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CLEAN UP WITH BROOME; You'd be daft as a brush to miss O'Brien colt in Derby It Hath to be Hogan's hero in sprint test.

Byline: garry owen

BROOME (4.30) can sweep his rivals aside for big-race specialist Aidan O'Brien in the Investec Epsom Derby.

The son of 2014 Blue Riband hero Australia is certainly bred for the job and oozed class when cosily beating Lightning TURN TO PAGE TWO FROM PAGE ONE Amber in a typically hot Galway Festival maiden last August.

Second to Madhmoon in a Leopardstown Group 2, he then entered the 2019 Classic picture when just held by Royal Marine in the Group 1 Prix Jean-Luc Lagardere at Longchamp.

The imposing colt was always likely to be better at three and confirmed that impression when slamming Sovereign in the ever-informative Ballysax back at the Foxrock venue.

That sent him to the head of my Epsom shortlist and I crossed off the other contenders when he made an impressive return to Leopardstown in last month's Derrinstown Trial.

This high-class type should relish a strongly-run 1m 4f and he can power his way into the history books under his trainer's talented son Donnacha.

O'Brien said: "Broome has had two runs and we have been very happy with him.

"Ryan Moore was very happy with him the first day and Donnacha was very happy the second day and everything has gone well since then."

LE DON DE VIE (2.00) can spearhead yet another profitable day for in-form Andrew Balding in the Investec Handicap.

The three-year-old showed some decent form at two and gained valuable experience of this unique gaff when edging out the useful Casanova on his return in April.

The gelding wasn't exactly downing tools at the end of a well-run mile that day and he can take another major step forward upped two furlongs.

The Kingsclere Maestro can add the Diomed to his tally with BYE BYE HONG KONG (3.10).

Group 3-placed at two, the colt has been even better at three and beat an excellent yardstick in Oh This Is Us in a warm Listed contest at Windsor last month.

That is unlikely to be the limit of his ability and he can burn off some talented rivals from the front under Silvestre De Sousa.

NYALETI (2.35) can shade another cracking renewal of Princess Elizabeth Stakes for Mark Johnston.

Last year's German 1000 Guineas heroine proved she would be just as good this term when runner-up to the classy Worth Waiting in a Newmarket Group 2. A fair fourth to Lah Ti Dar in a similar contest at York next time, the likeable Arch mare can regain the winning thread dropped in both class and trip.

Just the 20 to sort through in the Investec Dash but I'm keeping things nice and simple with hot favourite HATHIQ (3.45).

The five-year-old has made great strides for Denis Hogan, bolting up at Tipperary then turning a 28-runner Curragh handicap into a procession last Sunday.

Officially 7lbs well-in at today's weights, this speedy gelding can follow up from a kind draw for the ultra-shrewd Cloughjordan trainer.

Hogan said: "I'm delighted he's got in. He needed five to come out earlier in the week, so it was nice to find out that he'd made the cut.

"He's in super form and they tell me the stands side is where you want to be, so he looks very well drawn in stall 18.

"It just shows what you can do if you have a bit of luck."

Le Don De Vie rates a typical Balding banker in the red-hot opener at Epsom.

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Date:Jun 1, 2019
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