International target for Australia

Australia and Joseph O'Brien en route to winning this year's Irish Derby

Aidan O’Brien’s dual Derby winner Australia is set to be aimed at the Juddmonte International Stakes at York on August 20.

Hailed by O’Brien as the best Flat horse he has ever trained, the three-year-old was third over a mile in what has been widely acclaimed as the best 2000 Guineas for many a year at Newmarket and stepped up to the plate to claim the Investec Derby at Epsom.

He emulated his sire Galileo and dam Ouija Board in completing a Classic double at the Curragh when lifting the Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby, and is now in line to drop back in trip for the 10-furlong Group One on the Knavesmire before headlining the inaugural Irish Champions weekend at Leopardstown in September.

O’Brien said: “Australia has been in terrific form since landing the Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby and he will now be trained for a tilt at the Juddmonte International at York and the Irish Champion at Leopardstown.”


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