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Tuesday, 13 November, 2018

Another O'Brien masterpiece? Derby favourite Anthony Van Dyck the big attraction

Anthony Van Dyck: top juvenile bidding to join a long list of Ballydoyle winners of this race
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3.05 Curragh
Galileo Irish EBF Futurity Stakes (Group 2) | 2yo | 7f | ATR

Aidan O'Brien's 11 winners of this event include Cape Blanco, Gleneagles and Churchill, all of whom went on to achieve Classic success.

His main challenger for the Futurity this year, Anthony Van Dyck, successful in two of his three starts, will be bidding to join a long list of Ballydoyle winners of this race en route to bigger targets.

An eight-length winner over a mile at Killarney last month, Anthony Van Dyck successfully dropped to this 7f trip at Leopardstown last time, when he landed the Group 3 Tyros Stakes by four and a half lengths.

O'Brien, who also runs Christmas and Mohawk, said on Saturday: "We were delighted with Anthony Van Dyck in the Tyros, when he had no problem dropping down in distance. He's a colt who will stay further and he seems to be in good form."

He continued: "It's been a while [ten weeks] since Mohawk won his maiden at Cork but he's been working nicely and we're very happy with him.

"Christmas won a Listed race narrowly at Tipperary last time and we think he has come forward since."

Jessica Harrington, who enjoyed back-to-back wins in the race with Pathfork and Dragon Pulse in 2010 and 2011, is represented by Klute, who won a maiden over the course and trip on his debut last month.

The trainer said: "We're very happy with Klute. The form of his maiden win is working out well."

Guaranteed, who was beaten half a length by Klute, went on to make virtually all for a win over course and distance, and he represents Jim Bolger, whose winners of the race include Teofilo and New Approach.

Completing the field is the Patrick Prendergast-trained Could Be King, who finished third over 6f at Leopardstown on his only previous start.

Prendergast said: "He's the outsider of the six runners but his homework is well above-average. By running he's guaranteed some prize-money, and anything else would be a bonus."

2019 Investec Derby (June 1)

Bet365 14 Anthony Van Dyck, 20 Too Darn Hot, 25 Quorto, 33 Dark Vision, Gathering Storm, 40 bar

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We were delighted with Anthony Van Dyck in the Tyros when he had no problem dropping down in trip. He seems in good form
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