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Australia Wins Gr1 Irish Derby

Monday, 30th June 2014

At The Curragh in Ireland, former shuttler and triple Gr1-winning champion European sire Galileo (Sadler's Wells-Urban Sea, by Miswaki) celebrated a Gr1 triumph when exceptional 3YO colt Australia (Galileo-Ouija Board, by Cape Cross) scored by 2.5-lengths for trainer Aidan O'Brien in the €1.25 million Gr1 Irish Derby (12 furlongs) for 3YOs, over fellow 3YO colts and Ballydoyle stable-mates Kingfisher (Galileo-Mystical Lady, by Halling) & Orchestra (Galileo-Bywayofthestars, by Danehill). Australia took his record to 4 wins (including the Gr1 Epsom Derby & Gr3 Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf Trial Stakes) & 2 placings (including the Gr1 2,000 Guineas) from 6 starts for £1,456,122 earnings. This was nothing more than a leisurely exercise gallop for the blue-blooded Australia, who gave trainer Aidan O'Brien a remarkable 11th win in the Irish Classic. O'Brien mentioned post-race that the Gr1 Irish Champion Stakes (10 furlongs) at Leopardstown was a likely target for his stable star. "The Irish Champion Stakes would be a beautiful race for him," O'Brien told Racing UK. "Obviously he has so much speed, and it's rather unusual really for a horse like him who is so stoutly bred, but we will definitely look at The Champion Stakes and would love to run him there." He added, "He's something very special. As a two-year-old, he did four 11 second furlongs while working at a half speed and that's very hard to do but he was able to do it at a very early stage." O'Brien added that the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe in October was also on Australia's agenda.

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