Broome rounded off a week of classic trial domination for Aidan O’Brien with a stylish victory in the Derrinstown Stud Derby Trial at Leopardstown on Sunday.
Hot on the heels of wins for Sir Dragonet, Circus Maximus and Anthony Van Dyck, the Donnacha O’Brien-ridden Broome was sent off the 2/5 favourite to enhance his own Epsom claims, having impressed first time out in the Ballysax Stakes over this course and distance.
His supporters could have been forgiven to having a nervous moment or two rounding the bend as he was niggled along a touch, but the son of Australia made ominous progress from two out and was well on top with 100 yards to travel.
He ultimately ran out a smart two-and-a-half-length winner from stablemate Blenheim Palace, who kept on well after cutting out the early pace.
Hazapour gave Dermot Weld an eighth Comer Group International Amethyst Stakes triumph with an authoritative display in the Group 3 contest.
Weld’s second string Zuenoon was rushed to the front after Dunkirk Harbour had broke smartly to lead briefly.
Oisin Orr moved Hazapour into third place and soon was in a strong position before setting sail for home early in the straight.
Verbal Dexterity pressed hard, but could not match Hazapour (2/1 favourite), who crossed the line two and a half lengths to the good, to back up his victory in the Derrinstown Stud Derby Trial on this card 12 months ago.
He was supplying Weld with a quick double following Baladiya’s win in the opening six-furlong maiden. “That’s his right trip. He did it well and got a nice ride from Oisin,” said Weld. “I was pretty confident that he’d win and he did what we thought he’d do. It’s upwards and forwards.
“I just wanted to see him at group level today over a mile and if everything goes well we’ll move on now for a Group 2 or Group 1 for him. That will be next.”
He added: “We’re very pleased with the way he performed. We have no definite plans, it’s possible he could go to Royal Ascot for the Queen Anne.
“I thought he would progress from the first run (behind Magical in the Alleged Stakes) and I think he’ll progress again from today.”
The Aga Khan colours were carried to victory for a third time on the afternoon when the Michael Halford-trained Hamariyna (by Sea The Moon) won the Derrinstown Stud 1000 Guineas Trial under Ronan Whelan.