A winner of three of his four starts as a juvenile, rounding off his campaign with victory in the Beresford Stakes at the Curragh, Battle Of Marengo
was sent off an 8-13 favourite to give trainer Aidan O'Brien a seventh victory in the first recognised Derby trial of the Flat season.
Battle Of Marengo
, who will be ridden by the trainer's Joseph, won the chief Irish Trial and although he was no more than workmanlike, he is well bred and likely to be still improving.
Battle Of Marengo
may not be the perfect Derby contender, but this son of Galileo has won two trials in Ireland as part of his preparation.
With jockey Joseph O'Brien riding Battle Of Marengo
for his father Aidan in the Group 1 Juddmonte Grand Prix de Paris at Longchamp, super-sub Seamie Heffernan deputised on newcomer Illinois in the seven-and-a-half furlong Irish Stallion Farms EBF 2-YO Maiden.
Ocovango will be taken on by Epsom fourth Battle Of Marengo
, who will be wearing blinkers for the first time.
We ran him soon enough after getting a virus when he was third to Battle Of Marengo
in the Derrinstown Stud Derby Trial and he's a mile-and-a-half horse anyway.
JOCKEY Joseph O'Brien is hoping his loyalty to Battle Of Marengo
can yield an Investec Derby double at Epsom.
Coolmore's main contender appears to be Battle Of Marengo
, winner of the Derrinstown Derby Trial, who will be ridden by Joseph O'Brien for his trainer-father Aidan.
Aidan O'Brien has a strong hand headed by Derrinstown winner Battle Of Marengo
Unlike stablemate and longtime Derby contender Battle Of Marengo
, this one has been a little under the radar thus far, but anyone who saw his Leopardstown maiden win will be in little doubt he has huge potential.
With five straight victories leading up to the Investec Derby, including the Derrinstown Stud Derby Trial, Battle Of Marengo
was expected to lead the Ballydoyle contingent in their quest to serve it up to hot favourite Dawn Approach at Epsom.
O'Brien can also call on Derrinstown Trial winner Battle Of Marengo
, Newmarket Guineas sixth Mars, unbeaten Chester Vase winner Ruler Of The World, Flying The Flag and Festive Cheer.