Best foot forward for Deegan
Paul Deegan is looking forward to seeing Best Hello test the water in Pattern company in what looks sure to be an informative renewal of the Derrinstown Stud Derby Trial at Leopardstown.
Aidan O'Brien has a phenomenal record in the Group Two contest with subsequent Derby winners Galileo and High Chaparral on the race's roll of honour. His main contender this year appears to be Group One winner Recital, the mount of Kieren Fallon.
Best Hello was unraced as a juvenile, but made an impressive racecourse debut over course and distance in March and Deegan feels he deserves to take his chance.
"He was a big price on his debut at 33-1, but I wasn't that surprised he won. He's a horse we've always liked," said Deegan of his Jaber Abdullah-owned colt.
"I think he went off such a big price because there was a lot of talk about the second horse (Apache), but our horse won well and hopefully he'll run a good race again on Sunday.
"We thought a bit of him as a two-year-old last year but we didn't rush him and decided not to run him until this year.
"He's a course-and-distance winner and we'll see how he gets on, but Recital is obviously going to be very hard to beat. I thought it was a very encouraging run from him in the Ballysax Stakes and he's a Group One winner.
"We'll find out a bit more about our lad on Sunday.
"He's in the Irish Derby and the ideal scenario would be for him to win this weekend and then go and win the Irish Derby. Unfortunately, it doesn't work like that. Whatever happens, he's a nice horse and hopefully has a big future."