Aristotle on Track

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Byline: COLIN MACKENZIE

ARISTOTLE, Ireland's leading Vodafone Derby hope, will be fitted with a special chifney bit to prevent him repeating his Longchamp antics when he veered violently left in last month's Prix Grefuhle and was disqualified.

Trainer Aidan O'Brien was adamant yesterday that his colt will adapt to Epsom's undulating contours but added that the new bit on his bridle will make life easier for jockey Michael Kinane and give him more control.

O'Brien, who has had four previous runners at Epsom - the closest finisher being Saffron Walden in seventh last year - thinks Aristotle will become his first Blue Riband hero.

'He has matured and has gone the right way,' O'Brien said as we watched Aristotle take a turn around Ballydoyle's own version of Tattenham Corner.

'We canter him round our Tattenham Corner every morning to get him used to changing his legs. Michael (Kinane) will ride him in four more serious pieces of work before the Derby. …