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Joseph O'Brien steered Imperial Monarch to victory in the bet365 Classic Trial at Sandown

Updated: Saturday, 28 Apr 2012 17:29

Imperial Monarch, brought wide all the way by Joseph O'Brien, landed the Sandown Classic Trial
Imperial Monarch, brought wide all the way by Joseph O'Brien, landed the Sandown Classic Trial

Joseph O'Brien's gamble on going the long way round on Imperial Monarch paid off with victory in the bet365 Classic Trial.

The young jockey kept the once-raced son of Galileo, trained by his father Aidan, wide all the way while his three rivals stayed to the far side.

Despite giving many lengths away, the 11-8 favourite was able to find his way to the front where it mattered.

He went on defeat Thought Worthy by a length and three-quarters and maintain his unbeaten record.

O'Brien jnr told Racing UK: "We had a look at the wide outside and it was nicer ground out there. There are tyre tracks all the way round and the ground is much more compact.

"The ground is bottomless down the inside and barely raceable. I was very happy where I was. I was a good six or eight lengths back turning in but I was very happy where I was.

"Me, my dad and Paul Smith discussed it in the parade ring and we decided to take the chance. He's a nice horse. I was saving a lot of energy and I was travelling a lot better than those on the inside."

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