Ascot last week. He won’t be going to the Irish Derby, and will instead be given a few weeks off before deciding what his next target will be, and that could mean a return to Ascot for him for the King George.
Back to the Irish Derby though, and with such a blanket finish in the English version, there will be plenty of people out there who think they can get Anthony Van Dyck beat. However, as the current Derby champion, and with his trainer being Aidan O’Brien he is sure to lead the betting market for the race when it opens.
Broome is a very interesting contender as it is likely that he will emerge as the main Ballydoyle contender for the St Leger over 1m6f. He stayed strongly in the Derby, and in his trial the race before and another strong showing here where is he doing his best work at the end would further enhance his credentials for that race.
All eyes will be on the Irish Derby on Saturday, and with Aidan O’Brien having such a strong hand with these two, he will be strongly fancied to get his 13th Irish Derby win on the board.