After his spectacular victory on Saturday in the Derby at Epsom, connections of Australia will be considering the next steps for their Classic winner Australia this year.
The three-year old improved from a step up from 1m in the 2000 Guineas at Newmarket to 1m4f at Epsom for the biggest race on the British flat calendar. He was able to score by just under two lengths ahead of Kingston Hill and Romsdal, respectively after going off as the favourite at Betfair.
Trainer Aidan O’Brien has already hinted that a shot at the Irish Derby is a likely option next, if ground conditions fall right. The Irishman will not risk his superstar colt on soft side at the Curragh though.
O’Brien has been successful in the Irish Derby in seven of the last eight runnings and if Australia was to win the Curragh showpiece event, it would be the trainer’s 11th win in the contest.
Looking further ahead into the season and the Prix de L’Arc de Triomphe is often the destination for the Derby winner from Epsom. Run over 1m4f at Longchamp, Australia would be taking on the best middle distance horses in Europe with betting currently available with Betfair.
O’Brien has only won the Arc once in which Dylan Thomas gave him success in 2007 to reward backers in the race market. In 2012, Camelot attempted to win Europe’s premier race after victory at Epsom but fell short, while 12 months ago his hopes were on Ruler of the World and Leading Light but neither could get in the frame.
Another option for the Derby winner could be to step back down in trip as the 1m2f Coral-Eclipse at Sandown on the calendar this summer. Sea The Stars won that prestigious Group One contest in 2009 after his victory at Epsom and before later success in the Arc in France.