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Antepost Movers: Bolshoi Ballet moves into second favouritism for the Derby

Bolshoi Ballet made a winning start to life as a three-year-old at Leopardstown this weekend and is now second-favourite for the Derby

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Ryan Moore celebrates with the trophy after winning The Investec Derby onboard Ruler of the World

Aidan O’Brien’s Bolshoi Ballet was made a second favourite for the Epsom Derby following his victory in the P.W. McGrath Memorial Ballysax Stakes at Leopardstown on Sunday afternoon.

A winner at the track before, the Galileo colt saw off O’reilly back in October – a rival who had earlier won on the card this weekend.

Will Aidan O’Brien land a third Epsom Derby win in a row through Bolshoi Ballet?

He perhaps disappointed up in trip when sent for a Group 1 at Saint-Cloud at the end of 2020, finishing fifth of seven, but made a winning return as a three-year-old under Ryan Moore as the Classic talk heated up.

WATCH: BOLSHOI BALLET SEES OFF ALLCOMERS IN THE BALLYSAX STAKES AT LEOPARDSTOWN [CREDIT: RACING TV]

Bolshoi Ballet is one of five Ballydoyle contenders who currently top the bill for the Epsom Derby this June.

Fellow Coolmore quarter High Definition, Wembley, Battleground and Van Gogh also feature at the top of the betting for the fourth Classic of the season.

Horse Racing - Derby Festival - Epsom Downs Racecourse, Epsom, Britain - July 4, 2020 Serpentine ridden by Emmet McNamara wins the Investec Derby, as racing resumed behind closed doors after the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) Bill Selwy
Can Bolshoi Ballet emulate stable-mate Serpentine and take the 2021 Derby?

Last year’s renewal was won by Serpentine and Emmet McNamara.