There are few things left in racing for Irish champion trainer Aidan O’Brien to do, but this weekend offers him the chance to win three classics in one weekend including the Kentucky Derby – something no European trainer has ever done.
O’Brien is looking to land the opening British classics of the flat racing season at Newmarket this weekend in the 1000 Guineas and 2000 Guineas, indeed he has the favourites in both and is looking to the double for a fourth time, the third time coming last year.
However, O’Brien is also looking at landing the Kentucky Derby – the Run for the Roses at Churchill Downs on Saturday – a feat which would only add to his legend.
“Bookmakers are offering 14/1 that the brilliant Aidan O’Brien can do what looks like being a once in a lifetime training feat, winning both Guineas and the Kentucky Derby in one weekend,” explained OddsMonkey spokesman Pete Watton.
“O’Brien has done everything in racing, every classic in Europe, even the Cox Plate in Australia as well as Breeders Cup success in America – but the Kentucky Derby is the biggest race America, to win that would put the cherry on top of everything he has done.
“And the Bookmakers believe he has a great chance with the classy looking Mendelssohn – who comes into the race with great form on dirt having won on dirt for the first time in claiming the UAE Derby in Dubai.
“Mendelssohn is actually the longest odds of the three O’Brien horses that are sitting as favourites for the big three this weekend with Gustav Klimt 9/.4 for the 2000 Guineas and Happily at 6/2 for the 1000 Guineas – indeed the pressure could really be on her, if the other two have already come home to compete a record breaking weekend.
“What we would say is if you do fancy O’Brien to do this, get on early – from what we are hearing, these odds will shorten before the weekend.”
Selected odds on how many of the three classics Aidan O’Brien will win this weekend:
None – 5/2
One – Evens
Two – 5/2
Three – 14/1