Anthony Van Dyck is set to follow some illustrious hoofprints if he gets successful in the Derby double to be held at Curragh.
The youngster has already provided Aidan O’Brien with seven victories during the Investec Derby at Epsom which transpired four weeks ago as it bid a post to be the fifth Ballydoyle inmate as a follow up to the Irish equivalent on Saturday with the reputable mates such as Galileo (2001), Camelot (2012), Australia (2014) and High Chaparral (2002).
O’Brien is popular for steering 12 previous champions during the Dubai Duty-Free Irish Derby and is responsible for the majority of the runners – eight out of five with Anthony Van Dyck who collaborated with Epsom fourth Broom, and other outsiders including Norway, Sovereign, and Paradiso.
On an interview, O’Brien commented about Ryan Moore’s saying that everything seems to be working fine with Anthony and that everything is well since Epsom came.
“All the horses seem to have come out of it well. Epsom wouldn’t be as tough a mile and a half as the Curragh, but you still have to get it.”
They disclosed that the Curragh doesn’t come with ups and downs at Epsom, and it’s very fair, and even the fairest mile and a half in the world, they would claim that the surface is unbelievable. The Curragh is more open and fair, and Epsom can be both tactical and tough.
O’Brien is aware that this year’s renewal of the Epsom showpiece was strong, and since the trainer has saddled Japan third home and Circus Maximus sixth spot in order to nab major prices from the event at the Royal Ascot.
With everything that is going on around, the County Tipperary maestro makes sure to be respectful of the threat caused by Madhmoon, the Epsom runner up who was taken care of and trained by Kevin Prendergast.
The trainer shared that he was a very good Derby at Epsom. You hear people talk before they run, but most of them were there all the way from the trials which included Kevin’s bet from the Guineas.
Of all the three-year-olds coming together, Epsom was the first time and it was a very tough track; however, getting Curragh did not come with any excuses. There’s no race in Ireland such as the Irish Derby.
Madhmoon is on its way to bid the third time in Classic company after finishing fourth at the 2000 Guineas held at Newmarket prior to getting within half a length of Anthony Van Dyck during the Surrey Downs where Prendergast exerted effort to relish a rematch.
“Madhmoon couldn’t be better and he’s running against the same horses he ran against at Epsom. If he has a bit of luck on his side, he could get the nod.”
They believe that whatever happens to the race, it will not affect their horse. They hope that it all turns out good, and they will be very happy if it would.
In the entire five-race career of Madhmoond, Chris Hayes has been present. Hence, he is certain that the big-race mount may even become better than it was just a month ago.
The jockey emphasized that they sat the horse on for a number of times ever since the Epsom, and no matter how crazy it appears, they are sure that it improved.
They are aware that the bet is relatively inexperienced and unexposed so “he is open to improvement and hopefully, we’ll see that,” as per the words of the trainer.
Succeeding in the Irish Derby will mean a lot, but definitely, Epsom Derby would surely imply a ton because that would have been nice to do for the boss.
Madhmoon has created a name for itself, and it is one of the two runners for Sheikh Hamdan Al Maktoum together with Rakan – a Dermot Weld-trained.
Weld is credited for the last horse to concluding the Epsom-Curragh double in Hazard, from 2016, looks forward Rakan can make his presence felt despite defeating subsequent Royal Ascot runner-up Barbados during the King George V Cup held at Leopardstown basing on very last appearance.
“I’m happy with the horse, and he’ll all set,” Rosewell House master’s highlighted.
He recalled that the horse’s stakes win the previous time, he conquered Barbados who went to be beaten half a length in a Group Two match at Royal Ascot and so that milestone was respectable.
They are positive that he will come on from the run on the last day, and they expect him to sprint a good race at the coming match.
The field is jump packed with the participation of recent Silver Stakes champion Guaranteed, who aims to give trainer Jim Bolger with its third Irish Derby championship after the winnings of St Jovite from 1992 and Trading Leather 2013.
The stable jockey and son-in-law of Bolger, Kevin Manning said that he needs to step forward but he is accelerating up to a mile and a half for the very first time.
They have always thought a bit of the horse and they are hoping that they could set it up for a mile and a half which will surely bring out a bit more of him.
He concluded the interview by saying that “I loved the way Kevin’s horse, or Madhmoon went to the line at Epsom – and I think whatever beats him will win.”