There is a strong difference of opinion regarding future targets for Saturday’s impressive Investec Derby winner Australia with many believing the impeccably-bred son of Galileo and Ouija Board will drop back in trip for the remainder of the season, of which winning jockey Joseph O’Brien said: ” We alway’s thought he was very good. I got to the front too soon on him today. Half a furlong from the bend when we straightened up I got a little bump on the inside and it just lit him up a stride on me.
” He’s so easy to ride because you can put him anywhere in a race. He relaxes and quickens. When he gets there he has a look up, but he’s not going to let anyone by him. He has a lot of pace in him but I was going so easy in the race I was nearly breaking his rhythm. A mile and a quarter and a half-stride quicker tempo would suit him better.”
While the Irish Derby at the end of the month, for which Paddy Power make him a 1-2 chance, would usually be the next step after Epsom it is more than possible that connections will elect to bypass the race and head to Sandown instead for the Coral-Eclipse Stakes on July 5th, followed by York’s Juddmonte International and Leopardstown’s Irish Champion Stakes in September. After yesterday’s victory bookmakers were quick to slash the colt’s price for europe’s richest race, the Qatar Prix de L’Arc de Triomphe on the first Sunday in October for which Bet365 go as short as 7-2.
Both Coral and Betfair Sportsbook are obviously taking the view that the horse will not be among the runners at Longchamp as they currently offer odds of 6-1 and 7-1 respectively about Australia giving Aidan O’Brien his second victory in the race following Dylan Thomas in 2007 with last year’s impressive winner Treve the general 4-1 favourite.