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Tuesday, 11 December, 2018

Irish Derby hero Latrobe could have Winx in his sights after big York assignment

Smiles all round: Joseph and Donnacha O'Brien and indeed Latrobe show their delight after the horse's Irish Derby triumph
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Wondermare Winx could meet the Irish Derby hero at Moonee Valley in October after Latrobe was entered on Monday for the Cox Plate – and the Joseph O'Brien-trained colt has an equally tasty target at York.

O'Brien has plotted the next step on Latrobe's ladder to a potential trip to Australia, and it is likely to see him drop nearly two furlongs to face the likes of Poet's Word and Roaring Lion in the Juddmonte International a fortnight on Wednesday.

"Latrobe will definitely go to York next and we're leaning towards the Juddmonte International, although he's still entered in the Great Voltigeur," said O'Brien on Monday. "At this stage, I'd say it's more likely he'll run in the Juddmonte International." 

Donnacha O'Brien celebrates Classic success with Mick Molloy (left), Azhar Khan (centre) and Jim O'Brien (right)

Could O'Brien then pack his bags and head down under with Latrobe, in an attempt to emulate Rekindling, who won the Melbourne Cup for him in the same Lloyd Williams colours?

"I entered Latrobe in the Cox Plate this morning and Australia is definitely an option," said O'Brien.

"The Cox Plate and Melbourne Cup are a long way off, though, and York will tell us a lot more. We'll see how he gets on there and then decide whether Australia is the best option for him."

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Latrobe is lightly raced and O'Brien believes the Irish Derby winner has strengthened up and matured since his Classic success at the Curragh in late June. 


O'Brien continued: "He seems very well. He's a big horse and I'd like to think he'll continue to progress as the year goes on. You have to remember he was having only his fifth start when winning the Irish Derby, so for him to do what he did was very special. 

"He's lightly raced and I've been very happy with what I've seen from him at home. York will tell us a lot and I'm looking forward to seeing how he gets on there."

Joseph O'Brien is surrounded by family after his first Classic victory as a trainer with Latrobe

King George winner Poet's Word heads the Juddmonte International market at a general 5-2, with Eclipse winner Roaring Lion at 11-4.

Latrobe is prominent in the William Hill St Leger market at between 5-1 and 8-1, although news that the Juddmonte International, rather than the Great Voltigeur, is his likely York target will inevitably give his Doncaster ante-post punters the jitters. 

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Latrobe will definitely go to York next and we are leaning towards the Juddmonte International for him
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