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O'Brien Lauds Exceptional Colt Australia
Ballydoyle trainer Aidan O'Brien has described regally bred colt Australia (Galileo-Ouija Board, by Cape Cross) as "exceptional" as he continues his preparation for the Investec Derby at Epsom on 7 June, reports 1.skysports.com. The son of Galileo and 7-time Gr1-winning champion mare Ouija Board, who announced himself as an outstanding prospect when scoring a stunning 6-length win in the Gr3 Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf Trial Stakes at Leopardstown last September, turned in an excellent Derby trial when finishing powerfully for third behind Night Of Thunder and Kingman in the 2,000 Guineas at Newmarket earlier this month. O'Brien has saddled four previous Derby winners in Galileo (2001), High Chaparral (2002), Camelot (2012) and last year's hero Ruler Of The World, but is adamant that Australia is even better. Speaking at a press morning at Ballydoyle, the trainer said: "He's a Derby horse we've not had the like of before. I thought Camelot was the best horse we had for the Derby, but this horse is another step up. The very first time he worked as a two-year-old we knew he was exceptional and the lads always rated him." O'Brien added, "I've never had a horse like this. I'm not trying to blow him up. I'm just saying how it is. For a horse by Galileo to be doing what he's doing, we've never had that before." O'Brien explained why the Coolmore team were so bullish about Australia's 2,000 Guineas prospects. "The reason we were excited before the Guineas (was that) his lead horse was Oklahoma City and he was treating him with contempt every day," he said. "What pricked everyone's ears was one morning he did four furlongs and it was 11 seconds a furlong for each furlong. I can't remember a two-year-old doing that before. He's very uncomplicated, very relaxed. He has a great cruising speed, a great mind and has speed. He's also bred to get the trip well and that makes him exceptional."