Bolshoi Ballet 7-4 favorite for Derby after dominant display of Derrinstown | Horse racing news
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The Bolshoi Ballet sets itself apart from its rivals in Leopardstown and is now a clear favorite for the Cazoo Derby
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By David Jennings
They had been tribulations rather than trials so far, but the Bolshoi Ballet finally produced something substantial in Leopardstown to make a murky image of the Epsom Derby much clearer.
There were Sunday morning co-favorites with some companies, joint favorites with others, but the Bolshoi Ballet is now alone at the top of the Cazoo Derby market at 7-4 and it’s hard to say that didn’t is not the right price. after his demolition job in the Derrinstown Derby Trial.
The mighty Galileo and the High Chaparral both won Ballysax and Derrinstown on their way to Derby glory at Epsom and the Bolshoi Ballet has now completed two of those three stages emphatically; the Ballysax of two and a quarter lengths and the Derrinstown of six.
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“He’s lovely, isn’t he? He arrives adorable and we’re very happy with him. We’ve always loved him and thought about him a lot. We couldn’t have asked for more,” said a impressed Aidan O’Brien afterwards.
He added: âIt’s simple – it relaxes and it speeds up. It was penciled for both runs – the Ballysax and the Derrinstown – and then on the Derby. There was a steady pace there which was great. He accelerated well.
“He traveled to France last year to a terrain we knew he wouldn’t like but we wanted to travel him for the experience.”
It was the culmination of a 210-1 four-stroke for O’Brien and Ryan Moore and the man on board was just as impressed with the Bolshoi Ballet as his coach.
Moore said: âHe’s a very professional horse. He’s always traveled beautifully throughout the race and is very fluid. He ticks a lot of boxes and he’s improved in every race of his career. a good test today and it will remain in good stead. “
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Aidan O’Brien: won his 14th Derrinstown Trial Derby with the Bolshoi Ballet
Lough Derg ran second to complete a brace for O’Brien, with Jim Bolger-trained Mac Swiney never able to threaten the winner in his seasonal reappearance in fourth.
It was an unprecedented 14th success in Derrinstown for O’Brien, who will be relieved to have a strong Derby contender after the High Definition setback. The latter will have a practice session on Monday morning to decide if he will engage in Dante in York on Thursday.
O’Brien explained, “The high definition will do the trick a little bit in the morning and we hope he goes to York. His blood count keeps going down. It’s not 100% yet, but it’s a lot better. than it was. It’s We have to run of course. He has to come out if he goes to the Derby. He hasn’t been treated because we haven’t found anything. “
Whatever happens with high definition, O’Brien already has a ready-made Derby contender in the Bolshoi Ballet, which Paddy Power initially made 2-1 out of 5-1 or so, but which was quickly turned down. shortened to 7-4. Mac Swiney was pushed back to 14-1 (against 9) with the same firm.
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FIRST PUBLICATION AT 3:25 PM, MAY 9, 2021