The Group 3 Derrinstown Stud Derby Trial Stakes has a strong history of producing horses who go on to win at higher levels, and the 2019 edition of this ten-furlong test went to Broome, a first-crop son of dual Derby hero Australia (by Galileo). His stable companions Blenheim Palace and Sovereign chased him home, with the Dermot Weld-trained Rakan fourth.
The margins were two and a half lengths, half a length, one and three-quarter lengths, and three-parts of a length, with Donnacha O'Brien riding the winner for his father, Aidan, and his brother Joseph's Buckhurst the one who finished fifth – another Australia colt.
Broome was an eight-length winner of the Group 3 P.W. McGrath Memorial Ballysax Stakes over the same course and distance last month, was a neck runner-up to Royal Marine in the Group 1 Prix Jean-Luc Lagardere over a mile at ParisLongchamp in October, and chased home Madhmoon in a Group 2 over the same trip at Leopardstown the time before that. He has won three of his seven starts.
The early-February-born colt, whom his trainer has described as being "lazy", is one of the ante-post favourites for next month's Group 1 Investec Derby at Epsom and, as you might expect, he also holds entries in the Group 1 Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby and Group 1 Coral-Eclipse Stakes.
He was bred by Epona Bloodstock Ltd, is a 150,000gns graduate of the Tattersalls December Yearling Sale, and he is the best of several winners out of Sweepstake (by Acclamation). She won the Listed National Stakes over five furlongs as a two-year-old, two months before she picked up third place in the Group 3 Princess Margaret Stakes over six at Ascot, but was a Grade 3-placed stakes winner over eight and a half furlongs in the USA as a three-year-old.
Her dam, Dust Flicker (by Suave Dancer), is a full-sister to the Group 3 Prix de la Nonette winner Dust Dancer, a half-sister to Group 1-placed stakes winner Zimzalabim (by Damister), and half-sister to Group 3 Fred Darling Stakes scorer Bulaxie (by Bustino), and so Broome is related to a host of talented horses, including a successful member of the Coolmore stallion team.
Bulaxie's star performer was the Group 2 Premio Lydia Tesio winner Claxon (by Caerleon) and the best of her descendants include Grade 3 winner and Group 1 Nassau Stakes runner-up Cassydora (by Darshaan), multiple middle-distance Irish Group 3 scorer Ernest Hemingway (by Galileo), and mile juvenile Group 3 winner Toulifaut (by Frankel).
Dust Dancer, on the other hand, has three offspring of particular note. Spotlight (by Dr Fong) won the Grade 2 Lake Placid Handicap before going on to become the dam of the pattern-winning sprinter Projection (by Acclamation), and Dusty Answer (by Zafonic) is the stakes-placed dam of Group 2 Oaks d'Italia runner-up Counterclaim (by Pivotal).
The third one is Tyranny (by Machiavellian). Although she was a dual winner with no blacktype, she is the dam of juvenile Group 3 scorer Wilshire Boulevard (by Holy Roman Emperor) – who is at stud in Scandinavia – Group 2 winner and Group 1 Irish Derby runner-up Rostropovich (by Frankel), and Group 1 Phoenix Stakes winner Zoffany (by Dansili).
Now aged 11, that talented sprinter-miler has had 27 stakes winners so far, headed by the classic-placed Group 1 scorer Ventura Storm. They also include the high-class sprinter and new-for-2019 Bearstone Stud stallion Washington DC, and the talented filly Who's Steph, already a pattern-placed stakes winner this year.
Broome looks like he'll stay 12 furlongs, although the distaff side of his family casts slight doubt over him beyond ten. His sire's other first-crop stakes winners are the juvenile Group 2 scorer Beyond Reason and last month's Group 3 bet365 Classic Trial winner Bangkok, whereas the Group 1-placed pair Sydney Opera House and Western Australia are awaiting their first blacktype success.
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