Aidan O’Brien to hold talks over which entries will join the stable’s big two contenders Bolshoi Ballet and High Definition in Saturday’s Derby
- O’Brien still has six entries including Van Gogh, Sir Lamorak and Kyprios
- However, Mediterranean has been declared in the Nijinsky Stakes on Thursday
- O’Brien has won the Derby a record eight times and six times in last nine years
Discussions will take place on Wednesday over which Aidan O’Brien-trained entries will join the stable’s big two contenders Bolshoi Ballet and High Definition in Saturday’s Cazoo Derby.
O’Brien still has six entries at Epsom but one of them — Leopardstown maiden winner The Mediterranean — has been declared in the Nijinsky Stakes at the Dublin track on Thursday night.
O’Brien has also opened up the possibility that Irish 2,000 Guineas third Van Gogh could join stablemate and French 2,000 Guineas winner St Mark’s Basilica in Sunday’s French Derby.
Ryan Moore is expected to ride favourite Bolshoi Ballet in Saturday’s Cazoo Derby
O’Brien’s two other entries are impressive Leopardstown handicap winner Sir Lamorak and Lingfield Derby Trial fourth Kyprios, who have alternative options to run at Royal Ascot.
Ryan Moore is expected to ride favourite Bolshoi Ballet while Frankie Dettori has been linked with the mount on High Definition.
The trainer, who has won the Derby a record eight times with six of those victories in the last nine years, said: ‘The top two have been the highest profile and you can see why. They have done everything we have expected. They have all done their last pieces of work and they are being analysed at the moment. They will be blood tested and scoped in the morning.’
Friday’s Oaks seems more clear-cut with all O’Brien’s five entries all set to line-up. They are headed by favourite and 1,000 Guineas third Santa Barbara but also include Lingfield Trial fourth Divinely, whose odds have plummeted from 50-1 at the start of the week to 8-1.
O’Brien said: ‘She is a sister of Found and won a Group Three race last year. Ryan said straightaway he was delighted with her (Lingfield) run. They went very slow and it did not suit her. All her figures from her work have been coming out very high. That is usually a very good sign.’
The Oaks has lost one of the most prominent British-trained contenders after trainer Sir Michael Stoute was forced to pull out Musidora Stakes runner-up Noon Star because of a blood disorder.