Wings Of Eagles eyes Irish Derby after 40-1 Epsom upset
The Ballydoyle trainer is thinking of aiming Epsom hero Wings Of Eagles at the Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby at the Curragh, with Cliffs Of Moher possibly dropping back to a mile and a quarter for the Coral-Eclipse Stakes at Sandown. Wings Of Eagles sprang a 40-1 surprise in the premier Classic in the hands of Padraig Beggy, coming late to deny Ryan Moore on Cliffs Of Moher by three-quarters of a length.
O’Brien, who was winning the Derby for the sixth time, said: “They seem to be fine. Obviously they haven’t done much today, but they seem to be fine so far.
“We might have a look at the Irish Derby with Wings Of Eagles and it’s possible we might have a look at the Eclipse with Cliffs Of Moher. It will be a week or ten days before we decide anything, but that’s what we’re thinking at the moment.”
At Perth yesterday, Beeves won a dramatic Horizon Parking City Of Perth Gold Cup as he collared a faltering Aerlite Supreme in the shadow of the post to score by a neck.
The 12-1 winner is trained in Staffordshire by Jennie Candlish and winning jockey Sean Quinlan said: “I’d probably settled for second jumping the last but then Adam Wedge’s horse stopped close home and I managed to switch to the stands side and get back up.”
In front of a bumper 8,000 crowd, Warren Greatrex enjoyed his first course success when Attest completed a hat-trick in the Perth Is The Place To Be Handicap Hurdle.
l Ayr is offering free entry to this evening’s meeting, which is sponsored by the Scottish Bookmakers Association. All racegoers can enjoy the seven-race card free of charge and do not need to book tickets.