THE Irish Derby fell to a pair of young brothers from the famed O’Brien family as Latrobe sprang a 14-1 surprise. The previously low-profile colt is trained by 25-year-old Joseph and was ridden by 19-year-old Donnacha, the pair combining to defeat their father, Aidan, who trained the next four horses home.
Saxon Warrior, winner of the 2000 Guineas and fourth in the Epsom Derby, had to settle for third as the even-money favourite.
It was a third Classic success of the season for Donnacha O’Brien, who rode Saxon Warrior for his father in the Guineas at Newmarket and also won the Oaks at Epsom on Forever Together.
The victory gave Joseph O’Brien his first as a trainer in a race he won twice as a jockey, aboard Camelot (2012) and Australia (2014).
Appropriately, Latrobe is a son of Camelot and was also winning in the Lloyd Williams colours that Joseph O’Brien sent out to victory in the Melbourne Cup through Rewilding.
Donnacha O’Brien said: “It’s pretty incredible and it’s not really sinking in yet. It’s a special moment.”
Aidan O’Brien said of Saxon Warrior: “We’ll probably give him a little rest and obviously the Juddmonte (International, at York) and the Irish Champion are the races we’ve been looking at with him.”