Epsom Derby: O'Brien plans five-strong Derby assault.
AIDAN O'BRIEN is planning to go all out to bag a third consecutive Vodafone Derby a week on Saturday, and he may decide to bypass next Sunday's Prix du Jockey-Club and a clash with Dalakhani altogether.
O'Brien, successful in the Epsom Classic with Galileo in 2001 and High Chaparral last year, may be represented with up to five runners this
Speaking at The Curragh after
winning the Irish 1,000 Guineas with Oaks favourite Yesterday, O'Brien said: "It looks at this stage as if
we might end up having four
or five runners in the Epsom Derby
and it's quite possible that we won't have any in the Prix du Jockey-
"A final decision will probably be made on Wednesday, but it's likely that Brian Boru, Alberto Giacometti, Hold That Tiger, The Great Gatsby and Balestrini will all go to Epsom if we are happy with them."
O'Brien added: "The Budweiser Irish Derby is usually the race that brings the English and French Derby horses together so we'll probably wait until then before taking on the French Derby horses."
Friday will be crunch day for Derby favourite Refuse To Bend as Dermot Weld is set to finalise the Sagitta 2,000 Guineas winner's preparation.
Weld said: "He'll have a serious workout on Friday morning and, all
going well, it will then be a case of keeping him ticking over for the big day. He's been in good form since Newmarket and has been doing his normal work nicely."
Alamshar pleased trainer John Oxx when he worked on Friday morning. Oxx said: "He bounced out of his win in the Derrinstown very well and is in good form.
"We've just kept him ticking over and we'll be stepping things up this week."
William Hill: 11-4 Refuse To Bend, 4 Brian Boru, 9-2 Alamshar, 16 Alberto Giacometti, The Great Gatsby, 20 Franklins Gardens, Lateen Sails, Magistretti, 25 *Dutch Gold, Hold That Tiger, *Kris Kin, Shield, 33 New South Wales, 40 bar. (* needs to be supplemented)
Brian Boru: one of five Ballydoyle possibles for the Epsom Derby
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|Publication:||The Racing Post (London, England)|
|Date:||May 26, 2003|
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