Aidan O'Brien is aiming to win his 6th Epsom Derby and the master of Ballydoyle is set to unleash Kilimanjaro, who was a fine winner of the Lingfield Derby Trial and the son of High Chaparral is now aiming to bag the most coveted Flat prize in British racing.
- 9th May 2015 - Lingfield Park - Lingfield Derby Trial (Listed) - 1m 3f - 1st
- 24th April 2015 - Dundalk - Horse Racing 15th May Maiden - 1m 2f - 1st
Kilimanjaro may not have headed into this season as one of the leading Derby contenders for the Aidan O'Brien team as every season they have an abundance of classy colts that are pencilled in to the Epsom Classic, but in recent months Kilimanjaro has well and truly propelled into the Derby picture.
Unable to win as a juvenile, the High Chaparral colt kicked off his campaign with victory in a maiden event at Dundalk, but it was his defeat of stablemate Christophermarlowe in the Lingfield Derby Trial that saw him announce himself on the Derby picture and he's entitled to improve again.
He stayed on in eye-catching fashion in that Listed event at Lingfield and Ryan Moore was certainly bullish about his potential to improve over the summer and if he can build on that win, the still lightly-raced performer could prove to be a lively outsider in the Epsom Derby betting.
|96-11||Kilimanjaro||102||6||Aidan O'Brien||Joseph O'Brien||20/1|
VERDICT: Kilimanjaro impressed when landing the Lingfield Derby Trial, but he didn't beat much in terms of quality that day and there's a lot stronger form lines out there, but in Aidan O'Brien he has the master trainer behind him and he's entitled to improve and could make the frame.