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  • 16:00 Investec Derby 1m 4f 10y

  • (Group 1) £1,379,500 added 3yo 12 ran
  • Winner £782,314 2nd £296,592 3rd £148,434 4th £73,941
  • Going: Good, Good to Soft in places
  • Surface: Turf
    Scheduled
  • Winning time: 2m 39.06s
  • Off time: 16:00:21

Battle lines drawn at Epsom

Last Updated: 31/05/13 11:22am

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Joseph O'Brien admits picking Battle Of Marengo was a 'tough choice' ahead of their attempt to win the Investec Derby at Epsom.

For as long as he is riding, O'Brien is likely to face difficult choices in all the big races, given the strength in depth at his father Aidan's Ballydoyle yard.

The young jockey has decided to stay loyal to Battle Of Marengo, on whom he is unbeaten in five races, from the five declared O'Brien runners.

Despite his still-tender years, O'Brien gained his third Irish 2,000 Guineas success last weekend and is going for his second Epsom Derby after Camelot's win 12 months ago.

"I suppose it was a tough choice," said O'Brien, whose mount is coming off victory in Leopardstown's Derrinstown Stud Derby Trial, an often-informative event where Epsom is concerned.

"I'd ridden Battle Of Marengo to all his wins last season and in both his trails this year.

"I think my dad was quite anxious, and I was too, to keep that partnership intact.

"Ryan (Moore) won on Rule Of The World at Chester so it made sense.

"I think my horse is solid, he's tough, he tries hard and I think he'll get the trip. If he handles the track he should run a good race.

"I wouldn't want any rain, the less rain the better for me."For as long as he is riding, Joseph O'Brien is likely to face difficult choices in all the big races, given the strength in depth at his father Aidan's Ballydoyle yard.

The young jockey has decided to stay loyal to Battle Of Marengo, on whom he is unbeaten in five races, from the five declared O'Brien runners.

Despite his still-tender years, O'Brien gained his third Irish 2,000 Guineas success last weekend and is going for his second Epsom Derby after Camelot's win 12 months ago.

"I suppose it was a tough choice," said O'Brien, whose mount is coming off victory in Leopardstown's Derrinstown Stud Derby Trial, an often-informative event where Epsom is concerned.

"I'd ridden Battle Of Marengo to all his wins last season and in both his trails this year.

"I think my dad was quite anxious, and I was too, to keep that partnership intact.

"Ryan (Moore) won on Rule Of The World at Chester so it made sense.

"I think my horse is solid, he's tough, he tries hard and I think he'll get the trip. If he handles the track he should run a good race.

"I wouldn't want any rain, the less rain the better for me."


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