London – Master trainer Aidan O’Brien expects his ace jockey Ryan Moore to partner Mendelssohn in the Kentucky Derby in the US rather than ride in the Qipco 2000 Guineas – the first leg of the British Triple Crown.
Moore has a long-held ambition to win the Churchill Downs spectacular and appears to have every chance after Mendelssohn put up a breathtaking performance in running away with the UAE Derby at Meydan last month.
Moore’s presence in America would leave O’Brien needing to finalise jockey plans for favourite Saxon Warrior at Newmarket on the same day, together with recent Leopardstown scorer Gustav Klimt and US Navy Flag.
The Ballydoyle trainer told At The Races: “I think it was straightforward for Ryan. He was always fascinated by the Kentucky Derby and obviously Mendelssohn was coming along lovely last year.
“He went through the winter well and his first two runs were lovely, so the Kentucky Derby is what Ryan is thinking at the moment. Obviously, things can change but that’s the way he’s thinking at the moment.”
On his Guineas runners, O’Brien said: “They seem to be coming along, hopefully the Leopardstown horse (Gustav Klimt) and the Racing Post Trophy horse (Saxon Warrior) are coming along.
“US Navy Flag is progressing a lot from Leopardstown, and whether he’ll go there or to France we’re not sure. So far, so good.” – sportingpost.com