O’Brien’s trio primed for Trial

Sunday Independent (Ireland) - Sport - - RACING -

AI­DAN O’Brien is happy to let Nel­son, Delano Roo­sevelt and The Pen­tagon do bat­tle for the sec­ond time this sea­son in to­day’s Der­rin­stown Stud Derby Trial at Leop­ard­stown. The Bal­ly­doyle han­dler has farmed this con­test in the last 20 years, sad­dling 11 win­ners dur­ing that pe­riod. Those on the roll of hon­our in­clude a pair of sub­se­quent Ep­som Derby he­roes in Galileo (2001) and High Cha­parral (2002) and this year’s Der­rin­stown trio are all prom­i­nent in an ante-post mar­ket dom­i­nated by O’Brien.

Nel­son came out on top when they met in last month’s Ballysax Stakes over the same course and dis­tance, with Delano Roo­sevelt sec­ond and hot favourite The Pen­tagon third.

“All three re well and have come on great for their runs,” said O’Brien. “The Pen­tagon has moved up a nice bit. We’re look­ing for­ward to see­ing them run.”

Der­mot Weld is an­other trainer with a fine record in the Der­rin­stown hav­ing sad­dled eight pre­vi­ous win­ners. This year the master of Roswell House re­lies on Haza­pour, who won a Gal­way maiden last au­tumn and makes his first ap­pear­ance since fin­ish­ing third in the Group Three Eyre­field Stakes at Leop­ard­stown last Oc­to­ber.

The King is an in­ter­est­ing con­tender for Jes­sica Har­ring­ton. The Master­crafts­man colt com­fort­ably ac­counted for the high-class Imag­ing at Gowran Park in Septem­ber but has not run since.

Har­ring­ton said: “The King is in great form. He’s done well over the win­ter and I’m de­lighted with him.” The Ger Lyons-trained Lethal Steps, Mick Hal­ford’s Plat­inum War­rior and Theobald from Jim Bol­ger’s yard com­plete the eight-strong field.

Mean­while, Har­ring­ton’s Sa­garo Stakes win­ner Torce­dor is among 16 con­fir­ma­tions for the Man­sionBet York­shire Cup at York on Fri­day.

Ai­dan O’Brien’s charges can dom­i­nate Derby Trial

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