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Luxembourg earned winter Derby favoritism with a clear-cut victory in the Vertem Futurity Trophy (G1) over a mile at Doncaster Oct. 23.

However, it’s the Derby (G1) at Epsom, rather than Churchill Downs, that the oddsmakers around the world are predicting the Aidan O’Brien-trained Camelot colt to star in.

Fresh from success in the Beresford S. (G2), another 2022 European Road to the Kentucky Derby feature, Luxembourg was an odds-on favorite in the eight-horse field and duly prevailed, coming through strongly from midfield to win by 1 34 lengths.

Sissoko took second placing for O’Brien’s son Donnacha, earning four points on the 2022 European Road table. The slightly unlucky Bayside Boy took two points for finishing third, while Hannibal Barca earned one point for his fourth-place finish.

Luxembourg’s female family is responsible for a number of outstanding turf runners, but a couple of notable dirt performers appear on that side of the pedigree as well. His second dam, a daughter of 1985 Kentucky Derby romper Spend a Buck, is a half-sister Arcangues, the shock French-trained 133-1 winner of the 1993 Breeders’ Cup Classic (G1).

Connections of Sissoki, Bayside Boy, and Hannibal Barca have also indicated European turf targets for their charges as spring three-year-olds rather than aiming at Churchill Downs.

By Alastair Bull