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Kennedy shows class at Leopardstown

John F Kennedy continues to look the part as he maintained Aidan O'Brien's domination of Leopardstown's John Deere Juvenile Turf Stakes, which is part of the Breeders' Cup Challenge Series.

The grandly-named current favourite for next year's Investec Derby was following in the hoofprints of stablemate Australia, who claimed this Group Three event 12 months ago before marching on to Epsom glory.

Ridden by the trainer's son, Joseph, the 4-7 favourite still looked a little inexperienced but was far too good for runner-up Tombelaine.

Aidan O'Brien said: "You'd have to be delighted with that. He learned a lot from the first day and from the second day to today. He could go anywhere. We would be thinking of him maybe as a Dewhurst horse, but we'll have a think and see how he is. He has plenty of pace.

"We we're delighted with the way he behaved today. He came on lovely from the last day and he'll still grow up more. He's very exciting. Around the inside here it is tight and he had to learn a lot, and learn quick. It was great experience."

The son of Galileo is 7-1 favourite from 10-1 with RaceBets for the Derby and 10-1 from 16s for the Qipco 2000 Guineas.

Spokesman Joseph Burke said: "He came into the race with a very similar profile to Australia in that he was beaten on debut and won his second start. Both sons of Galileo then went on to record very impressive victories in today's race and it looks simply a matter of whether John F Kennedy can train on now to match Australia as a three-year-old."

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