2016 WINS 130    2016 G1 WINS 16      LAST G1 WINNER       BRAVE ANNA      CHEVELEY PARK    




Circus Ring 4th at Fairyhouse 

A second lot Purchased by Coolmore at Goffs http://www.aidanobrienfansite.com/coolmore-sales.php .

Spirit of Valor & Leo Miner both now Non runners at Fairyhouse 

Ryan Moore booked to ride Alice Springs in the Sun Chariot Saturday

Highland Reel, Order Of St George and Found remain in Sunday's Qatar Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe for trainer Aidan O'Brien

David's Visit to the Curragh Sunday 25th September 2016 - Part One Beresford Colts http://www.aidanobrienfansite.com/david-betts-photography-2…

Chris Price Previews for Ballydoyle Runners At Fairyhouse Tuesday 27th September http://www.aidanobrienfansite.com/race-previews.php

Complete list of Coolmore & Partners Owned Juveniles Foaled in 2014 By Chris Palmer (UPDATE) http://www.aidanobrienfansite.com/coolmore-yearlings-2014.p…

Leading Sires Tables Updated in news section 

60 now signed up to Road to Cheltenham Comp - Deadline NOON October 1st > http://www.aidanobrienfansite.com/the-road-to-cheltenham.php 



 



 

 

 


 

 




 

 

Time/dateCourseDistanceClassHorseJockeyOdds
14:15 27th Sep 16Fairyhouse6fCircus Ring (IRE)D O'Brien SP
14:15 27th Sep 16Fairyhouse6fSpirit of Valor (USA)J A Heffernan SP
15:20 27th Sep 16Fairyhouse6fC1IstanD O'Brien SP
15:20 27th Sep 16Fairyhouse6fC1Leo Minor (USA)J A Heffernan
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DatePosRideRace detailsJockeySP
25/09/162/6Yucatan (IRE)Cur8f Sft C1D O'Brien10/1
25/09/161/6Capri (IRE)Cur8f Sft C1R L Moore8/11
25/09/163/6Exemplar (IRE)Cur8f Sft C1J A Heffernan3/1
25/09/161/9The Happy Prince (IRE)Cur6f Yld/Sft C1R L Moore11/4
25/09/167/10Wild Irish Rose (IRE)Cur7f Yld/Sft C1Anastasia O'Brien16/1
25/09/168/10Nutcracker Suite (IRE)Cur7f Yld/Sft C1R L Moore8/1
25/09/169/10Elizabeth Browning (IRE)Cur7f Yld/Sft C1J A Heffernan12/1
25/09/162/8Finn McCool (IRE)Cur7f Yld/SftR L Moore11/4
25/09/167/8The Eagle (IRE)Cur7f Yld/SftJ A Heffernan7/2





 



 


 


Aidan P O'Brien 1993 - 2016 (Career Records) (G1) 287 (G2) 119 (G3) 244 (T) 650

     2016 Wins (130Group One (16) Group 2 (10) Group 3 (18)  

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28/08/2016 INTELLIGENCE CROSS ROUND TOWER STAKES G3 
10/08/2016 ALICE SPRINGS MATRON STAKES G1
11/08/2016 CHURCHILL NATIONAL STAKES G1
23/09/2016 COUGAR MOUNTAIN JOEL STAKES G3
24/09/2016 BRAVE ANNA CHEVELEY PARK STAKES G1
25/09/2016 THE HAPPY PRINCE RENASCENCE STAKES G3
25/09/2016 CAPRI BERESFORD STAKES 






 


 

 

                          
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MONTHLY WINNERS 2016

JANUARY -- Belong -- 2nd at Dundalk - MR -- 52% 

FEBRUARY -- Stone Mountain -- HR -- 47% 

MARCH -- Sea of Blue -- HR -- Awarded

APRIL -- US Army Ranger -- MR -- 23% 

MAY -- Minding -- 1000 Guineas -- 46%

JUNE -- Minding -- Oaks & Pretty Polly -- 53%

JULY -- The Gurkha -- Sussex Stakes -- 44%

AUGUST -- Seventh Heaven -- Yorkshire Oaks -- 52%




 



 





2016/17

Colt

Belgravia

Courage Under Fire - 7,2,3,2,5,1

Douglas Macarthur - 6,1,3

Taj Mahal - 6,3,3,2,7

The Swagman  

Filly,1

Brave Anna - 8,1,1,6,6,1  (G1 & G3)Image

Elizabeth Browning - 0,2,4,7,6,3,3

How - 9,3,2,2,6 SOLD

Key to my Heart - 0,3,3

Promise to be True - 1,1,5 (G3)Image

Runs 37

Wins 7

Win % 18.92

G1 (1) G2 (-) G3 (2) 

2015/16

COLT

Air Vice Marshal - 3,1,2,4,6

Celtic Chieftain -

General MacArthur - 5,1,5,4,1,7,4,2,7,8,0

Idaho - 1,4,2,3,3,2,1,U (G2)

Pietro Testa - 5,2,4

San Francisco  -

FILLY

Ballydoyle - 4,2,1,1,2,1,2,6,0,0  (G1)Image

Best In The World - 2,1,4,7,3,6,1,2 (G3)Image

Coolmore - 3,2,1,4,5,0,5,3,0 (G3)Image

Minding - 2,1,2,1,1,1,2,1,1,1,3 (G1)Image

Seventh Heaven - 7,4,1,1,6,1,1 (G1)Image

Runs 70 Wins 22  - Win % 31.43

G1 (9) G2 (2) G3 (2)  

 Horses to Follow News

Brave Anna wins 1st G1 of our 2016/17 horses to follow list 







 



Updated Sires Tables 



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Alice Springs a possible for the Sun Chariot by Red 26th September 

Alice Springs and Persuasive could clash again

Dual Group One winner Alice Springs is one of 10 fillies in contention for Saturday's  Group 1 Kingdom of Bahrain Sun Chariot Stakes at Newmarket.

Aidan's filly broke her top-level duck with victory in the Falmouth Stakes on the July Course during the summer and while she disappointed on her next start in the Prix Rothschild at Deauville, she bounced back with a superb display in the Matron Stakes at Leopardstown.

She could renew rivalries this weekend with the John Gosden-trained Persuasive, who was unbeaten in her first five starts before filling the runner-up spot in the Matron.

This is a race Aidan has won in the past with Halfway to Heaven in 2008.


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Qipco Champions series 2016 standings: - Ballydoyle horses

Fillies and Mares-
1st = Minding (IRE)  RATING  120 WIN-2ND-3RD (3-0-0)
2nd = Seventh Heaven (IRE) RATING 119 WIN-2ND-3RD (1-0-0)
3rd = Alice Springs (IRE) RATING 115 WIN-2ND-3RD (1-0-2)
4th =  Found (IRE) RATING 114 WIN-2ND-3RD (0-3-0)

Long Distance - 
1st = Order of St George (IRE) RATING 119 WIN-2ND-3RD (1-0-0) 
4th = Housesofparliament (IRE) RATINg 113 WIN-2ND-3RD (0-0-1)

Middle Distance-
3rd = The Gurkha (IRE) RATING 121 WIN-2ND-3RD (1-2-0)
3rd = Highland Reel (IRE) RATING 121 WIN-2ND-3RD (1-1-0)
4th = Us Army Ranger (IRE) RATING 120 WIN-2ND-3RD (0-1-0)

Mile -
1st = The Gurkha (IRE) RATING 122 WIN-2ND-3RD (1-2-0)


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O'Brien trio set for Triomphe

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September 26 2016, 

Aidan O'Brien looks set to have three leading chances in next weekend's Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe.

The Chantilly showpiece is on the agenda for Gold Cup winner Order Of St George, together with King George VI And Queen Elizabeth Stakes victor Highland Reel and top-class filly Found, who has finished second on her last five outings, all at Group One level.

O'Brien's star three-year-old filly Minding has a number of options at Ascot on Champions Day.

The Ballydoyle trainer said: "Order Of St George, Found and Highland Reel are in the mix at the moment for the Arc.

"Minding may run next at Ascot. She has three options with the Fillies And Mares, Champion Stakes and the QEII.

"Promise To Be True could go for the Boussac (at Chantilly), and we will decide on other plans for France during the week."

Meanwhile, O'Brien reported his Cheveley Park Stakes one-two Brave Anna and Roly Poly to have taken their exertions at Newmarket on Saturday well.

He added: "All the horses have come out of their races well at Newmarket yesterday.

"The two fillies, Brave Anna and Roly Poly, could go to the Breeders' Cup. Fast ground in Santa Anita would suit them."



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A.P.O'Brien career Stats Updated 




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650 & Counting 




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I Think im right in saying Aidan becomes the first trainer in history to break the £6 million mark 




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The Group Ones in UK A.P.O'Brien has so far failed to win 




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Liscanna  is a Yummy Mummy 




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Capri too good in Beresford 

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September 25th 

Capri provided Aidan O'Brien with his sixth successive win in the Juddmonte Beresford Stakes and 16th in all at the Curragh.

The Ballydoyle trainer was responsible for four of the six runners in the one mile Group Two contest and his team duly filled the first three places.

It was the Ryan Moore ridden 8/11 favourite who came out on top, scoring by three quarters of a length from Yucatan.

It was hard work in the testing conditions and third home Exemplar deserves credit having been in the firing line throughout with fellow pacesetter Escape Clause weakening out of contention some way from home.

Moore moved his Galileo colt - the most experienced of the principals - towards the stands' side and he kept on gamely in the testing conditions to follow up last month's Listed win at Tipperary.

Encouragement can certainly be taken for the future for Capri, Yucatan, and Exemplar, all sons of the mighty Galileo.

"I was very impressed with all three colts. They went a nice pace and came up the middle so they had to learn," reported O'Brien.

"Capri is a nice moving horse and should prefer better ground. All three should definitely get a mile and a quarter, and if they are good over that they should get a mile and a half. They are all bred for it.

"Ryan was very happy. He kept quickening and was surprised they came with him.

"Next week could be a bit quick for them to run again but we certainly will look at the Racing Post for all three.

"You learn the same as we do when we run them against each other. Sometimes we get surprised and sometimes not."

Paddy Power go 10/1 from 16/1 about Capri for the Derby. Aidan O'Brien is 5/6 to win the big one at Epsom with the same firm.


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From a Pawper to a Prince 


©Healy Racing Photos

September 25th

The Happy Prince kept on gamely to win the Group Three Renaissance Stakes for Aidan O'Brien and Ryan Moore at the Curragh.

The four-year-old has has been running consistently this season and gained due rewards for his efforts with victory in the Group Three contest.

A runner-up to Breton Rock over seven furlongs at Doncaster last time, he was always prominent under Moore on this drop back to sprinting and his stamina came into play in the closing stages.

The winner edged across to the rail inside the final furlong, forcing the chasing Flight Risk to switch to the outside but neither he, nor closer La Rioja, ever looked like getting on terms with the 11/4 favourite.

The winning margin was three parts of a length with Flight Risk holding British raider La Rioja for minor honours.

Aidan reflected in the aftermath: "He's definitely improving. Ryan said he would have no problem going back to five furlongs as he has plenty of speed.

"He's more straight forward and is really enjoying it now."



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Year by Year stats updated




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A Great addition to the Breeding Ranks a colt who left you with the feeling there was a lot more to come. He ticks all boxes





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1 2 for Ballydoyle as Brave Anna Wins the G1 Cheveley Park Roly Poly 2nd Aidan's first win in the race well done Mrs Evie Stockwell 



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Anna Stuns Aurelia in Cheveley 

Seamie Heffernan and Brave Anna get the better of a battle with Roly Poly to win the Cheveley Park Stakes, with Lady Aurelia (far left) fading into third.

September 24th 

Seamie Heffernan and Brave Anna get the better of a battle with Roly Poly to win the Cheveley Park Stakes, with Lady Aurelia (far left) fading into third.

Frankie Dettori sent the odds-on favourite to the front from the start and by halfway she was well more than three lengths clear. But on a windy day, the petrol tank read empty more quickly than Dettori would have hoped and she was a spent force by the furlong-pole.

It was at that point that Roly Poly and Brave Anna sailed past down the outside, but it was Seamie Heffernan aboard the 25/1 outsider who got the best of the photo finish by a short head. Lady Aurelia was back in third, with Queen Kindly a disappointing fourth.

Winning trainer Aidan O'Brien, successful for the first time in the race, said: "It takes a very good filly to win this and we were delighted. When they got together they helped each other.

"Wesley's filly is a very good filly and the wind out there probably didn't help her but our two fillies have been very good fillies all year.

"Seamie gave the winner a great ride and really got her into a flying rhythm.

"I'm not sure what happened in the Moyglare - maybe it was the seven furlongs, or maybe she just got a bit tired, but we always had faith in her.

"We knew there was going to be pace and there was a very strong pace."

On the other side of the winner's enclosure, Lady Aurelia's trainer Wesley Ward was left deflated.

"It's a humbling game," he told Channel 4 Racing. "With expectations come big disappointments.

"When he called on her, it just wasn't there for the last bit, but it's been a tough campaign. I'm not trying to make any excuses or take anything away from the two that beat her. But she's a special filly and we'll take her back and try and get her ready for the Commonwealth Cup at Ascot.

"I expected to win today. I laid it out there on everybody and when you do that... it happens."



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Aidan out to lay his Cheveley park ghost to rest by Red


The Connolly's Red Mills Cheveley Park Stakes is one of the few Group 1's missing from Aidan's record of top-level prizes and either Roly Poly or Brave Anna will attempt to right that wrong  today.

A daughter of War Front and multiple Group 1 winner Misty For Me, Roly Poly goes into this as the winner of three of her six starts, with two of her victories having come at Group level.

Winner of the Group 3 Grangecon Stud Stakes at the Curragh and the Group 2 Duchess of Cambridge Stakes at Newmarket, the filly finished second in the Group 2 Lowther Stakes at York behind Queen Kindly whom she meets again today.

Aidan said: "Roly Poly is a hardy, consistent filly. We've been happy with her since York and she's going there in good form."

 Brave Anna the War Front fillies last two runs have been disappointing, Aidan believes that dropping down in trip from seven furlongs will suit the Albany Stakes winner. Aidan said: "She had a good break after her Royal Ascot win. We think going seven furlongs might have caught her out and that dropping back in trip will help."



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COUGAR MOUNTAIN Storms home in the Joel Stakes



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Cougar comes good in Joel Stakes 


September 23rd 

Aidan O'Brien won the Shadwell Joel Stakes at Newmarket for the first time since 2001 with Cougar Mountain (15/2).

Mick Kinane was the man in the saddle that day but Ryan Moore was doing the steering and told Channel 4 Racing that he always felt he would take the prize.

"It was a funny race but it always felt like he would win today," he said. "It went well for him and he thoroughly deserved it.

"He's run in very good races [this season] and ran in some very good races last year. He's held his form very well."

Gifted Master adopted his usual position at the head of affairs and kicked clear of the pack after being given a breather with favourite Nathra notably struggling at the rear of the field.

Ryan Moore made a shrewd move just before halfway in the mile contest when he moved up from the rear to track the leader and the son of Fastnet Rock picked up strongly for Moore to hit the front a furlong out and he went on to win by three and a quarter lengths.

Nathra finished out of the places but did stay on late in the day to take third.

Kevin Buckley, representing the winning owners, said: "We came here hoping, we knew he'd come out of his race at Doncaster in good form and he likes good to firm ground.

"Personally, I think he's probably better over the mile trip. He's always been knocking on the door, always been there or thereabouts and we're very happy with that.

"He's a bit of a character, a likeable rogue. We're going to have to go in search of that ground again and we might have a look at the QEII on Champions Day if the ground is suitable alternatively we could go over to Santa Anita for the Breeders' Cup Mile."





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Aidan sends a strong Quartet to the Beresford by Red

Capri, ridden by Seamie Heffernan, wins at Galway.


Aidan  is responsible for four of the seven runners as he bids to enhance his impressive record in Sunday's Group 2 Juddmonte Beresford Stakes at the Curragh.


Aidan has saddled an incredible 15 previous winners of the prestigious juvenile prize, including the last five, and heading this year's assault is the exciting Capri. Runner-up on his Curragh debut in July, the Galileo colt opened his account in some style at the Galway Festival before landing a Listed prize at Tipperary in early August. He steps up to Grade Two level this weekend and is the chosen mount of Ryan Moore.


Aidan is also represented by the impeccably-bred course-and-distance scorer Yucatan  with Donnacha O'Brien, Tipperary maiden winner Latin Beat with Colm O'Donoghue and another Galway victor Exemplar the mount of Seamie Heffernan.


Dermot Weld and Pat Smullen team up with dual winner Firey Speech, who was runner-up in a Group Three at Leopardstown a fortnight ago.


Joseph's Eagle Spirit and Jessica Harrington's Escape Clause, supplemented following a debut success at Listowel, complete the field.


Aidan has won this in the past in  


1996 Johan Cruyff , 1997 Saratoga Springs 1998 Festival Hall, 1999 Lermontov, 2000 Turnberry Isle , 2001 Castle Gandolfo,  2004 Albert Hall , 2005 Septimus, 2006 Eagle Mountain, 2009 St Nicholas Abbey, 2011 David Livingston , 2012 Battle of Marengo, 2013 Geoffrey Chaucer, 2014 Ol' Man River and 2015 Port Douglas.



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Douglas MacArthur & The Anvil in Royal Lodge, Roly Poly & Brave Anna in Cheverley Park & Peace Envoy & Intelligence Cross in Middle Park. Jockey bookings - Ryan rides Dougie Mac, Heff on The Anvil - Ryan on Peace Envoy, Heff on Intelligence Cross - Ryan on Roly Poly, Heff on Brave Anna



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Aidan double handed in Royal Lodge

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22nd September 

O'Brien is double-handed in his bid to win a sixth Juddmonte Royal Lodge Stakes at Newmarket on Saturday.

Royal Kingdom (1999), Mutinyonthebounty (2001), Admiralofthefleet (2006), Joshua Tree (2009) and Daddy Long Legs (2011) are all previous winners of the Group Two contest for the Ballydoyle maestro and his main contender for this year's renewal appears to be Douglas Macarthur.

The Galileo colt looked every inch a top-class prospect when opening his account at Leopardstown in July, but was beaten into third when odds-on for a Group Three at Foxrock a fortnight ago.

O'Brien also saddles The Anvil, who remains a maiden after placed efforts at the Curragh and Doncaster.

The trainer's son Joseph is also represented, with Arcada an interesting contender.

The son of Rip Van Winkle beat the exciting Capri when opening his account at the Curragh during the summer and was not disgraced when third of four runners in the Futurity Stakes on his latest outing.

Godolphin fire a twin assault, with Charlie Appleby's Kempton winner Bay Of Poets joined by the Hugo Palmer-trained Best Of Days, who was narrowly beaten when an odds-on favourite for the Acomb Stakes at York last month.

Mark Johnston runs four-time winner Montataire, while the hat-trick seeking Kings Gift steps up in class for Michael Dods.

Likely outsider Sea Fox, trained by David Evans, completes the eight-strong field.



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Super-Bred Hibiscus breaks her maiden tag in style at the Curragh 


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22nd September 

The Aidan O’Brien trained regally bred Hibiscus gained a valuable maiden win at the Curragh today, landing the Irish Blue Cross (Fillies) Maiden under jockey Seamie Heffernan.

A daughter of top stallion Galileo and out of disqualified 2010 1,000 Guneas first-past-the-post mare Jacqueline Quest, Hibiscus had finished second twice and third twice on her four previous starts and today scored a length and a half win over Green Or Black.

O’Brien wasn’t present but following the race Heffernan stated “she got bogged down on the heavy ground (at Listowel) last week but came out of the race well. She came home well, and hopefully she can get black type now.”


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Aidan Double handed in Cheveley 

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22nd September 

Aidan O'Brien will be represented by Brave Anna and Roly Poly in the Connolly's Red Mills Cheveley Park Stakes at Newmarket on Saturday

Brave Anna won the Albany Stakes at the Royal meeting but has since been disappointing, while Roly Poly claimed the Duchess of Cambridge Stakes on the July Course before finding Queen Kindly too strong in the Lowther Stakes at York.

Michael O'Callaghan's Holy Cat also crosses the Irish Sea and t he raiding trio face unbeaten American filly Lady Aurelia in the six-runner event.

After providing trainer Wesley Ward with another Royal Ascot winner after a scintillating performance in the Queen Mary Stakes, the daughter of Scat Daddy returned home before journeying back to Europe to contest the Prix Morny at Deauville.

Tackling six furlongs for the first time, Lady Aurelia was less spectacular in France than in Berkshire, but connections have been in bullish mood ahead of her latest assignment on the Rowley Mile.

Heading the home challenge for the Group One contest is the Richard Fahey-trained Frankel filly Queen Kindly, while David Simcock's Pellucid completes the field.



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Aidan O'Brien Yearly Winners 


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Sugarloaf Mountain set for his debut at Roscommon on Monday the 2 year old half Brother to G1 winner Bracelet and G2 winner Wading


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Timeform Global Rankings European Division Ballydoyle Spotlight & News Update 21/9/16




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The Gurkha unfulfilled Potential by Red

Galileo's son The Gurkha retires to Coolmore stud for the 2017 season after illness curtails his all too brief racing career.

He underwent colic surgery successfully in early August. He was a winner of 3 of his 6 starts having never ran as a 2 year old due to illness.

The Gurkha started his career with a 3rd in a Leopardstown maiden and ended his career at Goodwood in the Group 1 Qatar Sussex stakes beating Galileo Gold and Ribchester. He put up an impressive 5 and a half length victory in the Group 1 Poule d'essai des Poulains.

He showed true flashes of brilliance in his all too brief career who knows how high he could have gone.

The Gurkha is a brother to Group 3 placed Queen Nefertiti.


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Courage lands the odds and breaks maiden at Naas 


Courage Under Fire by David Betts Photography

Courage Under Fire, a 105-rated and Group 1 placed son of War Front, got off the mark at the sixth attempt when victorious in the Irish Stallion Farms E.B.F. Maiden at Naas.

Donnacha O'Brien rode the Ballydoyle-trained 9/10 chance for his father Aidan, and Courage Under Fire made most for a half a length win over Porto Ferro.

Porto Ferro kept on well in the closing stages without matching Courage Under Fire.

"He was entitled to do that off his rating. He was probably a little bit lazy in front and faster ground would help him," said the winning rider.

"An extra furlong would be no problem at all. Seven probably stretched him in England."


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Cougar Mountain heads to Newmarket

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September 21st

Trainer Aidan O'Brien relies upon the five-year-old after withdrawing his other entry, Long Island Sound, at the final declaration stage.

Among a field of six is dual Group One winner Amazing Maria, who was supplemented for the Group Two over a mile at the confirmation stage.

Her trainer David O'Meara is also represented by Custom Cut, the winner in 2014 and runner-up to Time Test 12 months ago.

A trio of three-year-olds - Sir Michael Stoute's Forge, the Hugo Palmer-trained Gifted Master and Nathra from John Gosden's stable - make up the sextet.


         

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Highland Reel, Order Of St George, Sir Isaac Newton the remaining three Coolmore horses in both Caulfield Cup & Cox Plate


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Peace Envoy and Intelligence Cross to run in Middle Park.


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Check out our Tattersalls Yearling Sales Book One AOBFS Top 20 Shortlist here > http://www.aidanobrienfansite.com/tattersalls-book-one.php .



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Aidan chases 16th win in the Berresford

September 20th 

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Exemplar looks exciting 

Aidan O'Brien aims for his 16th win in the Juddmonte Berresford stakes on Sunday.

With 15 wins in the Juddmonte Beresford Stakes, trainer Aidan O'Brien aims to add another victory to his belt 

Aidan O’Brien will attempt to win the Juddmonte Beresford Stakes for an incredible 16th time and for a sixth season in a row when racing returns to the Curragh on Sunday.

The Group 2 contest has an elite roll of honour and among the 17 entries that stood their ground on Tuesday is the O’Brien-trained Capri who features prominently in the betting for the 2017 Derby.

O’Brien is responsible for nine of the remaining entries and also included is Douglas Macarthur and Exemplar.

Fresh from saddling his first Group 1 winner on the flat, Joseph O’Brien will be hoping to deny his father, Aidan, once again and has left Curragh maiden winner Arcada in the Beresford Stakes alongside Eagle Spirit.


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Caravaggio runs out of time by Red



Aidan confirmed on Monday that the unbeaten Caravaggio, a best-priced 6-1 for the 2,000 Guineas, will not run again this season after being held-up by a muscle problem.

He said: "Caravaggio tweaked a muscle in his ribcage and was on the easy list for a while. He's fine again but we've run out of time with him and we've decided against running him again this season."


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Order of St George faces possible Arc tilt by Red



Part-owner Lloyd Williams stressed it was highly unlikely that Order Of St George will run in the Emirates Melbourne Cup.

Aidan's Ascot Gold Cup winner has entered quarantine at his Ballydoyle base, but Williams insists a tilt at the Group 1 Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe at Chantilly was still the main target.

He said: "He's a 95 per cent chance of not coming to Australia but he has gone into quarantine. He's more than likely to run in the Arc, but he's in quarantine as an insurance as the Arc is being run in Chantilly this year and so we'll keep an eye on the weather and the track."

Order Of St George had won six races on the spin, but suffered a shock defeat on Irish Champions Weekend at the Curragh when Wicklow Brave beat him half a length in the Group 1 Irish St Leger.

The four-year-old colt,who would have to carry top weight in the Melbourne Cup, featured among 58 horses in the hunt for the Caulfield Cup on October 15.

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Caravaggio absent from Middle Park at Newmarket

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September 19th 

O'Brien is responsible for five of the 16 juveniles confirmed for Saturday's Juddmonte Middle Park Stakes at Newmarket - but Caravaggio is not among them.

The master of Ballydoyle is set to bid for a record fifth victory in the six-furlong Group One and Caravaggio would have been his main hope if lining up on the Rowley Mile.

However, O'Brien revealed last month his unbeaten Coventry and Phoenix Stakes hero could miss the rest of the season after suffering a minor setback and he is not among those to stand their ground.

In his absence, the trainer could call on impressive Round Tower Stakes winner Intelligence Cross, as well as Courage Under Fire, Leo Minor, Peace Envoy and Sportsmanship.


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