Possible Melbourne Cup Candidate in Ireland’s Latrobe
We had to look overseas to find newsworthy thoroughbred racing news, so it is with pleasure that we report that an Aussie owned horse named Latrobe won the Group 1 Irish Derby (≈2400 m) at The Curragh.
Latrobe runs for the same connections as last year’s Melbourne Cup winner Rekindling. Foaled in 2015, the colt is trained by Joseph Patrick O’Brien of Ireland and is owned by Lloyd J. Williams. The youngster has now raced five times, winning one other time and placing in his other three races.
Latrobe was ridden by Donnacha O’Brien. His dad Aidanwas the trainer for the second place finisher Rostropovich and third place Saxon Warrior.
J.P. O’Brien won the Irish Derby twice during his riding days, once on the sire of Latrobe, Camelot. It was his first success as a trainer at a classic.
Could Latrobe be a candidate for the Australian spring racing carnival, specifically the Melbourne Cup? He is in the market at $34, so if Williams and his group want to pursue that quest, it is there decision to make.
After the Irish Derby, O’Brien told At The Races, “We had intended on taking our time a bit, but Donnacha let him go forward as there wasn’t much pace on and that was the winning and losing of the race. He had a perfect position all the way, and committed him at the perfect time.The horse is tough and stays well. I have to thank everyone in the yard, especially Joey Fallon, who rides him out, and Lloyd and Nick (Williams) have been so good to me. I’m so grateful and lucky.”
Irish gratitude is famous the world over and is typically not especially dear, but Latrobe may need a bit more seasoning before taking on the Melbourne Cup, as staying races are becoming increasingly rare and the haul from Ireland to Australia, along with the quarantining measures, might be more than could reasonably be expected from a young horse.