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WEEKEND CLASSIC CLUES | Bolshoi Ballet storms home in the Derrinstown Derby Trial at Leopardstown

Aidan O’Brien’s talented sort was made favourite for The Derby after a top-draw performance at Leopardstown

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Bolshoi Ballet flew into favouritism for the Derby after dismantling the field with ease in the Group 3 Derrinstown Derby Trial at Leopardstown.

The three-year-old was slashed down to 13/8 for next month’s Classic at Epsom Downs, as Aidan O’Brien’s exciting prospect made light work of the opposition on Sunday afternoon.

WATCH: BOLSHOI BALLET STORMS HOME IN THE DERRINSTOWN DERBY TRIAL AT LEOPARDSTOWN [CREDIT: RACING TV]

The son of Galileo tracked the pace-setter Wexford Soil and pushed into the lead with three furlongs remaining.

The colt then produced a rapid turn of foot to pull away from the rest of the pack, charging down the home straight to win comfortably by six lengths and claim his third victory at the Leopardstown track.

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Aidan O’Brien recorded a four-timer on the Leopardstown card on Sunday

Stablemate Lough Derg plugged on for second, while Group 1 winner Mac Swiney could only manage fourth.

Third Realm presented his Classic credentials at Lingfield on Saturday, with the three-year-old claiming the Derby Trial thanks to a top-class ride from David Egan.

WATCH: THIRD REALM WINS THE LINGFIELD DERBY TRIAL FOR ROGER VARIAN [CREDIT: ATTHERACES]

The son of Sea The Stars was held at the back for the majority of the contest but his jockey kicked his mount on around the home bend to make an early challenge, taking the lead as they entered the straight.

Roger Varian’s colt kept on well and fought off the advances of Charlie Appleby’s Adayar to win by a length and three quarters.

Third Realm was smashed down from 66/1 to 10s for the Derby next month, while Adayar drifted out to 33/1.

Archie Watson’s Sherbet Lemon claimed success in the Lingfield Oaks Trial and saw her price cut from 66s to 33/1, while Joan Of Arc was trimmed from 25/1 to 10s following her victory in the Irish 1,000 Guineas Trial for Aidan O’Brien.

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