O’BRIEN SCORES NUMBER 16: England has been well and truly outplayed by Aidan O’Brien again, as he lands a double Derby goal and sets up the hat-trick in the Eclipse. That’s yesterday’s Curragh story of Aidan’s 16th Irish Derby.

EVENING SHIFT: Three races in a row for Daqman by the Thames at Windsor tonight where he is keen on two recent winners following up.


TEAM WORK. With his stablemates pushing on, the Irish Derby became a stamina test which Los Angeles won at the Curragh yesterday in a fast time for the yielding ground.

Such was the Ballydoyle pace that only the winner could cope with it until Sunway’s late effort from the rear under Oisin Murphy reduced the margin of a remarkable drive by Ryan Moore to three parts of a length

Aidan O’Brien had half the field to start the race and a Derby double at the end of it after City of Troy at Epsom, but just the one in the frame yesterday.

Runner-up Sunway is trained by David Menuisier, who has always stood by him (‘I haven’t trained 50 Group 1s but I know a good horse’) and he could be a Gold Cup player next year.

Ambiente Friendly (James Fanshawe) hung on for third after leading over two furlongs out. Matsuri (Roger Varian) was fourth.

Derby rolls were reversed, Los Angeles third under Wayne Lordan having led three out at Epsom allowing a late run two out by Ambiente Friendly to overtake him by more than three lengths.

City Of Troy missed the Irish Derby to go for the Eclipse at Sandown next Saturday and O’Brien was lucky to have the Epsom placed horses to make it a race.

The move seems certain to add millions to the value of Los Angeles and City of Troy as winners of two Derbys.. and an Eclipse?


⭕ 7.45 Windsor George Boughey has several good chances today from his six runners across the country.

That includes Composite here who is out again quickly after his win at Newmarket last Thursday for which he now races under a 5lb penalty.

He won nicely enough and had the field well spread out to suggest he can go in again now that he seems revitalised by the blinkers.

Aerospace looks the obvious danger. A dual all-weather winner earlier in the year he proved his talent on the grass too with a course and distance second last month and can go well up in grade.

The current form of trainer Archie Watson (2 wins from 57) tempers enthusiasm though.


⭕ 8.15 Windsor Another runner tonight looking for a quick follow-up win is Weston Court who was a four length firm ground winner at Bath last week.

He made all that night and blew apart his recent form – the trainer said he benefitted from a more ‘positive ride’ that night and he seemed to love being out in front.

Oisin Murphy takes over from David Probert in the saddle and there’s every chance Weston Court is leniently handicapped here, even allowing for his 5lb penalty.

He is preferred to market leader Wahkan (Boughey again) who showed more on his handicap debut but looks very short on overall form.


⭕ 8.45 Windsor the defection of last week’s Newbury second Lipsink has really shaken up the finale at Windsor and leaves joint top-weight Hello Zabeel as a reasonably strong proposition.

The Michael Blake trained six-year-old has the eye-catching jockey booking of Oisin Murphy who rides him for the first time and the good to firm ground is a huge positive too. His only previous win on turf came on good to firm when he stormed home by over five lengths.

His handicap mark continues to plummet and another 2lb drop looks generous following his solid course and distance effort in May when only beaten two and a quarter lengths behind Sixties Chic in what was a better class 4 event.

He was weak in the market that day, on his comeback after a break, so seemed to exceed expectations and should now be spot on for an event like this.

Latina Bay looks the main danger on the Betdaq Betting Exchange. The filly is at least in form which can’t be said for most of these and her Lingfield second last time out looks reasonable form – even though she is up in grade tonight.


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