Kingsbarns reigns in Trophy
Trophy winner cut for 2013 Derby glory
Last Updated: October 27, 2012 3:52pm
Kingsbarns provided Aidan O'Brien with a seventh Racing Post Trophy win
Kingsbarns provided Aidan O'Brien with a first juvenile winner of 2012 in Britain when winning the Racing Post Trophy at Doncaster.
The Ballydoyle youngsters have had an unusually frustrating year on their travels but the son of Galileo went some way to setting that record straight with an impressive victory in the final Group One of the season.
Having jumped well, Joseph O'Brien settled him in behind the front pair of Trading Leather and Steeler with all seven runners closely grouped.
O'Brien eased him out to launch his challenge and it was apparent that he was travelling far more easily than his rivals but the son of Galileo looked green in front and didn't pull clear of the field in the manner that might have been expected.
Closed The Gap
Van Der Neer took a while to respond to Richard Hughes' urgings but did eventually pick up the bit and closed the gap on the Navan maiden winner - who only made his debut 17 days ago - to a length and three quarters at the line with Steeler back in third.
Kingsbarns was the trainer's seventh winner of the mile contest and followed hot on the heels of Camelot's victory in the race 12 months ago.
That colt, of course, went on to win the Epsom Derby and Sky Bet were sufficiently impressed with the performance to halve the winner's price to 6/1 for the Investec-sponsored Classic.
Joseph O'Brien said: "He relaxed and travelled very well. I might have got to the front too soon, but my momentum took me there.
"He was very green, but I think he is going to be a very good horse. Soft ground or quick ground, he'll have no problem."
The winning trainer added: "We're obviously thrilled.
"When he won his maiden a little under three weeks ago, he'd just arrived and won very nicely. After that we were half-thinking of leaving him alone.
All Options Open
"He's a lovely horse and had done great through the year. We did one little bit of work with him and it was lovely. Then the final exam for the Racing Post Trophy was there.
"He came through it with flying colours."
O'Brien snr went on: "We had Camelot last year and then this horse has come along.
"The boys (Coolmore) will sit down and talk over the winter what they want to do with him but he has all the options open to him.
"They made the decision to let him come here and run by himself.
"He'll canter during the winter, we'll train him in the spring, and then they will decide.
"He's a great traveller and has loads of natural speed."