Bolshoi Ballet Profile
|Born||Apr 08, 2018|
Aidan O'Brien's Bolshoi Ballet entered the 2021 Epsom Derby in strong form and was seen as the 11/8 favourite, but he disappointed massively, finishing seventh.
Bolshoi Ballet was Aidan O'Brien's only horse in the Derby, leading many to believe that he was going to be a potential superstar. However, he did not take to the ground and despite initially tracking the leaders, he was outpaced from two furlongs out and tailed off to finish 17 lengths behind the winner Adayar.
Bolshoi Ballet's impressive beginnings
In the first race of his career, on October 3, 2020, Bolshoi Ballet came third in the British Stallion Studs EBF Maiden Stakes. Priced at 10/3 and ridden by Ryan Moore, he was beaten by two lengths by Mystical Dawn.
Just 13 days later, he claimed his maiden victory at Leopardstown in the Irish Stallion Farms EBF (C & G) Maiden. He led the race early and despite being joined after two furlongs, it was an impressive showing as he ultimately stretched clear in the final furlong, winning in a time of 1m 48.22s.
On October 24, Bolshoi Ballet raced for the first time in France in the Group One Criterium de Saint-Cloud. He came in fifth, two-and-a-quarter lengths behind the winner Gear Up.
In his first race of 2021 on April 11, Bolshoi Ballet won the Group Three P.W. McGrath Memorial Ballysax Stakes at Leopardstown. Priced as the 2/1 favourite, he raced well and went on to take victory by two-and-a-quarter lengths over Flying Visit.
Bolshoi Ballet won back-to-back races at Leopardstown after claiming victory in the May 9 Group Three Derrinstown Stud Derby Trial Stakes. For the second race in a row, he was ridden by Ryan Moore and ran a strong race to claim victory by six lengths over Lough Derg. Moore was again on board for the Derby.
Aidan O'Brien, Ryan Moore and Bolshoi Ballet's connections
Aidan O'Brien has been the private trainer at Ballydoyle Stables since 1996. His first major success came in the same year, when Desert King won the National Stakes. Desert King went on to win the Irish 2,000 Guineas the following year. In 2012, O'Brien and his son Joseph became the first father-son/trainer-jockey combination to win The Derby with Camelot.
In 2016, O'Brien's horses won a record seven races at Royal Ascot while in 2017, he trained a world record 28 Group or Grade One winners in the same calendar year, smashing Bobby Frankel's 2003 total of 25.
O'Brien is the most successful trainer in the Epsom Derby, having won the race eight times.
Bolshoi Ballet is owned by Michael B. Tabor, Mrs. John 'Susan' Magnier, Derrick Smith and Westerburg. In the last five seasons, they have won over 150 races.
Collectively they own Coolmore, which is the world's largest breeding operation of Thoroughbred horses. It was founded in 1975 by John Magnier.
Magnier, also known as "The Boss", is Ireland's leading Thoroughbred stud owner. Whilst his wealth is speculated, he is believed to be worth close to €4billion making him one of the richest men in Ireland.
Tabor is a British businessman who regularly appears in the Sunday Times Top 100 Rich List as one of the richest people in Great Britain. He is one of only four men to have raced a winner of both the Epsom and the Kentucky Derbies.
Smith made his money in currency trading. He currently resides in Barbados and has been a member of the Coolmore group since the mid 2000s.
Ryan Moore is an English flat racing jockey, who was Champion Jockey in 2006, 2008 and 2009. He is first choice jockey for O'Brien's Ballydoyle operation. He has over 1,000 career wins and has twice won both the 2,000 Guineas (2015 and 2017) and Epsom Derby (2010 and 2013).
His other races wins include the 1000 Guineas (2012, 2015, 2016 and 2020), the Epsom Oaks (2010, 2016 and 2020), the St Leger Stakes (2017 and 2018) and the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes (2009 and 2016).
Moore has also enjoyed success abroad, winning the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe twice (2010 and 2016), the Japan Cup in 2013, the Melbourne Cup in 2014 and the Breeders' Cup Turf on four occasions (2008, 2009, 2013 and 2015).
Bolshoi Ballet's pedigree
Bolshoi Ballet was sired by Galileo and his dam is Alta Anna.
Galileo is a retired Irish Thoroughbred racehorse. He is best known for winning The Derby, Irish Derby and KIng George VI and Queen Elizabeth Diamond Stakes. In 2001, he was named the European Champion Three-Year-Old Colt.
Alta Anna did not race but has a strong progeny. As well as Bolshoi Ballet, she is the dam of four-time race winner Southern France along with multiple other race winning horses.