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By PA Sport Staff. Last Updated: 10/05/09 6:14pm
Aidan O'Brien - won with Fame And Glory.
Fame And Glory is as short as 5-2 favourite for the Epsom Derby after a thoroughly professional display in the Derrinstown Stud Derby Trial Stakes at Leopardstown.
Aidan O'Brien's colt stretched his unbeaten run to four without being seriously pressed in a race that has produced countless Derby winners down the years.
Ridden by Seamie Heffernan in the absence of Johnny Murtagh who was in France, the son of Montjeu was settled in the rear but always looked ready to pounce.
He had warmed up for the event by taking the Ballysax Stakes on his seasonal debut and the placed horses from that race, Fergus McIver and John Oxx's Mourayan, took him on again.
Some even thought Mourayan had a chance of turning the tables but the market spoke volumes as Oxx's colt drifted and Fame And Glory was sent off the 4-7 favourite.
After switching from a position against the rails, Heffernan never had to get too serious as his mount powered clear to beat Mourayan by five lengths.
Despite his impressive win, winning owner John Magnier is taking nothing for granted.
"Seamus was impressed with him as I am sure most were, but we have to keep him healthy from now until Epsom," said the Coolmore supremo.
Totesport were very impressed and cut the winner to 5-2 from 6-1 for Epsom. Spokesman George Primarolo said: "After a week of inconclusive trials over in England, Fame and Glory's victory at Leopardstown has made the Derby picture a little clearer.
"An impressive victory for Crowded House in the Dante Stakes on Thursday would shake the market up once again but he would have to do something special to usurp Aidan O'Brien's colt at the head of the betting."
Paddy Power have 11-4 joint-favourites for Epsom with 2000 Guineas winner Sea The Stars sharing top honours.