By Simon Jackson.
Aidan O’Brien has confirmed the jockey bookings for his four runners in the Investec Derby on Saturday (4.00pm) which he is bidding to win for the fifth time.
O’Brien is set to be represented this time by Australia (Joseph O’Brien 11-8), Geoffrey Chaucer (Ryan Moore 8-1), Orchestra (Seamie Heffernan 14-1) and Kingfisher (Colm O’Donoghue 66-1) at Epsom where the going is officially described as good.
The Irish trainer has won the Derby with Galileo (2001), High Chaparral (2002), Camelot (2012) and Ruler Of The World (2013), and reports that his four runners this year are in good order ahead of the world’s most important horse race.
“Australia didn’t do much after the 2000 Guineas but his work has gradually stepped up and everyone is happy with him now,” O’Brien said.
“We don’t take anything for granted ahead of any big race; we’re always hopeful and never confident.
“We were happy with the horse at Newmarket [when third in the Guineas].
“We look forward to Saturday but we wouldn’t like the ground to be soft as he’s beautiful-moving horse.
“We were very happy with Geoffrey Chaucer at Leopardstown, but it wasn’t ideal as it was a slowly-run race early on but he came out of it well.
“At Chester we were delighted with both Orchestra and Kingfisher, who finished off well in the Dee Stakes as it wasn’t a strongly-run race.”
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