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Aidan O'Brien - Colm O'Donoghue (right)

Aidan O'Brien: has entered 22 in the Racing Post Trophy

  PICTURE: Edward Whitaker (racingpost.com/photos)  

Derby fancies among Racing Post Trophy entry

INDIAN MAHARAJA, the ante-post favourite for next season's Investec Derby figures among a bumper entry of 110 made for the Group 1 Racing Post Trophy at Doncaster on October 26.

The Aidan O'Brien-trained colt is no bigger than 16-1 for the Epsom Classic after making it two wins from two starts in a Listed race at Tipperary earlier in the month.

He is one of 22 O'Brien has entered for the race with stablemates Australia, Great White Eagle and War Command also on that list.

The Racing Post Trophy, which is worth £200,000, has been earmarked as a possible target for Hydrogen, the most expensive yearling sold anywhere in the world last year at 2.5 million guineas.

He has finally rejoined trainer Peter Chapple-Hyam after making a full recovery from a leg injury and connections are now hoping to see the juvenile half-brother to Chapple-Hyam's 2007 Derby winner Authorized, himself a winner of the Racing Post Trophy on the racecourse before the end of the season.

After pleasing Chapple-Hyam in his early exercise, Hydrogen was hurt in April. He was given plenty of time to recover and recently spent time at a pre-training yard.

David Redvers, racing manager to owners Qatar Racing Limited, said: "Hydrogen has rejoined Peter Chapple-Hyam after we had his hind leg sorted out and we're now hoping for a clear run with him. On what he had shown prior to his setback he looked a gifted individual and he's an extremely exciting prospect."

He added of the 2014 Investec Derby entry: "The aspirations we have for the horse led us to enter him in everything. Hopefully we can get him on the track this year and take it from there. We've entered him in the Racing Post Trophy, which was always going to be one of his end-of-season objectives."

 
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