Broome Follows Up With Derby Trial Success
Broome (3c Australia - Sweepstake, by Acclamation) led home a 1-2-3 for Ballydoyle and Coolmore sires in Sunday’s Group 3 Derby Trial Stakes at Leopardstown.
It came as no surprise to see the bay sent off favourite, having run home an impressive eight length winner of a similar contest over course and distance last time out. Donnacha O’Brien adopted the same tactics employed by Ryan Moore last month, riding his mount towards the back of the field and waiting until three furlongs out to pose his first question. Making good headway to chase the leaders with a furlong and a half left to race, he ran on to lead inside the final furlong and score by two and a half lengths. Stablemate Blenheim Palace (Galileo), who had led the seven horse field, stayed on for second, with a further half a length back to Ballydoyle’s other runner, Sovereign (Galileo), in third.
Aidan O’Brien said after the race, “He will have learned plenty from that. Racing on the inside through the race was good experience for him with Epsom in mind. He's done well so far and Epsom will be next once he comes out of this race okay.”
Broome also boasts excellent form as a juvenile, having finished his two-year-old season with a close second in the Group 1 Prix Jean-Luc Lagardere. The Epona Bloodstock-bred colt was bought by MV Magnier for 150,000gns at Tattersalls as a yearling and is the first Stakes performer out of his Listed-winning dam.