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Review Of Saturday’s Irish Derby: Irish Derby A Family Affair For The O’Brien Clan

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The 2018 Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby will go down in horseracing history as a landmark occasion for the O’Brien dynasty. On this occasion however it was not Aiden, the all-conquering master of Ballydoyle who was making the news, but his two sons – Joseph and Donnacha – with the former saddling 14-1 chance Latrobe to win the 1m 4f Classic after being given a positive ride by his younger brother.


Despite having just a Curragh maiden victory to his name in four starts the son of dual Derby winner Camelot was held in high regard by his young trainer and that confidence was rewarded on Saturday afternoon as Latrobe prevented O’Brien senior from taking the Irish Classic for an unbelievable thirteenth time, the Ballydoyle trainer having to settle for second, third, fourth and fifth places with his four runners.


Qipco 2000 Guineas winner Saxon Warrior, sent off the even money favourite, was expected to atone for his disappointing fourth place at Epsom after appearing ill at ease on the undulations of the Surrey track. But there were no such excuses this time as the mount of Ryan Moore could never quite get to grips with the winner and stablemate Rostropovich who elected to cut out the running and in the hands of Padraig Beggy only gave best to the winner in the dying strides. 

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Having sent out Rekindling to defeat his father’s Johannes Vermeer in Australia’s Melbourne Cup last November O’Brien junior has now added another major prize to his already impressive c.v., of which he said: “ We had intended on taking our time a bit, but Donnacha let him go forward as there wasn’t much pace on and that was the winning and losing of the race. We always loved him and bought him as a yearling in Newmarket. From day one we loved him and he never really let us down.”

As to the future, Latrobe is a top price 8-1 with Boylesports and Betvictor for the St Leger and a 20-1 chance with Betfair Sportsbook and Coral for the Prix De L’Arc De Triomphe on the first Sunday in October.

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