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Options aplenty for Latrobe after stunning Irish Derby triumph

Jonathan Vine 3 Jul 2018

Latrobe’s connections discuss possible race options for the rest of the season, after Joseph O’Brien’s star colts sealed an incredible victory the Irish Derby.

Just like at Epsom, Saxon Warrior was the focus of attention leading upto the Irish Derby. Aidan O’Brien remained adamant his 2000 Guineas winner would see out the trip and the bookies seemed sure too, listing Saxon Warrior as the even-money favourite.

Ballydoyle stablemate, Rostropovich attempted to set the race up for Saxon Warrior, who tracked the leader on the inside rail. 14/1 outsider Latrobe, a maiden winner at the Curragh just two weeks previous, was positioned perfectly on the shoulder of the pace-setter and showed tremendous grit and determination in the closing stages to hold Saxon Warrior at bay and edge ahead of Rostropovich to snatch a narrow victory.

That was a first Classic triumph as a trainer for Joseph O’Brien, a victory made even sweeter with the fact his younger brother, Donnacha was in the saddle. A jubilant O’Brien spoke to the gathering press after Saturday’s main event and he eulogised about the ability of Latrobe. 

“He had a perfect position all the way and committed him at the perfect time. The horse is tough and stays well,” said Joseph O’Brien. 

“We always loved him and bought him as a yearling in Newmarket. From day one we loved him and he never really let us down.”

Until that point, Joseph O’Brien’s best day as a trainer came at the Melbourne Cup, where Rekindling fended off a couple of his father’s top guns to win Australia’s most famous race. A return to Flemington could be an option for O’Brien and Latrobe. However, owner Lloyd Williams claimed on Monday that Latrobe’s Melbourne Cup participation lay in the hands of the handicapper.

Joseph O'Brien (left) and Lloyd Williams (second left) celebrate after Rekindling wins the Melbourne Cup.

"I would be surprised if you see him but I'm always keen on a Melbourne Cup." Williams said to the RSN Racing Pulse Radio Show. 

"Latrobe is only a three-year-old so to bring them out here they have to be down at the bottom of the weights because they are conceding time to the other horses.”

"If they gave him some sort of opportunity of being competitive in the race at the weights I would obviously consider bringing him out but there's a big question mark at the moment."

Rekindling ran in the Irish and British St Leger's before heading down-under and that could be the path O’Brien chooses to take Latrobe down. A 25/1 shot to triumph at Doncaster before the race, Latrobe’s odds in the final Classic on the British calendar were roundly slashed after his Irish Derby win, with William Hill quoting the best price of 8/1.

William Hill handed Latrobe a price of 20/1 to win the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe, a price he shares with Saxon Warrior and Epsom Oaks winner, Forever Together. Latrobe has also been slapped with odds of 25/1 for the Melbourne Cup, but it would take a very lenient view of his Irish Derby triumph for Joseph O’Brien’s star to be handed a workable weight.

*Current betting markets with William Hill*
St Leger (15/9/18)
5/1 Kew Gardens, 8/1 Latrobe, 10/1 Dee Ex Bee, 14/1 Forever Together, Southern France, Flag Of Honour, The Pentagon, Delano Roosevelt, Old Persian, 16/1 Bar

Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe (7/10/18)
5/1 Enable, 7/1 Cracksman, 8/1 Poet's Word, 12/1 Masar, 14/1 Crystal Ocean, 16/1 Study Of Man, Waldgeist, 20/1 Latrobe, Saxon Warrior, Forever Together, 25/1 Bar

Melbourne Cup (6/11/18)
16/1 Withhold, 20/1 Stradivarius, Rekindling, Magic Circle, Marmelo, Rare Rhythm, 25/1 Latrobe, Desert Skyline, 33/1 Bar

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