Donn McClean Assess the Irish Time Ahead of the Derby

Tipsters Review - 17-Jun-2019

 

Donn McClean Assess the Irish Time Ahead of the Derby

When it comes to making a critical assessment of the field, you have to start with the six horses from the Ballydoyle stable, and Donn McClean has been doing just that as Blackbook.com.au reports.

You have to start with Aiden O’Brien, and his work has produced six Derby winners so far, so it would be foolish to leave him out of the conversation as he is not someone that should be ignored. He could set a possible record at this running of the Investec Derby if he manages to produce a seventh winner, and with seven of his horses in the field of thirteen then it is likely that he can do just that.

 

 

If you can work out who is going to be most favoured of those six, then you are going to do well at picking your winner. But, like everything in life, it isn’t easy. There are a wealth of good horses running, and so you have to be careful. You can’t just rely on the odds. High Chaparral, for example, had a more significant price than Hawk Wing when he won, and Ruler of the World was longer than Battle Of Marengo, but still managed to win as well.

You do have to consider Sir Dragonet, though. He is sat with the shortest odds of the bunch, including his six stablemates as well as the rest of the field. That being said, his run at the Chester Vase was impressive, and as a gauge of performance of Derby winners, that is a good one. Ruler of the World did the same when he won both races, and if you go back to the eighties, then both Henbit and the famous Shergar did precisely the same. So it could be an omen for Sir Dragonet.

However he isn’t the most fancied colt from the Ballydoyle stable, of the two in the race he is the lesser favoured one, but he runs in a relaxed manner that exudes total confidence. His jockey for the Vase, Donnacha O’Brien knew he was going to be a winner before the race was over, and the fact that he romped home eight lengths ahead of the competition showed that that confidence was well placed.

 

Though his odds are short on this race, back in his debut in April running in a twelve furlong maiden in Tipperary, his odds were stacked at 14/1, but that didn’t stop him beating his more fancied stablemate with an impressive performance.

Despite having ridden in just two races, he shows such class, and his impressive performances are sure to wow. His rider for the Derby is Ryan Moore, so this coupled with his performance means it is no surprise that he is the favourite going into the race. One horse that may be able to challenge him is Madhmoon, who is a top-class juvenile that has had some great performances in the past. Just look at his run in the one-mile maiden back in Leopardstown.

 


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