Buick didn’t half throw the toys out of the pram, after partnering Libertarian to finish second behind Aidan O’Brien’s Ruler Of The World in last Saturday’s Epsom Derby.
Buick basically said Ballydoyle set out to have a slowly run Derby, as a means of getting the favourite, Dawn Approach, beaten.
If there was any truth in such thinking then this was one of the most cunning plans ever devised in the history of racing.
Let’s assume for a second that Aidan O’Brien was the mastermind.
Well, if that was the case then Aidan must possess more foresight than Mystic Meg.
We know Aidan’s a bit of a genius when it comes to training horses, but if he was actually able to envisage Dawn Approach behaving the way he did then that would be quite extraordinary.
Essentially, Buick’s comments were rubbish and no one could have forecast that Dawn Approach, a horse regarded as having a perfect temperament, prior to Epsom, would carry on in a manner that was utterly out of character.
Dawn Approach was in real trouble after less than a furlong and we now know, or at least we think we do, that what the horse needs is a mile and a swinging gallop from the start.
All the evidence, of course, was that this was a pure miler anyway, but there was absolutely no indication he wouldn’t settle in different circumstances.
Moaning about the Ballydoyle tactics are just a complete waste of time, they are entitled to ride their horses any way they want, as long as there is no foul play involved.
It is interesting that the two people who had cause to be the most disappointed, Jim Bolger and Kevin Manning, haven’t whinged at all.
Bolger will be well aware he should have run a pacemaker and that would have ensured was the master of his own destiny.
He did just that in the French Derby at Chantilly on Sunday, when Beyond Thankful made the running for stable companion, Loch Garman.
Beyond Thankful would surely have been far better employed doing the donkey work in the Epsom Epsom the day before.
Bolger now faces one of the biggest tests of an illustrious career and that is getting Dawn Approach back on track.
The horse had a horrendous experience round Epsom and the hope is that it hasn’t done any lasting damage psychologically.
The handicapper says that it was the worst Epsom Derby run this century, although some of us thought Camelot had cornered that market a year ago.
It is, however, just one man’s opinion and only time will reveal whether he is right or way off the mark.
The horse I took out of the contest was the lightly raced Mars, even if he only managed sixth of the 12 runners.
Mars looked as if a far stronger pace would have suited and got no sort of run all the way up the straight.
Anyway, the Irish Derby promises to be much more informative.
Mars will have to be given the opportunity to possibly show his true colours and there seems no reason why the first four home at Epsom, Ruler Of The World, Libertarian, Galileo Rock and Battle Of Marengo, won’t run.
for Aidan O’Brien’s juvenile, Stubbs, in a Listed event at Naas on Monday.
Some of the firms priced it up the evening before and were happy enough to offer 11-8, in what had the appearances of a tricky little four-horse affair.
But it was taken and anything else that was available in the direction of evens, before the market settled the following morning.
But soon punters swung into action again and it was a case of any price being a good price, right down to 8-13.
Stubbs delivered with the minimum of fuss, giving the impression there was a lot more to come.
Joseph O’Brien said afterwards he did well to win, considering the lack of pace in the race.
His immediate comment stands up quite nicely, with the following Listed event for fillies, won by Richard Fahey’s Sandiva, run in a time 1.64 seconds faster than Stubbs.
on Monday a trainer said he was running his horse in the bumper, on the basis it had to travel left-handed, because his jockey had no left hand!
Obviously, I watched the particular beastie with more than usual interest and he certainly ran a cracker.
The said trainer was less than ecstatic, however, after the race. “He has no right hand either,’’ he opined.