Joseph Brien: Hoping for a good comeback run from Irish Derby winner Latrobe
Joseph O'Brien has four runners at Naas on Saturday afternoon including last season's Irish Derby winner Latrobe. Here are his thoughts on them all...
"The Tattersalls Gold Cup at the Curragh on May 26th is his first big target, so all being well he'll make a good comeback here."
Joseph O'Brien on Latrobe
Likeable colt has a bright future
13:50 - Phase after Phase
Phase By Phase will be our first two-year-old runner of the season and we are looking forward to getting them going. He is a likeable colt by a very good sire in Siyouni and he shows ability. He had an away day last week and came out of that well, so he is ready to start. As is always the case with our horses, he can be expected to need the experience. If one of ours wins first time out, they tend to be either very smart or the race was weak! Hopefully he'll show plenty of promise with a view to the future.
Drying ground would help but he will improve for the run
16:00 - No Needs Never
No Needs Never showed up well from an early stage of last season and it was great to see him progress into a Listed winner later in the campaign. We had hoped to start him back against his own age group at Leopardstown last weekend, but the ground was softer than ideal there, so we will run him here against his elders instead. It looks quite a strong renewal of this race with Romanised and Le Brivido amongst others, but it should give us a good guide as to what level No Needs Never is at.
We have put a tongue tie on him, which is something we do with a lot of our horses. It rarely does them any harm and it can be a help to some of them, so we are never shy about trying it. I would expect No Needs Never to improve on whatever he does, so hopefully he will have a good positive return with the future in mind. Any drying in the ground would be a help to him.
Hoping for a good comeback from our stable star
16:35 - Latrobe
Latrobe was our star of last season, winning the Irish Derby and going close in both the Irish St Leger at the Curragh and the Mackinnon Stakes at Flemington. Physically, he'll have every chance of having improved from three to four and I've been very happy with him since he's come back from his break.
This is a tough starting point for him as he has two other Group 1 winners in opposition in Magical and his Irish St Leger conqueror Flag Of Honour. He showed in the Mackinnon that he is effective over a mile-and-a-quarter and the ease in the ground won't be a problem for him.
The Tattersalls Gold Cup at the Curragh on May 26th is his first big target, so all being well he'll make a good comeback here.
Break has done him good
17:45 - Arthurian Flame
Arthurian Fame had a solid campaign last season, but he wasn't the easiest horse to work out in terms of his best trip. He has been gelded since his last run and he looks fairly handicapped on the best of his form last season. The break has done him good and I'd be hopeful he can be progressive this season. He'll appreciate the ease in the ground and hopefully he can make a good start to his season.