Irish eyes are smiling as Australia wins the Investec Derby at Epsom

Irish eyes are smiling as Australia wins the Investec Derby at Epsom
Australia wins the 2014 Derby

Australia wins the 2014 Derby

Some days punting is about the bleeding obvious. Australia to win the Derby at Epsom was one such bet. Depending on when you placed your bet, you could have got odds of 2/1, 13/8, 6/4 or 11/8.

They were all value prices. Australia did what trainer Aidan O’Brien promised. He won and did so in a taking fashion. Australia provided O’Brien with his third consecutive winner of the Derby and his son, the jockey Joseph, was seen at his 21 year old best.

Joseph said: “We’ve made no secret about this horse and I knew I was on the best one, so I just wanted to give him a chance to do himself justice.

“I was going very easy coming down the hill, nearly a shade too easy, and I got nudged out coming to the bend. I got there a mile too soon, but I had to stay going where I was getting.

“He was idling probably when I got to the front. I felt I was getting there to beat Kingston Hill well, and he’s just given a little look. As a two-year-old he was lazy, but he’s push-button now. Horses don’t come easier to ride than this fellow – he’s the best I’ve ridden.”

Australia won by a length and three quarters and going away.
australia wit joseph in saddle winning Derby Pedigree can be all you need to know about top class thoroughbreds and Australia hails from a Derby winner, Galileo (sire) and a former Oaks winner Ouija Board.

Some people wondered if Aidan O’Brien had gone over the top when he claimed weeks ago that Australia was the best horse he had trained. I don’t doubt a word the Coolmore chief says. He is often conservative in his comments so, as I told members of VG TIPS on Friday night, when he speaks so highly about one of his horses, we should all sit up and take notice. O’Brien doesn’t strike me as the type of man to be boastful without good reason.

Racing needs more people like Aidan O’Brien and perhaps now, at last, people will realise his boy is in the saddle because of his ability, and not his genes.

Afterwards the trainer said: “We thought this horse was very special from the first day he worked. Maybe it is best to say nothing, but we’ve always thought he was very special – the way he is bred makes him very special.

“Everyone knew every sinew in his body was going to be tested here, he was going to have to quicken and have to travel. What makes him different is his natural pace.”

Aidan O'Brien and Joseph with Derby trophy  

Australia was just one of 5 winners for VG TIPS members on Saturday. All value priced winning tips via my selections service for which members pay only £10 a month.

Miss Marjurie came home first and was available at 10/1. Red Refraction was tipped to members when priced at 10/3. Other winners included War Spirit (7/4) and Cirrus Des Aigles which, as I alerted members via Twitter (@betonsportstips) during the day, was available at Evens with BetVictor and even 11/10 with one bookie.

On ‘Australia day’ we were all winners at the races. Especially the sport itself.

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