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US Army Ranger Seeking Classic Redemption

Wednesday, 22nd June 2016

Meanwhile, highly regarded colt US Army Ranger will lead a four-horse attack for trainer Aidan O'Brien in Saturday's Gr1 Irish Derby at The Curragh, reports Sky Sports. O'Brien will be hoping the blue-blooded son of Galileo and Irish Oaks winner Moonstone can go one better after finishing a narrow second behind the Aga Khan's Harzand in the English Derby earlier this month, when his inexperience seemed to count against him. "We are looking at having three or four runners," O'Brien said. "US Army Ranger and Idaho are our main two. They seem to be in good form since Epsom, and have come out of their races well." He added: "We couldn't be happier really. Shogun is in there and Port Douglas as well, but Deauville won't run. He'll go for the Eclipse or something like that...obviously the better the ground, the better it will suit us." O'Brien said US Army Ranger and his Ballydoyle stable-mates will have to bring their A-game if they wish to emerge a classic victor on Sunday. "You need a very good horse to win the Irish Derby, and you need to stay very well. There is nowhere to hide, and it's usually not very tactical," he said. "The pace is usually even, and the best horse always wins at the Curragh."

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