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Heavy conditions at Tipperary

 By Alan MageeWed 1st May 2013, 09:12

Aidan O'Brien, plenty of fancied runners at Tipperary today
Aidan O'Brien, plenty of fancied runners at Tipperary today
(Healy Racing Photos)
The going is sure to be testing at Tipperary this evening where an all-Flat card kicks off a two-day meeting.

The ground is described as heavy (soft in places) for the seven-race fixture which gets underway at 5.15pm, while there is a mixed card tomorrow evening.

The going is currently soft (heavy in places) on the hurdle track at Tipperary.

Meanwhile the Curragh hosts a potentially highly-informative meeting next Monday with the prospect of Camelot and Parish Hall meeting in the Mooresbridge Stakes.

There is further Group 3 action on the card with fillies going on trial for the Etihad Airways Irish 1000 Guineas in the Athasi Stakes.

The going is currently yielding to soft on the round course and soft on the straight course.


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Reply heads strong O'Brien team at Tipperary

Wed 1st May 2013, 09:20

Reply scoring at the Curragh as a juvenile
Reply scoring at the Curragh as a juvenile
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Former Classic-placed colt Reply takes a big drop in class at Tipperary this evening as he seeks his first success in 19 months.

Aidan O'Brien's charge was good enough to finish third behind Power in the Irish 2,000 Guineas last year, but his form tailed off since and he was last seen when last in the Golden Shaheen in Dubai last month.

The Ballydoyle handler is evidently looking for a confidence-boosting win and it will be disappointing if he cannot account for his rivals in the Follow Tipperary Races On Facebook Race

O'Brien also sends Line Drummer to the track for the Fundraising Events At Tipperary Races Handicap, and he will be aiming to pick up where he left off after winning a heavy-ground heat over course and distance at the end of last term.

He may lack the edge over recent Limerick scorer Diesel Ten and Caesaria, who backed up his Curragh triumph with a third placing at Naas.

There could be several duels between O'Brien and Dermot Weld on the card, with choicely bred newcomers Freewheel and Resolute Response locking horns in the Events At Tipperary Racecourse Maiden.

Weld's recent Naas victor Pay Day Kitten tackles the O'Brien-trained Kingdom in the Follow TipperaryRaces On Twitter Handicap.

However, Kingdom was put in his place by Jim Bolger's Morning With Ivan when the pair clashed at Leopardstown, and a 5lb pull in the weights may not be enough for him to gain his revenge.

O'Brien sends two for the Book Online At TipperaryRaces.ie Maiden, with newcomer Victory Song joined by Agreement.

Hurricane Sky and Benalex Park both won at Gowran on Sunday and now clash under 5lb penalties in the TipperaryRaces.com Handicap, while The Four Elms is aiming to supplement a Limerick win in the Youth Raceday On 6th June Handicap.



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Moth supplemented for 1000 Guineas

Mon 29th Apr 2013, 13:05

Moth pictured on her way to victory at the Curragh earlier this month
Moth pictured on her way to victory at the Curragh earlier this month
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The Aidan O'Brien-trained Moth has been added to the field for the QIPCO 1000 Guineas at the six-day declaration stage after being supplemented at a cost of £30,000.

Unconsidered for the race at 66/1 before her reappearance victory in a Curragh maiden, that success was evidently enough to see connections decide to throw her into the mix at Newmarket.

Stablemates Magical Dream and Snow Queen have also been left in the contest as possible starters, but it is the Sir Henry Cecil-trained Hot Snap, the winner of the Nell Gwyn Stakes at Newmarket earlier this month, who heads the betting.

Runner-up Sky Lantern and third-home Winning Express are set to re-oppose from that race, while another leading fancy Just The Judge was also in action at the Craven meeting - but only in order to take part in a racecourse gallop.

French-trained possibles What A Name and Celtic Filly are both possible starters among a field of 18.

 

 


 

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Indian swoops from last to first

 By Donal MurphyMon 15th Apr 2013, 16:42

Indian Chief & Joseph O'Brien in full flow
Indian Chief & Joseph O'Brien in full flow
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Indian Chief showed an impressive turn of foot to win the opening race at Leopardstown this evening, the Bulmers Live Summer Racedays 2013 3yo Maiden, for Aidan & Joseph O’Brien.

Sent off the 4/7 favourite, the son of Montjeu, had just one run last year finishing second to subsequent French Group 1 winner Loch Garman at Navan.

His debut run was over a mile and stepped up in trip to one and a quarter miles today he was settled in rear as Dubai Deer attempted to make all under Chris Hayes for Paul Deegan.

Indian Chief made smooth progress as they turned for home and once Joseph O’Brien asked him to go on, he quickly went to the front inside the final furlong, going on to score comfortably by two lengths.

Dubai Deer ran a fine race to finish second at 8/1 while so did the Jessica Harrington trained newcomer Protestant, who finished a further length and a half back in third at 25/1 under Fran Berry.

Aidan O'Brien said afterwards: "I was afraid as last year he ran into Jim's horse (Loch Garman) and he emptied out.

"For a Montjeu colt he has plenty of speed. They went a steady gallop and he quickened up well. Being dropped in last in a slowly run race you might think it’s not the right place to be but he picked up easily.

"He might be a Dante (Dante Stakes, York May 16th) horse and the fellow who won here yesterday (Battle Of Marengo) might come back here."

The winner is now 20/1 (from 33's) with Stan James for the Derby.

(Additional reporting by Gary Carson)

 

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St Nic's lead horse secures Ballydoyle treble

 By Thomas WeekesSun 14th Apr 2013, 17:39

Justification and Joseph O'Brien
Justification and Joseph O'Brien
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Aidan O'Brien and his son Joseph completed a treble on a good day's work for the Ballydoyle men at Leopardstown today when St Nicholas Abbey's lead horseJustification landed the concluding Leopardstown Club Members Handicap.

Justification, which cost 550,000Gns as a yearling, had been absent for 233 days but showed no rustiness, wearing down front running Whatuthink in the straight before holding off that rival's renewed effort close home for a three parts of a length win.

O'Brien, earlier successful with top class prospects Declaration Of War and Battle Of Marengo, later revealed “he (Justification) was leading St Nicholas Abbey at home last year so he'd a tough job!

“He was nicely in today and he had to stay (in winning), as the second horse was coming back at him. He'll go for another handicap next.”

Quotes from Alan Magee

 

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Marengo enhances his Derby prospects

 By Thomas WeekesSun 14th Apr 2013, 16:42

Battle Of Marengo
Battle Of Marengo
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Battle Of Marengo enhanced his Epsom Derby prospects with a win in the Group 3 P.W. McGrath Memorial Ballysax Stakes at Leopardstown today, scoring a double on the day for trainer Aidan O'Brien and his jockey son Joseph O'Brien.

The son of Galileo stretched his unbeaten record to four when readily giving away 5lbs to four rivals, improving past leader Sugar Boy two furlongs out before passing the post a length and three parts in front of that rival.

Aidan O'Brien Snr stated “it's very heavy ground today and you'd have to be delighted with that - as a start off you couldn't ask him to do any more.”

“He's a lovely mover and you'd have to say he'd prefer good ground. He'll come back here for the Derrinstown Derby Trial next month.”

Boylesports later cut Battle Of Marengo to 8/1 (from 12s) for the Epsom Derby although Paddy Power left him unchanged at 12s for the same race.

The win was completing a double for Ballydoyle having earlier had success withDeclaration Of War.

Quotes from Alan Magee



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Aidan declares War!

 By Thomas WeekesSun 14th Apr 2013, 15:38

Declaration Of War (left) and Joseph O'Brien
Declaration Of War (left) and Joseph O'Brien
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Testing conditions proved no obstacle forAidan O'Brien trained Declaration Of War in the Listed Heritage Stakes at Leopardstown today, earning his place in the Group 1 Lockinge Stakes next month.

The son of War Front, under Joseph O'Brien, drifted markedly in the betting (from odds-on out to 6/4) as the ground became gradually worse but he quickened well to lead a furlong out before readily defeatingBold Thady Quill with 5/6 favourite Sweet Lightening well held in fourth.

Aidan O'Brien stated “we're going to go for the Lockinge at Newbury and that was the plan coming here. He wants fast ground and its a bit surprise that he went on that. He is so strong though - a big powerful horse and I'd imagine he'll come on from that run.”

Quotes from Alan Magee





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O'Brien: Kingsbarns fighting time

Sun 14th Apr 2013, 15:47

Kingsbarns
Kingsbarns
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Aidan O'Brien concedes he is "fighting time" in his bid to get Kingsbarns to the Investec Derby.

Already ruled out of the Qipco 2000 Guineas, it is hoped the winter favourite for the premier Classic could still make a Derby trial but the Ballydoyle trainer revealed any prep race would be left as close to the June 1 Epsom showpiece as possible.

O'Brien told At The Races: "We dreamed he could have been a Triple Crown horse this year, but that wasn't to be.

"He was always the horse we were dreaming about but things haven't gone well with him, we hoped to have him at the Curragh (to gallop) a couple of weeks ago, but he didn't make it and we are just struggling a little bit to get him 100 per cent.

"He's in the pool a lot and we are trying to catch up. He's no chance of making the Guineas, anyway.

"You can never be confident (of getting to the Derby) and I'd imagine it (a Derby trial) will be a late one, because it is time we are fighting with him. It (a trial) will probably be as close to the Derby as we can get because we want to give him as much time to get back as we can really.

"It's far from ideal that we got stopped when we did, he was totally stopped for 10 days. We are forcing as much as we can without risking the horse because we always thought he was very special."

 

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Salvador continues on an upward curve

 By Alan MageeThu 11th Apr 2013, 20:07

El Salvador proves too strong for Voleuse De Coeurs
El Salvador proves too strong for Voleuse De Coeurs
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El Salvador completed a hat-trick this year when making all in the mile and a half Summer Twilight Nights Race to complete a double on the day for Aidan and Joseph O’Brien.

Successful on his previous two outings on the polytrack at Dundalk, the Galileo colt coped very well with the much different ground conditions here and dictated matters from the front.

The well-backed evens favourite Voleuse De Coeurs travelled well into the straight but last year’s Cesarewitch winner was unable to make any inroads into the two-length advantage held by the winner.

El Salvador (15/8) stayed on strongly inside the final furlong to record a two and a quarter lengths winning margin, with Chicago another five and a half lengths adrift in third.

The field was reduced to just four runners after Encrypted Message (lame) and Military Bowl (change in ground conditions) were both taken out.

Aidan O’Brien said, “That isn't his ground and he wants it better. There is a big engine in there and I'd say he is a fair horse. He kept picking up and picking up and he'll come back here for the Martin Molony Stakes (on June 21)."

The O’Brien’s earlier initiated their double with 2/7 chance Marchese Marconi in the mile and three furlongs maiden.

Additional reporting by Thomas Weekes

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Marconi atones for recent defeat

 By Alan MageeThu 11th Apr 2013, 19:15

The seven-runner field race pass the packed stand at Limerick
The seven-runner field race pass the packed stand at Limerick
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Odds-on punters had their fingers burned twice earlier in the evening but Marchese Marconi, who failed when a 1/5 favourite at Dundalk last week, had few worries in justifying odds of 2/7 in the mile and three furlongs maiden.

Trained in Ballydoyle by Aidan O’Brien and ridden by his son Joseph, the Galileo colt was sent to the front off the home turn.

He galloped on strongly in the testing ground to comfortably account for chief market rival Prima Vista (7/2) by four and a quarter lengths, with newcomer Vimkeeping on late to take third another eight lengths adrift.

Aidan O’Brien said, “He was very raw and babyish in Dundalk and the cheek-pieces just helped him to concentrate. He was a long time off before the Dundalk run and the ground might have been an issue - he was staying on to the line then though.”

Joseph O’Brien commented, “He’s a big immature horse who will improve with racing. Hopefully he can progress up through the ranks, and who knows where he’ll wind up. He’s a fine big horse.

“He was a bit lazy and idle last time, and probably a bit green as well. He had the cheek-pieces today and they just helped him to travel.”

Additional reporting by Thomas Weekes


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Limonade could be better at three

Wed 10th Apr 2013, 20:48

Count Of Limonade leaves Love And Cherish and Eusepio in his wake at Dundalk
Count Of Limonade leaves Love And Cherish and Eusepio in his wake at Dundalk
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Aidan and Joseph O'Brien doubled their tally in the bookings@dundalkstadium.com Handicap when Count Of Limonade put up a good performance to score, adding to the earlier Ballydoyle gains with Master

Speaker.

The betting wasn't much help to punters in the four runner affair as David Wachman's Love And Cherish was the one for money, contracting into 4/5 from 6/4 this morning.

In the face of that support, Count Of Limonade went in the opposite direction, from 5/4 in the offices first thing out to a starting price of 2/1.

Champion Joseph O'Brien kept things simple from the front on the top-weight and he eventually won going away from Love And Cherish, by two and a half lengths.

Aidan O'Brien summed up things by saying: "I'm delighted with that. Those Dukes (sire Duke Of Marmalade) seem to improve from two to three.

"He won twice last year with good tough performances. The Duke was like that himself – a hardy, tough horse.

"He'll step up to a conditions or a listed race and he wouldn't mind going a mile and a quarter."

Fergal Lynch weighed in 1.9 pounds over-weight on the third placed Eusepio and he received a one day ban as it was his second offence of this nature.(GC & EM)

 

 

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A bit green but job done by Master Speaker

Wed 10th Apr 2013, 19:21

Master Speaker was too strong at the finish for In Salutem at Dundalk
Master Speaker was too strong at the finish for In Salutem at Dundalk
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Master Speaker had to be asked a question or two by Joseph O'Brien but he was nicely on top at the finish to justify odds of 1/5 in the www.dundalkstadium.com Maiden.

Experienced and consistent, In Salutem set out to make all and he had the hot-pot on the stretch from the two furlong pole.

However the once-previously-raced Master Speaker got the message inside the final furlong and he found another gear to prevail by a length and a half.

Winning trainer Aidan O'Brien said: "He won nicely. He was a bit green but the surface was new to him." (GC & EM)

 

 









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Joseph ready for War

Sat 13th Apr 2013, 11:11

Declaration Of War winning at Dundalk
Declaration Of War winning at Dundalk
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Joseph O'Brien is looking forward to partnering Declaration Of War on his seasonal reappearance in an interesting Heritage Stakes at Leopardstown on Sunday.

A two-time winner as a juvenile when trained in France by Jean-Claude Rouget, the four-year-old was raced sparingly during his first season in Ireland.

Aidan O'Brien's American-bred colt was ultimately well beaten by the admirable Famous Name on his Irish debut at the Curragh in September, but went on to win his next two starts, including the Group Three Diamond Stakes on the all-weather at Dundalk.

He faces five rivals over a mile on his return in this Listed event, with O'Brien also saddling perennial pacemaker Windsor Palace.

"I'm looking forward to riding him," said the champion jockey.

"He's a massive, big horse, who takes plenty of work, so hopefully he's ready enough to do himself justice.

"He won at Dundalk towards the end of last season and although he only won half a length, he did it very easy.

"Hopefully the ground isn't too bad as he's really a good ground horse."

Declaration Of War's biggest threat would appear to be Tommy Carmody's Sweet Lightning, so impressive in the Irish Lincolnshire at the Curragh three weeks ago.

His jockey Johnny Murtagh said: "He was very good at the Curragh and he's stepping back up to Listed class now. We've been very happy with him since his last run and hopefully he'll run another good race.

"There is big talk about Aidan's horse and he looks smart, so he's probably the one we all have to beat."

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O'Brien discusses plans for his big names

Tue 9th Apr 2013, 11:13

Aidan and Joseph O'Brien with Camelot
Aidan and Joseph O'Brien with Camelot
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Aidan O'Brien has mapped out an early-season plan for his dual Derby winner Camelot that will culminate with an appearance at Royal Ascot.

Camelot also won the 2000 Guineas in a stellar three-year-old campaign and was just denied the Triple Crown by Encke in the St Leger, before being unplaced in the Arc.

Shortly after his trip to France he developed colic but has made a full recovery and was seen moving well in a public gallop at the Curragh recently.

"I've been delighted with him since he came back, he's shown all the speed and the class that he always had," O'Brien told At The Races.

"I'm really looking forward to him. I think he'll come back to the Curragh for the Mooresbridge (May 6), if everything then goes well hopefully he'll go to the Tattersalls (Gold Cup) and then he might go to the Prince of Wales's.

"If everything goes well that is what we are thinking for the early part of the season."

O'Brien also had news of his two Dubai winners, St Nicholas Abbey and Lines Of Battle.

"Races like the Coronation Cup and the King George are likely for St Nick, we experimented a bit last year with different ways of riding him and different trips but Joseph and Derrick (Smith) were adamant he wants to be ridden handy this year and that's what they did," said O'Brien.

"The plan for Lines Of Battle is the Kentucky Derby, he seems to have come out of the race well, travelled well and in an ideal world he would have preferred a better lead but that was the way the race worked out."

 


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O'Brien outlines Leopardstown plans

Wed 10th Apr 2013, 19:13

Battle Of Marengo
Battle Of Marengo
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Leopardstown host their renowned 'trial's day' this coming Sunday and it'll be another important afternoon for the Ballydoyle team as they finalise their classic plans.

Talking after Master Speaker scored at Dundalk, Aidan O'Brien outlined plans.

The County Wexford native said: "Battle Of Marengo will run in the Ballysax. He's in good form. We're happy with him and he's ready to start.

"We've always liked him and he's progressed nicely over the winter.

"The United States will run in the trial (the Leopardstown 2,000 Guineas Trial). He's in good form and ready to start as well.

"Snow Queen (a Leopardstown 1,000 Guineas Trial contender) is in good form whilst Declaration Of War will probably run in the stakes race (the Listed Heritage Stakes).

"George Vancouver (a Leopardstown 2,000 Guineas Trial entry) probably won't run." (GC & EM)




 

United States set for return

Sat 13th Apr 2013, 11:14

The United States (right) beating Dibayani
The United States (right) beating Dibayani
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The United States bids to build on a narrow debut success last season when he tackles the Leopardstown 2,000 Guineas Trial Stakes at the Dublin track on Sunday.

A half-brother to the classy filly Fire Lily, he is trainer Aidan O'Brien's sole representative from six original entries.

"He's only run once and Sunday will be his first run in a long time," said his jockey Joseph O'Brien.

"We're happy with him, he's ready to start off, but because he hasn't run in so long he might be a little bit rusty. That's why we're putting the cheekpieces on, just to sharpen him up a bit. Hopefully he'll run a nice race."

Dibayani was just a head behind The United States when the pair made their debuts at the Curragh in July.

After winning his second start over the same course and distance, Dibayani was placed behind smart sorts in First Cornerstone and Battle Of Marengo in Listed races after that.

His trainer Michael Halford is looking forward to the Shamardal colt returning to action.

"The United States beat us in a maiden at the Curragh last year, so it will be interesting to see that line of form. We're hoping for a good run from him," said Halford.

"We've been lucky in that we've not been held up. He's had a racecourse gallop so he's pretty forward."

Move To Strike looked a decent type when winning his maiden by nine lengths at the Curragh in May only to run below expectations when fourth in the Chesham Stakes at Royal Ascot.

"The run at Ascot is the only blot on his copybook and he's had a nice break since," said trainer Jim Bolger.

"He's done well (over the winter), he's in good form and I'm happy to let him take his chance."

Fort Knox led home a Richard Hannon-trained one-two-three in a Newbury maiden last October before joining Tommy Carmody's yard in County Kildare.

The Dubawi colt has been doing the right things at home, according to his rider Johnny Murtagh.

"He's a nice horse and won his maiden in Newbury nicely," said the jockey.

"We don't know a lot about him but he seems in good shape, we're happy with him at home and hoping for a good run from him."

 

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Battle Of Marengo ready for Ballysax

Fri 12th Apr 2013, 12:47

Battle Of Marengo
Battle Of Marengo
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Joseph O'Brien is hoping conditions at Leopardstown do not deteriorate ahead of Battle Of Marengo's highly-anticipated return to action in Sunday's PW McGrath Memorial Ballysax Stakes.

A winner of three of his four juvenile starts, Battle Of Marengo ploughed through the Curragh mud when signing off for the year in the usually-informative Beresford Stakes in late September.

However, O'Brien is sure his mount is far more effective on a sounder surface and he would prefer for the ground not to be too testing for Battle Of Marengo's three-year-old debut.

"He's in good form and he's just ready to start off. If he runs a nice race, we'll be happy," said Ireland's champion Flat jockey.

"I would be a little but worried if the ground went very soft. There's no denying he gets through it all right, but I've always thought he was a better horse on better ground.

"He's a lovely moving horse and the day he won in Leopardstown last year on good ground, my saddle slipped, I couldn't push him at all in the straight and he still broke the track record.

"For his first run back and his first run over a mile and a quarter, you wouldn't want the ground to be too bad."

Battle Of Marengo is one of two runners for the rider's father, Aidan O'Brien.

The master of Ballydoyle has saddled six previous winners of this recognised Derby trial, with subsequent Epsom heroes Galileo and High Chaparral both on the roll of honour, as well as the incredible Yeats.

The second O'Brien runner this weekend is the Seamie Heffernan-ridden Foundry, who created a big impression when making a winning debut at Leopardstown in early November.

Joseph O'Brien said: "He only had the one run towards the back-end of last year, but he couldn't have done it any easier than he did.

"Seamus was very impressed with him and we were all delighted, so hopefully he'll run a nice race on Sunday as well, but Battle Of Marengo is obviously the form horse."

 

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Kingsbarns update

Fri 12th Apr 2013, 12:53

Kingsbarns
Kingsbarns
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Joseph O'Brien has allayed fears about the well being of leading Investec Derby contender Kingsbarns.

The Galileo colt headed ante-post lists for the Epsom Classic throughout the winter following his thoroughly impressive display in the Racing Post Trophy at Doncaster, but trainer Aidan O'Brien revealed late last month his three-year-old had suffered a minor setback.

The master of Ballydoyle effectively ruled Kingsbarns out of the Qipco 2000 Guineas at Newmarket and he has been a notable drifter in the Derby betting in the last 24 hours, with some bookmakers promoting the Sir Michael Stoute-trained Telescope to outright favouritism.

However, the trainer's son Joseph, who rides another of his father's leading Derby hopes in Battle Of Marengo in Sunday's Ballysax Stakes at Leopardstown, reports Kingsbarns to be on course to take in one of the Derby trials.

He said: "I don't think there's any change to the situation we were in before. He's back cantering and we're hoping he'll be ready to run in a Derby trial somewhere. He was working very well before he had the setback and he's an exciting horse for this year."



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Vancouver tops Guineas Trial hopefuls

Tue 9th Apr 2013, 14:35

George Vancouver
George Vancouver
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Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf winner George Vancouver is the star name among the 18 entries for the 2,000 Guineas Trial at Leopardstown on Sunday.

Aidan O'Brien's Henrythenavigator colt - mentioned favourably by the trainer after galloping at the Curragh last month - was third to Dawn Approach in the Dewhurst before travelling to America, where he ran out a decisive winner.

O'Brien has also entered Festive Cheer, Flying The Flag, Francis Of Assisi, Magician and the once-raced The United States.

Jim Bolger has started the season in red-hot fashion and has Trading Leather, Dewhurst runner-up Leitir Mor, Move To Strike and Alpinist to choose from.

Mick Halford's Dibayani, Tommy Carmody's Fort Knox, High Octane from John Murphy's yard and David Wachman's Fighter Squadron are other interesting contenders.

Richard Hannon's Moyglare winner Sky Lantern is one of 14 possibles for the 1,000 Guineas Trial.

O'Brien is again strongly represented, with Snow Queen, Magical Dream and Greek Goddess all entered. Bolger's Bunairgead, John Oxx's What Style and Wachman's Hint Of A Tint all look promising types.

 

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Ruler Of The World starts his campaign well

 By Michael GrahamSun 7th Apr 2013, 18:19

Joseph O'Brien
Joseph O'Brien 
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Once the penny dropped Ruler Of The Worldshowed a good turn of foot to wear downManalapan in the three-year-old maiden and give Aidan and Joseph O’Brien a double at the Curragh.

The winning distance at the end of a mile and a quarter was a comfortable three parts of a length and Aidan O’Brien thinks he could be a horse with a future: “I’m delighted with that horse. He had a few little setbacks and that’s why he didn’t run at two.

“He’s lazy and he just does what he has to. We’ll step him up gradually. He’ll go for a conditions race next and we’ll go gently with him.

“He’s a lovely horse, a sleepy horse and there could be anything in there.”

Manalapan had forged on for home and only got caught close to the home. He was returned at 25/1 and was seven and a half lengths clear of St Jean in third also at 25/1.

Hudson’s Bay was the uneasy even money favourite (8/15 in morning trading). He had been fractious in the parade ring and reluctant to load and finished fourth.

There was an on course gamble on John Oxx’s unraced Jumaira Tower – 16/1 to 6/1. However, he was never dangerous in eighth.

Aidan and Joseph O'Brien had a Curragh double with Moth and Ruler Of The World.

Additional reporting by Gary Carson





Moth enters classic picture

 By Gary CarsonSun 7th Apr 2013, 15:12

Moth and Joseph O'Brien on their way to victory at the Curragh
Moth and Joseph O'Brien on their way to victory at the Curragh 
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Moth propelled herself into the Classic picture when running out an impressive winner of the fillies maiden at the Curragh this afternoon.

Joseph O'Brien settled the Galileo filly behind the leaders in the early stages before pulling wide for a run over a furlong out.

The 11/8 favourite quickened smartly to hit the front inside the final furlong and went away in the closing stages to post a four-and-a-half length winning margin.

The winner had been beaten favourite on two starts last term. She could now be supplemented for the 1,000 Guineas at Newmarket.

“She did it well. We thought she was nice last year but she got beat a few times,” said Aidan O'Brien afterwards.

“Obviously I was giving the wrong instructions and instead of making use of her she should have been held up.

“She's able to change gears. It was a slow run race and she came from behind which I imagine wouldn't have suited. She quickened up well.

“She could go for a trial or head straight to Newmarket for the Guineas. It depends on what happens.”

Moth has been introduced at 16/1 for the 1,000 Guineas at Newmarket by Stan James.

O'Brien also reported his colts on course for the 2,000 Guineas at Newmarket.

“The wheels are still on! Mars is still going that way and I'm very happy with Cristoforo Colombo. We also have George Vancouver and Pedro The Great and they are all still standing so far.”

 


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Aidan O'Brien

Aidan O'Brien: aims to run five in the Investec Derby on Saturday

 PICTURE: Mark Cranham (racingpost.com/photos)

O'Brien reveals jockeys for Epsom Derby quintet

AIDAN O'BRIEN has confirmed riding arrangements for the 2013 Investec Derby and has found berths for Ryan Moore and Richard Hughes but not Frankie Dettori.

O'Brien plans to have five runners in the Epsom Classic on Saturday with son, Joseph, confirmed to ride Battle Of Marengo, the Derrinstown Stud Derby Trial winner.

Magician will not be declared at Thursday morning's final stage after connections opted to aim the Irish 2,000 Guineas winner at the St James's Palace Stakes, also over a mile, at Royal Ascot next month.

Moore will be on Ruler Of The World, on whom he won the Chester Vase, with Hughes booked for Mars who finished sixth to red-hot Derby favourite Dawn Approach in the Qipco 2,000 Guineas.

Dettori will not be involved in Ballydoyle's riding arrangements for the Classic in which Seamie Heffernan will partner Festive Cheer with Colm O'Donoghue on Flying The Flag.

O'Brien said: "We discussed plans for Magician and decided to wait a bit longer before running him again. The Derby comes only a week after the Irish Guineas and while he came out of his win at the Curragh very well, it is a long season. We will train him for the St James's Palace Stakes.

"The plan is to have five runners in the Derby subject to all the horses passing their routine tests before declaration time in the morning."

Hughes is a rare accomplice for O'Brien in recent years but did ride for Ireland's champion trainer during the 2012 Breeders' Cup meeting at Santa Anita in November, partnering seventh-placed Lines Of Battle in the Juvenile Turf won by stablemate George Vancouver, who was ridden by Moore.

However, trainer and jockey have teamed up before in the Derby, in 2009, when O'Brien ran six in an attempt to topple Sea The Stars.

The bid proved unsuccessful but Hughes fared second best of the Ballydoyle sextet as Fame And Glory under Heffernan chased home the winner with Hughes next best on Masterofthehorse.



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No Magician in Epsom Derby say Coolmore

Wed 29th May 2013, 18:26

Magician is likely to miss the Epsom Derby
Magician is likely to miss the Epsom Derby
(Healy Racing Photos)
Irish 2000 Guineas winner Magician is set to sidestep Saturday's Investec Derby at Epsom, according to owners Coolmore Stud.

Trainer Aidan O'Brien raised the possibility of the Galileo colt bidding for a quickfire Classic double when leaving his Curragh hero in the Derby field at Monday's five-day stage.

However, with Coolmore having a further five runners in the mile-and-a-half contest, including long-time leading fancy Battle Of Marengo, Dee Stakes winner Magician is set to be saved for another day.

Coolmore tweeted: "At the moment Ballydoyle has 5 intended Epsom Derby runners (Battle Of Marengo, Festive Cheer, Flying The Flag, Ruler Of The World & Mars).

"It's possible this could change depending on how the horses are in the morning prior to declaration."



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O'Brien has two in Oaks

Wed 29th May 2013, 11:16

Moth represents Aidan O'Brien <br> in Friday's Oaks
Moth represents Aidan O'Brien 
in Friday's Oaks 
(Healy Racing Photos)
Aidan O'Brien saddles two runners in the Investec Oaks at Epsom on Friday, with son Joseph partnering 1000 Guineas third Moth in preference to runaway Cork maiden scorer Say (Seamie Heffernan).

O'Brien's Snow Queen was the only withdrawal from the confirmation stage. The Ballydoyle handler has saddled four previous Oaks winners, including last year's heroine Was.

Ante-post favourite Secret Gesture features among 11 fillies declared for a superb renewal of the Classic.

The daughter of Galileo shot to prominence for the mile-and-a-half feature with a devastating display in the Lingfield Oaks Trial and will bid to give trainer Ralph Beckett his second win in the race, following Look Here's triumph in five years ago.

Secret Gesture will carry the colours of Qatar Racing for the first time after Sheikh Fahad snapped up a half-share earlier this week, but Jim Crowley keeps the ride.

Beckett has an interesting second string to his bow in Pretty Polly winner Talent, the mount of Richard Hughes.

Hughie Morrison runs Cheshire Oaks winner Banoffee, supplemented at a cost of £30,000, while Sir Michael Stoute's Liber Nauticus was towards the head of the betting even before enhancing her claims with victory in the Musidora Stakes.

Michael Bell runs Madame Defarge and The Lark, with the field completed by Gertrude Versed, Roz and Miss You Too.




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Prix du Jockey Club (Gr.1) 1m2f Sunday 

Ballydoyle have 4 left in.


Festive Cheer, Flying The Flag, Indian Chief &
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Romans is King at the ninth attempt

 By Alan MageeMon 27th May 2013, 18:01

King Of The Romans strides clear for Joseph O'Brien
King Of The Romans strides clear for Joseph O'Brien
(Healy Racing Photos)
King Of the Romans is undoubtedly one of the lesser lights in Ballydoyle but, at the start of a big week for the yard, he got off the mark at the ninth time of asking at Ballinrobe in the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Median Auction Maiden.

The son of Holy Roman Emperor was sent straight to the front on leaving the stalls by Joseph O’Brien in this nine-furlong event but was headed around halfway byMadam Mo.

However the champion jockey got a great run up the inner entering the short straight to take it up again, and the 100/30 chance soon settled the issue to beat the staying on newcomer Modista (16/1) by three and three quarter lengths.

The frustrating Cocktail Hour (5/2) held every chance approaching the straight but was again found wanting in third, with 9/4 favourite Madam Mo also weakening to finish fourth.

Joseph O’Brien said afterwards, “I’m happy enough with that. He’d run well before and he was probably just coming up against better horses in those auction maidens.”

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Ballydoyle 6  

Magician, Mars, Battle Of Marengo, 

Ruler Of The World, Flying The Flag 

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Approach heads 15 Derby entries

Mon 27th May 2013, 13:29

Dawn Approach (Kevin Manning) winning the Qipco 2000 Guineas at Newmarket
Dawn Approach (Kevin Manning) winning the Qipco 2000 Guineas at Newmarket 
(Healy Racing Photos)
Dawn Approach will face a maximum of 14 opponents in Saturday's Investec Derby at Epsom after German raider Chopin was supplemented today.

Jim Bolger's unbeaten Qipco 2000 Guineas winner has stamina questions to answer on the Downs having never run over further than a mile, and even his effervescent trainer has admitted there is no guarantee he will stay a mile and a half.

However, he is a very short-priced favourite to add another Classic to his record.

He could at least face one surprise rival in the shape of Aidan O'Brien's Magician, an easy winner of the Irish 2,000 Guineas on Saturday, while German contender Chopin has been supplemented at a cost of £75,000 by Andreas Wohler.

O'Brien can also call on Derrinstown Trial winner Battle Of Marengo, Newmarket Guineas sixth Mars, unbeaten Chester Vase winner Ruler Of The World, Flying The Flag and Festive Cheer.

Andrew Oliver's First Cornerstone, who ran a pleasing race when fifth in the Irish Guineas on what was his seasonal reappearance, is another possible for Ireland along with David Wachman's Galileo Rock.

Andre Fabre took the spoils two years ago with Pour Moi and has followed a similar route to Epsom with Ocovango.

York's Dante Stakes is usually seen as the best trial in Britain and Elaine Burke's Libertarian won that in good style, beating Trading Leather, who has also been left in by Bolger.

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Light continues on the up

Sun 26th May 2013, 15:20

Leading Light beats Little White Cloud at the Curragh
Leading Light beats Little White Cloud at the Curragh
(Healy Racing Photos)
The progressive Leading Light toughed it out well from the front to justify odds of 4/6 in the Group 3 Airlie Stud Gallinule Stakes under Joseph O'Brien at the Curragh.

The win, bringing up a double for Ballydoyle after Sir John Hawkins' victory in the first, looked like it mightn't be achieved for a stride or two as Little White Cloud andCount Of Limonade tried their cases from the quarter mile pole.

However, despite left off the rail inside the last, the victorious Montjeu colt was well on top at the finish, prevailing by two and a quarter lengths.

Aidan O'Brien said: "He's a lazy horse. He doesn't mind going along in front and there's always plenty there when you want it.

"He has plenty of pace and he's able to get a position. He's a very straight-forward Montjeu – he can get a position early, travel along and he can be tough at the end.

"He's lazy that's why he wears the cheek-pieces. It helps him from being too lazy early on.

"He's a possible for Ascot or the Irish Derby. He wouldn't mind ten furlongs, a mile and a half or even two miles – I don't think it matters to him." (GC & EM)


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Derby "definitely possible" for Magician

Sun 26th May 2013, 14:50

Magician
Magician
(Healy Racing Photos)
Irish 2,000 Guineas hero Magician is to be left in the Investec Derby at the confirmation stage on Monday.

Previously impressive in winning the Dee Stakes at Chester over 10 furlongs, the Aidan O'Brien-trained colt dropped back to a mile on Saturday and ran out a stunning winner of the Curragh Classic.

Afterwards, Coolmore supremo John Magnier suggested - by his own admission "tongue in cheek" - that he could go for the Derby, while conceding that Royal Ascot and the St James's Palace Stakes would be the more obvious route.

However speaking at the Curragh on Sunday, O'Brien said: "He pulled out fine from the race and he'll be left in the Derby tomorrow.

"The lads haven't made a decision yet. They'll get all the information about how he is and then make a decision. It's definitely possible.

"It (a mile and a half) would be a bit of a concern with what he did yesterday as he showed so much speed, but he got a mile and a quarter easily at Chester and he has a relaxed way of galloping."

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Great start for Sir John at the Curragh

Sun 26th May 2013, 14:12

Sir John Hawkins (nearside) beat Intensified (middle) and Sudirman at the Curragh
Sir John Hawkins (nearside) beat Intensified (middle) and Sudirman at the Curragh
(Healy Racing Photos)
Sir John Hawkins lacks nothing on pedigree and despite a little market unease the juvenile made a most pleasing debut when landing the Big Bad Bob European Breeders Fund (C & G) Maiden at the Curragh.

The mating of Henrythenavigator and Peeping Fawn was a match made in heaven and with his tongue lolling out, their son, Sir John Hawkins did them proud when travelling well throughout before prevailing in the six furlong opener under Joseph O'Brien.

When asked for his effort from over a furlong out, Sir John Hawkins quickened well inside the last to eventually see off the fancied pair, Intensified (the second favourite) and the front-runner, Sudirman (10s this morning into 11/2) by three parts of a length and a head.

Aidan O'Brien, the winning trainer, said: "You'd have to be delighted with that. I was afraid he might be a bit babyish but he got a lovely lead and loves the fast ground.

"What can I say – he is by Henry out of Peeping Fawn – all I can do is destroy him after that!

"He'll have learned plenty from that. Whether Royal Ascot would come too quick I'm not sure.

"He has loads of speed. He was a bit green today but he'll learn more by being up there." (GC & EM)



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Spellbinding Magician takes another Classic for Galileo 
(25th May 2013)

The incredible Galileo was responsible for another Classic winner on Saturday when Magician (3c Galileo-Absolutelyfabulous, by Mozart) took the G1 Irish 2,000 Guineas at the Curragh in fantastic style.

Joseph O’Brien bided his time aboard the G3 Dee Stakes winner before taking the lead two furlongs from home and finishing three and a half lengths clear of stablemate Gale Force Ten.

“The key to him is fast ground. He settles very well and has a great attitude,” O’Brien told irishracing.com.

Magician is trained by O’Brien’s father Aidan, who was winning his 29th Irish Classic, and he suggested a trip to Royal Ascot could be next on the agenda.

“We always thought he was very smart and he has a lot of class. He has the movement and looks and is an exciting horse,” said the trainer. “He’s a beautiful horse and has a lot of options now. I imagine next week (the G1 Epsom Derby) might come too quick for him. We’ll look forward to Ascot. He could go for the G1 St James’s Palace Stakes.

“He’s a very straightforward horse at home. He’s very calm, but very sharp. He’s by Galileo which makes him extra special. He’s uncomplicated which is a great sign of a horse usually. Everybody saw what he did at Chester. A mile and a quarter is no problem to him. He’s built like a miler, but stays further.”

Out of the Mozart mare Absolutelyfabulous, Magician hails from the outstanding family of Henrythenavigator.

Another great day for Galileo continued at Goodwood when Frankel’s brother Noble Mission (4c Galileo-Kind, by Danehill) took the Listed Tapster Stakes by four lengths.


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Magician has all 2,000 Guineas aces

 By Michael GrahamSat 25th May 2013, 15:57

Magician romps home in the Irish 2,000 Guineas at the Curragh
Magician romps home in the Irish 2,000 Guineas at the Curragh
(Healy Racing Photos)
Magician showed his magic in the first Irish Classic of the season when decisively winning the 2,000 Guineas by three and a half lengths at 10/3.

Trading Leather and Kevin Manning set out to make the mile a proper test when racing into a clear lead.

He couldn’t keep up the pace though and when Joseph O’Brien sent his charge in pursuit two furlongs out the result was never in doubt.

A furlong and a half out Magician drew alongside Trading Leather and quickened away.

Gale Force Ten tried to chase him down, but could make no impact and had to settle for second at 7/1. He did though give Aidan O’Brien a one-two in the classic.

Trading Leather occupied third at 6/1 for Jim Bolger, beaten five lengths by the winner.

Joseph O’Brien commented: “The key to him fast ground. He settles very well and has a great attitude. You couldn’t say he wouldn’t stay further than a mile and a quarter.”

Aidan O’Brien said: “We always thought he was very smart and he has a lot of class. He has the movement and looks and is an exciting horse. You have to have a lot of speed in Chester [won Dee Stakes].

“Cristoforo Colombo wasn’t 100 per cent, but the owners made the right decision to come here with this horse. Joseph said he went to the line really strongly.

“He’s a beautiful horse and has a lot of options now. I imagine next week [Epsom Derby] might come too quick for him. We’ll look forward to Ascot. He could go for the St James’ Palace Stakes.

“He’s a very straightforward horse at home. He’s very calm, but very sharp. He’s by Galileo which makes him extra special. He’s uncomplicated which is a great sign of a horse usually.

“We are always happy when there’s pace on. It makes it more straightforward for everybody. To win a strongly run race over a mile at the Curragh you have to get a mile and a quarter.

“Everybody saw what he did at Chester. A mile and a quarter is no problem to him. He’s built like a miler, but stays further.”

Aidan O’Brien’s wife Anne Marie added: “He handled the ground very well. He closed the gap on the leader very easily. He has been working very well at home. Aidan had to rethink his plans for this race after Cristoforo Colombo had a setback.”

Owner John Magnier said: “Magician has plenty of pace in his breeding and has Galileo there too. We are really looking forward to Camelot tomorrow. The vets did a good job on him.”

Joseph O’Brien has had three rides in the Irish 2,000 Guineas and incredibly now three winners – Roderic O’Connor (2011), Power (2012) and Magician today. He now has ridden eight Irish classic winners in total.

This was a 29th Irish classic for Aidan O’Brien.

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Dettori in Ballydoyle mix

Sat 25th May 2013, 15:20

Frankie Dettori
Frankie Dettori
(Healy Racing Photos)

Aidan O'Brien has admitted Frankie Dettori is in the frame to ride for the stable this season.

The jockey is hoping to get clearance early next week from the French authorities to return to race-riding after his six-month worldwide ban and he has ridden work at Ballydoyle this spring.

Asked at the Curragh today if he would like to use Dettori this season, O'Brien said: "Absolutely, Frankie has always been a great rider, he still is and always will be."

O'Brien added that he hoped to finalise his Derby riding plans in the middle of the week.

He said: "We have a great team of riders and hopefully we will get the team sorted in middle of the week."

 


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Coach House moves through gears

 By Michael GrahamSat 25th May 2013, 14:41

Coach House and Joseph O'Brien in winning action at the Curragh
Coach House and Joseph O'Brien in winning action at the Curragh
(Healy Racing Photos)
Coach House put in a taking performance in the Listed Marble Hill at the Curragh when beating Club Wexford by a length and three parts.

Abbakova showed speed in this small but select field as she blazed a trail in the five furlong contest. However, at the furlong pole she was grabbed by Club Wexford and Coach House.

Joseph O’Brien asked Coach House to go on and the 4/6 favourite readily bounded away to put daylight between himself and Club Wexford (7/2).

Abbakova kept on for third at 16/1 under Pat Smullen, having been 33/1 in the morning.

Trainer Aidan O’Brien said: “We thought he was a nice horse. He won nicely last time. He’s a lovely two-year-old. He has speed enough for five so he has all the options at Royal Ascot.

“Joseph said he showed lots of speed and that he even got there a bit early on him. He’ll maybe get six or seven furlongs in time.”

Owner John Magnier added: “Maybe the five furlong Norfolk Stakes at Royal Ascot would be a race for him.”

Aidan O’Brien’s Stubbs was also due to contest this race, but was pulled out earlier today due to a stone bruise. This caused a shake-up in the market, but Coach House was still nicely backed down to 4/6.

Coach House improved O’Brien’s record in this race to nine wins from the last 15 renewals.

On his 2,000 Guineas favourite Magician, who runs at 3.20pm, Aidan O’Brien said: “He is in good form. He’s a good moving horse. A mile and a quarter on a sharp track at Chester would be equivalent to a mile here.”

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Glassatura turns over the hotpot

 By Michael GrahamSat 25th May 2013, 14:10

Glassatura, left, shows plenty of dash at the Curragh
Glassatura, left, shows plenty of dash at the Curragh
(Healy Racing Photos)
Bye Bye Birdie was nailed on the line by newcomer Glassatura (33/1) in the six furlong juvenile fillies maiden that got 2,000 Guineas day under way at the Curragh.

Glassatura was switched out to the centre of the track and sprouted wings in the final furlong under Shane Foley to wear down the 1/2 favourite who led throughout on the rail.

Joseph O’Brien on Bye Bye Birdie jumped out smartly from stall 12 and grabbed the stands-side rail in taking the field along.

A furlong and a half out he asked for more and it looked like the daughter of Oasis Dream would improve on her runner-up finish first-time out at Naas.

However, despite hitting 1/50 in-running, she couldn’t hold off Glassatura who was trapped behind horses before being switched out to deliver her challenge.

“She’s a very smart filly. She showed her class when she got out. She appreciated the six furlongs and she’ll improve a lot,” Shane Foley commented.

Trainer Michael Halford said: “She has shown us plenty form the start at home. We do like her and she could go on to better things. She got the trip well. She might go up in trip not back.

“We’ll step her up into a Listed race at Naas [3rd June]. We wanted to get a nice introduction into her and she did well to win from where she was.

“Shane said she was keen going to the start so he dropped her in and she was probably further back than he wanted to be.

“She accelerated well when she got into the clear. I expect her to come on from the run.”

Glassatura won by a neck from Bye Bye Birdie with Tap Dancing (13/2) a further three parts of a length away in third for David Wachman and Wayne Lordan.

The winner paid almost 67/1 on the Tote.

Patty Paige was withdrawn not under orders, after becoming restless in the stalls.

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Starspangled retired for the second time

Fri 24th May 2013, 09:19

Starspangledbanner on his way to victory in the 2010 Diamond Jubilee Stakes at Royal Ascot
Starspangledbanner on his way to victory in the 2010 Diamond Jubilee Stakes at Royal Ascot
(Healy Racing Photos)
Starspangledbanner is set to stand at Rosemont Stud in Australia after being retired from racing for the second time.

The seven-year-old was a Group One performer in Australia before being purchased by the Coolmore team and switched to the care of Aidan O'Brien in 2010.

He won the Diamond Jubilee Stakes at Royal Ascot that year as well as the July Cup before eventually being retired that autumn.

However, he returned to training last season after suffering fertility problems but failed to recapture his best in six starts, most recently finishing well down the field in Dubai.

Despite Starspangledbanner's previous problems, Rosemont principal Anthony Mithen is optimistic about his chances of a successful career at stud following the resurgence of another stallion, Foreplay, who also suffered fertility issues.

He said: "We will be trying some new fertility techniques that weren't available when Star last stood at stud. He is a little older and more mature and we take some real heart from the job that was done on Foreplay.

"Our bloodstock manager Dean Harvey oversaw the transformation of Foreplay from a sub-fertile stallion to a real commercial option, now batting at close to 80% fertility. Stem cell treatment really helped and from what we understand, Starspangledbanner and Foreplay's areas of concern are very similar," he told www.rosemontstud.com.au.

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Dettori hopes for Derby return

Thu 23rd May 2013, 21:35

Frankie Dettori
Frankie Dettori
(Healy Racing Photos)
Frankie Dettori still hopes to be able to ride at next week's Investec Derby meeting after making some progress towards having his licence reinstated.

The 42-year-old rider had planned to be back in action this week after serving a six-month ban handed out by France Galop after he tested positive for cocaine at Longchamp last September.

However, a "private matter" between Dettori and the Medical Committee of France Galop has so far prevented the French regulator from clearing the jockey to return, with the British Horseracing Authority reciprocating that stance.

Dettori has been in France for the last two days trying to iron out the problem with France Galop and his solicitor Christopher Stewart-Moore believes progress has been made.

He told Press Association Sport: "The latest position is that Frankie Dettori has been in France for the last two days at France Galop.

"The matter has moved forward and we are expecting a positive result.

"We are hopeful that the glitch has been ironed out so that he can get his English licence in time to ride in the Derby."

BHA spokesman Robin Mounsey confirmed they are still awaiting the relevant information from France Galop and there has been no change in the position of racing's rulers.


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O'Brien finalises Derby team

Thu 23rd May 2013, 14:17

Battle Of Marengo
Battle Of Marengo
(Healy Racing Photos)
Champion Irish trainer Aidan O'Brien will rely upon Derrinstown Stud Derby Trial winner Battle Of Marengo and Mars as he bids to win the Investec Derby for a fourth time.

The Ballydoyle handler said his son, Joseph, was "short enough odds" to ride Battle Of Marengo in the Derby, and confirmed only 2000 Guineas sixth Mars alongside him, with plans to be made for the rest.

O'Brien explained that plans for his Derby team had yet to be made final. "It's all a little bit up in the air at the moment, but they are all in good shape so far," he said.

"Obviously Battle Of Marengo was always going to stay home for the two trials and the other horses were going to go for the trials elsewhere.

"We said after Newmarket that Mars would go for the Derby and he probably will end up going there as well. Obviously we have Ruler Of The World and Magician, and there are a few other options apart from that.

"We'll probably get towards the end of the week when they are doing their work, but they've all been together and done their half-speeds

"Joseph has always ridden Battle Of Marengo, I think he's probably short enough odds to ride him. Mars will go if everything else goes well with him between now and then. Whatever else goes, we're not 100% sure."

Although jockey bookings have yet to be firmed up, O'Brien expects that to be a straight forward issue once running plans have been confirmed.

"Obviously there's Seamie (Heffernan) and Colm (O'Donoghue) and Ryan (Moore) has also ridden for us. I don't think that's going to be a problem. All those things usually fall into place."


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O'brien Quartet Declared for Guineas

Thu 23rd May 2013, 12:22

Magician
Magician
(Healy Racing Photos)
Aidan O'Brien has declared a team of four as he goes for a ninth triumph in the Tattersalls Irish 2,000 Guineas at the Curragh on Saturday.

A field of 10 is set to line up for the colts' Classic, with the Ballydoyle trainer responsible for ante-post favourite Magician, Flying The Flag, George Vancouver and Gale Force Ten.

Johnny Murtagh was aboard three of the eight O'Brien winners and he aims to get his training career off to a flying start when he saddles Ask Dad and Fort Knox in the one-mile showpiece.

This race has so far eluded trainer Jim Bolger and the Coolcullen handler tries this time with Trading Leather, having removed his four other possibles.

First Cornerstone, trained in Northern Ireland by Andy Oliver, is set to make his seasonal debut in the Classic after a slight setback forced him to miss the Derrinstown Stud Derby Trial.

Richard Hannon has successfully plundered the Irish 2,000 Guineas three times and the Herridge handler sends a powerful duo in the shape of Van Der Neer, third in the Newmarket equivalent, and Havana Gold, who was fifth in the French version.



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Telescope is out of the Derby so Ryan Moore could ride for Ballydoyle in the race he will have Second choice so Mars or Ruler of the World.


Battle of Marengo & Mars Confirmed for the Derby the rest of the runners if any to be confirmed at a later stage. 


Massive Gamble on Magician for Irish Guineas a surprise entry heard rumors yesterday that he could run.



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    Camelot among Gold Cup nine

    Tue 21st May 2013, 13:52

    Camelot pictured winning at the Curragh earlier this month
    Camelot pictured winning at the Curragh earlier this month
    (Healy Racing Photos)
    Last year's dual Derby hero Camelot tops five Aidan O'Brien-trained possibles for Sunday's Tattersalls Gold Cup at the Curragh.

    The four-year-old, who also won the 2000 Guineas at Newmarket last season, was struck down by colic after his run in the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe but reappeared this season with a straightforward win in the Mooresbridge Stakes.

    Also in the mix for the Ballydoyle team is last year's Oaks winner Was along with El Salvador, Windsor Palace and Ernest Hemingway.

    Al Kazeem has been given the green light to travel over by his trainer Roger Charlton after a good piece of work on Monday.

    Dermot Weld's Ribblesdale winner Princess Highway could still run, despite disappointing in the Blue Wind Stakes last week.

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    Was could return on Saturday

    Mon 20th May 2013, 16:19

    Was wins the Oaks
    Was wins the Oaks
    (Healy Racing Photos)
    Last year's Oaks winner Was could make her seasonal return in the Group Three Abu Dhabi Stakes at the Curragh on Saturday.

    Aidan O'Brien's charge failed to win again in four starts after her Epsom victory, although she twice finished third in Group One company.

    She is the only Ballydoyle entry in the race, in which David Wachman has the choice of Aloof and Precious Stone, both of which are also owned by the Coolmore team.

    Sir Henry Cecil's Dahlia Stakes second Chigun and the Roger Charlton-trained third Thistle Bird could clash again while William Haggas' Sentaril is the other British-trained contender.

    The well-regarded Caponata has been entered by Dermot Weld while Ger Lyons' Lily's Angel has already won at Listed and Group Three level this term.

    Lady Wingshot, La Collina, Romantic Stroll and Sindjara complete the list of 11 possibles.



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    Curragh gearing up for big weekend

    Mon 20th May 2013, 17:05

    Cristoforo Colombo - Guineas favourite
    Cristoforo Colombo - Guineas favourite
    (Healy Racing Photos)
    The Guineas Spring Racing Festival gets under way at the Curragh next Saturday when the Tattersalls Irish 2000 Guineas is the highlight of an eight race card. There are a total of 19 entries for the Group One Classic, including the Johnny Murtagh trained and ridden Fort Knox and eight from the powerful Aidan O’Brien yard.

    Murtagh only received his licence to train from the Turf Club last Friday and the Co Meath-born man is really looking forward to Saturday. “I got the licence on Friday and it’s all systems go,” commented Murtagh today. “Fort Knox is a decent colt and will appreciate a decent bit of ground. We could not be happier with him and he is ready to put up a big showing. We supplemented Ask Dad for the race and he is likely to take his chance too.”

    Trainer Richard Hannon has left three in the race, including Newmarket 2000 Guineas third Van Der Neer, along with Olympic Glory (who got no run in the French 2000 Guineas from a bad draw) and Havana Gold. Cristoforo Colombo, Mars and George Vancouver, fifth, sixth and 10th respectively behind Dawn Approach at Newmarket, are the three main Aidan O’Brien hopes, but he also has Flying The Flag, Forester, Magician, Pedro The Great and French 2000 Guineas fourth Gale Force Ten to rely on. Meanwhile, trainer Andy Oliver has also committed First Cornerstone to the race.

    Jim Bolger has left four in the race, but the Co Carlow-based trainer is likely to plump for Loch Garman following that horse’s second placing behind Battle Of Marengo at Leopardstown just over a week ago. “He has come out of the Leopardstown race and the plan is to run him in Saturday’s race,” commented Bolger.

    Bookmaker Paddy Power have installed Cristoforo Colombo as there 3/1 favourite for the Tattersalls-sponsored race. They then go 100/30 Olympic Glory, 5/1 Van Der Neer, 7/1 Fort Knox, 8/1 Gale Force Ten, Loch Garman, Mars and Trading Leather, 12 George Vancouver, Magician and Havana Gold, 14/1 Pedro The Great, 16/1 Leitir Mor, 20/1 Bar.

    The Group Three Abu Dhabi Stakes has attracted 12 quality entries and will be one of the races of the weekend. Dermot Weld, who won this race 12 months ago with Emulous, will rely on Caponata this time around, while Kempton Listed winner Lily’s Angel is also primed to run along with Precious Stone, Sindjara, Was, La Colina and Aloof. There are three British-trained entries in Chigun, Sentaril and Thistle Bird.

    Gordon Lord Byron, Maarek, Jimmy Styles, Cape Of Approval, Hitchens, Slade Power and Gale Force Ten are among 20 entries for the Group Three Weatherbys Ireland Greenland Stakes, while there are 11 entries for the Listed Cold Move EBF Marble Hill Stakes.

    1st race 1.45pm

    Admission 20 euro, Seniors and Under 25s 10 euro, Under 16s Free. Trains to Kildare Town with free shuttle to racecourse. Dublin Coach service from Dublin to Curragh – see dublincoach.ie for details

    Entries for Sunday will be published at 12 noon tomorrow. The eight race programme will feature the Etihad Airways Irish 1000 Guineas, Tattersalls Gold Cup and President of the UAE Cup, while it is also Ladies Day with spectacular prizes for the Most Stylish Ladies and Men judged by Norah Casey and Aoibhin Garrihy of Fair City fame. Other attractions over both days include a Boutique Shopping and Food Village, Pamper Clinic for ladies with Shades & Shapes and display of the Etihad Formula One Ferrari Car.


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     Aidan O'Brien's  Half Moon to be tested by Mischief N Mayhem and Sharp Crisp Air



    Updated: Wednesday, 22 May 2013 13:41 | 0 Comments

    Aidan O'Brien
    Aidan O'Brien

    Aidan O'Brien is gearing up for a Classic weekend and warms up with just one runner at Clonmel on Thursday.

    Half Moon has a Classic pedigree in her own right, in that she is out of Irish 1000 Guineas and dual Oaks runner-up Quarter Moon, and she was only one place behind subsequent Group Three-winning stablemate Just Pretending on her Dundalk comeback.

    She drops back slightly in trip for the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Fillies Maiden, which kicks off proceedings at 5.55pm, and has most to fear from the slightly more experienced pair of Mischief N Mayhem and Sharp Crisp Air.

    The latter's trainer, Dermot Weld, is represented in the Fethard Maiden by Treasure The Ridge.

    A Galileo gelding from the family of High Chaparral, he hasn't hit the heights perhaps expected of him so far but a repeat of his latest third at Limerick would be good enough for him to take a hand in this finish, with the step up to a mile and a quarter also in his favour.

    Longshadow got off the mark on his handicap debut at Wexford last Saturday and Patrick Prendergast turns him out again quickly under a penalty in the 'Girls Night Out At Clonmel Races' Handicap before the assessor takes his revenge.

    Time Travel has been given slightly longer to recover from his surprise Dundalk defeat of The Black Devil, although the runner-up re-opposes on 3lb better terms in the Jossestown Handicap.

    The National Hunt action gets under way with the Clonacody (C & G) Maiden Hurdle, in which Elijah Gardner attempts to build on his improved effort to finish third at Kilbeggan at the beginning of the month.

    Sulki Rose was just touched off at Down Royal and has a 3lb rise to contend with in the Powerstown Park Handicap Hurdle, while Faustina Pius has let down favourite-backers the last twice and bids for redemption in the Team Tipperary GAA Race Evening June 14th Mares Maiden Hurdle.


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    Godolphin drugs scandal with St Leger winner Encke casts shadow over Camelot's doomed Triple Crown quest

    The 2012 St Leger could have raised one horse to immortality. Instead, the race will forever be tainted



    Flashpoint: Encke (right) wins the 2012 St Leger to deny Camelot (left) the Triple Crown
    Flashpoint: Encke (right) wins the 2012 St Leger to deny Cameot (left) the Triple Crown Photo: GETTY IMAGES


    A shadow cast by Encke’s positive test is that his victory in last year’s St Leger 

    prevented Camelot from becoming the first since Nijinsky in 1970 to win Flat racing’s

    Triple Crown.


    Mahmood Al Zarooni’s winner tested clean that day at Doncaster but the ramifications

    are still grave for the racing game.


    Encke’s triumph in the sport’s oldest Classic at 25-1 was a shock that foiled a 

    Corinthian quest by the owners of Camelot, who happen to be the great rival clan to

    Godolphin, now reeling again from the discovery that seven more horses from Al 

    Zarooni’s were shown to have been injected with steroids.


    Twenty-two horses in Al Zarooni’s care are known to have been doped by their trainer

    in racing’s biggest modern cheating scandal.


    Encke’s positive result, though, is a disaster all by itself. It casts doubt on a whole 

    season of Flat racing and requires an asterisk to be placed next to the final Classic of 

    2012.


    Though the horse was clean in that race, the fact that he had steroids in him at the start of this season will raise valid suspicions about what he might have been given last year.


    The so-called Coolmore mafia, whose trainer is Aidan O’Brien, must be tempted to

    exact the maximum PR victory from Godolphin’s shame.


    Even if there is no clear evidence of skulduggery when Camelot set off for the final leg of the Triple Crown after winning the 2,000 Guineas and Derby, the details of the Doncaster race are under intense scrutiny.


    Camelot, the 2-5 favourite, was the standard bearer for the Coolmore operation. John

    Magnier, one of his owners, claimed to be motivated by a romantic urge to see 

    another Nijinsky grace the turf.


    Had Camelot prevailed then O’Brien would have become the first trainer to win all five

    British Classics in a single season.


    In the race Camelot was held at the back of the field by his jockey Joseph O’Brien, 

    and encountered traffic problems in the home straight. Encke, who ran on the orders

    of Sheikh Mohammed, Godolphin’s owner, got first run on Camelot and won by three

    quarters of a length: still a narrow margin in a mile and three quarter contest.

    Camelot’s defeat was blamed partly on his hard race in swampy conditions in the

    Irish Derby.


    After the race Al Zarooni said: “I thought Camelot would catch us as I remembered

    the way he quickened in the Derby [but] I knew Encke was tough and would keep

    going.”



    The 2012 Leger is entering the realms of infamy. This was the race that Frankie

    Dettori says caused him to dabble with cocaine to lift his spirits after the Encke ride

    was assigned to Mickael Barzalona, his rival in the Godolphin camp.


    Dettori’s subsequent decision to ride Camelot in the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe 

    hastened the end of his relationship with Godolphin. Dettori has yet to ride again 

    after his six-month ban for testing positive for cocaine in France.


    Again there is no evidence of a conspiracy to stop Camelot heaping glory on the

    Coolmore operation at Doncaster but the BHA now needs to retrace its steps and re-

    examine Encke’s dope tests in 2012.


    The BHA says he was tested after two of his four races: at York on Aug 22 and again

     after the St Leger on Sept 15. Clarification is needed on the steroids for which Al

     Zarooni’s horses tested positive and how long they can stay in a horse’s system.



    That information is vital to assess whether an illegal substance could have been 

    administered to Encke between Aug 22 and Sept 15 without showing up in the

    second of those tests.


    This is the kind of rigorous investigation racing needs if it is to restore confidence in an industry that has been shaken by race-fixing and now doping scandals.

    The clean bill for Saeed bin Suroor’s yard is the welcome part. It shows the problem to be confined to Al Zarooni’s Moulton Paddocks stable, which Bin Suroor is now clear to add to his existing stock.


    But that brings only fleeting relief. The scale of Al Zarooni’s cheating only

    accentuates the need to find out who, if anyone, assisted him.

    His appeal against an eight-year ban from the sport could yet bring new revelations,

    assuming he proceeds with it.


    The BHA, whose zero-tolerance policy on performance enhancing drugs is to be

    applauded, has acted decisively so far, but must avoid the impression of cosying up

    to Sheikh Mohammed and Godolphin to stop them fleeing British racing.


    Sheikh Mohammed himself should volunteer to be interviewed about Al Zarooni. 

    Turning on his heels when questioned on television at Newmarket will not repair the

    damage to Godolphin’s reputation.


    The 2012 St Leger, meanwhile, may be beyond rescue. Camelot’s doomed Triple

    Crown mission will always be clouded in doubt. The damage is spreading.

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                  Camelot robbed of the Triple Crown


    I can't tell you how angry i feel today i have never felt so sad or deflated and i have to admit I cried like a baby after the Leger i never felt so depressed. But now today we find out that the Leger winner has failed a steroid drugs test i feel so sad that CAMELOT he was denied HISTORY because of cheats its just disgraceful. 

    And although Encke did not fail a drugs test after the Leger the effects of Anabolic Steroids would have been present
    muscles + performance long after they have left the system +

    it becomes undetectable it all leaves us wondering what might have

    been JUSTICE FOR CAMELOT.


     

     



    Leger winner Encke among seven more Godolphin horses to fail drugs test


    Last year's Ladbrokes St Leger winner Encke is one of seven horses to have returned a positive test for an anabolic steroid following further testing at the yard of Mahmood Al Zarooni.


    The BHA undertook an extensive testing programme at the yard of the trainer following his eight-year suspension after he admitted adminstering banned drugs to 15 horses in his care.


    The BHA testing has now uncovered another seven horses, including the Doncaster winner, who have returned positive results for the steroid stanozolol.

    Testing at the other Godolphin yard of Saeed bin Suroor returned no positive results for banned substances, the BHA said.




    In the dock: Seven more horses trained by Mahmood Al Zarooni have tested positive

    In the dock: Seven more horses trained by Mahmood Al Zarooni 

    have tested positive

    High profile: Encke won the St Leger last season, one of the biggest flat races in the country

    High profile: Encke won the St Leger last season, 




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    Joseph talks about the disappointing performance of Declaration of

    War - thanks to Jason Doyle


     



    Voleuse gets her revenge on Salvador

     By Donal MurphySun 19th May 2013, 16:42

    Voleuse De Coeurs is driven out by Pat Smullen to beat Missunited and El Salvador
    Voleuse De Coeurs is driven out by Pat Smullen to beat Missunited and El Salvador
    (Healy Racing Photos)
    After being beaten by El Salvador at Limerick on her seasonal debut, Voleuse De Coeurs got her revenge this afternoon as she took the Listed Coolmore Vintage Crop Stakes under Pat Smullen for Dermot Weld.

    The four-year-old daughter of Teofilo won the Cesarewitch at the Curragh last October by an impressive ten lengths but she was beaten into second by El Salvador on her first start of 2013 at Limerick last month, over a mile and a half.

    Stepped back up in trip this afternoon to a mile and three quarters, the Lady O’Reilly owned bay was settled behind the leaders and was fourth at the halfway stage.

    She travelled well over two furlongs out and she just edged ahead at the furlong pole, staying on well under pressure from there to score by two lengths at the line.

    Missunited (10/1) lost little in defeat as she finished a brave second under Seamie Heffernan for Michael Winters while El Salvador (5/4fav) could only manage third, a further four and a half lengths back under Joseph O’Brien for his father Aidan.

    Dermot Weld said afterwards: "I see her as being very progressive and possibly an outstanding stayer. I thought she would win and this is a race I wanted to win.

    "She was very good over staying distances last year. She is entered in the Ascot Gold Cup but that might be a bit soon for here. She could go for the Curragh Cup and then the Irish St Leger and she could be a Gold Cup horse next year.

    "Conditions were perfect for her today, she always wants a little ease in the ground.

    "Navan deserve credit for the efforts they made today with the track and facilities for kids are excellent here today."

    Additional reporting by Michael Graham


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    Plinth made to work hard at Navan

     By Michael GrahamSun 19th May 2013, 17:30

    Plinth sheds hid maiden tag at Navan
    Plinth sheds hid maiden tag at Navan
    (Healy Racing Photos)
    Jockey Joseph O’Brien brought up a Navan double for his father Aidan and himself when guiding Plinth home by half a length in the mile and five maiden at Navan.

    The 5/4 favourite hit the front over a furlong out, but was hard pressed all the way to the line by his market rival Mourani (7/4) on the inside. John Oxx’s Mourani had led throughout and didn’t give best until late on.

    Jim Bolger’s Teocht kept on well into third to be beaten a length by the winner at odds of 12/1.

    Plinth was nicely backed this morning from 9/4 to 6/4. Joseph O’Brien commented: “He’s improving with racing and got to the front a bit soon.”

    Plinth holds an entry in the Group 2 King Edward VII Stakes at Ascot.





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    Stubbs eases to maiden success

     By Donal MurphySun 19th May 2013, 15:06

    Stubbs & Joseph O'Brien on their way to victory
    Stubbs & Joseph O'Brien on their way to victory
    (Healy Racing Photos)
    The well-bred Stubbs got off the mark on the second time of asking as he ran out a comfortable winner of the Requinto EBF Maiden over five furlongs.

    The Aidan O’Brien trained son of Danehill Dancer (quick double for the sire after True Verdict took the first), finished third on his debut at the Curragh in March in the first 2yo maiden of the year.

    He was sent off the 4/5 favourite to oblige this afternoon and he hit the front over a furlong from home, stretching clear from there to win by four and a half lengths at the line.

    Treadstone kept to take second under Wayne Lordan for Tommy Stack at 16/1 while The Organ Grinder was a length and a half back in third at 11/4 for Chris Hayes and Kevin Prendergast.

    Winning rider Joseph O'Brien said afterwards: "He travelled well and quickened up well. He is bred to get further so he’ll be a nice horse for next year over a trip".

    The winner, who holds an entry in the Group 1 Phoenix Stakes at the Curragh in August, is out of Moonstone who won the Irish Oaks back in 2008 for Aidan O’Brien.

    He is also a half-brother to Nevis, who is Epsom Derby bound after his easy win in the Betfred Derby Trial Stakes at Lingfield last weekend.

    Additional reporting by Michael Graham


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    Joseph O'Brien says we will only have 2 or 3 in Derby a max of 4 we 

    won't be there mob handed i'm leaning towards Battle of Marengo


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    24 remain in Derby 7 for APOB - Battle Of Marengo - Festive Cheer - Flying The

    Flag - Magician - Mars - Nevis - Ruler Of The World


    14 left in Oaks 3 for APOB - Snow Queen - Say - Moth




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    O'BRIEN ON WAR-FOOTING AT NEWBURY
    17 May 2013

    Joseph O'Brien admits Declaration Of War faces by far the stiffest test of his career in Saturday's JLT Lockinge Stakes at Newbury on Saturday.

    The winner of five of his six starts to date, the four-year-old is jumping up in class from winning a Listed race on his reappearance, although he did win a Group Three contest at Dundalk last October. That leaves him with plenty to find on the figures for this prestigious race but he has been heavily backed all week with the expectancy that he will handle the rise in grade in his stride.

    Aidan O'Brien has several options in all the middle-distance Group Ones this summer, but a victory for Declaration Of War could make him the go-to horse for the main events.

    His jockey said: "He's progressed through the ranks steadily since he joined us and he's been very good. This is his biggest test by far, though.

    "He won over one-mile-three at Dundalk but he won over a mile in France before he joined us and then won over a mile at Leopardstown last time out, he's very versatile regarding his trip.

    "The quicker the ground the better for him, I think, because his best performance for us was at Dundalk. He met plenty of trouble that day and did really well to win. If he were to win this he'd have plenty of options for the rest of the season because he's already shown he stays further than this."


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    8 2YO NAMED TODAY INCLUDING 2 ON OUR LIST 3 Colt 5 Filly 

    Adelaide (19/2/11) - Galileo ex Elletelle *Just Named

    Illinois (8/2/11) - Galileo ex Chintz *Just Named
    Mekong River (10/1/11) - Galileo ex Simply Perfect *Just Named

    Perhaps (7/5/11) - Galileo ex Anna Karenia *Just Named
    Minorette (19/3/11) - Smart Strike ex Silk & Scarlet *Just Named
    Bracelet (24/1/11) - Montjeu ex Cherry Hinton *Just Named
    Dazzling (1/5/11) - Galileo ex Secret Garden *Just Named
    Ruby Tuesday (2/2/11) - Galileo ex Jude *Just Named


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    O'Brien plots Lockinge raid

    Thu 16th May 2013, 11:47

    Declaration Of War runs in the Lockinge
    Declaration Of War runs in the Lockinge 
    (Healy Racing Photos)
    Aidan O'Brien's Declaration Of War, a midweek gamble for the JLT Lockinge Stakes at Newbury on Saturday, heads a field of 13 for the first Group One of the season for older horses.

    The former Jean-Claude Rouget-trained colt was available at 7-2 on Monday but sustained support now has him as the clear favourite around the 7-4 mark.

    O'Brien also runs Reply.

    Saeed bin Suroor's Farhh, second in four Group Ones last season, twice behind Frankel, makes his eagerly-awaited reappearance in a race his trainer has won four times.

    Roger Charlton's Cityscape avoided Frankel last season as he was in the same Khalid Abdullah ownership but he suffered his own near-misses behind Excelebration.

    This year he is likely to stay at home rather than travelling around Europe.

    John Gosden supplemented Fencing after an impressive display at Ascot on his first run as a gelding.

    Beauty Parlour is an intriguing runner for Sir Henry Cecil.

    Last year's French 1000 Guineas winner and Oaks runner-up has only had one prior run for Cecil when she disappointed in the Sun Chariot Stakes.

    Roger Varian has always highly rated Aljamaaheer but so far he was been found wanting when upped in class.

    Richard Hannon won the race in 2010 and 2011 with Paco Boy and Canford Cliffs respectively but his representative this year, Trumpet Major, will need a career-best here.

    Hannon also runs Libranno, the mount of Kieren Fallon.

    Connections of David O'Meara's Penitent, last seen in Hong Kong at Sha Tin, will be hoping for rain.

    Chil The Kite, Sovereign Debt and German raider Amaron complete the field.


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    Hanky shows an impressive turn of foot

     By Donal MurphyWed 15th May 2013, 20:48

    Hanky Panky & Joseph O'Brien on their way to victory
    Hanky Panky & Joseph O'Brien on their way to victory
    (Healy Racing Photos)
    Aidan O’Brien won this race, the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Fillies Maiden, in 2007 with subsequent four time Group 1 winner Peeping Fawn and the Ballydoyle maestro could have another Group 1 winner on his hands as Hanky Panky showed an impressive turn of foot to get off the mark on the fifth time of asking.

    The daughter of Galileo is a half-sister to the mighty Giant’s Causeway and it has been well publicised that she needs a sound surface to be seen at her best.

    She disappointed in the past on soft and heavy ground but on yielding to soft this evening she quickened up well to hit the front a furlong out, going on to score by a length and a quarter at the line.

    The Kevin Prendergast trained Nabat Sultan (12/1) travelled strongly two furlongs from home but she couldn't match Hanky Panky and had to settle for second.

    Sharp Crisp Air, who was backed from 7/2 to 5/2 on-course, finished three and three parts of a length back in third under Pat Smullen for Dermot Weld.

    Joseph O'Brien said afterwards; "She relaxed well and she quickened up nicely. She is a nice filly but she needs good ground and that’s the best she’s had for a while even though it’s quite dead.

    "The hood relaxed her a bit. She has been unlucky and we thought she’d win her maiden on slow ground even though she wants it better. A couple of things didn’t go right for her."

    Additional reporting by Gary Carson


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    St Nic among Coronation twelve

    Wed 15th May 2013, 14:46

    St Nicholas Abbey will be bidding for his third straight Coronation Cup win
    St Nicholas Abbey will be bidding for his third straight Coronation Cup win
    (Healy Racing Photos)
    St Nicholas Abbey is on course to attempt to become the first horse to win the Investec Coronation Cup three times.

    The Aidan O'Brien-trained six-year-old heads the 12 entries for the mile-and-a-half Group One at Epsom on June 1st following the latest scratchings deadline.

    St Nicholas Abbey, who beat Midday in 2011 and swept to victory from Red Cadeaux last year, took his Group One tally to five when lifting the Dubai Sheema Classic at Meydan in March.

    O'Brien has a strong back-up squad in Chamonix, El Salvador, Ernest Hemingway and Imperial Monarch.

    Connections of Dandino will look at this race for the Group Two winner, whose main target in 2013 is the Melbourne Cup.

    The six-year-old, fourth in this race in 2011, shaped with promise on his first run for trainer Marco Botti when runner-up in the Qipco Jockey Club Stakes at Newmarket.

    "We are considering the Coronation Cup for Dandino. The owners have told me to leave him in the race and we will just monitor the ground because he is a fast-ground horse," said Botti.

    "The long-term plan is the Melbourne Cup and, although it would be good to win the Coronation Cup, we have to be mindful of his handicap mark for Australia.

    "If the race cut up and the ground is fine we might just have a look because the Hardwicke Stakes at Royal Ascot, which is also an option, can be just a tough as a Group One now it has no penalties."

    International interest is provided by 2011 Melbourne Cup victor Dunaden, trained in France by Mikel Delzangles, and Very Nice Name, who has been left in by Qatari-based Alban de Mieulle and was last seen when third behind St Nicholas Abbey at Meydan.

    The list of possibles is completed by 2012 Derby second Main Sequence, Chapter Seven, Joshua Tree and Sir Graham Wade.



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    Marchese Marconi coasts home

     By Michael GrahamTue 14th May 2013, 20:49

    Joseph O'Brien rode a winner for his mum Anne-Marie
    Joseph O'Brien rode a winner for his mum Anne-Marie
    (Healy Racing Photos)
    It looked only a matter of time before Marchese Marconi swallowed up frontrunner Baltiman in the finale at Killarney and so it proved as Joseph O’Brien pressed the button in the home straight and away the pair went went.

    The top weight coasted home by six lengths to justify 4/6 favouritism in the one mile six race. Nouveau Moulin (5/1) hung right in the home straight, but the six-year-old mare ran a creditable race to come in second on her first outing on the ‘flat’ after running in bumpers.

    Aidan O’Brien trains the four-year-old son of Galileo for his wife Anne-Marie. His son Joseph commented after dismounting: “He did what he was entitled to do and he stays well. He won a middling race nicely and I’m hoping he’ll handle nice ground.

    Additional reporting by Thomas Weekes


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    Indian out to prove he's the Chief

    Tue 14th May 2013, 11:17

    Indian Chief runs in the Dante at York
    Indian Chief runs in the Dante at York
    (Healy Racing Photos)
    Aidan O'Brien's Indian Chief heads a field of eight for the Betfred Dante Stakes at York on Thursday.

    O'Brien has carried all before him recently on the Derby trials front and his latest candidate was impressive in winning a Leopardstown maiden last month.

    In the shock absence of Telescope, the Highclere Thoroughbred Racing operation rely solely on the Luca Cumani-trained Greatwood, who missed the Lingfield Derby Trial on Saturday due to rain-softened ground.

    Kieren Falllon would not have been able to ride at the weekend due to suspension but is back in action on the Knavesmire.

    Saeed bin Suroor seeks a third Dante success with Secret Number, who lost his unbeaten record when third to O'Brien's Lines Of Battle in the UAE Derby. He will be ridden by Silvestre de Sousa.

    Mark Johnston's Windhoek (Joe Fanning) has already run twice this season, picking up a valuable sales prize at Newmarket - where he edged Greatwood - and following up back on the Rowley Mile in a Listed event.

    Ghurair for John Gosden further represents that sales race at Newmarket as he was third that day, while Jim Bolger runs an interesting contender in Trading Leather, last seen finishing fifth in the Racing Post Trophy to Kingsbarns.

    David Elsworth's Dashing Star and the Elaine Burke-trained Libertarian complete the line-up.



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    One of Ballydoyle's biggest Derby Rivals Telescope Derby Run In Doubt.

    Telescope put on antibiotics after grazing legs. If run in Derby, will have to go straight there without prep race it is confirmed that he will now bypass the Dante


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    Five in-a-row for Marengo

     By Donal MurphySun 12th May 2013, 16:32

    Battle Of Marengo & Joseph O'Brien on their way to victory from Loch Garman in second
    Battle Of Marengo & Joseph O'Brien on their way to victory from Loch Garman in second
    (Healy Racing Photos)
    Battle Of Marengo underlined his Epsom Derby credentials as he eased to victory in the feature race at Leopardstown this afternoon, the Group 2 Derrinstown Stud Derby Trial Stakes.

    Trained by Aidan O’Brien and ridden by Joseph (double on the day for them), the son of Galileo was completing a five timer today as he went off the 2/13 favourite (was 1/3 this morning and opened at 1/5 on-course).

    Having settled in second behind Dont Bother Me he took over in front four furlongs out. He was ridden a furlong from home and he kept on strongly in the final furlong to come home a comfortable length and three parts in front of Loch Garman (9/2) in second for Jim Bolger and Kevin Manning.

    Aidan O'Brien said afterwards: "That all went to plan. We had to go on with him or it would have been a very steady pace.

    "He has just ticked over since the last day. You would have to be happy with him. He is lazy in front but he gave a good blow afterwards.

    "He loves fast ground as he is a great mover.

    "The three owners will decide where he goes next. It’s going to be an interesting Dante now (Dante Stakes at York on May 16th, Indian Chief the likely O’Brien runner).

    Boylesports shortened Dawn Approach for the Derby after the win to 6/4 from 7/4. They also shortened Battle Of Marengo from 5/1 to 4/1.

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    'Funny lady' wins the 1000 Guineas Trial

     By Donal MurphySun 12th May 2013, 15:52

    Joseph O'Brien drives out Just Pretending to beat Hint Of A Tint on the outside
    Joseph O'Brien drives out Just Pretending to beat Hint Of A Tint on the outside
    After winning her maiden at Navan last Tuesday, the Aidan O’Brien trained Just Pretending (6/1) followed up in the Group 3 Derrinstown Stud 1000 Guineas Trial at Leopardstown this afternoon.

    Ridden by Joseph O’Brien, the daughter of Giant’s Causeway raced in third in the early stages behind the 13/8 favourite We’ll Go Walking.

    The Jim Bolger trained favourite was headed two furlongs out and she quickly faded eventually finishing last under Kevin Manning.

    Just Pretending took over in front two furlongs out and she kept on well from there to hold off the challenge of the David Wachman trained, Fran Berry ridden, Hint Of A Tint (6/1) by a neck at the line.

    The Mick Halford trained Mizzava was a further two and a quarter lengths back in third under Shane Foley at the odds of 14/1.

    Aidan O’Brien said afterwards: "She is a funny lady. She gives trouble at the stalls and needs to be loaded early.

    "She has loads of ability and she showed that at Navan. She could go for the Guineas now and she might step up to a mile and a quarter. She is a fine big filly."

    The winner is a half-sister to the Grade 3 winner in the US called The Leopard, who cost $2,500,000 as a two-year-old.

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    Maarek, Gale & Flag in action at Longchamp

    Sun 12th May 2013, 12:49

    Maarek will be ridden by Jamie Spencer in the Group 3 Prix St George
    Maarek will be ridden by Jamie Spencer in the Group 3 Prix St George
    (Healy Racing Photos)
    Aidan O'Brien is double-handed in the Poule D'essai Poulains (French 1000 Guineas) at Longchamp this afternoon, with Gale Force Ten and Flying The Flag.

    Ryan Moore will be on Dundalk Listed winner Gale Force Ten while Colm O'Donoghue will be in the plate on Flying The Flag, who will be making his seasonal bow.

    Joseph O'Brien has ridden both horses in the past but will have to forgo a trip to France in order to ride leading Derby hopeBattle Of Marengo at Leopardstown.

    He said: "Gale Force Ten is a good horse and won nicely in Dundalk over seven furlongs.

    "He's stepping up to a mile now and there is a bit of a question mark, but hopefully he'll run a good race. Flying The Flag won his maiden and was second to First Cornerstone in the Futurity, but disappointed after that. Hopefully he'll come back and run a nice race."

    Elsewhere on the card the David Nagle trained Maarek takes his chance in the Group 3 Prix St George.

    Jamie Spencer will ride the ultra consistent six-year-old who will be bidding for a hat-trick of wins having scored at Ascot and Naas on his last two outings.


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    Derby Trial preview

    Sun 12th May 2013, 10:31

    Battle Of Marengo
    Battle Of Marengo
    (Healy Racing Photos)
    Jockey Joseph O'Brien is hoping the rain stays away from Leopardstown to allow Battle Of Marengo to show his full potential in the Derrinstown Stud Derby Trial this afternoon.

    The Galileo colt moved to the top of Ballydoyle's Derby pecking order with a most impressive performance in the Ballysax Stakes on his seasonal return.

    He now follows a tried-and-tested route by aiming to follow up in the Derrinstown, a race Aidan O'Brien has won nine times, including with subsequent Epsom Derby heroes Galileo (2001) and High Chaparral (2002).

    Battle Of Marengo is currently second in the Epsom betting, behind Jim Bolger's 2000 Guineas victor Dawn Approach, and although he has shown an ability to handle testing ground, O'Brien jnr feels Ballydoyle's inmate will be even more potent on a sound surface.

    He said: "I'd be hoping the rain stays away as, although he has run very well on heavy ground, he is definitely a better horse on better ground.

    "One of his best performances was when he won in Leopardstown last year on good ground. The saddle slipped that day and he still broke the track record.

    "I'd love to get him on a bit of nicer ground again and, hopefully, he'll get that on Sunday. He was good in the Ballysax, it was his first run of the year and hopefully he'll have come on for that.

    "This isn't the be all and end all, it's his second run, and hopefully he'll come on again. I think it looks a better Derrinstown than it has for the last couple of seasons - hopefully we get some nice ground."

    Just five runners go to post and the chief opponent to Battle Of Marengo appears to be the Bolger-trained Loch Garman.

    The son of Teofilo did not make his debut until winning at Navan last October, the form of which has worked out well, and he was turned out just a week later to land the Group One Criterium International at Saint-Cloud.

    While he makes his reappearance over a mile and a quarter, Bolger is considering dropping his charge in trip after this weekend for a tilt at the Irish 2,000 Guineas.

    Bolger said: "All is good with him and he doesn't mind about the ground. He's a horse with plenty of toe and he could come back (in trip) for the Irish 2,000 Guineas. He's in the Irish Derby later on."

    Andrew Oliver expects First Cornerstone to benefit from his first outing since he finished fourth to the O'Brien-trained Kingsbarns in the Racing Post Trophy at Doncaster last October.

    "He has developed physically and we are very happy with him," the County Tyrone trainer told At The Races.

    "We had a hold-up with our gallops earlier in the year so all of my horses were quite behind and are taking a run anyway. Having said that I'm fairly happy with his preparation but I expect him to come on for the run.

    "We hope he is well equipped with both speed and stamina to deal with stepping up in trip and being able to travel well and quicken."

    The quintet is completed by Dont Bother Me, who makes a swift return for Niall Moran having finished eighth in the 2000 Guineas, and John Oxx's Dundalk maiden winner Little White Cloud.

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    Nevis lands Lingfield Derby trial

    Sat 11th May 2013, 16:00

    Nevis, seen here winning at Leopardstown
    Nevis, seen here winning at Leopardstown
    (Healy Racing Photos)
    Nevis (4/9f) made light work of his rivals following the late withdrawal of Greatwood ahead of the Lingfield Derby trial.

    With the ground officially changed to soft, the decision to withdraw the likely market leader was made but Aidan O'Brien's colt wasn't aware of the circumstances and he duly slammed his three rivals by an easy nine lengths.

    Elidor plugged to be a remote second with Pasaka third.

    Kevin Buckley, Coolmore's UK representative, said of the winner: "The ground changing wasn't ideal, but he had travelled a long way and there was no point not running.

    "He handled it OK, and he won decisively.

    "It will be up to Aidan what he does once he has seen the rest of the trials."

    Luca Cumani said of Greatwood: "We didn't run because of the ground and he will either go for the Dante and then the Derby, or the old Predominate at Goodwood then miss the Derby and go to Royal Ascot."

    Sky Bet cut the winnner into 25/1 from 40/1 for the Investec Derby.

    Sky Bet's Richard Horner said: "After the defection of Greatwood, Nevis was left with little to beat but he did it will and may well be one of the Ballydoyle battalion heading to Epsom to take on Dawn Approach. However, he's unlikely to be the first string if Battle of Marengo does his stuff tomorrow and a place may be his best hope."


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    Preview for Sunday racing at Leopardstown

    Updated: Saturday, 11 May 2013 14:20 | 0 Comments

    Battle Of Marengo
    Battle Of Marengo

    Aidan O'Brien has enjoyed plenty of success across the Irish Sea this week and Battle Of Marengo attempts to put himself at the top of the Ballydoyle Epsom contenders in the Derrinstown Stud Derby Trial at Leopardstown on Sunday.

    The Galileo colt signed off his juvenile campaign with victory in the Beresford Stakes and picked up where he left off, defying his Group Two penalty at the expense of subsequent Sandown winner Sugar Boy in the Ballysax.

    He now crosses swords with Jim Bolger's unbeaten Group One winner Loch Garman, as well as Futurity hero First Cornerstone, with Dont Bother Me and Little White Cloud rounding out the field.

    There are further Classic clues on offer in the Derrinstown Stud 1,000 Guineas Trial and Rawaaq tries to repeat last month's success, stepping up from seven furlongs.

    Standing in her way is We'll Go Walking, who lost little in defeat against the year-older Caponata at Gowran Park but may need further than this mile.

    Ralston Road was second to We'll Go Walking at the start of April and that form sets the standard in the FM104 Strawberry Alarm Clock Family Days Maiden, while Shadow Eile reverts to the level for the Horse Racing Ireland Pensioners Handicap on the back of a Grade One second at the Punchestown Festival.

    Duntle hasn't been seen in public since losing the Matron Stakes in the stewards' room, but David Wachman has spotted a nice point of return for her in the Amethyst Stakes.

    She has four rivals to beat, including Bold Thady Quill, who had the re opposing Sweet Lightning a couple of places behind when chasing home Declaration Of War in the Heritage Stakes.

    Heart Focus and Ealain Aibrean both hit the crossbar on their racecourse introductions and lock horns in the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Auction Maiden, which starts the fixture off at 2.25pm.



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    Runaway victory for favourite Aiden O'Brien's Say in Cork

    Updated: Friday, 10 May 2013 21:24 | 0 Comments

    The O'Brien's scored with favourite Say in Cork
    The O'Brien's scored with favourite Say in Cork

    Say opened her account at the third attempt with a runaway victory in the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Fillies Maiden at Cork.

    Joseph O'Brien never had a moment's worry on the 1-6 favourite, trained by his father Aidan, and she simply pulled further and further clear, beating Silky Pyrus by nine lengths.

    Ghaamer opened his account at the third attempt with an accomplished display from the front in the Follow Us On Facebook Maiden.

    Pat Smullen was happy to bowl along in front on the 1-3 favourite and though Point Piper made sure he had to work for the win, Ghaamer came home two and a quarter lengths in front.

    Cape Of Approval shrugged off a welter burden to land the Corkracecourse.ie Race for Tommy Stack.

    Favourite Parliament Square cut out the early running, but once Wayne Lordan pushed the 2-1 winner into the lead on the home straight, the race was never in doubt, with Bracing breeze plugging on for third, a length and three-quarters back.

    The Four Elms produced a taking effort to land the valuable Follow corkracecourse On Twitter Handicap.

    Held up off the pace by Connor King, the 11-4 chance swept into the lead over a furlong out and went on to beat Gunner Lindley by two lengths.

    Willie McCreery continued his rich vein of form when September Lily stayed on well to land the first division of the Social package Handicap.

    Shane Kelly was on board the 6-4 favourite as she made it four wins in a week for McCreery, finishing her race well to beat Great Ability by two and a quarter lengths.

    The second division produced a stunning effort from Conor O'Dwyer's College Boy.

    Out with the washing on four previous starts on the level, the 10-1 chance burst through a gap a furlong out and sped clear under Fran Berry, eventually recording a two and a half-length verdict over Cookie Crumbles.

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    Magician tops O'Brien's derby trialists

    Updated: Friday, 10 May 2013 19:15 | 0 Comments

    Magician (left) under Ryan Moore was an impressive winner of the Dee Stakes at Chester
    Magician (left) under Ryan Moore was an impressive winner of the Dee Stakes at Chester

    Little is given away by the Coolmore camp but the hints were there that Magician could well be the superior of their two Chester Derby trial winners this week.

    Although he landed the BetVictor.com Dee Stakes by four lengths, compared with the six managed by Ruler Of The World in Thursday's MBNA Chester Vase, Magician was achieving more on pure form as he defeated a higher-rated runner-up in Contributer.

    Both are by Galileo but 13-8 favourite Magician, a winner of one of his four juvenile starts, is out of a Listed-class sprinter in Absolutelyfabulous and Ryan Moore used his inherited speed to disappear into the distance in the final furlong.

    Trainer Aidan O'Brien was securing a fourth running of the Group Three and two in a row following subsequent Derby third Astrology last year.

    The team's challenge against hot favourite Dawn Approach will not be finalised until Battle Of Marengo has appeared in Sunday's Derrinstown and probably Mars and/or Indian Chief in the Dante.

    Kevin Buckley, Coolmore's UK representative, was asked about the Chester winners and said: "I suppose, to be fair, we were equally impressed with both horses.

    "Ryan did have quite a smile on his face today. He said he got a good feel from him and was really impressed when he pushed the button.

    "Ruler Of The World is destined for mile-and-a-half races but this horse handles a mile and a quarter very well and has a bit of speed in his pedigree."

    Magician is 20-1 with Coral, 14s with Ladbrokes, for Epsom and Buckley said later: "It's all about the Derby, it's the race the whole team want to win."

    Ryan Moore

    Moore was impressed and said: "He's a very nice horse. He felt relaxed going round there and when you asked he really quickened very well.

    "He's got plenty of pace. They are different types (Ruler Of The World and Magician), but both are good ones."

    Adding a little context was Ed Dunlop, whose Contributer arrived on the back of a victory at Newbury and was unable to make enough impact with jockey Graham Lee attempting to squeeze up the inside of the field.

    "Graham blames himself for getting behind in a slowly-run race. The winner could be very good but it was an unsatisfactory race," said Dunlop.

    "The vibes we got were that today's winner was better than yesterday's and I suppose we come away from today not having learnt very much."

    Owner Dr Marwan Koukash achieved one of his two racing ambitions for the second time this week by winning the Chester Cup, and it will be up to Luca Cumani and Mount Athos to attempt to swing the other.

    Both trainer and owner are hell-bent on a victory in the Emirates Melbourne Cup, and Cumani must now preserve a realistic handicap rating after Mount Athos (13-8) savaged his opponents in the Boodles Diamond Ormonde Stakes.

    With O'Brien's 6-5 favourite Memphis Tennessee never looking settled on the tight Roodee, Mount Athos was alone in front and cruised home by nine lengths, with Jamie Spencer searching for virgin ground along the stands rail in the home straight.


     

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    Magician impresses in Dee Stakes

    Fri 10th May 2013, 14:46

    Ryan Moore and Aidan O'Brien
    Ryan Moore and Aidan O'Brien
    (Healy Racing Photos)
    Magician ran out an easy winner at Chester to land back-to-back renewals of the BetVictor.com Dee Stakes for Aidan O'Brien.

    In what was almost an action replay of yesterday's Chester Vase victory, Ryan Moore settled his colt in a close second before quickening on the home turn to put the race to bed in a matter of strides.

    Moore brought Magician towards the stands' side rail in the straight in search of the better ground and the Galileo colt stretched clear in good style to earn a quote of 16/1 from 40s for the Investec Derby from Sky Bet.

    The 13/8 favourite pulled four lengths clear of Contributer who cut through the field from last place to give chase.

    He never looked capable of matching the winner although he did readily account for the remainder.

    O'Brien's charge was a disappointing last in a Group Three on his final start of 2012 but Moore was impressed with the manner of his victory on his seasonal reappearance.

    "He's a very nice horse. He felt relaxed going round there and when you asked he really quickened very well. He's got plenty of pace. They are different types (Ruler Of The World and Magician), but both are good ones."


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    O'Brien hoping ground stays decent for Battle

    Fri 10th May 2013, 12:46

    Battle Of Marengo
    Battle Of Marengo
    (Healy Racing Photos)
    Jockey Joseph O'Brien is hoping the rain stays away from Leopardstown to allow Battle Of Marengo to show his full potential in the Derrinstown Stud Derby Trial on Sunday.

    The Galileo colt moved to the top of Ballydoyle's Derby pecking order with a most impressive performance in the Ballysax Stakes on his seasonal return.

    He now follows a tried-and-tested route by aiming to follow up in the Derrinstown, a race Aidan O'Brien has won nine times, including with subsequent Epsom Derby heroes Galileo (2001) and High Chaparral (2002).

    Battle Of Marengo is currently second in the Epsom betting, behind Jim Bolger's 2000 Guineas victor Dawn Approach, and although he has shown an ability to handle testing ground, O'Brien jnr feels Ballydoyle's inmate will be even more potent on a sound surface.

    He said: "I'd be hoping the rain stays away as, although he has run very well on heavy ground, he is definitely a better horse on better ground.

    "One of his best performances was when he won in Leopardstown last year on good ground. The saddle slipped that day and he still broke the track record.

    "I'd love to get him on a bit of nicer ground again and, hopefully, he'll get that on Sunday. He was good in the Ballysax, it was his first run of the year and hopefully he'll have come on for that.

    "This isn't the be all and end all, it's his second run, and hopefully he'll come on again. I think it looks a better Derrinstown than it has for the last couple of seasons - hopefully we get some nice ground."

    Just five runners go to post and the chief opponent to Battle Of Marengo appears to be the Bolger-trained Loch Garman.

    The son of Teofilo did not make his debut until winning at Navan last October, the form of which has worked out well, and he was turned out just a week later to land the Group One Criterium International at Saint-Cloud.

    While he makes his reappearance over a mile and a quarter, Bolger is considering dropping his charge in trip after this weekend for a tilt at the Irish 2,000 Guineas.

    Bolger said: "All is good with him and he doesn't mind about the ground. He's a horse with plenty of toe and he could come back (in trip) for the Irish 2,000 Guineas. He's in the Irish Derby later on."

    Andrew Oliver expects First Cornerstone to benefit from his first outing since he finished fourth to the O'Brien-trained Kingsbarns in the Racing Post Trophy at Doncaster last October.

    "He has developed physically and we are very happy with him," the County Tyrone trainer told At The Races.

    "We had a hold-up with our gallops earlier in the year so all of my horses were quite behind and are taking a run anyway. Having said that I'm fairly happy with his preparation but I expect him to come on for the run.

    "We hope he is well equipped with both speed and stamina to deal with stepping up in trip and being able to travel well and quicken."

    The quintet is completed by Dont Bother Me, who makes a swift return for Niall Moran having finished eighth in the 2000 Guineas, and John Oxx's Dundalk maiden winner Little White Cloud.

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    Mars has Dante option

    Fri 10th May 2013, 12:44

    Mars
    Mars
    (Healy Racing Photos)
    The well-regarded Mars is one of four Aidan O'Brien runners still in contention for next week's Betfred Dante Stakes at York.

    Sent off at long odds-on when readily winning a Dundalk maiden on his sole start at two, he was asked to contest the QIPCO 2000 Guineas on his next outing and was far from disgraced in the circumstances.

    He could attempt to build on that over a more suitable trip on the Knavesmire although O'Brien does have other options.

    Battle Of Marengo still holds an entry but has been declared to run at Leopardstown on Sunday leaving Indian Chief and Festive Cheer as other possible runners.

    Sir Michael Stoute is set to give a seasonal reappearance to Telescope, a general second favourite for the Investec Derby, who has been the subject of positive reports this spring.

    Greatwood is another entry set to be in action this weekend but the progressive Windhoek could be seen at York along with stablemate Maputo and Godolphin's Secret Number.

    The entries are completed by Contributer, Dashing Star, Ghurair, Libertarian and Jim Bolger's pair Loch Garman and Trading Leather.


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    Ground eases for Derby Trial

     By Gary CarsonFri 10th May 2013, 11:44

    Battle Of Marengo runs at Leopardstown
    Battle Of Marengo runs at Leopardstown
    (Healy Racing Photos)
    The ground has eased at Leopardstown ahead of Sunday's meeting which is set to feature the Derrinstown Stud Derby Trial.

    The going had been firm this week but after 4mm of rain overnight the description is now good to yielding, yielding in places.

    The Derby Trial is set to feature a clash between Ballysax winner Battle Of Marengo and unbeaten Group 1 Criterium winner Loch Garman.

    There is also the 1,000 Guineas Trial on the card and the Group 3 Amethyst Stakes.

    It's good at Punchestown for the jumps card tomorrow.

    Killarney race on Sunday and the going there is now soft, yielding in places.

    The forecast is for a mainly dry day today with showers tonight, tomorrow and on Sunday.

    There are now no good to firms places at Downpatrick for this evening's card with the description now good all around following overnight rain.



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    Tennessee bidding for Chester repeat

    Fri 10th May 2013, 09:44

    Memphis Tennessee winning last year
    Memphis Tennessee winning last year
    (Healy Racing Photos)
    Memphis Tennessee bids to become the first horse since St Expedit in 2001 and 2002 to land back-to-back victories in the Boodles Diamond Ormonde Stakes when he lines up at Chester on Friday.

    The Aidan O'Brien-trained five-year-old duly justified favouritism 12 months ago only to disappoint on his only start last season, when he was tailed off in the Hardwicke Stakes at Royal Ascot.

    His main stumbling block is expected to be Mount Athos, who has his first run back in Britain since taking in the Melbourne Cup and Japan Cup at the end of last year.

    His trainer Luca Cumani is praying the ground stays on the quick side for the Dr Marwan Koukash-owned six-year-old.

    "Mount Athos is in very good form. I just hope the rain stays away because he likes a fast surface," said Cumani. "If he gets a fast surface I'm sure he will run a good race."

    Communicator has finished first and second in two starts on the Roodee and his trainer Andrew Balding believes that is an advantage as the five-year-old tries his hand in Group Three company.

    "He likes the track and has run very well there twice in the past," said the Kingsclere handler. "He's got a fair bit to find to trouble the two principals (Memphis Tennessee and Mount Athos), but he's in good form and because he likes the track he does have place prospects at least."

    Mad Moose had refused to race on his last two starts over fences but he was a revelation on his belated Flat debut at Doncaster.

    Jumping kindly out of the stalls the nine-year-old, trained by Nigel Twiston-Davies, had far too much toe for his younger rivals as he sprang a 28-1 surprise in a mile-and-a-half maiden.

    "He was due a performance as he hadn't started in his last two runs so we were getting a bit frustrated with him," said Nick Bradley bloodstock manager to owners Middleham Park Racing.

    "Nigel was sure he would jump out of the stalls and he did. Nigel said there was no horse at home that could go with him, but we never expected him to win.

    "We put him in this in the hope that it would be a small field, which it is. We're not sure how we will ride him, but it will certainly be a sight - Mad Moose running around Chester. We will try to come up with a plan to nick a bit of prize money.

    "We've put Danny (Tudhope) on board, it's the first time he's ridden for Nigel as his son Willy was unavailable. Danny's a good jockey and he will think about the ride, about trying to win some prize money and getting a few off the bridle turning in."

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    Ruler Dominates Chester Vase

    Thu 9th May 2013, 15:22

    Ryan Moore and Aidan O'Brien
    Ryan Moore and Aidan O'Brien
    (Healy Racing Photos)
    Ruler Of The World ran out a facile winner to secure the MBNA Chester Vase for Aidan O'Brien for the fourth time in seven years.

    The Curragh maiden winner was fitted with cheekpieces for this second racecourse outing as he stepped up to Group Three company but showed no unwelcome traits en route to a straightforward success.

    Settled in a close second by Ryan Moore, he tracked leader Mister Impatience until the quartet started turning for home when the Galileo colt was asked to go and win his race.

    He settled the issue in a matter of strides with a six length winning margin scant reflection of his superiority.

    Mister Impatience held on for second with Havana Beat and Feel Like Dancing occupying the last two places throughout the 12 furlong contest.

    The winner was cut to 10/1 from 20s by Sky Bet to follow up in the Investec Derby at Epsom next month.

    Moore said: "He did it nicely. The race worked out well for him as he got a nice lead. He's still a bit green running round here, but once I grabbed hold of him he lengthened really well. He'll learn a lot. Going round here will have done him good."


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    Nevis Leads Lingfield Contenders

    Thu 9th May 2013, 12:47

    Nevis
    Nevis
    (Healy Racing Photos)
    Aidan O'Brien gives Nevis the chance to prove his Classic credentials when the colt makes his seasonal reappearance in the Betfred Derby Trial at Lingfield on Saturday.

    Nevis holds a host of big-race entries, including the Tattersalls Irish 2,000 Guineas and the Investec Derby.

    However, he is on a retrieval mission after finishing sixth behind 2000 Guineas hero Dawn Approach in the Vincent O'Brien Stakes on his final start last term.

    He faces just four rivals headed by the Luca Cumani-trained Greatwood, who made a promising seasonal debut when short headed by Windhoek at Newmarket last month.

    Hughie Morrison's Another Cocktail and Paska Boy, trained by Jonathan Portman, are also in the mix while the other runner, the Mick Channon-trained Elidor, is the only one of the quintet not to hold an entry in the Derby.

    O'Brien will not be represented in the Betfred "The Bonus King" Oaks Trial as he withdrew Half Moon at the final declaration stage. She was the only filly taken out of the Listed contest, leaving a field of seven in the race.

    Ralph Beckett has used this test as a stepping stone for the Oaks itself in the past and will be hoping Secret Gesture can book her place in the fillies' Classic at Epsom on May 31.

    All the Trial entrants are in the Oaks except for the Marco Botti-trained Whippy Cream. The rest who are seeking their ticket to Classic stardom are Alta Lilea, Enaitch, Heroine Required, Miss You Too and Northern Star.


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    Light Leads them merry dance

     By Gary CarsonTue 7th May 2013, 19:52

    Leading Light  and Joseph O'Brien
    Leading Light and Joseph O'Brien 
    (Healy Racing Photos)
    Leading Light produced a smart front-running performance to claim the conditions race at Navan on his seasonal debut.

    Joseph O'Brien was keen to lead on the Montjeu colt and he asked him to stretch two furlongs out as he was tackled by Canary Row.

    9/4 favourite Dibayani had to wait for a gap in the straight but got his run two furlongs out. He tried to throw down a challenged over a furlong out as Canary Row cried enough.

    Leading Light had hit top gear, however, and pulled away in impressive style in the closing stages to post a seven-length success over the market leader.

    The winner had two starts as a juvenile, winning the second of those at Tipperary.

    “He's very lazy and he was off the bridle when he won his maiden at Tipperary,” said Joseph O'Brien afterwards.

    “I wanted to get him to the front and when you ask him he gives it to you. I think he'll stay a mile-and-a-half well.”

    It was a double on the card for Aidan and Joseph O'Brien following the earlier maiden victory of Just Pretending.

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    "Difficult" Pretending impresses

     By Gary CarsonTue 7th May 2013, 18:53

    Just Pretending
    Just Pretending 
    (Healy Racing Photos)
    Just Pretending was friendless before the off in the Slane Fillies Maiden at Navan but ran out an impressive winner none-the-less.

    The Ballydoyle filly opened up at 11/10 on course but was returned 7/4 as they jumped in the mile contest.

    She tracked Cocktail Hour throughout before tackling the front-runner a furlong and a half out.

    The daughter of Giant's Causeway soon hit the lead and quickened clear inside the final furlong to post a four-and-a-half length victory.

    The winner had been a big eye-catcher at Dundalk last month when staying on late into third.

    “She's a very difficult mare. Seamie (Heffernan) rode her the last day and said to try her in a hood and it seems to have helped her,” said Joseph O'Brien afterwards.

    “He also said whatever you do don't hit her. She showed today that there is a bit of ability there and hopefully she can progress. She's a very well-bred filly.”

    The winner is a half-sister to the Grade 3 winner in the US called The Leopard, who cost $2,500,000 as a two-year-old.

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    Seven Irish in French 2000

    Tue 7th May 2013, 16:06

    Festive Cheer in French 2000
    Festive Cheer in French 2000
    (Healy Racing Photos)
    There are seven Irish possibles among the 30 colts still in the reckoning for the French 2000 Guineas at Longchamp on Sunday.

    Jim Bolger and Aidan O'Brien are each responsible for three entries.

    Bolger has Leitir Mor, Loch Garman and Trading Leather engaged, while Ballydoyle trainer O'Brien has Festive Cheer, Gale Force Ten and Flying The Flag.

    The only other potential Irish challenger is Tommy Carmody's Fort Knox.

    Richard Hannon's Olympic Glory is the leading British challenger.

    The three-year-old won all but one of five starts as a juvenile and already has successful form across the Channel after claiming the Prix Jean-Luc Lagardere at Longchamp's Arc meeting last October.

    Olympic Glory made a winning return to action in the Greenham Stakes at Newbury and will return to France aiming to complete a memorable week for the Hannon camp following the 1000 Guineas victory of Sky Lantern at Newmarket on Sunday.

    Hannon could also saddle Havana Gold, while there are plenty of other British-trained contenders.

    Charlie Hills has Ebn Arab in the mix following his comeback victory at Doncaster, while Marco Botti could send runaway Kempton scorer String Theory to France.

    Godolphin trainer Saeed bin Suroor has left in Tawhid, Brian Meehan could run Mujazif, and John Gosden has Bright Strike.

    Of the home contenders, Andre Fabre's Newmarket winner Intello and Freddie Head's Anodin are a two of the more interesting possible runners.


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    Marengo heads O'Brien six in Derrinstown

    Tue 7th May 2013, 14:28

    Battle Of Marengo
    Battle Of Marengo
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    Battle Of Marengo is the star name among six Aidan O'Brien-trained entries for the Derrinstown Stud Derby Trial at Leopardstown on Sunday.

    The master of Ballydoyle has saddled nine previous winners of this 10-furlong Group Two, including subsequent Epsom Derby heroes Galileo (2001) and High Chaparral (2002).

    Battle Of Marengo is following a tried-and-tested route after he won the Ballysax Stakes on his three-year-old debut.

    He is the general second favourite for Epsom's premier Classic, behind 2000 Guineas hero Dawn Approach, on June 1.

    O'Brien also has Indian Chief, Kingdom, League Of Nations, Magician and Nevis engaged in the Derrinstown at the confirmation stage.

    Dawn Approach's trainer, Jim Bolger, has a formidable pair in Loch Garman and Trading Leather.

    The entries are completed by First Cornerstone, Canary Row, Dont Bother Me and Little White Cloud from John Oxx's stable.

    The Group Three Derrinstown Stud 1,000 Guineas Trial has attracted 17 contenders, including the Dermot Weld-trained Rawaaq and Oxx's Harasiya.

    Fifteen horses are currently engaged for the Group Three Amethyst Stakes on the same card.

    David Wachman's Duntle is one of the more intriguing participants, along with Weld's Caponata and Ger Lyons' stable star Lily's Angel.



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    Ryan Moore revealed his delight at riding in the Kentucky Derby

    Last Updated: May 7, 2013 11:46am

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    Ryan Moore says riding in Saturday's Kentucky Derby "was the best day's racing I have ever experienced".

    He headed over to Churchill Downs to partner Lines Of Battle for Aidan O'Brien who finished seventh behind Orb.

    Writing in his exclusive Betfair column Moore said: "I can honestly say that the Kentucky Derby at the weekend was the best day's racing I have ever experienced; it was different class, on another level to what I have seen, or been involved in, anywhere else around the globe.

    "They say that the Melbourne Cup is the race that stops a nation, and it's obviously a very big deal in Australia, but this was something else I can assure you. No comparison at all."

    The race took place on a sloppy track after heavy rain in Louisville and Moore admitted it was a real challenge.

    "Riding at the meeting - and it was the first time I have ridden in the race - was a real eye-opener, I can tell you. And I loved it.

    "Talking of eye-openers, I must have broken my own personal record as I wore seven pairs of goggles in the Derby, with a couple of layers of clingfilm for extra protection thrown in on two pairs for good measure, and used them all.

    "In truth, it probably wasn't as bad as I would feared it would be, but it was still fairly horrific out there. But all credit to Lines Of Battle, as he ran a very brave race to finish seventh.

    "You obviously prepare horses for the kickback at home, but you just can't replicate those kind of conditions."

     

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    Ruler faces four in Vase

    Tue 7th May 2013, 11:37

    Ryan Moore rides Ruler Of The World
    Ryan Moore rides Ruler Of The World
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    Aidan O'Brien's Curragh maiden scorer Ruler Of The World faces four opponents in the MBNA Chester Vase on Thursday.

    The Ballydoyle handler has saddled three of the last six Chester Vase winners in Soldier Of Fortune (2007), Golden Sword (2009) and Treasure Beach (2011).

    This son of Galileo is a half-brother to multiple Group One winner Duke Of Marmalade and looked the part when making a winning debut in early April.

    He now tests his Derby claims in this mile-and-a-half Group Three, with Ryan Moore taking the ride.

    The highest-rated horse in the line-up is the Andrew Balding-trained Havana Beat, fourth in a valuable sales race at Newmarket three weeks ago.

    Champion trainer John Gosden is represented by Newbury winner Feel Like Dancing, while Richard Fahey, who struck gold 12 months ago with Mickdaam, runs Gabrial's Kaka.

    The small field is completed by Mark Johnston's Mister Impatience.

     

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    Frankie Dettori and Camelot

    Frankie Dettori aboard Camelot talks to Aidan O'Brien before the 2012 Arc

     PICTURE: Edward Whitaker (racingpost.com/photos)

    Frankie Dettori riding work at Ballydoyle

    FRANKIE DETTORI was on Monday part of Aidan O'Brien's work-riding team as the world's most famous jockey continued preparations for his May 20 comeback.

     


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    No problems for Camelot on his return

     By Donal MurphyMon 6th May 2013, 15:48

    Camelot is driven out by Joseph O'Brien
    Camelot is driven out by Joseph O'Brien
    (Healy Racing Photos)
    Four time Group 1 winner Camelot made a winning return to action at the Curragh this afternoon as he took the Group 3 High Chaparral EBF Mooresbridge Stakes for Aidan and Joseph O'Brien.

    The four-year-old son of Montjeu won the 2000 Guineas at Newmarket and the Derby at Epsom last season but failed to complete the Triple Crown as he finished second in the final leg, the St Leger at Doncaster in September.

    He rounded off his three-year-old campaign by finishing a disappointing seventh in the Prix De L'arc De Triomphe but he lost shoes during that race and was found to be suffering from colic afterwards.

    Sent off the 1/3 favourite this afternoon he was settled in rear off the pace but he closed into fourth entering the straight.

    He was ridden a furlong and a half from home, making headway to lead a furlong out and he was pushed out from there to score by a length and three parts.

    His front running stablemate Triumphant (20/1) kept on well to just beat Parish Hall(5/2) for the runner-up spot by a head.

    Aidan O’Brien said after the success; "I'm delighted with that. He had big colic surgery during the winter and you never really know what way they will back from that.

    "He is all class and he has great speed. I know he got a mile and a half last year but he has a lot of speed.

    "Joseph said that he was seventy per cent fit today and the Tattersalls Gold Cup remains the plan.

    "It was major open surgery that he had and after it he wasn’t with us for months. He was in Coolmore and I was surprised the shape he came back to us in.

    "That type of surgery is massive and we are lucky to have him back.”

    Camelot remains unchanged at 14/1 with Stan James for the Prix De L'Arc in October.

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    Michaelmas lands the odds in opener

     By Gary CarsonMon 6th May 2013, 14:37

    Michaelmas & Joseph O'Brien on their way to victory
    Michaelmas & Joseph O'Brien on their way to victory
    (Healy Racing Photos)
    Michaelmas landed the odds in the opener at the Curragh but had to knuckle down the get the job done.

    The Elusive Quality colt was sent off 2/9 favourite following a highly promising debut effort at Leopardstown last month.

    Joseph O'Brien had the hotpot to the fore throughout and asked him to go about his business over a furlong from home.

    He kept on inside the final furlong to land the spoils, recording a three-parts victory over Candy Apples, who stayed on late for second.

    “He did it nicely. He was still green in front,” said Aidan O'Brien afterwards.

    “There is a winners race in Naas (15th May) he might go for. He was lazy and idling away and that's why he let him gallop along.

    “I thought he won well enough.”

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    Kingsbarns unlikely to make Derby

     By Gary CarsonMon 6th May 2013, 14:59

    Kingsbarns
    Kingsbarns
    (Healy Racing Photos)
    Aidan O'Brien revealed today that he thinks it's unlikely that Kingsbarns will make the Derby at Epsom on June 1st.

    The Racing Post Trophy winner had been winter favourite for the classic but met with a setback earlier in the year which forced him to miss the 2,000 Guineas.

    O'Brien said today that he wouldn't be fit for a trial race and that it might not be fair on the horse to push him to make the Derby line-up.

    "Were struggling and I don't think he'll be fit for Leopardstown or Chester. He's grand and sound now but he's done so little for so long that he's like a sprinter.

    "To be fair on the horse it's probably not fair (going for the Derby). We'll keep going and see but we're probably not going to have him there.

    "For those races you have to have everything smooth. He's 20kg up on his racing weight but is sound and perfect. It's a pity but we'll wait and see."



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    Moth runs a cracker 3rd in the Guineas she needs further looks so classy i think we have seen the Oaks winner in her.


    Best horse was 3rd did you see how she flew by hot snap left her for

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    Orb wins Kentucky Derby with Lines in 7th

    Sun 5th May 2013, 00:21

    Lines Of Battle pictured on his way to victory at Dundalk last year
    Lines Of Battle pictured on his way to victory at Dundalk last year
    (Healy Racing Photos)
    Co-favourite Orb gave trainer Shug McGaughey his first success in the Kentucky Derby at a muddy Churchill Downs on Saturday night.

    Ridden by Dubai World Cup-winning jockey Joel Rosario, Orb made light of the sloppy track at Churchill Downs to win the first leg of the American Triple Crown in style.

    He powered clear to beat Golden Soul with fellow market leader Revolutionary back in third after heavy rain in Louisville turned the Run for the Roses into a real slog.

    Aidan O'Brien's Lines Of Battle kept on well to finish seventh without ever landing a telling blow.







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    No fuss for swift Coach at Tipp

    Thu 2nd May 2013, 18:22

    Coach House has his rivals well beaten at Tipperary
    Coach House has his rivals well beaten at Tipperary
    (Healy Racing Photos)
    The Irish Stallion Farms European Breeders Fund Maiden looked Coach House's for the taking and the Ballydoyle juvenile certainly didn't fluff his lines in the Tipperary opener.

    Anyone that invested at 2/5 (from 4/7) never really had any cause for concern as the Curragh runner-up jumped out with a catch me if you can approach against five opponents having their first tastes of racecourse action.

    Coach House stretched on under Joseph O'Brien from over a furlong out to beat his only serious market-rival, Heart Focus (a 7/2 shot, 9s bar the two) by six and a half lengths.

    Joseph O'Brien said: "He improved plenty and he's a lovely horse with plenty of pace. He'll get six furlongs and he's got a really good attitude."

    Coach House is a Group 1 Keeneland Phoenix Stakes entrant for the Curragh in August. He is also in at the Curragh next Monday as well as races cross-channel at Doncaster and Redcar in the autumn. (TW & EM)

     


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    Confidence behind Moth

    Thu 2nd May 2013, 22:20

    Moth
    Moth
    (Healy Racing Photos)
    Joseph O'Brien is hoping Moth can justify being supplemented for the QIPCO 1000 Guineas at Newmarket on Sunday.

    Connections of the Aidan O'Brien-trained filly paid £30,000 to add her to the field at the confirmation stage on the strength of the promise she showed when easily winning a Curragh maiden four weeks ago.

    "She's a lovely filly. I really fancied her first time out last year but she only finished fifth and I was terribly disappointed," the jockey told At The Races.

    "She came back and ran over six in a maiden and I got to the front too soon and she got a bit tired and was nailed by horses late on.

    "She went to the Curragh and she showed on the track for the first time what she had been showing at home and she goes there with a live chance in an open-enough Guineas.

    "Her pedigree suggests she will stay much further, at least a mile and a half. To do that over seven was very special and we're hoping she will progress with racing."

    The jockey's father also has Snow Queen and Magical Dream left in the race, which he will be bidding to win for a third time, although the latter is not a certain runner.

    "Snow Queen has a lot of ability and might be a bit better on a straight track. On her run this year she might struggle, but I wouldn't be surprised if she ran a big race," said O'Brien jnr.

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    Lines draws 11 in 'run for the roses'

    Thu 2nd May 2013, 10:07

    Lines Of Battle
    Lines Of Battle
    (Healy Racing Photos)
    Aidan O'Brien's Lines Of Battle will race from stall 11 in the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs on Saturday night.

    The colt, who enjoyed a solid juvenile campaign, booked his ticket to the 'run for the roses' with victory in the UAE Derby at Meydan on his reappearance.

    A son of War Front, he arrived on Wednesday morning and will be ridden by Ryan Moore.

    O'Brien's assistant TJ Comerford said: "Aidan tries to have a go every year. Every horse we've brought here has won the same race in Dubai. Aidan would like to win it because it's a major race, one of the biggest races."

    Of the leading contenders, Todd Pletcher's Wood Memorial winner Verrazano was drawn in gate 14, with Shug McGaughey's Florida Derby victor Orb in 16.

    Orb has been installed as favourite on the local morning line, and McGaughey said on www.bloodhorse.com: "Well, I'm fine with that. I heard a little rumour this morning that Mike (Battaglia, oddsmaker) was a little confused on who it was, but I think that just because of the way (Orb's) doing here.

    "Verrazano, as we all know, is a very talented horse, and we'll see what the public does on Saturday, but I think he will probably still be the favourite.

    "I think from where he is (in 16), we'll just kind of hold our position, maybe try to creep in a little bit going around the first turn, and then Joel (Rosario) can kind of watch what's going on down on the inside of him, and see what Johnny (Velazquez) is doing on Verazzano."



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    Freewheel toughs it out on debut

     By Alan MageeWed 1st May 2013, 18:48

    Joseph O'Brien doubled up on Freewheel
    Joseph O'Brien doubled up on Freewheel
    (Healy Racing Photos)
    Aidan and Joseph O’Brien completed a quick double as Freewheel showed a very likeable attitude when successful on his debut in the nine-furlong maiden at Tipperary.

    The Galileo colt was well-supported on track from 7/4 into 11/8 favourite but punters were not on good terms with themselves as Joseph was hard at work turning into the straight with Pat Smullen appearing to have plenty in hand on fellow newcomer Resolute Response.

    However the latter didn’t quite live up to his name, and found little under pressure asFreewheel stayed on well inside the final furlong to beat Teoirim (3/1) by two and a half lengths.

    Resolute Response (7/4) was just denied by a nose for the runner-up spot.

    Aidan O’Brien said, “He won nicely. Joseph said he could go further and he was a bit green. Hopefully he can progress and he’s a grand big horse. I was at the furlong pole and he seemed to win going away but the second was only rated 76.”

    The Ballydoyle team were also on the mark in the previous seven-furlong handicap with Line Drummer.

    Additional reporting by Thomas Weekes




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    Drummer impresses on return to Tipp

     By Alan MageeWed 1st May 2013, 18:21

    Line Drummer strides clear for Joseph O'Brien
    Line Drummer strides clear for Joseph O'Brien
    (Healy Racing Photos)
    Line Drummer, off the course over eight months since making all to take a maiden over this course and distance, followed up under contrasting tactics in the seven-furlong handicap.

    Joseph O’Brien elected to settle the son of Galileo off the pace set by 5/2 favourite Caesaria before getting a lovely run up the inner entering the straight.

    The easy-to-back 6/1 chance quickly made up ground to lead just over a furlong out, and stretched right away to beat the “jolly” by five and a half lengths.

    Janna’s Jingle (12/1) kept on onepaced to finish another neck away in third.

    Winning trainer Aidan O’Brien said, “I’m delighted with that. He’s a bit keen at home but shows lots of speed and we’ve been trying to relax him.

    “Even though he’s by Galileo he has lots of speed and travelled well today. He looks like he’s better than a handicapper, and Joseph said he should step up to a mile.”

    The Ballydoyle maestro also indicated riding arrangements for his powerful team in the Qipco-sponsored 1000 and 2000 Guineas at Newmarket this weekend.

    Joseph O’Brien will be on Cristoforo Colombo in the 2000 Guineas, with Seamie Heffernan riding Mars and Colm O’Donoghue on George Vancouver in Saturday's classic.

    Meanwhile on Sunday, Joseph will ride impressive Curragh maiden winner Moth in the 1000, with Ryan Moore making a swift return from the Kentucky Derby, where he rides O’Brien’s Lines Of Battle, to take the mount on Snow Queen.

    Additional reporting by Thomas Weekes


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    Camelot in line for Curragh return

    Wed 1st May 2013, 14:27

    Camelot is the clear winner of the Investec Derby at Epsom last June
    Camelot is the clear winner of the Investec Derby at Epsom last June
    (Healy Racing Photos)
    Camelot will face a maximum of seven rivals should he make his highly-anticipated return to action in the High Chaparral EBF Mooresbridge Stakes at the Curragh on Monday.

    Aidan O'Brien's colt enjoyed a superb Classic campaign, winning the 2000 Guineas at Newmarket, both the English and Irish Derbies and only narrowly missed out on Triple Crown glory when runner-up in the St Leger.

    The son of Montjeu was found to be suffering from colic just days after his disappointing showing in the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe at Longchamp, but is set to return as a four-year-old in this Group 3 test.

    O'Brien also has El Salvador, Ernest Hemingway and Triumphant in the ten-furlong event.

    Seemingly the biggest threat to Camelot is the Jim Bolger-trained Parish Hall.

    Winner of the 2011 Dewhurst Stakes, the Teofilo colt was sidelined for well over a year by injury, but made a winning return in the Listed Alleged Stakes over this course and distance last month.

    Bolger could be double-handed, with Light Heavy also in the mix.

    The field is completed by Ken Condon's Macbeth and Negotiate from Joanna Morgan's stable.

    On an intriguing eight-race card, the Listed Power EBF Tetrarch Stakes has attracted 16 entries, including O'Brien's Forester and Eddie Lynam's classy filly Viztoria.

    Viztoria also features among 21 fillies engaged in the Canford Cliffs EBF Athasi Stakes, with the Ger Lyons-trained Lily's Angel another major contender for the Group 3 prize.



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    Limonade takes Listed honours

     By Donal MurphySat 29th Jun 2013, 16:15

    Count Of Limonade is driven out to score by Joseph O'Brien
    Count Of Limonade is driven out to score by Joseph O'Brien
    (Healy Racing Photos)
    After finishing second in a Listed contest on his last start at Leopardstown, Count Of Limonade went one place better this afternoon, as he took the Dubai Duty Free Millenium Millionaire Celebration Stakes under Joseph O’Brien (a pound overweight) for his father Aidan.

    The three-year-old son of Duke Of Marmalade won a handicap at Dundalk in April over today’s trip of a mile but he was stepped up in distance on his last two outings.

    Dropped back to a mile this afternoon he raced in second behind the front-runningScintillula (5/1), edging ahead two furlongs out and keeping on best from there to hold off the aforementioned Jim Bolger trained runner by half a length.

    Captain Joy (8/1) finished best of all, half a length back in third under Ronan Whelan for Tracey Collins, while the 2/1 favourite Caponata could only manage a disappointing fourth under Pat Smullen for Dermot Weld.

    The winner was well-supported on track, going from 9/2 to his starting price of 7/2.

    Aidan O’Brien said afterwards: "He is tough and very like his daddy. He is getting better with age. He likes fast ground and a mile and a quarter is no problem for him. We will look for a Group race for him now."

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    Retirement possible for Camelot

    Sat 29th Jun 2013, 16:48

    Camelot pictured on his way to victory at the Curragh in May
    Camelot pictured on his way to victory at the Curragh in May
    (Healy Racing Photos)
    Aidan O'Brien has revealed last year's 2000 Guineas and dual Derby hero Camelot could be retired after failing to recapture his best form this season.

    The son of Montjeu kicked off his Classic campaign with a last-gasp victory at Newmarket, before running out a hugely-impressive winner of the Epsom Derby under the trainer's son, Joseph.

    Claiming the Irish Derby along the way, the stage was set for Camelot to become the first Triple Crown hero since Nijinsky in 1970 as he was given the green light for the St Leger at Doncaster, but he was narrowly denied on Town Moor by Godolphin's Encke.

    A disappointing run in the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe followed, after which he suffered a severe bout of colic, and although he was brought back for a much-anticipated four-year-old campaign, he has looked a shadow of his former self.

    Since managing a workmanlike victory on his return, Camelot has been beaten by Al Kazeem in the Tattersalls Gold Cup and finished fourth behind the same opponent in the Prince of Wales's Stakes at Royal Ascot.

    While a tilt at the Coral-Eclipse at Sandown on July 6 will be considered, O'Brien is unsure whether to persevere with a horse who remains of significant value to his connections as a potential stallion.

    O'Brien said: "He's a very important horse to us and he's not one we want to take any risks with.

    "The last day at Royal Ascot, he obviously hadn't come back to his best and while the Eclipse is still an option, retirement is something we might have to consider as well.

    "The spark was never there after his run in the Irish Derby last year. He had a tough race there on testing ground and then had that problem over the winter."

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    Ruler to be given a break

     By Donal MurphySat 29th Jun 2013, 19:42

    Ruler Of The World is set for a break
    Ruler Of The World is set for a break
    (Healy Racing Photos)
    Aidan O’Brien has indicated Ruler Of The World will now been given a break, following his fifth place finish in the Irish Derby.

    O’Brien said: "He's had three quick enough runs and he got a bit warmer than he did at Epsom.

    "I don’t want to make excuses as the winner did it well. We may give him a break now as he deserves it."

    O’Brien also ran Festive Cheer in the third Irish Classic of the season, and he kept on well to finish a good third.

    He said of him; "I’m delighted with the way he ran. He ran better than he did at Epsom and Ruler Of The World didn’t but that is racing I suppose."

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    The Vatican makes all to take the last

     By Donal MurphyFri 28th Jun 2013, 21:01

    The Vatican made it double on the evening for Aidan O'Brien
    The Vatican made it double on the evening for Aidan O'Brien
    (Healy Racing Photos)
    The Vatican put in a game front-running performance to take the last at the Curragh, the eFlow 'Hassle Free' Maiden, providing Aidan O’Brien with a double on the card.

    The three-year-old son of Galileo ran just once as a juvenile, finishing third of five behindFlying The Flag (won the feature race this evening) in a race at Leopardstown last July.

    He opened the 7/4 favourite on-course this evening, but drifted all the way out to 5/2 at the off, with the Ger Lyons trained Saxo Jack going off the 9/4 market leader.

    Ridden by Joseph O’Brien, the winner soon led but was joined and given reminders approaching the straight.

    He was under pressure and pressed from over two furlongs out, but he responded well to his jockey's urgings, staying on well in the final furlong to score by a length and three parts at the line.

    Al Destoor ran a fine race on his debut to finish second at 11/1 under Declan McDonogh for John Oxx, while Wannabe Better was a length and a quarter back in third under Wayne Lordan for Tommy Stack at 13/2.

    Saxo Jack never looked like winning and he finished a disappointing fifth under Gary Carroll.

    Aidan O’Brien said afterwards: "He is a hardy, sound horse that handles fast ground well.

    "He's been leading Battle Of Marengo at home and that’s why you haven’t seen him. He’ll stay further."

    The winner is out of a half-sister to Minor Vamp, who won the Goffs Fillies Million at the Curragh in 2008 for Richard Hannon.

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    Ballydoyle 'second string' wins the feature

     By Donal MurphyFri 28th Jun 2013, 19:59

    Flying The Flag is driven out by Seamie Heffernan with Aloof back in second
    Flying The Flag is driven out by Seamie Heffernan with Aloof back in second
    (Healy Racing Photos)
    Aidan O’Brien won the feature race at Naas on Wednesday with his apparent second string and he did the same at the Curragh this evening as Flying The Flagoverturned the 'jolly' in the Group 3 eFlow 'You First' International Stakes.

    The former Brian Meehan trained Most Improved was making his debut this evening for Ballydoyle, and having won the St James's Palace Stakes at Royal Ascot last year, he was expected to take all the beating.

    He drifted on track from an opening show of 4/5 out to 5/4, with the winner well supported, going off at 21/10 (first horse to be returned at that price in Ireland) having opened at 3/1 on-course.

    Flying The Flag raced in second under Seamie Heffernan as Aloof made the running while Most Improved was settled in third.

    As they turned into the straight Flying The Flag took closer order and was pushed along over two furlongs out.

    He soon challenged and hit the front under a furlong from home, going on from there to score by four lengths at the line.

    Aloof finished second under Wayne Lordan for David Wachman at 5/2 (was 9/2 this morning), while Most Improved was six and a half lengths back in third under Joseph O’Brien.

    Aidan O'Brien said afterwards: "I’m delighted with him. He's a mile and a quarter horse and fast ground is important to him. There was plenty of pace on and that suited him."

    O'Brien said of Most Improved; "He has been off a long time and he just got tired as he was entitled to do. I was very happy with the run, especially how he travelled during the race. Joseph said he won’t mind going back in trip."

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    Derby Preview

    Fri 28th Jun 2013, 17:15

    Sugar Boy pictured on his way to victory at Tipperary last year
    Sugar Boy pictured on his way to victory at Tipperary last year
    (Healy Racing Photos)
    Joseph O'Brien is confident Ruler Of The World can maintain his unbeaten record and hand father Aidan a remarkable 11th Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby on Saturday evening.

    The master of Ballydoyle has saddled the likes of Galileo (2001), High Chaparral (2002) and last year's hero Camelot to win Ireland's premier Classic, with that trio all succeeding on the back of Epsom Derby glory.

    Ruler Of The World, ridden by Ryan Moore at Epsom, bids to follow in their hoofprints at the Curragh, with the trainer's son getting back on board for the first time since he won his maiden at the track in April.

    O'Brien jnr, who claimed his first Irish Derby aboard Camelot a year ago, said: "He's an exciting horse. He's won three times from three runs and he won very nicely the last day at Epsom so we're looking forward to it.

    "He was ready to run early as a two-year-old and he was in the Chesham (at Royal Ascot) until very late on, he was going to run but then he got a little cough.

    "They couldn't shift the cough for the rest of the year but he's a very exciting horse.

    "You'd be hoping he'll improve for the experience of Epsom, the Curragh is a fair track and he's won there already," the jockey told At The Races.

    O'Brien senior, who has won the last seven Irish Derbies, added: "We have been very happy with him (since Epsom).

    "He impressed us at Epsom and we think the Curragh will suit him even better."

    Likely pacesetter Festive Cheer, the mount of Seamie Heffernan, also runs for the Ballydoyle team.

    Renewing rivalries with Ruler Of The World is Epsom runner-up Libertarian. A shock winner of the Dante Stakes at York, the three-year-old proved that was no fluke with a fantastic effort at Epsom and he emerged with extra credit given he did not appear to handle the undulating track.

    He has since been snapped up by Godolphin and is set to make his final start for North Yorkshire trainer Elaine Burke this weekend.

    The trainer's husband, Karl, believes the stable star is open to more improvement than most from Epsom.

    Burke said: "He's going there in great form. I've been very happy with his work since Epsom and I'm sure he has improved.

    "Physically he looks a more mature horse than he was going into Epsom and I think mentally he has sharpened up as well.

    "Considering he did not handle the track that well at Epsom, he did extremely well to finish as close as he did.

    "Certainly you would think the Curragh will suit him better. The track should play to his strengths.

    "Conditions should be fine for him. He wouldn't want extremes either way, but other than that he's fine.

    "All these staying three-year-olds tend to progress through the summer, but being a May foal, you would like to think he has scope to improve more than the other horses that ran at Epsom.

    "There is a lot of stamina on the dam's side and he'll see out the trip well. New Approach is turning into a superb stallion."

    On the possibility of his wife becoming first woman in history to train an Irish Derby winner, Burke said: "It would be great to do it for Elaine. He nearly did it at Epsom and hopefully he goes one better on Saturday."

    Despite the change of ownership, William Buick keeps the ride on Saturday evening and he too is confident of a bold show.

    Buick said: "I'm really looking forward to it. He's a lovely horse and he did very well in the Derby and the track should suit him better at the Curragh.

    "Although he's taking on the Derby winner, who will also improve for it being on a more galloping track, I'm very hopeful. We'll have to see."

    Another horse who will switch yards after this weekend's Classic is the Patrick Prendergast-trained Sugar Boy, who was snapped up by owner Sheikh Mohammed Bin Khalifa Al Maktoum earlier this week.

    The Authorized colt beat Libertarian and Epsom third Galileo Rock on his latest start at Sandown, and Prendergast is hoping his extra freshness will stand him in good stead, although some rain at Curragh would have been welcomed.

    Prendergast said: "He's in good shape and we've had no problems.

    "The rain dance I've been doing hasn't worked, but there's nothing we can do about that. If I had everything my own way we'd have had a drop of rain. I'd have been more confident about his chances then.

    "It's my first runner in the Derby and, to be honest, I haven't even got round to thinking about the fact it will be his last run for me.

    "We're looking forward to the race, he's going there well and fresh and he's only going up the road, which is an advantage.

    "I'm hoping Epsom might have emptied a couple of them out. We'll see."

    Chris Hayes has partnered Sugar Boy on his last five stars and hopes to break his Classic duck.

    Hayes said: "He's probably the freshest horse going into the race as the others have been to Epsom and elsewhere.

    "He's been a great horse for me and I've only been beaten once on him and that was behind Battle Of Marengo in the Ballysax.

    "I was fairly bullish when I came in then that if he met Battle Of Marengo again it would be a different result.

    "It's the first time I've had a proper chance in a Classic."

    Galileo Rock's trainer David Wachman acknowledges his charge will have to keep improving to again trouble those who finished ahead of him at Epsom.

    Wachman said: "He's in good form and the ground looks OK so far. Hopefully the rain stays away.

    "It's a competitive race. Hopefully he's still progressing as if you don't progress month by month, you get left behind.

    "We'd like a strong pace, but he handled an easy pace all right in Epsom.

    "We'll just have to see what happens."

    Jim Bolger's only previous Irish Derby success was with St Jovite back in 1992, but he could find the target again with Trading Leather.

    Second in the Dante and third in the Irish 2,000 Guineas, the son of Teofilo appeared ready for a step up to a mile and a half when impressing in the Silver Stakes last time out.

    Bolger said: "The step up in trip should suit him. He seems in very good form and is looking very well. He's been eating well since his last run and put the weight back on.

    "He wants good ground or a little faster."

    John Oxx has won the Irish Derby with Sinndar (2000) and Alamshar (2003) and is this year represented by outsider Little White Cloud, who has been placed twice in Pattern company this year.

    Oxx said: "The Gallinule was probably quick enough back (after the Derrinstown). He ran well but was beaten again. Both those were over a mile and a quarter and he's a mile-and-a-half horse and will probably stay beyond that.

    "He's rated 107 and has to improve 10lb to be competitive. I think he'll improve a certain amount, but whether he makes that jump I don't know.

    "It's been five weeks since his last run so he's had a chance to improve and he's is bred to improve from two to three also.

    "Hopefully with the time and the extra distance he'll make the jump, but the gap is obviously there.

    "He wants fast ground. He doesn't handle soft and wouldn't even want the slow side of good."

    A nine-runner field is completed by Godolphin pacemaker Cap O'Rushes and Pat Shanahan's 100-1 outsider Ralston Road.


     

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    9 line up in Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby

    Thu 27th Jun 2013, 10:56

    Ruler Of The World
    Ruler Of The World
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    Epsom Derby winner Ruler of the World will face 8 rivals in Saturday’s Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby at the Curragh following this morning’s final declaration of runners and he will attempt to give trainer Aidan O’Brien a remarkable 11th winner of the race.

    He will take on Libertarian who finished runner up at Epsom and whose trainer Elaine Burke will attempt to become the first female trainer to win the Group 1 Classic in it’s 148th year history. Epsom third Galileo Rock will hope to give his trainer David Wachman and jockey Wayne Lordan their first Irish Derby victory.

    Sugar Boy trained by Patrick Prendergast, whose Grandfather trained the winner of the race four times, will also line up in the 1.25 million euro contest, while Jim Bolger who won the race 21 years ago with St Jovite has Trading Leather, John Oxx who trained the winner of the race in 2000 with Sinndar and in 2003 with Alamshar will run Little White Cloud, while trainer Pat Shanahan will attempt to become one of the only trainers to also win the race as a jockey, having ridden Zagreb to success in 1996, when he saddles Ralston Road.

    Festive Cheer, Cap O’Rushes make up the nine runner field

    Paddy Power, official betting partner of the Curragh Racecourse: 11-10 Ruler Of The World, 7-2 Libertarian, 5 Trading Leather, 8 Galileo Rock, Sugar Boy, 20 Festive Cheer, 33 Little White Cloud, 50 Cap O'Rushes, 100 Ralston Road

    Other points to note -

    Friday 1st race 5.25pm with live music from the Knights of Leon after last race.

    • Saturday 1st race 3.10pm Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby off at 6.30pm. Dubai Duty Free Most Stylish Lady competition in association with Boodles (registration closes 3pm) with lead judge Michelle Keegan of Coronation Street fame. Derby Music Village hosted by Hector OhEoghagain with live music throughout the day from Raglans, Delorentoes, Original Rude Boys and Sharon Shannon with special guest Brian Kennedy

    • Sunday 1st race 2.05pm Oxigen Environmental Family Race Day

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    Darwin delivers as O'Brien completes treble

    Wed 26th Jun 2013, 20:30

    Darwin and Joseph O'Brien
    Darwin and Joseph O'Brien
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    Champion Trainer Aidan O'Brien completed a treble at Naas today when his American import Darwin made an impressive Irish debut in the Boston Access Race.

    Ridden by the trainer's son Joseph (completing a double on the day), the strapping son of Big Brown was held up last of the three runners before quickly moving to the front over a furlong out, for an easy two and a quarter lengths win over Fighter Squadron.

    O'Brien Snr wasn't present but Joseph O'Brien later stated “he has been an exciting horse and is still only a three year old. He's still quite green, that was his first run on grass and it was his first time on a track like this. He hasn't done much at home and has only been on grass twice since we've had him, so they're probably the only times he's been on grass.

    “He hasn't run in nearly a year and got hurt on his second run in America before having a break. He's a lovely horse and is in races like the Sussex Stakes.”

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    Fingers burnt as Moth sees only red lights

    Wed 26th Jun 2013, 20:16

    Venus De Milo (left, pink). In the distance is Moth (third left, dark blue colours)
    Venus De Milo (left, pink). In the distance is Moth (third left, dark blue colours)
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    Ballydoyle landed the Listed Irish Stallion Farms European Breeders Fund Naas Oaks Trial at Naas today but not with the one most expected to win, Moth (4/11 favourite, met trouble in-running), the race instead going to stablemate Venus De Milo (8/1).

    Moth was heavily backed following two fine efforts in the English 1,000 Guineas and Oaks and was again patiently ridden byJoseph O'Brien.

    However once the race began in earnest in the straight, the gaps failed to appear for Moth who was blocked numerous occasions on the heels of the main group. Opera Gloves and Bunairgead looked set to fight out the finish before Venus De Milo flew home late on, to edge a three parts of a length win over Opera Gloves.

    Moth failed to get a run and finished well back in eighth.

    Winning trainer Aidan O'Brien was absent but Heffernan later stated “Venus De Miloshowed a lot as a younger filly at home but Aidan didn't want to run her until she was ready.

    “She surprised me at Fairyhouse the way she quickened when the penny dropped and I was riding her to run a nice race today and wanted to teach her a bit to see if she was up to running in these kinds of races.

    “I wasn't sure, but I initially thought the reason she won at Fairyhouse was because of the soft ground but the ground was totally the opposite today. She has a bit of class though and is strong and versatile.”

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    Far side group has the edge at Naas!

    Wed 26th Jun 2013, 19:12

    Illustrate and Joseph O'Brien
    Illustrate and Joseph O'Brien
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    The Aidan O'Brien trained Illustrate led home a field of 17 runners to win the Prosperous Financial Services Supporting North Kildare Chamber Maiden at Naas today under Champion Jockey Joseph O'Brien.

    The field immediately broke into two 'groups' with jockey Fran Berry opting to race hitherto frustrating Lottie Dod alone on the stands' side. Illustrate led the main pack and eventually dismissed Lottie Dod with a furlong and a half to race, recording an easy two and a quarter lengths win over that rival.

    Trainer O'Brien was absent but his winning jockey son later said “Illustrate won nicely - the ground was very quick and he stayed going.

    “He loves that ground and six furlongs was his trip. He was entitled to win a a maiden after his good run the last day.”

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    2013 (4 Winners) Total (41 Winners) Group One (19 wins)

    Declaration of War - Queen Anne Stakes

    War Command - Coventry Stakes

    Gale Force Ten - Jersey Stakes

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    O'Brien's Leading Light

    Fri 21st Jun 2013, 19:26

    Leading Light and Joseph O'Brien make the best way home
    Leading Light and Joseph O'Brien make the best way home 
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    The 5/4 favourite Leading Light ran out a tenacious winner of the Queen's Vase (In Memory of Sir Henry Cecil) at Royal Ascot.

    For much of the contest the strong-travelling Disclaimer looked like he could provide the fairytale success for Lady Cecil but he weakened from the two furlong market and the winner went to the front.

    He was immediately pressed by Feel Like Dancing (20/1) who thundered home down the centre of the track but Leading Light found more for pressure and went on to score by a length-and-a-half.

    It was the same distance back to 66/1 chance who ran a huge race in third.

    "We were a little bit worried about the trip, but other than that we thought he was a very nice horse and he's toughed it out," said the winning rider.

    "He's very relaxed and he has a great attitude. He tries hard and when you get stuck into him he fights.

    "He's very idle. When he gets to the front he stops, but whenever another horse gets to him, they don't go past him. He always just does enough."

    Sky Bet cut the winner to 7/1 from 10s for the Ladbrokes St Leger.

    Spokesman Michael Shinners said: "He looked all stamina and showed real guts to get back up when challenged. In the long term he could well be a Gold Cup horse."

    Disclaimer could not provide Warren House stables with a poignant winner of the Queen's Vase, named in honour of the late trainer.

    The colt travelled smoothly into the lead turning into the straight. However, Disclaimer's stamina gave way soon afterwards.

    Cecil won the race an incredible eight times in his career, among his record 75 Royal Ascot triumphs, and all of the jockeys wore black armbands in memory of the legendary figure.


    Leading Light sees them off 1 by 1 at Royal Ascot


    Leading Light (purple silks) powers home in the Queen's Vase


    Tenacious Light lands Vase

    Last Updated: June 21, 2013 6:00pm


    The 5/4 favourite Leading Light ran out a tenacious winner of the Queen's Vase (In Memory of Sir Henry Cecil) at Royal Ascot.

    For much of the contest the strong-travelling Disclaimer looked like he could provide the fairytale success for Lady Cecil but he weakened from the two furlong market and the winner went to the front.

    He was immediately pressed by Feel Like Dancing (20/1) who thundered home down the centre of the track but Leading Light found more for pressure and went on to score by a length-and-a-half.

    It was the same distance back to 66/1 chance who ran a huge race in third.

    "We were a little bit worried about the trip, but other than that we thought he was a very nice horse and he's toughed it out," said the winning rider.

    "He's very relaxed and he has a great attitude. He tries hard and when you get stuck into him he fights.

    "He's very idle. When he gets to the front he stops, but whenever another horse gets to him, they don't go past him. He always just does enough."

    Sky Bet cut the winner to 7/1 from 10s for the Ladbrokes St Leger.

    Disclaimer could not provide Warren House stables with a poignant winner of the race, named in honour of the late trainer.

    The colt travelled smoothly into the lead turning into the straight. However, Disclaimer's stamina gave way soon afterwards.

    Cecil won the race an incredible eight times in his career, among his record 75 Royal Ascot triumphs, and all of the jockeys wore black armbands in memory of the legendary figure.


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    Battle Of Marengo gives best to Hillstar

    Fri 21st Jun 2013, 15:39

    Hillstar goes past Battle Of Marengo at Royal Ascot
    Hillstar goes past Battle Of Marengo at Royal Ascot
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    Ryan Moore gave Hillstar a fantastic ride to reel in 10/11 favourite Battle Of Marengo and win the King Edward VII Stakes at Royal Ascot.

    The market leader looked to have made a decisive move when kicking for home and taking two lengths out of the field shortly after turning in.

    However Moore had ridden the 15/2 winner with great patience and he produced a sustained run from the rear of the field to hit the front inside the distance and score by a length and a half. Mutashaded (11/2) was third.

    "He's a horse I've always thought a lot of. I was taken a bit further back than I would have liked but he got there in the end," the winning rider told Channel Four Racing.

    Winning trainer Sir Michael Stoute added: "We had him in the Derby and the Irish Derby and his first two races this year hadn't gone right. At Newbury last time he hit the gate too well and was too keen so we wrapped him up today. We've always loved this horse."


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    Gale Force Ten Ascot 1


    Gale Force blows in opener


    Gale Force Ten Ascot 1

    Gale Force Ten: Jersey Stakes winner

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      Gale Force Ten battled back strongly to beat Montiridge in the Jersey Stakes, the opening race on day two of Royal Ascot.

      Aidan O'Brien and son Joseph won the first race of the meeting with Declaration Of War and they repeated the feat on Wednesday by kicking off the card with a winner, a well-backed 9/2 favourite.

      It looked as though the Oasis Dream colt might have to settle for second when Montiridge (8/1) edged by him inside the final furlong, but O'Brien's charge responded well to pressure and he got back up to win by a head.

      Tawhid was third at 25/1 with Garswood fourth.

      Joseph O'Brien said: "He's very tough. Richard (Hughes) actually headed me. He got a mile very well at the Curragh and he's got a big heart."

      Aidan O'Brien said: "He fought back well. He's a hardy horse, a strong horse and loves that fast ground. Joseph said in an ideal world he would not want to be in front as long as that.

      "He could step up to a mile or go back to six furlongs, which is unusual. Over six furlongs he would not want to be in front as long as that."

      Richard Hannon, trainer of Montiridge, said: "He's a better horse on better ground, it's quite quick out there.

      "He's quite good. There's a few French races for him. The Prix Jean Prat is only in 10 days, but you never know."

      Saeed bin Suroor, trainer of Tawhid, said: "We were worried about the ground - he would prefer it softer - but he handled it and he ran a huge race.

      "There is no target, we'll find another Group race for him."



      Ten blows in for team O'Brien

      Wed 19th Jun 2013, 15:04

      Gale Force Ten (nearside) just beats Montiridge in the Jersey Stakes
      Gale Force Ten (nearside) just beats Montiridge in the Jersey Stakes
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      Gale Force Ten provided Ballydoyle with their third winner of the meeting when battling back strongly to beat Montiridge in the Jersey Stakes, the opening race on day two of Royal Ascot.

      Aidan O'Brien and son Joseph won the first race of the meeting with Declaration Of War and they repeated the feat on Wednesday by kicking off the card with a winner, a well-backed 9/2 favourite.

      It looked as though the Oasis Dream colt might have to settle for second when Montiridge (8/1) edged by him inside the final furlong, but O'Brien's charge responded well to pressure and he got back up to win by a head.

      Tawhid was third at 25/1 with Garswood fourth. Richard Hughes picked up a one day ban for careless riding on the runner-up.

      Joseph O'Brien said: "He's very tough, but I was praying someone would come to me as he was being very idle. When he saw the other horse he put his head down.

      "He got a mile very well at the Curragh, that's why I didn't want to get too far back. He's small but he has a big heart."

      Aidan O'Brien said: "He fought back well. He's a hardy horse, a strong horse and loves that fast ground. Joseph said in an ideal world he would not want to be in front as long as that.

      "He could step up to a mile or go back to six furlongs, which is unusual. Over six furlongs he would not want to be in front as long as that."

      Richard Hannon, trainer of Montiridge, said: "He's a better horse on better ground, it's quite quick out there.

      "He's quite good. There's a few French races for him. The Prix Jean Prat is only in 10 days, but you never know."

      Saeed bin Suroor, trainer of Tawhid, said: "We were worried about the ground - he would prefer it softer - but he handled it and he ran a huge race. There is no target, we'll find another Group race for him."

       


       

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      Command so good in the Coventry

      Tue 18th Jun 2013, 17:01

      War Command leaves them for dead in the Coventry
      War Command leaves them for dead in the Coventry
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      Aidan O'Brien's apparent third string War Command turned in a breathtaking display under Seamie Heffernan to take top honours in the Coventry Stakes at Royal Ascot.

      The Ballydoyle handler was responsible for 5/2 favourite Stubbs, as well as leading contender Sir John Hawkins (6/1), with War Command a 20/1 shot after making a winning debut at Leopardstown just 11 days earlier.

      Stubbs ranged up on the outside in the hands of the trainer's son Joseph a furlong down, with Sir John Hawkins and Ryan Moore also in there pitching, but neither had any answer to War Command's stunning finishing effort.

      The American-bred juvenile passed the post six lengths clear of the eyecatching Parbold, who made good ground in the final furlong having encountered traffic problems.

      Sir John Hawkins picked up minor money in third, with Stubbs eventually weakening into sixth position.

      Heffernan said: "I've probably ridden all of Aidan's Coventry winners at home, but none of them on the track. It's my first ride in the race.

      "It was nice to ride one that has won as easy as that. He relaxed and quickened. He's all right, this one."

      Sky Bet inserted him at 8/1 for the 2000 Guineas immediately after the race such was the impression he made on the bookmakers.


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      Declaration of War took the Queen Anne Stakes


       Declaration Of War

       Declaration Of War

      Declaration Of War: Too good for his Queen Anne rivals

      Ballydoyle drew first blood at Royal Ascot as 15/2 chance Declaration of War took the Queen Anne Stakes, the opening event of the meeting.

      Favourite Animal Kingdom, the winner of the Kentucky Derby and Dubai World Cup, was sent off the even-money favourite to land another major prize but completely failed to handle conditions and was beaten soon after halfway.

      The Aidan O'Brien-trained winner had performed below expectations in Newbury's Lockinge Stakes on his previous start, but showed his true colours here.

      Held up in midpack in the early stages, Joseph O'Brien had to be patient and was still only fourth passing the furlong-pole. But once he found the gap 150 yards out, Declaration Of War made rapid progress to take up the running and go away to score by three-quarters of a length.

      Aljamaaheer (8/1) took second, with Gregorian (16/1) filling out the frame in third.

      Elusive Kate, who had helped set to early fractions with Libranno and Penitent, finished back in fourth

      "I'm still not quite sure what happened at Newbury, but this is a very good horse," said the winning rider.

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      Great start for Ballydoyle at Royal Ascot

      Tue 18th Jun 2013, 15:06

      Declaration Of War seen here winning at the Curragh
      Declaration Of War seen here winning at the Curragh
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      Ballydoyle drew first blood at Royal Ascot as 15/2 chance Declaration of War took the Queen Anne Stakes, the opening event of the meeting.

      Favourite Animal Kingdom, the winner of the Kentucky Derby and Dubai World Cup, was sent off the 5/4 favourite to land another major prize but completely failed to handle conditions and was beaten soon after halfway.

      The Aidan O'Brien-trained winner had performed below expectations in Newbury's Lockinge Stakes on his previous start, but showed his true colours here.

      Held up in midpack in the early stages, Joseph O'Brien had to be patient and was still only fourth passing the furlong-pole. But once he found the gap 150 yards out, Declaration Of War made rapid progress to take up the running and go away to score by three-quarters of a length.

      Aljamaaheer (8/1) took second, with Gregorian (16/1) filling out the frame in third.

      Elusive Kate, who had helped set to early fractions with Libranno and Penitent, finished back in fourth

      "I'm still not quite sure what happened at Newbury, but this is a very good horse," said the winning rider.







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      Camelot team confident in rematch

      Wed 19th Jun 2013, 09:38

      Camelot in full flow winning the Investec Derby at Epsom last year
      Camelot in full flow winning the Investec Derby at Epsom last year
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      Joseph O'Brien is confident Camelot can silence the doubters and return to his brilliant best in the Prince Of Wales's Stakes at Royal Ascot today.

      The Montjeu colt was hailed a potential superstar after he followed up an unbeaten juvenile campaign with victories in the 2000 Guineas at Newmarket, Investec Derby at Epsom and Irish Derby at the Curragh, but he then suffered defeats in the St Leger and the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe.

      Although he suffered a life-threatening bout of colic not long afterwards, trainer Aidan O'Brien confirmed the apple of his eye would return for a four-year-old campaign, but after a winning return to action in the Mooresbridge Stakes he was beaten by Al Kazeem in the Tattersalls Gold Cup. The two renew rivalry in today's ten-furlong feature.

      O'Brien jnr said: "We've done one or two things a bit differently at home with him since (the Curragh) and we're hoping he can improve.

      "After what happened last year (colic), sometimes the first time they have a proper race again it can come as a bit of a shock. He seems in good form at home, we're happy with him and we're hoping he's going to run a big race."

      O'Brien snr told At The Races: "We've been looking forward to him and this will be his big test in high summer. We've been very happy with him since the Curragh. Ascot was the main target for the first half of the year and we were taking him along gently. He had the setback in the winter and everything was slowly building up to Ascot.

      "You'd be happy Al Kazeem is running again, as we can gauge Camelot then and see if he is making the progression we hope he is going to make. I think it's good for the race, it will be good competition and we look forward to the race."

      While the O'Brien camp are expecting Camelot to be a different horse to the one that turned up at the Curragh last month, Roger Charlton sees no reason why Al Kazeem cannot also progress.

      The trainer said: "I think and hope he has come on again since his last run. I think he's fitter, he looks well, he's eating well and is in a good place mentally. It's a better race than what he ran in last time. At the Curragh we had one horse to beat, this time we've got eight horses to beat.

      "Camelot is there, I'd respect The Fugue and one or two others - it's a Group 1 race. I don't think we have any excuses before the race. It might be different afterwards! We'll see."



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      Prince Of Wales's preview

      Tue 18th Jun 2013, 14:33

      Camelot
      Camelot
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      Jockey Joseph O'Brien is confident Camelot can silence the doubters and return to his brilliant best in the Prince Of Wales's Stakes at Royal Ascot on Wednesday.

      The Montjeu colt was hailed a potential superstar after he followed up an unbeaten juvenile campaign with victories in the 2000 Guineas at Newmarket, Investec Derby at Epsom and the Irish Derby at the Curragh.

      Connections soon confirmed Camelot would try to become the first Triple Crown hero since the legendary Nijinsky in 1970 by running in the St Leger at Doncaster, but his dreams were shattered as he suffered a shock defeat at the hands of Encke.

      His huge reputation took another significant blow as he finished down the field in the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe and although he suffered a life-threatening bout of colic not long afterwards, trainer Aidan O'Brien confirmed the apple of his eye would return for a four-year-old campaign.

      He made a winning, if unspectacular, return to action in the Mooresbridge Stakes, but then suffered defeat at the hands of Al Kazeem in the Tattersalls Gold Cup.

      The two renew their rivalry in Wednesday's 10-furlong feature and O'Brien junior is looking forward to the challenge .

      "We've done one or two things a bit differently at home with him since (the Curragh) and we're hoping he can improve," said Ireland's champion jockey.

      "After what happened last year (colic), sometimes the first time they have a proper race again it can come as a bit of a shock.

      "He seems in good form at home, we're happy with him and we're hoping he's going to run a big race."

      Aidan O'Brien is pleased Al Kazeem is in the field on Wednesday, to give him a chance to gauge how Camelot is progressing.

      "We've been looking forward to him and this will be his big test (in) high-summer," the Ballydoyle handler told At The Races.

      "We've been very happy with him since the Curragh. Ascot was the main target for the first half of the year and we were taking him along gently.

      "He had the setback in the winter and everything was slowly building up to Ascot.

      "You'd be happy Al Kazeem is running again, as we can gauge Camelot then and see if he is making the progression we hope he is going to make.

      "I think it's good for the race, it will be good competition and we look forward to the race."

      While the O'Brien camp are expecting Camelot to be a different horse to the one that turned up at the Curragh last month, Charlton sees no reason why Al Kazeem cannot also progress.

      Charlton said: "I think and hope he has come on again since his last run. I think he's fitter, he looks well, he's eating well and is in a good place mentally.

      "It's a better race than what he ran in last time. At the Curragh we had one horse to beat, this time we've got eight horses to beat.

      "Camelot is there, I'd respect The Fugue and one or two others - it's a Group One race.

      "I don't think we have any excuses before the race. It might be different afterwards! We'll see."

      The man in the saddle aboard Al Kazeem is James Doyle and he too is up for the challenge.

      The jockey said: "He won very nicely in Ireland and surprised a lot of people by showing exactly how good he was.

      "The race has fallen apart a bit with Snow Fairy and Farhh now not running, but it still leaves some decent horses in the line-up.

      "Camelot is there and the vibes from the O'Brien camp are that he's going to be in better nick going to Ascot, so that will be interesting to see.

      "The Fugue has got some decent form in the book and it's going to be a tough race, but it's one I'm really looking forward to.

      "We go with a favourite's chance, but it is Ascot after all and you can never be too confident. Hopefully we will run into a place at least.

      "He's always been pretty good, but he's improved massively.

      "He's a superstar to ride. He makes my job a lot easier."

      John Gosden's talented mare The Fugue also brings Group One-winning form to the table, having landed the Nassau Stakes at Glorious Goodwood last summer.

      However, she is making her first appearance since finishing a luckless third in the Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf at the Breeders' Cup in November and Simon Marsh, racing manager for owners Lord and Lady Lloyd-Webber, acknowledges she faces a tough task on her return.

      Marsh said: "The weather was against her earlier in the year and it just took time for her to come to herself, but she's ready now and we have to start somewhere.

      "I think this is the perfect trip for her and I would imagine the ground will be on the fast side of good, which should be perfect.

      "John wouldn't be running her if he didn't think she was straight, but it is a tough ask running against the colts on her first start of the season.

      "She has run well fresh in her two previous seasons, so we'll see what happens."

      Adding Gallic flair to the race is the Jonathan Pease-trained French raider Maxios, a narrow winner of the Group One Prix d'Ispahan at Longchamp last month.

      Alan Cooper, racing manager for owners the Niarchos Family, said: "He has travelled well and is going into the race in very good form.

      "This is the natural next step for him after winning the Prix d'Ispahan and he has good form lines with horses like Planteur. We'll know much more about him tomorrow afternoon.

      "I think 10 furlongs is the right distance for him at this stage and I think the track should be fine for him.

      "We wouldn't want the ground too firm, but there are some showers forecast and I don't think the ground is going to be an issue.

      "It's a proper Group One race, which is what Royal Ascot is all about."

      Adding further depth to what promises to be an exciting contest are Ed Dunlop's globetrotting star Red Cadeaux, Godolphin's Saint Baudolino and William Haggas-trained improver Mukhadram.


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      Gale set to blow in the Jersey

      Tue 18th Jun 2013, 14:53

      Gale Force Ten
      Gale Force Ten
      (Healy Racing Photos)
      Gale Force Ten takes a drop in class and distance when he bids to land a first Group-race success in the Jersey Stakes at Royal Ascot on Wednesday.

      The Aidan O'Brien-trained colt turned in a class performance when runner-up to his stablemate Magician in the Irish 1,000 Guineas at the Curragh last month.

      He had also finished a close fourth in the French equivalent and connections go into the seven-furlong Group Three full of optimism.

      "He's a grand horse who always tries his best and he's very consistent," said the trainer's son and rider Joseph O'Brien.

      "He's seems in good form since the Irish Guineas and he's entitled to run a big race."

      O'Brien senior is of the opinion this distance should be ideal.

      "He's an Oasis Dream horse and ran a good race in the Middle Park last year over six furlongs (when third to Reckless Abandon)," the trainer told At The Races.

      "We went to France as we thought maybe getting a mile was going to be his problem, but he surprised us with the way he got the mile at the Curragh. He was coming home very well.

      "You'd imagine coming back to seven furlongs will suit him and he seems in good form."

      Garswood was a good winner of the Free Handicap on his seasonal debut but was a big disappointment when only seventh in the Qipco 2000 Guineas at Newmarket.

      "We're happy with him and hope he runs a race. We'll have to see what happens but we are pleased with him now," said Fahey.

      "He's joint top-rated on ratings so he's one they have to beat, but I just hope he performs like he does at home and shows he is a good horse."

      Clive Cox is happy with his runner Well Acquainted, who showed he could be on the upgrade when winning the Listed Surrey Stakes at Epsom.

      "He won very well at Epsom last time. He keeps on coming up with the goods," said the Lambourn handler.

      "This is another step up in a competitive race, but I think the stiff seven furlongs is right up his street.

      Richard Hannon has three representatives - Montiridge, Ninjago and Tamayuz Star - and feels they could be in the shake-up.

      "Montiridge showed his Windsor run was all wrong when making all to win a Listed race at Newbury, but that was a mile on easy ground, and it remains to be seen whether he will be as effective over this seven furlongs," the trainer told www.richardhannonracing.co.uk.

      "Ninjago probably found the ground a bit too fast at Newbury last time, but, though all his four wins have been over six furlongs, he gets the seven well, while our other runner, Tamayuz Star, has been working particularly well recently and seems to be coming back to himself."

      Newmarket trainer George Margarson accepts Jammy Guest has a lot on his plate but believes he could surprise a few people.

      "On ratings he has no right to be there, but I think he's better than his Listed form. He wouldn't have got in the Buckingham Palace and he's a horse I've trained for Ascot, so we've decided to take a chance in the Jersey," said Margarson.

      "It wouldn't surprise me if he ran a massive race."

      Ajraam and One Word More represent Charlie Hills and the Lambourn handler is expecting good performances from the pair.

      "You won't find two horses who will try harder," the trainer told www.charliehills.com.

      "You can write One Word More's run off in Germany where it was a complete disaster from start to finish. William Buick, who won on him at Kempton, is back on board here.

      "Ajraam is improving all the time and the horse he beat last time out has won well since."



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      O'Brien the fav for Royal Ascot jockeys crown

       By Donal MurphyMon 17th Jun 2013, 14:31

      Joseph O'Brien
      Joseph O'Brien
      (Healy Racing Photos)
      Joseph O’Brien is the current 2-1 favourite with bookmakers Paddy Power to be the top jockey at Royal Ascot this week.

      He was as short as 11-10 but has drifted in recent days with continued support coming for last year’s leading rider, Ryan Moore, who is now just 9-4.

      Moore was as big as 3-1, while Richard Hughes has also been well-supported, going from 7-1 into a current price of 4-1.

      Jamie Spencer is next in the betting at 8-1 while Johnny Murtagh and Kieran Fallon are both 33-1.

      Paddy Power bet; 2-1 Joseph O’Brien, 9-4 Ryan Moore, 4-1 Richard Hughes, 8-1 Jamie Spencer, 12-1 William Buick, Paul Hanagan, 16-1 Silvestre De Sousa, 20-1 James Doyle, 33-1 Tom Queally, Joe Fanning, Jim Crowley, Johnny Murtagh, Kieran Fallon, 50-1 Frankie Dettori.








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      Al Kazeem and Camelot to clash again

      Mon 17th Jun 2013, 11:28

      Al Kazeem seen here beating Camelot at the Curragh
      Al Kazeem seen here beating Camelot at the Curragh
      (Healy Racing Photos)
      Al Kazeem and Camelot will lock horns for a second time this season when they square up for a tussle in the Prince of Wales's Stakes at Royal Ascot on Wednesday.

      The talented duo headed a field of 11 for the Group One over a mile and a quarter with no horses withdrawn at the 48-hour final declaration stage.

      Al Kazeem, trained by Roger Charlton, came out on top by a length and a half when the pair clashed in the Tattersalls Gold Cup but the Camelot camp seek revenge and expect last year's triple Classic winner to be in better shape.

      His trainer Aidan O'Brien runs a pacemaker in the shape of Windsor Palace, who was third in the first encounter last month.

      Jonathan Pease sends Maxios sends over from France after his win in the Prix d'Ispahan, while Andrew Balding saddles Side Glance, who performed well in Dubai.

      Ed Dunlop's globetrotter Red Cadeaux has a rare start on home soil, with the progressive Mukhadram from William Haggas' stable stepping up in class following his Group Three success at Sandown.

      John Gosden has opted to take on the colts with The Fugue rather than stick to her own sex in the Duke of Cambridge Stakes on the same card.

      Godolphin have the former Andre Fabre-trained Saint Baudolino, who was fourth at Meydan on his only run of the year so far. Luca Cumani's Afsare and the Clive Brittain-trained Miblish make up the list.


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      Bye Bye to the maiden tag

      Sun 16th Jun 2013, 15:50

      Bye Bye Birdie (nearside) beats Abbakova with Dimity in third
      Bye Bye Birdie (nearside) beats Abbakova with Dimity in third
      (Healy Racing Photos)
      The subject of massive confidence in the market, Bye Bye Birdie (4/5 into 4/9 on track) got the job done on outing number three in the Irish Stallion Farms European Breeders Fund Fillies Maiden at Cork.

      Basically Joseph O'Brien wasn't taking no for an answer from the front running first time 'cheek-pieced' juvenile.

      She made the running but those involved in the punt got a major fright when the daughter of Oasis Dream was headed inside the last by Abbakova. To her credit, the Ballydoyle runner fought tenaciously to prevail by a neck.

      John Murphy's Dimity (14/1) performed above expectations to take the third spot, half a length back whilst Clenor (a morning price market-mover) was hampered and stumbled at halfway. She kept on for the fourth spot, another length and a half adrift.

      Joseph O'Brien revealed: "She'd be better on quick ground. She has a couple of entries next week (the Queen Mary and the Albany) and she could go." (AM & EM)



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      All set for fascinating St James's Palace

      Sun 16th Jun 2013, 11:23

      Magician
      Magician
      (Healy Racing Photos)
      Dawn Approach, Magician and Toronado are all set to clash at Royal Ascot on Tuesday after a field of nine was declared for the St James's Palace Stakes.

      Dawn Approach, winner of the 2000 Guineas, was a doubtful runner after his last-placed finish in the Derby until trainer Jim Bolger stated his intention to run last Wednesday.

      Bolger has also declared Leitir Mor, winner of a Group Three at Leopardstown last week.

      Magician had been a short-priced favourite for the race following his win in the Irish Guineas but he met with a slight setback last week.

      While he is expected to fully recover, Aidan O'Brien has also declared Mars, who has performed creditably in the Guineas and Derby already this season.

      George Vancouver is another Ballydoyle representative in the Group One.

      Richard Hannon will be hoping the real Toronado turns up after he disappointed many in the Guineas by finishing only fourth.

      A breathing issue was apparently the reason for that and jockey Richard Hughes has high hopes once again.

      Roger Charlton has decided on this race for Dundonnell rather than the Jersey Stakes, while Kevin Ryan's Guineas runner-up Glory Awaits will take part.

      The Mikel Delzangles-trained Mshawish, ridden by Frankie Dettori, completes the field.



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      O'Brien three-handed in the Coventry

      Sun 16th Jun 2013, 11:35

      Stubbs
      Stubbs
      (Healy Racing Photos)
      Aidan O'Brien has a strong hand in Tuesday's Coventry Stakes at Royal Ascot after a field of 16 runners was declared.

      The Ballydoyle team will be represented by Naas Listed winner Stubbs, Curragh maiden victor Sir John Hawkins and War Command, who made a winning debut at Leopardstown 11 days ago.

      Richard Hannon is also strongly represented with Richard Hughes choosing Championship.

      Frankie Dettori will be aboard Thunder Strike while Dane O'Neill is on the Hamdan Al Maktoum-owned Wahaab.

      The Sheikh's retained jockey Paul Hanagan has chose to partner Brian Meehan's Mawfoor.

      Mick Channon runs Riverboat Springs who flashed home in the Woodcote at Epsom, Jallota and Rosso Corsa.

      Richard Fahey has selected Parbold from his strong team of juveniles while Mark Johnston runs Lanark.



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      Bluebell gets Master off the mark in Ireland

       By Donal MurphySat 15th Jun 2013, 17:39

      Bluebell is driven out by Joseph O'Brien
      Bluebell is driven out by Joseph O'Brien
      (Healy Racing Photos)
      Bluebell provided her sire Mastercraftsman (who is currently standing in New Zealand) with his first winner in Ireland, as she took the opening contest at Limerick this evening, the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Median Auction 2yo Maiden.

      Ridden by Joseph O’Brien and trained by his father Aidan, she made her debut at Fairyhouse recently, finishing a well beaten tenth behind stable mate Wonderfully.

      She was backed on-course from 9/2 to 7/2 and having being headed by Pearl Earing a furlong out, she rallied gamely in the closing stages to score by half a length.

      The David Wachman trained, Billy Lee ridden, Pearl Earing had to settle for second at 8/1 while the Kevin Prendergast trained Got To Dream (10/3 this morning and 2/1 to 15/8 clear favourite on-course) was a further two and a quarter lengths back in third under Chris Hayes.

      Joseph O’Brien said afterwards: "She is genuine and they went a good gallop. She’s a bit lazy but she tries hard and she is entitled to setup to Stakes company after that."

      The winner is a half-sister to Lilbourne Lad, who won the Group 2 Railway Stakes at the Curragh in 2011 and also finished second in the Group 1 Middle Park Stakes in the same year.

      She was purchased by Tim Hyde for €200,000 at Goffs in February of last year and she holds entries in the Railway Stakes, the Phoenix Stakes and the Moyglare Stud Stakes.

      Additional reporting by Alan Magee





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      Marengo among King Edward fifteen

      Sat 15th Jun 2013, 14:20

      Aidan O'Brien could also saddle Leading Light in the Group 2 contest
      Aidan O'Brien could also saddle Leading Light in the Group 2 contest
      (Healy Racing Photos)
      Investec Derby fourth Battle Of Marengo heads 15 remaining possibles for the King Edward VII Stakes at Royal Ascot.

      The Derrinstown Stud Trials winner is one of three Aidan O'Brien-trained representatives in the 12 furlong Group Two contest.

      He could be joined by Flying The Flag (eighth at Epsom) and Leading Light - a winner of three of his four starts - as the trainer seeks to land the race for the first time since 2004.

      Chief among the opposition are Luca Cumani's one-time Classic hope Greatwood, who hasn't been seen since disappointing in the Dante Stakes at York, and Ed Dunlop's Contributer.

      The latter beat subsequent Listed winner Cruck Realta on his reappearance and has since chased home Irish 2000 Guineas winner Magician and the promising Disclaimer.

      Hillstar could step out of handicap company for the first time having finished second in the London Gold Cup at Newbury, a race that threw up last year's winner Thomas Chippendale.

      Spillway was back in third at the Berkshire venue and could re-oppose for Eve Johnson Houghton while John Gosden looks set to rely upon impressive Newmarket winner Brass Ring.

      Brian Meehan has left in both Eshtiaal and Number One London with Godolphin pair Secret Number and Tha'ir, Fantastic Moon, Havana Beat and Mutashaded completing the possibles.



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      Wilshire Boulevard gets off the mark

       By Michael GrahamFri 14th Jun 2013, 18:53

      Joseph O'Brien
      Joseph O'Brien
      (Healy Racing Photos)
      Wilshire Boulevard picked up compensation for last week’s near miss at Navan when winning decisively over the same course and distance tonight.

      Last Saturday the son of Holy Roman Emperor just failed by a short head in a six furlong juvenile maiden won by Muscle Beach but there was no mistake this time.

      Joseph O’Brien sent him after Candy Apples at the furlong pole and the pair quickly asserted to come home two lengths to the good and justify 4/7 favouritism. He was backed in from an opening show of 9/10.

      “He was entitled to run a big race after the last day. He has loads of speed and will be better on better ground,” Joseph O’Brien commented afterwards on the two-year-old trained by his father Aidan.

      Candy Apples was his market rival but she was noticeably weak at the track, drifting from 5/4 to 13//8.

      Seven runners went to post and it was the unraced Fix It (16/1) who came in third, six lengths adrift of runner-up Candy Apples.



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      Magician a doubt for Palace

      Fri 14th Jun 2013, 21:16

      Magician winning Irish 2000 Guineas
      Magician winning Irish 2000 Guineas 
      (Healy Racing Photos)
      One of the most anticipated clashes of next week's Royal Ascot meeting has come under threat with news that Magician may miss his expected head-to-head with Dawn Approach in the St James's Palace Stakes.

      A final decision on Magician's participation will be made on Sunday after the colt sustained "minor bruising" following a knock on Thursday, Coolmore said.

      Impressive winner of the Irish 2,000 Guineas, the Aidan O'Brien-trained colt had previously won the Dee Stakes at Chester's May meeting.

      Mars, sixth in the Investec Derby at Epsom, is on stand-by to act as substitute for Magician should he not run.

      A statement issued on www.coolmore.com late on Friday said: "Magician sustained minor bruising after receiving a knock yesterday.

      "Aidan is very happy with Magician today and he is 100% sound.

      "A final decision will be made on Sunday whether or not he will run in Tuesday's St James's Palace Stakes.

      "Should he not run, Mars will take his place and in the event of that happening Indian Chief will run in the Tercentenary."

      Confirming running plans for the O'Brien two-year-olds next week, the statement went on: "Two-year-old plans for Royal Ascot are as follows: Stubbs, Sir John Hawkins and War Command are all probables for the Coventry and Fountain Of Youth goes for the Windsor Castle.

      "Bye Bye Birdie runs in Mallow (Cork) on Sunday after which a decision will be made on the Queen Mary.

      "Coach House is a probable for the Norfolk Stakes and Wonderfully is likely to represent us in the Albany.

      "We plan to run both Friendship and Adeste Fideles in the Chesham Stakes."

       

       

       


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      2yo Colt just Named
      Carlo Bugatti (17/2/11) - Montjeu ex Marquesa *Just Named



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      Bracelet gets O'Briens off to good start

       By Michael GrahamThu 13th Jun 2013, 18:20

      Bracelet and Joseph O'Brien at Leopardstown
      Bracelet and Joseph O'Brien at Leopardstown
      (Healy Racing Photos)
      Bracelet overwhelmed Tap Dancing inside the last 200 yards of the opener at Leopardstown, but all the drama happened in behind as Patty Paige appeared to clip heels, unseating Rory Cleary and hampering several other runners.

      Cleary was taken to St Vincent's Hospital for precautionary X-rays following his fall. He was fully conscious and moving when aided by the medical staff.

      Bracelet had the benefit of an outing in a Listed race at Naas 10 days ago when 8th to the impressive Sandiva over six furlongs.

      Today’s trip was seven furlongs and when Joseph O’Brien asked her to hunt down front-runner Tap Dancing (3/1) she showed a good attitude to get on top and win going away by two lengths.

      The pair were well clear of Muileata (10/1), on debut for Jim Bolger and Kevin Manning, in third beaten 14 lengths.

      “She’s a lovely filly. The ground was plenty slow enough for her,” Joseph O’Brien said.

      “She jumped and travelled. She was very green first time. She was maybe a bit disappointing and didn’t do herself justice.”

      The two-year-old Montjeu filly had been all the rage all day as she opened at 6/4 in places this morning before being returned at 1/2 favourite.

      This was trainer Aidan O’Brien’s 10th winner in the last two weeks from 39 runners. She was Joseph O’Brien’s ninth success in the same time period.

      Upon racing commencing this evening the going was Good to Yielding after rain during the day.

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      Camelot and Al Kazeem rematch

      Thu 13th Jun 2013, 13:54

      Al Kazeem beating Camelot at the Curragh
      Al Kazeem beating Camelot at the Curragh
      (Healy Racing Photos)
      The Prince Of Wales's Stakes has become a real signature race for older horses since it was raised to Group One level in 2000 and 11 runners were left in at the latest declaration stage

      Al Kazeem has been something of a labour of love for Roger Charlton and the late maturing type has rewarded the patience of connections.

      He was only seen once on the racecourse during 2012 with victory in the Jockey Club Stakes at Newmarket but he's looked on an upward curve this season - seeing off Thomas Chippendale in the Gordon Richards Stakes at Sandown before taking the scalp of Camelot at the Curragh last month.

      Charlton said: "He's fine. He worked well this morning."

      For Camelot, the jury remains out despite being three-quarters of a length away from a Classic treble last season.

      He was no equal to Al Kazeem when they last met and as ever, the barbs about his generation being weak are never far away.

      Aidan O'Brien has won the race previously with So You Think (2012) and Duke Of Marmalade (2008)

      The race is one that has been particularly good to Godolphin in the past, and the boys in blue have been responsible for four winners including Dubai Millennium.

      This year they could be represented by Saint Baudolino.

      Second in the French Derby when trained by Andre Fabre, he had his first run for his new connections in February where he finished second in a Group 2 on the Tapeta surface at Meydan.

      Maxios is the only French raider though he is trained by a Brit in Jonathan Pease. He provided something of a shock when getting the better of Planteur in the Prix d'Isaphan at Longchamp but has won four times over this trip previously.

      Afsare has proved mulish at the start ahead of his recent races and he was withdrawn on account of his behaviours ahead of the Festival Stakes at Goodwood. He is however, no stranger to winning at the Festival having taken the Hampton Court Stakes back in 2010.

      Red Cadeaux brings an international perspective to the entries having recently visited Japan, Dubai and Singapore over the winter, while The Fugue is the only filly in the race although she could head for the Duke Of Cambridge Stakes.

      The field is completed by Side Glance, Miblish, Mukhadram, Windsor Palace and Chapter Seven.



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      Venus foils the gamble on Rae's Creek

       By Donal MurphyWed 12th Jun 2013, 21:37

      Venus De Milo (nearest) keeps on strongly under Seamie Heffernan to beat Rae's Creek (white cap)
      Venus De Milo (nearest) keeps on strongly under Seamie Heffernan to beat Rae's Creek (white cap)
      (Healy Racing Photos)
      Newcomer Venus De Milo kept on strongly in the closing stages to win the last, the Family Day On 14th July Fairyhouse Maiden, under Seamie Heffernan for Aidan O’Brien.

      The stable second-string was sent off at 6/1 and she dwelt towards the rear in the early stages.

      She was fifth over a furlong from home and looked set to finish out of the money however she came home with a wet sail, sweeping to the front in the closing stages to win by a length at the line.

      The Jessica Harrington trained Rae’s Creek was 9/2 this morning with Paddy Power but he was strongly backed this afternoon and opened on-course at just 13/8 before going off the 5/4 clear favourite.

      The Fran Berry ridden, JP McManus owned colt briefly hit the front inside the final furlong but he had no answer when the winner came with her challenge and he had to settle for second.

      Joseph O’Brien chose to ride Heirloom over the winner and he finished a neck back in third at 3/1.

      Seamie Heffernan said afterwards; "She is a well-bred filly and she handled that soft ground better than the others."

      The winner cost 105,000 Guineas as a foal and 220,000 Guineas as a yearling.

      Additional reporting by Alan Magee



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      6 x 2yo Colts Named 

      Table Rock (31/3/11) - Fastnet Rock ex Small Sacrifice *Just Named
      Red Rocks Point (4/4/11) - Fastnet Rock ex My Emma *Just Named
      Thomas Wedgwood (18/4/11) - Galileo ex Mythical Echo *Just Named
      Bazaar (20/2/11) - Galileo ex One Moment In Time *Just Named
      Jefferson City (8/4/11) - Montjeu ex Reina Blanca *Just Named
      Lungarno Palace (10/2/11) - Henrythenavigator ex Good Time Sally *Just Named


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      Camelot could be Wizard of Oz

      Thu 13th Jun 2013, 09:36

      Camelot has an invite for the Cox Plate
      Camelot has an invite for the Cox Plate
      (Healy Racing Photos)
      The Moonee Valley Racing Club has this week issued invitations to the connections of 10 horses trained in Britain and Ireland for the Group 1 $3 million 2013 Sportingbet Cox Plate (2040m) on Saturday, October 26.

      They include Tattersalls Gold Cup one-two Al Kazeem and Camelot with an invitation also issued to Aidan O'Brien's Irish 2000 Guineas winner Magician.

      Godolphin pair Farrh and Sajjhaa could join them in Australia along with globetrotting duo Side Glance and Planteur with The Fugue, Trade Storm and Ed Dunlop's American import Unbridled Command completing the list.

      There is a good spread of possible runners from France headed by regular Antipodean visitor Dunaden who could cross swords with Giofra, Mandour and Maxios.

      The MVRC have also invited two of Hong Kong's leading performers in Military Attack who recently stormed home to win the Group One SIA Cup at Kranji from stablemate and fellow invitee Dan Excel.

      Akeed Mofeed and California Memory are the other Hong Kong stars to be invited with Mike de Kock's The Apache and Japan's Eishin Flash completing the list.

      MVRC Chairman Bob Scarborough is excited by the possibility of enticing the world's best weight-for-age thoroughbreds to Melbourne to contest the Sportingbet Cox Plate.

      "With the retirement of Frankel, there is now a new crop of Group One weight-for-age champions attempting to assert their authority on the racing world," he said.

      "The international racing landscape is forever changing and we are now seeing a large contingent of horses not only travelling overseas, but winning international Group races.

      "I am hopeful that the connections of the best weight-for-age horses in the world will accept our invitation to travel to Melbourne to contest the Weight-For-Age Championship in the southern hemisphere, the Sportingbet Cox Plate, and attempt to become the first international horse to claim the crown."



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      Aidan O'Brien dominates King George entry

      Updated: Wednesday, 12 Jun 2013 14:18 | 0 Comments

      Ruler Of The World is among those set to go in the King George VI And Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Ascot
      Ruler Of The World is among those set to go in the King George VI And Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Ascot

      Investec Derby hero Ruler Of The World, last year's Epsom victor Camelot and Irish 2,000 Guineas winner Magician feature among a stellar entry of 29 horses for the King George VI And Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Ascot next month.

      The trio, who are all trained by Aidan O'Brien, head 10 contenders for Ballydoyle, with triple Coronation Cup winner St Nicholas Abbey, Derby fourth Battle Of Marengo and last year's Grand Prix de Paris winner Imperial Monarch also in the mix.

      Corine Barande-Barbe's stable star Cirrus Des Aigles currently tops the ante-post market with big-race sponsor Betfair while Roger Charlton's Al Kazeem, who beat Camelot last time out, is another among the leading hopes.

      Other entries of note include Derby runner-up Libertarian, Godolphin's Hunter's Light, former Melbourne Cup hero Dunaden and Ed Dunlop's globetrotting Red Cadeaux.

      Danedream claimed the race for Germany in 2012 and the Mario Hofer-trained Pastorius and Andreas Wohler's Novellist - the first two home in last year's German Derby - could try to follow in her hoofprints.

      Very Nice Name is an intriguing entry from the yard of Alban de Mieulle, who trains predominantly in Qatar but also in France.

      The son of Whipper, who is currently in France, won five times in as many starts in Qatar, culminating with victory in the valuable Emir Trophy in February.

      Very Nice Name then took his chance in the Sheema Classic at Meydan, where he finished a three-and-a-half-length third to St Nicholas Abbey in the hands of Olivier Peslier.

      Peslier is in line for the ride again at Ascot, as he aims to supplement his win aboard Harbinger in 2010.

      De Mieulle said: "We plan to bring Very Nice Name over for the King George.

      "The horse has been good since Dubai. We hoped to run in the Grand Prix de Chantilly last week but the ground was not right for him so we decided to wait. He will go straight to Ascot now.

      "We were very pleased with his performance in Dubai. He didn't have a good draw and, although he wouldn't have won, I think he would have been closer to the second had he been drawn better. He has proved he is high-class there and that's why we want to run him at Ascot.

      "He has improved a lot since he has come back from Dubai. He did a very good piece of work under Olivier Peslier one morning recently when we were preparing him to run at Chantilly and I'm hoping there is more to come from him on the track."



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      Sir Henry Cecil dies

      Tue 11th Jun 2013, 12:31

      Sir Henry Cecil
      Sir Henry Cecil
      (Healy Racing Photos)
      Sir Henry Cecil has died at the age of 70, said a statement posted on the Newmarket trainer's official website.

      Responsible for 25 British Classic winners and crowned champion trainer 10 times, Cecil was also the leading handler by some way at Royal Ascot with a record 75 successes.

      Knighted by the Queen in 2011, his later years saw him battle cancer but were illuminated by the great Frankel, officially the best horse in the world and unbeaten in 14 starts before retirement.

      A statement posted on www.sirhenrycecil.com read: "It is with great sadness that Warren Place Stables confirms the passing of Sir Henry Cecil earlier this morning.

      "Following communication with the British Horseracing Authority, a temporary licence will be allocated to Lady Cecil. No further update is anticipated this afternoon."







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      Irish Derby update

      Mon 10th Jun 2013, 15:23

      Ruler Of The World winning at Epsom
      Ruler Of The World winning at Epsom
      (Healy Racing Photos)
      Ruler Of The World has been confirmed a definite runner in the Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby at the Curragh on Saturday, June 29th and the Aidan O’Brien-trained colt is again likely to clash with his two nearest Epsom rivals Libertarian and Galileo Rock. Libertarian will have to be supplemented to the race at a cost of 75,000 euro, but his trainer Elaine Burke has stated that connections of the colt are prepared to do just that.

      Speaking at the Curragh on Sunday, Aidan O’Brien gave an upbeat bulletin on his star colt. “Ruler Of The World has come out of the Epsom race in great shape and it’s all systems go for the Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby,” he said.

      “We could not be happier with the horse and at the moment he is likely to be our only runner in the race.”

      Libertarian and Galileo Rock were both doing their best work at the finish at Epsom and were only beaten one and a half lengths and a short head respectively by Ruler Of The World. David Wachman reported Galileo Rock in “excellent form” following his exertions at Epsom. “He has come out of the Epsom race in great form,” commented Wachman. “The horse has several race options open to him but the Irish Derby is high on the list and we will make a decision nearer the time.”

      Elaine Burke, who will attempt to become the first female trainer to win the Irish Derby, is also to aim her fast-finishing Derby runner-up Libertarian. Her husband Karl said that the New Approach colt would have the week off before they would begin building him up again for his next assignment, where they hope the course and pace of the race will enable him to reverse the form.

      Trading Leather booked his place in the line-up for the Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby when landing the Listed TRM Silver Stakes at the Curragh on Sunday. Runner-up in the Dante Stakes at York and third behind Magician in the Tattersalls Irish 2000 Guineas in his two previous races, Jim Bolger’s colt really impressed in that Listed contest. “He is a tough colt who stays really well and the Irish Derby will be his next objective,” commented Bolger.

      Curragh-based trainer Patrick Prendergast is set to have his first ever runner in the Irish Derby with the highly progressive Sugar Boy. The son of Authorized had both Galileo Rock and Libertarian behind him when he gamely landed a Group Three contest at Sandown in April and is fully deserving of his chance in the line-up. “Sugar Boy has thrived since the Sandown race,” said Prendergast, whose late grandfather and namesake won this race with Ragusa (1963) and Meadow Court (1965).

      “The horse would like a bit of juice in the ground but either way he is a definite runner and I can see him run a very big race.”

      Another trainer having his first runner in the race is Pat Shanahan, who will saddle recent Chester winner Ralston Road. “He didn’t really handle the track at Chester but his courage saw him through in the end,” remarked Shanahan, who won this race as a rider aboard the Dermot Weld-trained Zagreb in 1996.

      “Ralston Road is in great form and has come on a good deal since that Chester win. He is a real galloper, stays the trip well and is entitled to take his chance in the race.”

      The Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby Festival takes place from the 28th to 30th June and will feature world class racing, fabulous fashion with the winner of the Most Stylish Lady competition judged by Coronation Street star Michelle Keegan winning a 5 Star Dubai holiday plus a spectacular diamond ring from Boodles, superb Food Paddock and the Derby Music Village with live music throughout Derby Day featuring the Raglans, Delorentos, Original Rude Boys and Sharon Shannon.

      Paddy Power, official betting partner of the Curragh Racecourse latest betting: 5-4 Ruler Of The World, 7-2 Libertarian, 6 Galileo Rock, Trading Leather, 7 Sugar Boy, 20 Little White Cloud

      A special Derby Day admission ticket can now be purchased in advance for only €30, which includes a free Derby bus from Dublin City Centre, collecting at Ballsbridge Inn, Bewleys Leopardstown, Newlands Cross and Browns Barn

      The Irish Double ticket is also available to purchase. Costing just €50, it will permit fans of racing and golf to enjoy one of the best sporting and social occasions of the year in the third round of the Irish Open at Carton House during the day, followed by the Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby at the Curragh in the evening. There is also the option to book the Irish Double shuttle bus from the Curragh to the Irish Open departing from the racecourse at 8am and returning in the afternoon.



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      Exciting feature in prospect at the Curragh

       By Alan MageeSun 9th Jun 2013, 09:30

      Zand opens his account at Leopardstown last autumn
      Zand opens his account at Leopardstown last autumn
      (Healy Racing Photos)
      UAE Derby hero Lines Of Battle, Irish 2,000 Guineas third Trading Leather and the promising Zand all clash in a mouth-watering renewal of the TRM Silver Stakes at the Curragh this afternoon.

      Lines Of Battle subsequently didn’t enjoy the clearest of passages when tackling the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs, while Trading Leather returns to the ten-furlong trip over which he previously ran a cracker when runner-up to Libertarian in the Betfred Dante Stakes at York.

      Zand has always been held in high regard by the John Oxx team, and the Leopardstown maiden winner makes a belated seasonal debut here having been held up by a foot problem.

      The Listed event is the highlight on a seven race card which gets underway at 2.20pm, and the going remains good to firm following watering.

      Meanwhile the going is good to firm (firm in places) at Roscommon ahead of a two-day meeting there on Monday and Tuesday.



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      League appreciates the quick ground

       By Donal MurphySat 8th Jun 2013, 17:54

      League Of Nations & Joseph O'Brien on their way to victory in the last at Navan
      League Of Nations & Joseph O'Brien on their way to victory in the last at Navan
      (Healy Racing Photos)
      The Aidan O’Brien trained League Of Nations clearly appreciated the quick ground as he defied top weight when running out a comfortable winner of the last at Navan, the Paddy Power In Support Of The Irish Dogs For The Disabled 3yo Handicap.

      The son of Galileo ran well on his first four starts but he disappointed at Killarney last time out, finishing a well beaten third behind Kiss Goodnight when sent off the 4/5 favourite.

      Stepped up in trip by two furlongs and encountering quick ground for the first time, he was backed from his morning price of 9/2 and he went off the 3/1 favourite.

      Scelig (4/1) attempted to make all under Kevin Manning for Jim Bolger but she had no answer once overtaken by the winner over a furlong out, as he went on to score by two and a quarter lengths.

      The aforementioned Jim Bolger trained filly plugged on to take second while Carriedwas a neck back in third under Pat Smullen for Prunella Dobbs at 8/1.

      Winning rider Joseph O’Brien said afterwards; "He disappointed at Killarney but it was very bad ground and the better ground today helped. He has been running consistently and he was entitled to win that."

      Additional reporting by Alan Magee


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      O'Brien aiming for Derby double with Ruler

      Sat 8th Jun 2013, 18:23

      Aidan O'Brien has also stated the Royal Ascot targets for some of his stable stars
      Aidan O'Brien has also stated the Royal Ascot targets for some of his stable stars
      (Healy Racing Photos)
      Epsom hero Ruler Of The World will be Aidan O'Brien's big hope for the Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby at the Curragh on June 29th.

      The Ballydoyle trainer has taken the Classic for the last seven years, and 10 times in all, and has a host of entries in the race this season.

      However, O'Brien has decided to name his Investec Derby winner as on target for the Curragh.

      "We're making our plans known earlier than usual to allow others to plan positively for the Irish Derby," O'Brien told www.coolmore.com.

      O'Brien also stated that Battle Of Marengo, Mars, Magician, Camelot and Declaration Of War will form part of his raiding party for Royal Ascot.

      He outlined some of his plans for the Berkshire showpiece on the Coolmore website with Camelot facing a rematch with Al Kazeem in the Prince Of Wales's Stakes.

      Roger Charlton's charge proved too strong for last year's Investec Derby hero in the Tattersalls Gold Cup last time at the Curragh.

      Battle Of Marengo, fourth to stablemate Ruler Of The World in this year's Epsom Classic, will go for the King Edward VII Stakes while Derby sixth Mars is on course for the Tercentenary Stakes.

      Magician, impressive winner of the Irish 2,000 Guineas, is in line for the St James's Palace Stakes, with Gale Force Ten heading for the Jersey Stakes and Leading Light the Queen's Vase.

      Declaration Of War will take on Dubai World Cup winner Animal Kingdom in the Queen Anne Stakes that kicks off the five-day bonanza on Tuesday week.

       

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      MY THOUGHTS ON ABOVE 

      Looking forward to Mars at least been 

      given a chance by his Jockey this time i still believe in him


       

      Magician along with Intello are the most exciting 3yo in the 

      world Ruler only a fraction off them Can't wait to see Magican again


       

      IMO - CAMELOT has alot to prove now but still believe in him too 


      DEC OF WAR has to be something wrong last time 

      i have always touted him as a G1 horse - 


      Leading Light is highly progressive - 


      Battle Of Marengo was sacrificed in the derby because

      of no pace so Joey had to go on with him he is a class act and we

      have to remember those tactics got DA beat and Ruler of the World

      the victory he should win at RA. 



      Gale Force Ten is decent miler 7f at ascot should suit and he will 

      have a great chance too - 


      I think the Irish Derby will be set up for Ruler of the World Coolmore  

      Love there Derby Winners to double up looks good on there potential 

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      Galileo bandwagon rolls on down under

      COOLMORE colossus Galileo has been a dominant force in many of Europe's leading races recently, siring the winners of the Epsom Derby, the French equivalent and the Irish 2,000 Guineas.

      His hot streak extended to Australia on Saturday when his six-year-old son Linton caused an upset in the Group 1 BRC Stradbroke Handicap becoming his sire's 35th top-level winner.

      Settled in rear by Nick Hall, Linton had a dream run up the inside rail in the straight, pulling clear to win by a length.

      Linton started his career in Australia with Lloyd Williams, who campaigned the horse as a stayer. Linton was a classy stayer winning the Group 2 MRC Herbert Power Stakes as well as placing in the Group 1 company.

      However, Linton was sold to current connections after bringing up the rear in the Group 1 VRC Turnbull Stakes in 2011.

      Now in the care of trainer John Sadler, the imposing grey has been running over shorter distances and that has given him a new lease of life, winning four of his eight starts for new connections.

      Assessing Linton's pedigree it is easy to see why a drop in distance has bought about significant improvement.

      Although his immediate family is rather light on quality - he is the best of two winners out of the Centaine mare Our Heather, a minor winner in New Zealand - distant relations include outstanding miler Barathea, Irish 1,000 Guineas winner Gossamer and Desert Style, who was rated Champion three-year-old sprinter in 1995.


       





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      O'Brien expecting tough race for Battle

      Sat 8th Jun 2013, 10:56

      Lines Of Battle pictured on his way to victory at Dundalk last year
      Lines Of Battle pictured on his way to victory at Dundalk last year 
      (Healy Racing Photos)
      Joseph O'Brien feels Lines Of Battle has plenty on his plate despite taking a significant drop in class for the TRM Silver Stakes at the Curragh on Sunday.

      A high-class juvenile and winner of the UAE Derby at Meydan on his first start as a three-year-old, Aidan O'Brien's American-bred colt was prepared for a tilt at the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs last month.

      He was far from disgraced in the 'Run for the Roses', finishing seventh in the hands of Ryan Moore, and is back at Listed level on his return home.

      However, with Jim Bolger's Irish 2,000 Guineas third Trading Leather in the field, the trainer's son and principal rider Joseph is not expecting a walk in he park.

      "It's a very hot race and he'll probably need a career-best to win," said the champion jockey.

      "He's a horse who takes plenty of racing and he seems to have come out of his race in America in good form. We haven't done a lot with him since, but he seems well.

      "He's won in Dundalk and won his maiden at the Curragh on good ground, so the ground should be fine for him on Sunday.

      "He has to give 2lb to a horse rated 2lb higher than him (Trading Leather) , so we'll just have to see what happens. Hopefully he'll run a good race."

      O'Brien senior also runs Kingston Jamaica, the mount of Seamie Heffernan.

      John Oxx finally gets the chance to unleash the exciting Zand following a difficult spring.

      The three-year-old was hugely impressive when winning a Leopardstown maiden last autumn, but has not been seen in competitive action since.

      Oxx said: "He had a bit of foot trouble at home so he's out a lot later than he should have been. He should have been out in mid-April, so we're two months behind.

      "We're looking forward to seeing how he gets on. He's only a maiden winner at the moment, although he has a rating of 99.

      "Hopefully he will go on and be useful and he has got good entries, but they have to be made a long way ahead, usually before you find out how good they are!"

      Tracey Collins is hoping Captain Joy can prove his stamina on his second attempt at a mile and a quarter.

      "He's in very good form and ran a good race over a mile the last day," said Collins.

      "The last time we ran him over a mile and a quarter he didn't seem to get home, but that was on a yielding ground and we're keen to give it another go on the faster ground he should get on Sunday.

      "We're stepping up into a higher class now and it's an unbelievable race, but hopefully he'll give a good account of himself.

      "The ground is a massive factor for him."

      Also featuring in a 10-runner field are David Wachman's Aloof and the Johnny Murtagh-trained Foxtrot Romeo.


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      Friendless Pointer foils the gamble

       By Donal MurphyFri 7th Jun 2013, 21:46

      Joseph O'Brien
      Joseph O'Brien
      (Healy Racing Photos)
      Point Piper completed a first and last race double for Aidan and Joseph O’Brien as he took the finale at Leopardstown, the Compass Group Ireland Maiden.

      Encountering quick ground for the first time, the son of Giant’s Causeway raced in third before he was ridden to challenge entering the straight.

      He hit the front a furlong out and he was driven out from there, asserting in the final 100 yards to score by two and three parts of a length.

      The winner was 5/1 this morning with Paddy Powers but was friendless in the betting and went off at 10/1.

      He is out of Imagine, who won the 1000 Guineas at the Curragh in 2001 before she followed up in the Epsom Oaks.

      Shouranour finished second at 10/3 for John Oxx and Declan McDonogh while the gambled on Harpist could only manage a disappointing third for David Wachmanand Wayne Lordan.

      She was 100/30 this morning but opened on track at just 5/4 before being backed into 9/10 favouritism at the off.




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      War Command makes Promising debut at Leopardstown in 7f maiden Royal Ascot could be Next took a while to pick up but stayed on strongly Chesham Stakes could now be on cards




      War gets on top late in opener

       By Gary CarsonFri 7th Jun 2013, 18:16

      War Command (farside) comes to head to Intensified close home
      War Command (farside) comes to head to Intensified close home
      (Healy Racing Photos)
      War Command got going late on to make a winning debut in the opening two-year-old maiden at Leopardstown.

      The winner had been well backed this morning from 5/2 into even-money but was easier on track and returned 6/4 after opening 5/4.

      He was a touch green in the preliminaries and took a while to find top gear in the race itself.

      Joseph O'Brien got a good tune from the son of War Front inside the final furlong and he powered home to get up late for a neck success over even-money favouriteIntensified.

      “We're delighted with that as Jim's horse has a good bit of form,” said Aidan O'Brienafterwards.

      “He's green but won nicely at the line without having too hard a time. It's a lovely bit of ground and he loves fast ground.

      “I wouldn't mind going back in trip with him as he's got plenty of speed.”

      The master of Ballydoyle feels that Royal Ascot might come a bit quick for the winner.

      “He was green enough and it might come too quick. He could be a Railway horse.”




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      2yo Colt just named Thanks to Graham Woods 

      Felix Mendelssohn (7/2/11) - Galileo ex Ice Queen *Just Named



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      St Nicholas Abbey will be aimed at the King George at Ascot

      Updated: Friday, 07 Jun 2013 15:47 | 0 Comments

      St Nicholas Abbey and Joseph O'Brien pulling clear to win the Coronation Cup at Epsom
      St Nicholas Abbey and Joseph O'Brien pulling clear to win the Coronation Cup at Epsom

      Three-time Coronation Cup hero St Nicholas Abbey will bypass Royal Ascot and instead be targeted at the King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes at the same track in July.

      The hugely talented six-year-old clinched the sixth Group One prize of his career with another superb performance on Epsom Derby day last weekend, after which connections mentioned Royal Ascot's Hardwicke Stakes as a possible next port of call.

      However, the son of Montjeu will instead aim to secure further top-level honours in the King George, having finished a close third in the mile and a half contest last season.

      Speaking on Coolmore's website, O'Brien said: "St Nicholas Abbey has come out of the race at Epsom really well and we're looking forward to his next run."

      One Ballydoyle inmate who is set to be part of the Royal Ascot team is hugely impressive Irish 2,000 Guineas scorer Magician.

      "Magician is a likely runner in the St James's Palace Stakes at Royal Ascot, he's an exciting horse for the future," said O'Brien.


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      Youth too strong in opener

       By Gary CarsonThu 6th Jun 2013, 17:53

      Fountain Of Youth and Joseph O'Brien
      Fountain Of Youth and Joseph O'Brien 
      (Healy Racing Photos)
      Hotpot Fountain Of Youth got the job done with the minimum of fuss in the opening two-year-old maiden at Tipperary.

      The Ballydoyle colt was sent off 1/10 favourite for the five furlong sprint and once shaken up by Joseph O'Brien soon settled matters.

      The son of Oasis Dream tracked the leaders on the outside and disputed from halfway.

      He was asked to quicken a furlong-and-a-half from home and soon had matters in hand.

      The winner just had to be kept up to his work inside the final furlong and galloped on strongly to record a convincing four length success.

      Focussed got up late to grab the runner-up spot, by a neck, from Ain't No Suprise.

      Fountain Of Youth had shaped with plenty of promise on his debut at Naas when second to the well regarded Big Time. The third Club Wexford has been placed in two Listed races since.

      “He's still a bit green and hopefully he'll improve for racing. He handled the quick ground well,” commented the winning rider afterwards.

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      Abbey has Saint-Cloud option

      Thu 6th Jun 2013, 14:12

      St Nicholas Abbey winning at Epsom
      St Nicholas Abbey winning at Epsom
      (Healy Racing Photos)
      Coronation Cup one-two St Nicholas Abbey and Dunaden could clash again in the Group One Grand Prix de Saint-Cloud on June 23.

      St Nicholas Abbey ran out a comfortable three and three quarter length winner as he made history at Epsom but has rarely shown his best form in France where Dunaden is just one of 30 possible opponents.

      Aidan O'Brien is responsible for three more entries with Friday's Saval Beg runner El Salvador joined by Chamonix and Imperial Monarch who enjoyed little luck in running in last year's French Derby before winning the Grand Prix de Paris.

      Dunaden's trainer, Mikel Delzangles, is double handed with Vadamar a possible alternative to his globe-trotting stable companion.

      Ed Dunlop could send Red Cadeaux and Joshua Tree on their travels while Andre Fabre, who has won two of the last three renewals, has a predictably strong hand with five entries.

      Other notable runners include Cirrus Des Aigles, Main Sequence, Parish Hall, Universal and Willing Foe who was an impressive winner of the Aston Park Stakes on his reappearance.



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      4 x 2yo just named Thanks to Graham Woods 


      2yo Colts 
      John Constable (20/3/11) - Montjeu ex Dance Parade *Just Named
      Blue Hussar (26/2/11) - Montjeu ex Metaphor *Just Named
      Great White Eagle (27/2/11) - Elusive Quality ex Gender Dancer *Just Named


      2yo Fillies 
      Shell House (17/3/11) - Galileo ex Bonnie Byerly *Just Named

      *Note Only 5 Fillies & 36 Colts remain Unnamed @ Ballydoyle


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      Nice start from Wonderfully

      Wed 5th Jun 2013, 17:49

      Wonderfully (nearside) just got up to beat Queen Of Power (grey nose) and Colour Blue (noseband) at Fairyhouse
      Wonderfully (nearside) just got up to beat Queen Of Power (grey nose) and Colour Blue (noseband) at Fairyhouse
      (Healy Racing Photos)
      Mars' sister, Wonderfully (6/4 this morning out to 7/2) shorted-headed Queen Of Power (25s first thing into 14s) in the Irish Stallion Farms European Breeders Fund Fillies Maiden at Fairyhouse.

      Clear pace-setter, Miss Mousey (first-time blinkers) made things interesting from the front here but she was caught a furlong out by Colour Blue. That one then looked likely to score.

      However she was 'done' in the final strides and ended up a short head off Ballydoyle's Wonderfully, and Queen Of Power, in third place.

      Moyglare Stud Farm and Dermot Weld's newcomer, Pirita (7/2 this morning into 11/8) dwelt at the stalls and she came home in fourth place, a further two lengths off the principals.

      Joseph O'Brien explained: "They went very quick but she has plenty of speed and travelled real well.

      "She was a bit green early on and I just had to get after her a little bit. She was getting a bit tired near the finish but she's a nice filly and will hopefully come along with racing." (AM & EM)


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      TIMEFORM Global Ranking European Division Update ..Ballydoyle Overview (Derby Winner Ruler of the World 124P)


       




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      Handicapper unimpressed by Ruler

       By Donal MurphyTue 4th Jun 2013, 15:49

      Ruler Of The World pictured on his way to victory at Epsom
      Ruler Of The World pictured on his way to victory at Epsom
      (Healy Racing Photos)
      Ruler Of The World has been given the lowest rating of any Investec Derby winner this century by the British Horseracing Authority's senior handicapper.

      Phil Smith gives Aidan O'Brien's unbeaten colt a figure of just 120 following his defeat of Libertarian, although he admits he has the potential to improve it.

      He was similarly dismissive of Oaks winner Talent, rated 114 and above only Casual Look and Was at this stage.

      Smith said in his BHA blog: "I have Libertarian on 117 as he has basically run to the same level as Battle Of Marengo and that is what I had him running to on both of his starts this year.

      "I have no reason to believe that Battle Of Marengo did not run his race at Epsom. As a result I have Ruler Of The World performing to 120 at Epsom.

      "I have agreed this figure with Garry O'Gorman, who is senior handicapper on the Flat for the Irish Turf Club and it is the lowest immediate after-race figure for a Derby winner this century.

      "However, just as with Talent, I am sure this will not be the limit of Ruler Of The World's ability level."


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      Royal Ascot next up for classy Stubbs

       By Donal MurphyMon 3rd Jun 2013, 16:34

      Stubbs & Joseph O'Brien on their way to victory from Sacha Park in second
      Stubbs & Joseph O'Brien on their way to victory from Sacha Park in second 
      (Healy Racing Photos)
      Stubbs enhanced his growing reputation as he took the Alfred Nobel Rochestown Stakes, completing a Listed double for Aidan & Joseph O’Brien (won the second with Reply).

      The white-faced son of Danehill Dancer impressed when winning his maiden at Navan last month and he was well backed to follow up this afternoon.

      He was 5/4 last night with Paddy Powers but was 10/11 this morning and he was backed on track into 8/13 clear favourite at the off.

      Out of 2008 Irish Oaks winner Moonstone, he made smooth headway to challenge two furlongs out and he hit the front with over a furlong left to race, keeping on well from there to score by a length and three parts at the line.

      The Richard Hannon trained Sacha Park attempted to make all under Pat Dobbs but she had to settle for second at 11/4 while Club Wexford was two lengths back in third at 4/1.

      Joseph O'Brien said afterwards: "It was a mess of a race and they only hacked for a furlong. He did well to come from last to first.

      "He’ll have to go to Royal Ascot now, look at what the winner of this race last year (Dawn Approach) did."

      Stan James now make Stubbs the 5/1 joint favourite (from 12's) with Wahaab for the Coventry Stakes at Royal Ascot.

      Additional reporting by Michael Graham


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      Reply too good for Owenstown rivals

       By Donal MurphyMon 3rd Jun 2013, 15:29

      Reply & Joseph O'Brien on their way to victory
      Reply & Joseph O'Brien on their way to victory
      (Healy Racing Photos)
      Reply outclassed his rivals in the Listed Owenstown Stud Stakes, as he took top honours for Aidan & Joseph O’Brien.

      The four-year-old son of Oasis Dream, who was third in the Irish 2000 Guineas last year, was just beaten by a neck in the Group 3 Greenlands Stakes at the Curragh last time out.

      Sent off the 2/1 favourite he kept on strongly in the final furlong, coming home a two and a quarter length victor.

      Tobann ran on well to take second at 14/1 under Kevin Manning for Jim Bolger whileParliament Square was two lengths back in third under Seamie Heffernan at 6/1.

      Joseph O’Brien said afterwards: "He is improving with racing and quick ground is the key to him. Trip wise six furlongs to a mile is ideal for him."

      The winner was recording his third career success today, scoring for the first time since he took the valuable Weatherbys Insurance 300,000 2yo Stakes at Doncaster in September of 2011.

      The stewards fined Damian Joseph English 130 euro for failing to lodge a passport in respect of Cash Or Casualty as required under the provisions of Rule 90. The horse was withdrawn.

      Additional reporting by Michael Graham



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      Stubbs shows his class at Naas

       By Donal MurphyMon 3rd Jun 2013, 16:34

      Stubbs & Joseph O'Brien on their way to victory from Sacha Park in second
      Stubbs & Joseph O'Brien on their way to victory from Sacha Park in second 
      (Healy Racing Photos)
      Stubbs enhanced his growing reputation as he took the Alfred Nobel Rochestown Stakes, completing a Listed double for Aidan & Joseph O’Brien (won the second with Reply).

      The white-faced son of Danehill Dancer impressed when winning his maiden at Navan last month and he was well backed to follow up this afternoon.

      He was 5/4 last night with Paddy Powers but was 10/11 this morning and he was backed on track into 8/13 clear favourite at the off.

      Out of 2008 Irish Oaks winner Moonstone, he made smooth headway to challenge two furlongs out and he hit the front with over a furlong left to race, keeping on well from there to score by a length and three parts at the line.

      The Richard Hannon trained Sacha Park attempted to make all under Pat Dobbs but she had to settle for second at 11/4 while Club Wexford was two lengths back in third at 4/1.

      Joseph O'Brien said afterwards: "It was a mess of a race and they only hacked for a furlong. He did well to come from last to first.

      "He’ll have to go to Royal Ascot now, look at what the winner of this race last year (Dawn Approach) did."

      Stan James now make Stubbs the 5/1 joint favourite (from 12's) with Wahaab for the Coventry Stakes at Royal Ascot.

      Additional reporting by Michael Graham



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      Ruler 7/4 to complete Derby double

      Mon 3rd Jun 2013, 13:09

      Ruler Of The World is driven out to win the Derby under Ryan Moore
      Ruler Of The World is driven out to win the Derby under Ryan Moore
      (Healy Racing Photos)
      Bookmaker Paddy Power go 7/4 about Epsom Derby hero Ruler Of The World to follow up in the Irish equivalent at the Curragh later this month.

      Libertarian kept on well to take second and his trainer, Karl Burke, has indicated he is a 'strong possibility' to be supplemented.

      Powers go 9/2 about him while Epsom fourth, Battle Of Marengo is next in the betting at 5/1.

      Galileo Rock finished a fine third on Saturday and the David Wachman trained colt is 6/1.

      Sugar Boy for Patrick Prendergast is next in the betting at 7/1, while Mars is 8/1 and Trading Leather is 9/1.

      Paddy Power Betting; 7/4 Ruler Of The World, 9/2 Libertarian, 5/1 Battle Of Marengo, 6/1 Galileo Rock, 7/1 Sugar Boy, 8/1 Mars, 9/1 Trading Leather, 20/1 Little White Cloud.




                 

       



               Galileo 34 individual Group One Winners 
           18 European Classics English & French Derby  ..Winners this weekend Intello & Ruler of the World


       


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           RULER OF THE WORLD TAKES DERBY GLORY 

                 & He was on our horses to follow 2012/13 list last April






      Ruler Of The World gives Aidan O'Brien a fourth Epsom Derby


      and jockey Ryan Moore his second

      Updated: Saturday, 01 Jun 2013 16:43 | 0 Comments

      2013 Epsom Derby winner Ruler Of The World (second right). Favourite Dawn Approach (right) trails home
      2013 Epsom Derby winner Ruler Of The World (second right). Favourite Dawn Approach (right) trails home

      Ruler Of The World provided Aidan O'Brien with a fourth Investec Derby and maintained his unbeaten record under Ryan Moore at Epsom - with favourite Dawn Approach well beaten after racing far too free.

      Dawn Approach failed to settle from very early on and Kevin Manning felt he had no option but to take up the running on the approach to Tattenham Corner, with the writing being on the wall some way out.

      Ruler Of The World (7-1) showed a smart turn of foot to go clear, but Battle Of Marengo, Galileo Rock and Ocovango all set off in pursuit.

      The gap was closing at the line as Libertarian flashed home to claim second with Galileo Rock in third.

      In the early stages Joseph O'Brien on Battle Of Marengo set a pedestrian gallop and with Dawn Approach wide with no cover and still pulling, Manning was forced to play his hand early.

      Moore had the eventual winner just on the outside of Ocovango as the pace quickened and the French raider had to take a pull, forfeiting valuable ground.

      Galileo Rock was handy throughout and stuck to his task gamely, outrunning his big price, but arguably the horse to take from the race was the unheralded runner-up, who was catching the winner with every stride, going down by a length and a half.

      Battle Of Marengo was fourth, but Dawn Approach was eased markedly, beating just one home.

      Moore said: "I wanted to be a bit closer, but I just didn't get away very well and it was a very messy race.

      "I had no option but to go on when I did, I knew he'd stay the trip very well but I got there a bit soon and he was very green.

      "He's improved a lot from Chester and he'll get further. He's got a really likeable attitude.

      "I knew the others were coming because I'd gone too early, but he really toughed it out and showed a very good attitude."

      He added: "I'm very lucky to be in this position and on these horses. This is the most important race for me."

      O'Brien said: "We're just so lucky, we get these incredibly-bred horses and even before they are mated the dream is for this to happen.

      "The owners understand the game so much, they are given all the information and usually come up with a plan and we try and carry it out.

      "All the jockeys had their own plan and all the horses were doing their own thing and that is just the way it ended up.

      "This horse was impressive at Chester (winning the Chester Vase) and won like a very good horse.

      "It's incredible, we're very privileged to be in the position we are."

      Coolmore supremo John Magnier said: "Joseph had his choice (of what to ride from the Ballydoyle runners) and Aidan thought this horse was the next best.

      "That's why the Derby is such an interesting race, as it is all unfolding.

      "The weather has been so difficult, we haven't really been on the grass much and if you try to find out everything at home you are not going to win the Derby."



      O'Brien and Moore Rule at Epsom

      Sat 1st Jun 2013, 16:18

      Ruler Of The World sees off Battle Of Marengo at Epsom
      Ruler Of The World sees off Battle Of Marengo at Epsom 
      (Healy Racing Photos)
      The Aidan O'Brien-trained Ruler Of The World won the Investec Derby at Epsom under Ryan Moore.

      The Chester Vase winner had no qualms in relation to an ability to stay the trip and having made ground from off the pace with two furlongs to go, the 7/1 chance claimed stablemate, Battle Of Marengo and comfortably had the measure of the staying on pair of Libertarian and Galileo Rock as they reached the line.

      A delighted O'Brien said: "We're just so lucky, we get these incredibly-bred horses and even before they are mated the dream is for this to happen.

      "The owners understand the game so much, they are given all the information and usually come up with a plan and we try and carry it out.

      "All the jockeys had their own plan and all the horses were doing their own thing and that is just the way it ended up.

      "This horse was impressive at Chester (winning the Chester Vase) and won like a very good horse.

      "It's incredible, we're very privileged to be in the position we are."

      Coolmore supremo John Magnier said: "Joseph had his choice (of what to ride from the Ballydoyle runners) and Aidan thought this horse was the next best.

      "That's why the Derby is such an interesting race, as it is all unfolding.

      "The weather has been so difficult, we haven't really been on the grass much and if you try to find out everything at home you are not going to win the Derby."

      QIPCO 2000 Guineas winner, Dawn Approach refused to settle in the early stages off a slow gallop, and though Kevin Manning tried not to disappoint the horse by letting him have his head before they came to Tattenham Corner - he was a spent force with three furlongs to travel and cut a forlorn figure as he beat only Ocean Approach home.

      The winner could well head to the Arc de Triomphe at Longchamp later in the year and Sky Bet quoted him as 6/1 for that race.

      Sky Bet's Richard Horner said: "Dawn Approach proved too headstrong to run his race and give himself a chance of staying the trip and bookmakers will be pleased with that. A Ryan Moore ridden winner though never goes unbacked and with Libertarian who was a very popular each way selection on the day staying on for second and a Pricewise big priced runner in third it certainly wasn't a skinner by any means."


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                   St Nicholas Abbey Easy as you Like

              Thanks to Duke of Glossop for fab Pictures

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      St Nicholas Abbey Makes

      history a brilliant 3rd

      consecutive Coronation Cup

      and a 6th Group One 

      success he is one of 

      the greats top class.

      & Becomes the top Earning

      European horse of all time

       

      St Nic impresses again at Epsom

      Sat 1st Jun 2013, 15:09

      St Nicholas Abbey seen here winning at Epsom last year
      St Nicholas Abbey seen here winning at Epsom last year
      (Healy Racing Photos)
      St Nicholas Abbey was a convincing winner of his third Investec Coronation Cup at Epsom.

      The six-year-old is nearing £5m in career earnings and he arugably produced his most convincing of his three victories in the Coronation Cup where he justified his starting price of 3/10 favourite with the minimum of fuss.

      Chamonix and Chapter Seven fulfilled their obligations as pacemakers for the field, but as the remaining three riders engaged in a game of cat and mouse tactics in behind - it was Joseph O'Brien that was first to commit his mount for home after they had passed the three furlong pole.

      Produced to lead as they came to two out, the colt was asked to go about his business and he soon had his rivals put to the sword.

      Dunaden engaged in forlorn pursuit for a brief spell before Jamie Spencer accepted the situation in second while Joshua Tree was a remote third.

      More to follow...

       




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      Ballydoyle 2yo named 7 Colts & 1 Filly special thanks to Graham Woods


      Colt

      Australia (8/4/11) - Galileo ex Ouija Board *Just Named

      Geoffrey Chaucer (18/2/11) - Montjeu ex Helsinki *Just Named
      Vivat Rex (2/4/11) - Fastnet Rock ex Strawberry Roan *Just Named
      Indian Maharaja (9/3/11) - Galileo ex Again *Just Named
      Buonarotti (11/2/11) - Galileo ex Beauty Is Truth *Just Named
      Orchestra (1/3/11) - Galileo ex Bywayofthestars *Just Named
      Guard of Honour (3/4/11) - Galileo ex Queen Of France *Just Named

      FILLY
      Palace (28/3/11) - Fastnet Rock ex Lady Icarus *Just Named



      JULY 13



      Nicholas makes "positive progress"

      Sat 27th Jul 2013, 15:51

      St Nicholas Abbey
      St Nicholas Abbey
      (Healy Racing Photos)
      St Nicholas Abbey is reported to have made "positive progress" following colic surgery on Friday.

      The six-year-old had to have emergency surgery at Fethard Equine Hospital, just two days after he underwent a major leg operation.

      The six-times Group One winner fractured a pastern on the gallops at Aidan O'Brien's Ballydoyle stables on Tuesday morning in preparation for Saturday's King George VI And Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Ascot.

      Coolmore tweeted: "St Nicholas Abbey has made positive progress and is in good form today following yesterday's colic surgery.

      "The colic was caused by caecal shutdown (equivalent to the human appendix), which is an extremely painful condition.

      "His treatment means he cannot have food for a prolonged period - this is difficult for a horse like St Nicholas Abbey who loves his food.

      "He will get parenteral nutrition instead (intravenous nutrition) to fulfill his daily requirements.

      "Dr Nathan Slovis, a medicine specialist from the Hagyard Institute in Kentucky, arrived today to oversee his ongoing recovery and treatments.

      "All surgeons are pleased with the progress he is making with his pastern reconstruction and he is taking weight on the leg well."



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      Rock & Hemingway entered in Goodwood Cup

      Fri 26th Jul 2013, 15:01

      Saddler's Rock
      Saddler's Rock
      (Healy Racing Photos)
      Saddler's Rock, Askar Tau and Colour Vision, the first three home in last year's Artemis Goodwood Cup, are among 18 possibles for the two-mile Group Two on Thursday.

      The John Oxx-trained Saddler's Rock has failed to get his head in front since then and was only eighth to Estimate in the Gold Cup at Royal Ascot on his latest start.

      Aidan O'Brien's Ernest Hemingway is a second Irish entry.

      Colour Vision, last year's Gold Cup hero, is one of four Godolphin possibles along with Ahzeemah, Cavalryman and Lost In The Moment.

      There is continental interest in the shape of the Andreas Wohler-trained Altano from Germany and Gloomy Sunday, who won the Henry II Stakes at Sandown at the end of May, from Christophe Ferland's French yard.

      Others in the mix include Brown Panther, Caucus, Glen's Diamond and Mount Athos.



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      Prognosis guarded for Abbey

      • Last Updated: July 26 2013, 13:45 BST

      St Nicholas Abbey has suffered a serious setback in his recovery from a major leg operation.

      St Nicholas Abbey: Major setback following surgery

      St Nicholas Abbey: Major setback following surgeryon racing

      The six-year-old had a bad bout of colic on Thursday for which he has had to have emergency surgery.

      Coolmore tweeted: "Unfortunately St Nicholas Abbey had a major setback in his recovery during the night, suffering from a bad colic.

      "He underwent emergency colic surgery at Fethard Equine Hospital this morning and the prognosis is very guarded at the moment."

      On Wednesday, St Nicholas Abbey had complex surgery on a career-ending injury to a pastern.

      The six-times Group One winner fractured a leg on the gallops at Aidan O'Brien's Ballydoyle stables on Tuesday morning in preparation for Saturday's King George VI And Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Ascot.

      A son of champion sire Montjeu, St Nicholas Abbey was champion two-year-old in 2009 when he crowned his season with a blistering display in the Racing Post Trophy at Doncaster.

      He was a red-hot favourite for the 2000 Guineas the following year, but could only finish sixth behind Makfi, and was not seen again until the following April when he was beaten at the Curragh.

      The six-year-old returned to something like his juvenile form when an easy scorer of the Ormonde Stakes at Chester and went on to further Group One glory in the Coronation Cup at Epsom, a race he went on to win two more times.

      Arguably his two greatest successes came on the world stage, however.

      He won the Breeders' Cup Turf in 2011, a victory which made his jockey Joseph O'Brien the youngest winner in Breeders' Cup history, and as recently as March he landed the Dubai Sheema Classic at Meydan.

      St Nicholas Abbey amassed close to £5million in prize-money, having won nine of his 21 races.


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      St Nic 'recuperating' after op

      Thu 25th Jul 2013, 10:06

      St Nicholas Abbey
      St Nicholas Abbey
      (Healy Racing Photos)
      St Nicholas Abbey is recuperating in intensive care after undergoing complex surgery on a career-ending injury to a pastern.

      The six-times Group One winner fractured a leg on the gallops at Aidan O'Brien's Ballydoyle stables on Tuesday morning in preparation for Saturday's King George VI And Queen Elizabeth Stakes.

      St Nicholas Abbey underwent an operation on Wednesday, but still has "many bridges to cross before he is considered out of danger", according to Coolmore Stud, who represent the colt's owners.

      They tweeted: "After a lengthy surgery to fuse the pastern St Nicholas Abbey is recuperating in intensive care at John Halley's Fethard Equine Hospital.

      "Surgery was carried out at Fethard Equine Hospital in consultation with Dr Dean Richardson, head of surgery at New Bolton Centre Pennsylvania, along with Ger Kelly and Tom O'Brien

      "St Nicholas Abbey will remain in intensive care for some time and has many bridges to cross before he is considered out of danger.

      "This morning he is well and comfortable and back enjoying his hay.

      "We are lucky he is so fit and has a marvellous attitude and temperament which will be vital for his long recovery."

      A son of champion sire Montjeu, St Nicholas Abbey was champion two-year-old in 2009 when he crowned his season with a blistering display in the Racing Post Trophy at Doncaster.

      He was a red-hot favourite for the 2000 Guineas the following year, but could only finish sixth behind Makfi, and was not seen again until the following April when he was beaten at the Curragh.

      The six-year-old returned to something like his juvenile form when an easy scorer of the Ormonde Stakes at Chester and went on to further Group One glory in the Coronation Cup at Epsom, a race he went on to win two more times.

      Arguably his two greatest successes came on the world stage, however.

      He won the Breeders' Cup Turf in 2011, a victory which made his jockey Joseph O'Brien the youngest winner in Breeders' Cup history, and as recently as March he landed the Dubai Sheema Classic at Meydan.

      St Nicholas Abbey amassed close to £5million in prize-money, having won nine of his 21 races.


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      St Nic Update & Statement

      Coolmore announce that St Nicholas Abbey is recuperating after his lengthy surgery at Fethard Equine Hospital where hes enjoying some hay

      Surgery was carried out at Fethard Equine Hospital in consultation with Dr Dean Richardson, Head of Surgery...

      St Nicholas Abbey will remain in intensive care for some time and has many bridges to cross before he is considered out of danger

      We are lucky he is so fit and has a marvellous attitude and temperament which will be vital for his long recovery


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      Fortify makes all for cosy victory

       By Gary CarsonWed 24th Jul 2013, 20:06

      Fortify scores under Joseph O'Brien
      Fortify scores under Joseph O'Brien
      (Healy Racing Photos)




      Odds-on shot Fortify got the job done in good style when making all to claim the mile conditions race at Naas.

      Joseph O'Brien bounced the 8/11 favourite out in front and asked him for an effort a furlong-and-a-half from home.

      He kept on well in the closing stages to record a comprehensive three-and-a-quarter length success over Hot Bed.

      The winner was putting to bed a sequence of four runner-up efforts. He was dropping back in trip today having run on late in a hot ten furlong handicap at Leopardstown last Thursday.

      “He jumped out and bowled along. The ground is quick but he kept on well to the line. He was entitled to win another one,” said the winning rider afterwards.

      (Additional reporting by Alan Magee)






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      Aidan O'Brien's team tops Champion Stakes entry

      Updated: Wednesday, 24 Jul 2013 15:54 | 0 Comments


      Ruler Of The World is among those who will go in the Irish Champion Stakes
      Ruler Of The World is among those who will go in the Irish Champion Stakes

      Aidan O'Brien has a strong hand in the Red Mills Irish Champion Stakes as he seeks an eighth success in the Group One at Leopardstown in September.

      The Ballydoyle trainer's multiple entry includes Epsom Derby hero Ruler Of The World and exciting American import Darwin, who was an impressive winner of the Minstrel Stakes at the Curragh last Sunday.

      "We will be supporting the race for sure. Darwin was impressive when he won at the weekend and he is still in the mix as is Declaration Of War and Kingsbarns," said O'Brien at the race's launch at the Ritz Carlton in Powerscourt.

      Jim Bolger confirmed his intention to run Trading Leather, although the Irish Derby hero is set to take in Saturday's King George at Ascot and the Juddmonte International at York first.

      "The plan for Trading Leather is for him to run in the Irish Champion Stakes. He'll go for the King George, then the Juddmonte and then back to Leopardstown," said Bolger.

      The French-trained Cirrus Des Aigles is favourite for the King George, but he too is a possible for Leopardstown.

      The seven-year-old's handler Corine Barande-Barbe said: "The horse runs on Saturday so we'll have to see how that goes.

      "He has been left in the Irish Champion Stakes and has other race entries as well. However, it remains a possibility as he has no other option in September."

      Al Kazeem is on a break after chalking up a hat-trick of Group One successes already this season and he may also go to Leopardstown.

      "He is currently on a break, but we are considering the Irish Champion Stakes for Al Kazeem," said his trainer Roger Charlton.

      Marco Botti has confirmed Dubai World Cup third Planteur a definite starter and said: "The plan for some time now has been to run Planteur in the Red Mills Irish Champion Stakes."

      Last year's renewal was won by the recently-retired Snow Fairy and it was announced her owner Cristina Patino is to donate a statue of the mare to Leopardstown to acknowledge her course record in the race. It will stand inside the main gate at the Dublin venue.


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      St Nicholas Abbey comfortable ahead of surgery

      Updated: Wednesday, 24 Jul 2013 10:20 | 0 Comments


      St Nicholas Abbey will undergo surgery today
      St Nicholas Abbey will undergo surgery today

      St Nicholas Abbey is reported to have had "a comfortable night" ahead of surgery on a fractured pastern to be performed on Wednesday morning.

      The six-times Group One winner suffered the injury during a routine gallop at Aidan O'Brien's Ballydoyle stables on Tuesday morning as he was being prepared for the King George VI And Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Ascot on Saturday.

      With his racing career now over due to the seriousness of the injury, owners John Magnier, Michael Tabor and Derrick Smith are hopeful their vets can save him for a stud career.

      Coolmore tweeted: "St Nicholas Abbey has had a comfortable night at Fethard Equine Hospital. He undergoes surgery this morning and today will be critical for him."



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      St Nicholas Abbey will undergo surgery on a fractured pastern on Wednesday morning.


      St Nic set for surgery on Wednesday morning

      Tue 23rd Jul 2013, 16:36

      St Nicholas Abbey
      St Nicholas Abbey
      (Healy Racing Photos)
      St Nicholas Abbey will undergo surgery on a fractured pastern on Wednesday morning.

      The six-times Group One winner suffered the injury during a routine gallop at Aidan O'Brien's Ballydoyle stable on Tuesday morning as he continued his preparations for Saturday's King George VI And Queen Elizabeth Diamond Stakes at Ascot.

      With his racing career now over due to his serious injury, owners John Magnier, Michael Tabor and Derrick Smith are hopeful their vets can save him for a stud career.

      Coolmore tweeted: "St Nicholas Abbey suffered a fractured pastern during a routine piece of work at Ballydoyle this morning.

      "He is currently in a comfortable condition at Fethard Equine Hospital, where he is scheduled for surgery tomorrow morning."

      News of his injury broke just after 9am, when it was confirmed his racing days are over.

      A tweet read: "St Nicholas Abbey suffered a serious career ending injury at Ballydoyle this morning, vets are currently attending to him. We hope to save him for a career at stud."

      A son of champion sire Montjeu, St Nicholas Abbey was champion two-year-old in 2009 when he crowned his season with a blistering display in the Racing Post Trophy at Doncaster.

      He was a red-hot favourite for the 2000 Guineas the following year, but could only finish sixth behind Makfi, and was not seen again until the following April when he was beaten at the Curragh.

      He returned to something like his juvenile form when an easy winner of the Ormonde Stakes at Chester and went on to further Group One glory in the Coronation Cup at Epsom, a race he went on to win twice more.

      Arguably his two greatest successes came on the world stage, however.

      He won the Breeders' Cup Turf in 2011, a victory which made his jockey Joseph O'Brien the youngest winner in Breeders' Cup history, and as recently as March he landed the Dubai Sheema Classic at Meydan.

      St Nicholas Abbey amassed close to £5million in win and place prize money having won nine of his 21 races.

       


      Just heard from Ballydoyle they are very hopeful that 

      ST Nic should be okay, Thanks to god


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      Fantastic Picture of  St Nic by

      on her visit to my mecca Ballydoyle


                              LEGEND

       

       



       

       

      I was privileged 2 receive this gift a few days after he won breeders cup to me his best performance & will always be my best memory of him on the track lets hope & pray he makes it through



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      St Nic's Career sadly over after Ballydoyle Injury

      Terrible news from Ballydoyle this morning lets hope and pray they can save him He was one of my all time favorites.


      terrible news from Coolmore

      St Nicholas Abbey suffered a serious career ending injury at Ballydoyle this morning, vets are currently attending to him.
      We hope to save him for a career at stud, a further update will be posted later.



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      St Nicholas Abbey suffers career ending injury

      Updated: Tuesday, 23 Jul 2013 09:44 | 0 Comments


      St Nicholas Abbey won close to £5million in prize money
      St Nicholas Abbey won close to £5million in prize money

      St Nicholas Abbey's racing career is over after picking up a serious injury at Ballydoyle on Tuesday morning.

      The six-times Group One winner was being prepared for a crack at the King George VI And Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Ascot this weekend.

      However, the Aidan O'Brien-trained six-year-old has now run his last race with his owners, John Magnier, Michael Tabor and Derrick Smith hopeful that the vets can save him for a stud career.

      A statement posted on the Coolmore twitter feed read: "St Nicholas Abbey suffered a serious career ending injury at Ballydoyle this morning, vets are currently attending to him.

      "We hope to save him for a career at stud, a further update will be posted later." 

      A son of recently deceased champion sire Montjeu, St Nicholas Abbey was champion two-year-old in 2009 when he crowned his season with a blistering display in the Racing Post Trophy at Doncaster.

      He was a red-hot favourite for the 2000 Guineas the following year, but could only finish sixth behind Makfi, and was not seen again until the following April when beaten at the Curragh.

      He returned to something like his juvenile form when an easy winner of the Ormonde Stakes at Chester and went on to further Group One glory in the Coronation Cup at Epsom, a race he would win on a further two occasions.

      Arguably his two greatest successes came on the world stage, however.

      He won the Breeders' Cup Turf in 2011 from Sea Moon, a victory which made his jockey Joseph O'Brien the youngest winner in Breeders' Cup history, and as recently as March he landed the Dubai Sheema Classic at Meydan.

      St Nicholas Abbey won close to £5million in win and place prize money having won nine of his 21 races. 


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      St Nicholas Abbey career over

      • Last Updated: July 23 2013, 9:20 BST

      St Nicholas Abbey's racing career is over after picking up a serious injury at Ballydoyle on Tuesday morning.

      St Nicholas Abbey: Being attended to by vets

      St Nicholas Abbey: Being attended to by vets

      However, the Aidan O'Brien-trained six-year-old has now run his last race with his owners, John Magnier, Michael Tabor and Derrick Smith hopeful that the vets can save him for a stud career.The six-times Group One winner was being prepared for a crack at the King George VI And Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Ascot this weekend.


      A statement posted on the Coolmore twitter feed read: "St Nicholas Abbey suffered a serious career ending injury at Ballydoyle this morning, vets are currently attending to him.

      "We hope to save him for a career at stud, a further update will be posted later."



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      Tapestry could be aimed at the Debutante Stakes

      Last Updated: July 21, 2013 6:25pm



      Tapestry is set to have her sights raised after a winning debut
        Tapestry is set to have her sights raised after a winning debut   

      The impeccably-bred Aidan O'Brien-trained Tapestry (7/1) came fast and late to make a winning debut in the Hanlon Concrete EBF Fillies Maiden at the Curragh.

      The daughter of 2001 Derby hero Galileo out of dual Group One winner Rumplestiltskin produced a decisive foot in the final half-furlong to overhaul Chroussa.

      Jockey Seamie Heffernan had bided his time on the reputed O'Brien second string as stablemate Snow, the mount of Joseph O'Brien, was to the fore along with Chroussa. But once Heffernan let Tapestry go, the response was impressive as she ran out a half-length winner.

      "She's obviously a lovely filly and has a great pedigree," said the winning trainer. "She's still a baby and has not been asked to do too much at home. We'll probably look at something like the Debutante Stakes (Curragh, August 11)."

      East Yorkshire trainer Declan Carroll secured a big prize when Whozthecat (8/1) claimed the Boylesports.com Rockingham Handicap. The six-year-old was always to the fore under 10lb claimer Luke Leadbitter, who kept Nafa at bay by a neck to go one better after finishing second in a similar contest over a furlong farther at his track three weeks earlier.

      Carroll said: "I wasn't worried about coming back to five furlongs as he's done most of his winning over five furlongs. Most ground comes easily to him."

      Italian Jessica Marcialis struck on Ado McGuinness' veteran Beau Michael (10/1) in the Ladies Qualified Riders Association Fegentri World Championship Handicap. David Wachman's Fly To The Moon (5/1) stepped up considerably on her three previous starts to land the Equisoftlive.com Nursery Handicap.

      The Wayne Lordan-ridden filly had been well beaten in maidens, but benefited from her first run in a nursery.

      "Wayne gave her a very good ride. It was a big drop in class from the maidens she was running in and it was probably an ordinary nursery," said Wachman.

      The Kevin Prendergast-trained Coquette Noire (5/2) hung on grimly for Chris Hayes in the Goffs Fillies Maiden while Emmet McNamara steered the Ger Lyons-trained Toccata Blue (11/4 joint-favourite) to take the Irish Field Grey Horse Handicap by a length from Susiescot.

      Lyons said: "He looks like a foal compared to the others, but he's done well to win three races and Emmet gets on well with him."

       


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      Tapestry pulls rug from under Chroussa

       By Michael Graham


      Sun 21st Jul 2013, 16:02

      Seamie Heffernan
      Seamie Heffernan
      (Healy Racing Photos)
      Another Aidan O’Brien second-string was seen to good effect as Tapestry came from off the pace to win the six furlong juvenile fillies maiden at the Curragh a tad snugly.

      Chroussa (6/4jf) and Kevin Manning tried to burn off all the challengers from the front. The well-backed Snow (3/1 to 6/4 joint favourite this morning) sat in second under Joseph O’Brien, but when this one started to tread water a furlong out it looked like Chroussa on the rail would hang on.

      However, Seamie Heffernan produced Tapestry with a withering run down the centre of the course to cut her down by half a length at 7/1.

      Aidan O’Brien said: “She’s obviously a lovely filly and has a great pedigree. She’s still a baby and has not been asked to do too much at home. We’ll probably look at something like the Debutante Stakes.”

      Boylesports introduced Tapestry into their 1,000 Guineas market at 14/1.

      O’Brien added comments on some of his runners yesterday. On Venus De Milo he said: “She gets a mile and a half well. She might go for the race in Cork [the Group 3 Give Thanks Stakes].”

      Of Just Pretending he commented: “We’ll bring her back to the mile and a quarter race at Goodwood [Nassau Stakes]."

      Additional reporting by Alan Magee





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      I adore this fella he is a model of equine perfection really exciting end to the season with the Big Brown 3yo Colt DARWIN Beat some decent yardsticks easy



       




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      Treble for O'Brien as Darwin takes the Minstrel

       By Donal MurphySat 20th Jul 2013, 18:08

      Darwin is driven out by Joseph O'Brien to beat Gordon Lord Byron (red)
      Darwin is driven out by Joseph O'Brien to beat Gordon Lord Byron (red)
      (Healy Racing Photos)
      Darwin made it two from two since arriving in Ireland, as he took the Group 3 Invesco Pension Consultants Minstrel Stakes, making it a treble on the card for trainer Aidan O’Brien and a double for Joseph.

      The American import, won a conditions race on his Irish debut at Naas last month and he was sent off the 8/11 favourite (opened on-course at 4/5) to follow up this afternoon.

      The three-year-old son of Big Brown raced in second for much of the race and he was niggled along from over two furlongs out.

      He hit the front a furlong and a half from home, keeping on well from there to score by a length and three parts.

      Gordon Lord Byron had to give twelve pounds to the winner, but he still managed to run a creditable race, finishing second under Wayne Lordan for Tom Hogan at 6/4.

      Aidan O'Brien said afterwards: "He is not short of pace but he gets a mile well.

      "He came to us with a massive reputation. He has got great cruising speed and he was doing good times in America.

      "When he won his maiden in America, Todd Pletcher (his former trainer) was jumping around the place and it was obvious to see why he was. We were very lucky to get him.

      "He only won a conditions race a few weeks ago and he is still a big baby. He has got options and he could go to Deauville now.

      Additional reporting by Alan Magee



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      Wilshire beats his better fancied stable mate

       By Donal MurphySat 20th Jul 2013, 17:14

      Wilshire Boulevard is driven out by Seamie Heffernan to beat Oklahoma City (No 5)
      Wilshire Boulevard is driven out by Seamie Heffernan to beat Oklahoma City (No 5)
      (Healy Racing Photos)
      Wilshire Boulevard (7/1) outshone his better fancied stable mate, as he took the Group 3 Jebel Ali Racecourse & Stables Anglesey Stakes.

      Oklahoma City was sent off the even money favourite, with Joseph O’Brien opting to ride the son of Oasis Dream.

      The ‘jolly’ attempted to make all but he couldn’t fend off the