Aidan O’Brien Claims Ninth Betfred Derby With Auguste Rodin
In a thrilling race at Epsom, Auguste Rodin proved his mettle by running down King Of Steel to secure Aidan O’Brien’s record-extending ninth victory in the Betfred Derby. Despite being labeled as a “collector’s item” by the Ballydoyle handler prior to the premier Classic and having disappointed as the favorite for 2000 Guineas at Newmarket, son of Deep Impact had something to prove. And he didn’t disappoint! With Ryan Moore on board, Auguste Rodin deftly tackled the undulations of Surrey Downs from stall 10.
Meanwhile, San Antonio and Adelaide River took control upfront with Frankie Dettori aboard Arrest and Sir Michael Stoute’s Passenger also close behind. As Kevin Stott rode King Of Steel hard after rounding Tattenham Corner, Roger Varian’s imposing runner soon became a target for everyone else in the race. With Auguste Rodin eating into King Of Steel’s advantage with every stride, it was only a matter of time before this highly-regarded colt would take over that rival and give Moore his third Derby victory.
O’Brien credited Coolmore for making everything happen – this was an entirely homebred horse! Despite coming with massive expectations as a beautiful horse who kept stepping up to all markers throughout its journey – which is unusual – he did not suit himself during Newmarket reverse. But following this impressive performance at Epsom Downs Racecourse, plans are now underway for either Irish Derby or the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth QIPCO Stakes at Ascot later this year – both races where we expect another stunning performance from him!
Auguste Rodin has clearly proven himself on one of racing’s biggest stages: The BetFred Derby; securing yet another win under Aidan O’Brien’s belt while setting new records. It’s no wonder he’s considered one of the greatest trainers in the world.