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Astrology stars in Dee romp

Astrology looked a smart colt when making all the running to take the Stobart Barristers Dee Stakes at Chester and he could make the Aidan O'Brien team for the Derby.

The Group Three contest may have lost some of its lustre with the late absence of Bonfire, but Joseph O'Brien made it a true test over the extended mile and a quarter and gradually ran his three rivals ragged to win in tremendous style.

Uriah Heep was the first beaten with half a mile to run, but no horse got close enough to mount a challenge as the 11-10 favourite galloped all the way to the line to win by 11 lengths. Oxford Charley was second and Kingsdesire third.

The winning rider said: "We went a good gallop the whole way, he was in front a long time and he was idling a bit. I had to give him a few cracks, but he stayed on all the way to the line."

O'Brien snr added: "He was a nice colt last year and he ran well in a Group Two (Futurity Stakes, third to Dragon Pulse) in Ireland and a nice race in a Group Three (Autumn Stakes) at Newmarket. We were worried about the ground, but he is a typical Galileo with a really nice rhythm.

"We will see how things develop. We've got Wrote, who runs at Leopardstown (in the Derrinstown Trial) and has been in good form since Dubai. Furner's Green goes to France (French 2000 Guineas) but doesn't have the best of the draw and Ernest Hemingway will run in the Dante (at York) as long as the ground is good."

Paddy Power cut Astrology to 20-1 from 33-1 for the Investec Derby at Epsom.

Richard Fahey and former stable jockey Paul Hanagan enjoyed a double, kicked off by Viva Ronaldo (11-2) in the Edge Worldwide Handicap.

Hanagan said: "My lad is straightforward and he's in great form in himself. It's great to team up with the old boss again and to find his horses in such good form. This is an old favourite and he's done it really well."

The potent pair completed their brace with 3-1 shot Mica Mika in the Gravity Global Investments Handicap.


From Belfast Telegraph