ON a day when Aidan O’Brien carried all before him, Padraig Beggy’s uncanny knack of conjuring the best out of seemingly unfancied Ballydoyle representatives was again in evidence as the 12/1 outsider of the field Cormorant bagged the Group 3 Derrinstown Stud Derby Trial Stakes to set up a possible overseas classic assault.

As he looked to begin the day with four winners in a row, O’Brien supplied three of the runners in the day’s feature. The least fancied of these was Cormorant who lined up in first-time blinkers and held a rating of 95 after performing to a solid standard in four runs as a juvenile.