‘Australia’ Day

Aidan O’Brien promised us the sun, moon and stars long before the Australia story was written.

For a man that has seen the likes of Yeats, Rock Of Gibraltar and Galileo dance across Ballydoyle, such high praise seemed unnecessary and rather pre-empt.

But that’s why O’Brien was standing on the podium at the Curragh racecourse on Saturday evening to collect his trophy for saddling the first three home in The Irish Derby and why we are all on the outside looking in.

With two furlongs left to run of the Irish Classic, and with his son, Joseph, peaking sneakily through his legs aboard the long odds-on favourite, the outcome of the 12-furlong contest was never in much doubt from that moment.

As the runners entered the straight, O’Brien jnr. squeezed those gangly legs around the chestnut’s belly, and the response was immediate, as the colt stretched clear of his rivals to follow up on his Epsom Derby success.

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