Aidan O’Brien has the current favourite for the Epsom Derby in the shape of unbeaten Group 1 winner Luxembourg. The master of Ballydoyle had a fairly quiet season by his own world-beating standards last term, especially with his two-year-olds. This could be due to the fact that he has a potential classic winner in his yard who never made it to the track in the last campaign. O’Brien likes the look of several of his unraced three-year-olds this term but there’s one standout eye-catcher in the ranks.
Waterville is a half-brother to the brilliant but ill-fated filly Sea Of Class. A son of Camelot, he’s undoubtedly bred to do the job as his pedigree sheet ticks all the right boxes. With a Derby winner for a father and a dual Oaks-winning sister, one would hope that he’s up to the task. There’s plenty of confidence placed in him by O’Brien who said: “We have a horse there called Waterville who has never run before. He could be a good bit better than a maiden and may even be a Derby horse.”
This wouldn’t be the first time that the record eight-time Derby winner landed the race with a horse unraced at two. Ruler Of The World won the 2013 renewal in just the third race of his career and Waterville will have to overcome a similar level of inexperience.
It shouldn’t be long now until we see his eagerly anticipated racecourse debut as O’Brien added: “He’s a Derby-type horse and goes very well. He’s a very big horse and will run in a maiden before long.” There will be plenty of eyes on this colt when he makes his racecourse debut given his trainer’s bullish report. O’Brien’s comments have already lead to his price collapsing into 20-1 from 33-1.
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