Sir Dragonet promoted to Derby favourite after ringing endorsement from Aidan O’Brien
- Sir Dragonet needs to be added as a supplementary entry for the Derby
- He is around 7-2 favourite and O’Brien has five of the top seven in the betting
- The 13-2 shot stormed to an eight-length win in the MNBA Chester Vase
Published: 14:08 EDT, 9 May 2019 | Updated: 14:19 EDT, 9 May 2019
Chester Vase winner Sir Dragonet has been promoted to favourite for next month’s Investec Derby as trainer Aidan O’Brien said the colt had a ‘massive engine’.
The son of Camelot landed Wednesday’s Vase on only his second career start. He needs to be supplemented to the Derby – a transaction that will cost his Coolmore Stud owners £85,000 – but it is inconceivable that he won’t be added to the premier Classic of the Flat season.
Speaking after Circus Maximus added another string to the O’Brien Derby bow when beating stablemate Mohawk in the Dee Stakes, O’Brien said: ‘Sir Dragonet is a lovely horse. He had a little setback as a two-year-old and we had to be very gentle with him. We minded him as long as we could.
Chester Vase winner Sir Dragonet has been promoted to favourite for the Investec Derby
‘He’s a lovely compact, well balanced horse and he obviously has a massive engine. You couldn’t have been more impressed with him.’
Sir Dragonet is 7-2 Derby favourite with Coral. With Betfair and Paddy Power, he shares market leadership at 9-2 with John Gosden’s Dante Stakes-bound Too Darn Hot.
Circus Maximus’s length and a quarter win under Ryan Moore earned him Derby quotes ranging from 16-1 to 25-1. He seems sure to be in the O’Brien Derby squad but his performance was no way near as dazzling as Sir Dragonet’s 24 hours earlier.
The son of Camelot landed Wednesday’s Chester Vase on only his second career start
O’Brien runs Anthony Van Dyck in Saturday’s Lingfield trial, Broome in Leopardstown’s Derby Trial on Sunday. Stablemate Japan looks like heading into the Dante at York next Thursday but O’Brien admitted the Beresford Stakes winner was playing catch-up after his training schedule was interrupted.
O’Brien has five of the top seven in the Derby betting and Paddy Power make it an 8-11 chance one of his horses will win.
It did not all go to plan for O’Brien on Thursday. His favourite Kew Gardens got stuck in the mud and was a beaten favourite behind Andrew Balding’s impressive Morando in the Ormonde Stakes.
Balding’s Fox Chaiman had earlier been an unlucky in running third in the Dee Stakes and will be interesting contender for the Hampton Court Stakes at Royal Ascot.