There was a short-priced 'jolly', the Jim Bolger-trained Dawn Approach, with O'Brien Jnr aboard his father's main hope Battle Of Marengo
, who started a point and a half shorter in the betting than Ruler Of The World.
I suppose the two we thought had the best chances were Battle Of Marengo
and Ruler Of The World," said O'Brien.
Battle Of Marengo
made the running under Joseph O'Brien and looked to have built up a decisive advantage in the home straight.
I have no reason to believe that Battle Of Marengo
did not run his race at Epsom.
Derby fourth Battle Of Marengo
has not been seen since finishing down the field behind Flintshire in the Grand Prix de Paris last July.
However, owners Coolmore Stud have five other runners in the mile-and-a-half contest, including long-time leading fancy Battle Of Marengo
, and Dee Stakes winner Magician now looks likely to be saved for another day.
BATTLE Of Marengo
laid down an early marker for the Investec Derby with a determined triumph in the P.
Also on this day: Cromwell's Parliamentariansdefeated the Royalists under Prince Rupert, defending King Charles I at the battle of Naseby, Northamptonshire; 1755: Dr Johnson's Dictionary went on sale; 1800: The Battle of Marengo
, in North-west Italy, ended with Napoleon and the French army crushing the Austrians during the French Revolutionary Wars; 1917: The first German bombs dropped by planes as opposed to Zeppelins killed over 100 and injured 400 people in London's East End; 1964: Nelson Mandela was sentenced to life imprisonment.
Sandown third and fourth Galileo Rock and Libertarian were third and second in the Investec Derby, and Battle Of Marengo
, who beat him into second on his seasonal debut at Leopardstown, was runner-up to Hillstar in the King Edward VII Stakes last week.
Irish champion Aidan O'Brien fields a five-strong entry, led by Battle of Marengo
, an impressive winner of the Ballysax and Derrinstown Stud Derby Trials en route to Epsom.
Derrinstown Stud Trial winner Battle of Marengo
and 2,000 Guineas third Mars as well as stable-mate Ruler Of The World are just behind Dawn Approach in the betting and all have strong claims.
From a quintet of hopefuls, his best chance appears to rest with Battle Of Marengo
, whose breeding points to him being more likely to stay than most.
ie need superstar worship summer The Ballydoyle battalions will be there en masse to eke out every last all hope one ounce of stamina from Dawn Approach and if the favourite fails then perhaps Battle Of Marengo
will cash in.
His one defeat last year was full of encouragement, too, as he was second to subsequent Group One winner Loch Garman, who chased Derby second-favourite Battle Of Marengo
home at the weekend in a big trial in Ireland.
For the last few weeks it has looked likely Beresford Stakes scorer Battle Of Marengo
would head to Town Moor as the Ballydoyle No 1 hope, but he has not been declared.