Cashel Palace Hotel Derby Trial Stakes
Group 3, Leopardstown,
€70,000 guaranteed, 3yo,
1m 2f, Class 1    
Sunday 12th May 2024


1 Los Angeles 4/5F
2 Euphoric 6/1
3 Taraj 11/2
5 ran Distances: 1l, hd, ½l
Time: 2m 6.82s (slow by 1.42s)

Ballydoyle's unbeaten Los Angeles marked his return with a workmanlike but promising win.

Last seen winning the Criterium de Saint-Cloud, he sat off the pace set by stablemate Euphoric under Wayne Lordan and, after getting to the front a furlong out, stayed on to beat that rival by a length, with the Dermot Weld trainee Taraj a head away in third.

Aidan O'Brien was at ParisLongchamp, but stable representative Chris Armstrong was on hand to give the lowdown afterwards.

“Both his runs last year were on an easier surface, so it's great to get him out here. He's carrying a bit more condition and the run is going to bring him on a ton,” he said.

“When he steps up again to a mile and a half he'll improve and he's right now bang in the Derby picture. He's very exciting.”

“He's a big horse, but he's a beautiful mover and he's got the right mind,” he added.

“You could see him walking around the paddock beforehand, absolutely chilled and he has the same attitude at home. Camelot obviously went around Epsom no problem and this horse has a lot of his sire's good traits. The second horse ran a cracker as well and once he goes up in trip again he'll improve a lot. He is a very solid horse.”


Derby Trial Stakes
1m 2f , €70,000 guaranteed
5 ran
Going: Good, Good to Firm in places

1 (1)    Los Angeles 3 9-05 A P O'Brien Wayne Lordan 4/5F
2 (3)
1 Euphoric 3 9-05 A P O'Brien Declan McDonogh 6/1
3 (4)
hd Taraj 3 9-05 D K Weld Chris Hayes 11/2
4 (5)
½ Keeper's Heart 3 9-05 G M Lyons Colin Keane 18/1
5 (2)
½ Bremen 3 9-05 Donnacha O'Brien Gavin Ryan 4/1

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