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Ballydoyle Guineas Plans starting to take shape

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Gustav Klimt and Saxon Warrior are among four five-day acceptors from the Aidan O'Brien stable as the Ballydoyle trainer bids to win the Qipco 2000 Guineas for a ninth time at Newmarket on Saturday.

O'Brien is already the winning-most trainer in the colts' Classic and Gustav Klimt, winner of the 2000 Guineas Trial at Leopardstown on his reappearance, heads his strong team.

Last season's Superlative Stakes scorer is supported by Racing Post Trophy victor Saxon Warrior, US Navy Flag, who has disappointed twice since landing the Dewhurst Stakes in October, and Murillo.

Ante-post favourite Happily is one of 18 fillies confirmed for the Qipco 1000 Guineas at Newmarket on Sunday.

Aidan O'Brien’s charge won four of her seven juvenile starts, including successive Group One triumphs in the Moyglare Stud Stakes at the Curragh and the Prix Jean-Luc Lagardere at Chantilly.

She disappointed on her most recent appearance at the Breeders’ Cup, but is the general 5/2 market leader to provide O'Brien with a fifth victory in the first fillies' Classic of the campaign.

The Ballydoyle maestro has whittled his team down to five, with Bye Bye Baby, I Can Fly, Sarrocchi and Sizzling his other contenders. September is a notable absentee.



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Video of Mendelssohn Leaving for Kentucky 




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A.P.O'Brien's 8 2000 Guineas Winners - Who will be the notable ninth

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Happily on the Ballydoyle Gallops this morning her final preparations for next Sunday's 1000 Guineas 



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Hunting Horn 3rd in the 3.00 Bet365 Classic Trial (Group 3) at Sandown 

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Hunting Horn ran very well considering this did not go to plan in the race it was a very promising run 


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Classic update from Aidan 



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Ballydoyle Entries Sunday Gowran Park 

2:20 Victor McCalmont Memor.Stakes - Clear Skies 

2:55 3YO Maiden - Curly 


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Rhododendron runs in the Prix Ganay at Parislongchamp on Sunday Ryan Moore Is booked for the ride 


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Ballydoyle Entries Ascot Wednesday 2nd May 2018

2:00 Conditions Stakes - Emprie State - Isle Of Innisfree - Land Force - The Irish Rover - Van Beethoven 

3:45 Pavillion Stakes - Declarationofpeace - Murillo


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6 Ballydoyle horses left in each Guineas - Clemmie Magical Butterscotch & Mendelssohn taken out 

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A.P.O'Brien Season Earnings Updated



The Ballydoyle Battalion is assembling for Royal Ascot - Ballydoyle Royal Ascot Entries 2018 

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Our second Rankings/Ratings supplement of the season is here - Timeform Global Rankings European Division Ballydoyle Spotlight & News - A total of 15 Ballydoyle Residents in the ratings.

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Leading Sires Tables Updated 23/04 - Galileo into top 10 - No Nay Never flying high - Dec of War & Camelot both in top 10 - Excelebration 7th

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A.P.O'Brien Top Earning Horses Updated

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A.P.O'Brien Group Race History Honours Board Updated 

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Sergei sets Navan alight as he breaks his maiden tag in style


Sergei Prokofiev ran out an impressive winner of the opener at Navan this evening, the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Race.

Second on debut at Dundalk, the son of Scat Daddy was expected to go one place better today, going off the clear 2/5 favourite under Ryan Moore.

Prominent throughout, the Aidan O'Brien trained colt was sent to the front over a furlong out, and he soon shot clear, going on to score easily by seven and a half lengths.

Naas winner Pride Of Pimlico finished second at 4/1 under Kevin Manning for Brendan Duke, while Sunday Spark was a head back in third.

"We're delighted with him. Donnacha loved him when he rode him in Dundalk," said O'Brien.

"He's a big powerful horse and has plenty of speed. He came on as obviously he was never away before Dundalk.

"We'll look at the Marble Hill or the Rochestown with him. Ryan said he didn't think six would be a problem, five or six. He went to the line strong.

"That was nice for his second race as we don't have the novice races and you are limited after you win a maiden.

"We always thought he was very nice and between now and Ascot we'd like to get another one into him."

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DC Aiming to defend the Woodlands Stakes 

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23 April
Drying ground in Navan should aid Washington DC's cause in the Woodlands Stakes on Monday.

This Listed race is a drop in class for Aidan O'Brien's charge who has competed at the highest level in his last four outings.

In addition, the 109-rated colt is two for two at Navan, having won this race last year, and has Ryan Moore's assistance.




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George gets the job done in Vintage Crop


Order Of St George began his campaign with a win when putting his two rivals to the sword in Navan's Group Three Vintage Crop Stakes.

The 2/9 favourite was content to track British raider Lord Yeats throughout and was pushed along to get closer inside the three pole.

He came through to head a ridden-along Lord Yeats coming to the final furlong and stretched away for a five and a half length success.< Lord Yeats finished 14 lengths ahead of third-placed Clongowes.

Jockey Ryan Moore said: "He's been an excellent horse and obviously he's a pleasure to have for those sort of races. I thought he did it very smoothly today. He's carrying big penalties all the time and hopefully he'll have a good year again.

"It would have suited me if they were going a bit quicker but it was the right race for him, he was 5/1 on and did what he had to do. He's the best one (in the staying division)."

Aidan O'Brien added: "I’m delighted with him, and hopefully he’ll go for the Saval Beg (at Leopardstown on May 25) which is what we usually do and then on to Ascot.

“He finishes out very well when he gets into his tempo and he gallops up the hill. Ryan said he was very relaxed and moved very well. They would be the two things that you would love to hear.”

This gave O'Brien and Moore a Navan double having taken the opener with So Perfect.

Paddy Power keptOrder Of St George unchanged at 7/2 for the Ascot Gold Cup and at 14/1 for the Coronation Cup.

Order Of St George, the Irish St Leger hero of 2017, was beaten in this race last year at 4/5.

Additional reporting by Alan Magee

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Perfect debut for So Perfect 

The first daughter of Scat Daddy to represent Ballydoyle makes winning start

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So Perfect made a winning debut for Aidan O'Brien and Ryan Moore in the juvenile fillies' maiden over five furlongs at Navan.

In what was a lively betting heat, the 4/1 second favourite raced towards the rear before improving in the final quarter of a mile. She then made good headway from sixth at the furlong pole.

She really hit her stride with 150 yards to go and stormed home down the outside under Ryan Moore to collar Mater Matuta (7/1) in the final strides.

The Scat Daddy filly got up by a short head with runner-up Mater Matuta three parts of a length in front of third-placed Silver Service at 25/1.

Aidan O’Brien said: “We’re delighted with that for a first run. We were worried about the ground and experience but she is obviously a very nice filly. She is a big, powerful filly.

“I’d say she is an Ascot filly and could run over five or six. She could run at Naas (the Listed Juvenile Fillies Sprint over six furlongs on May 20) for some more experience.”

Ryan Moore added: "She's a very nice filly. She did everything right today, she learned as the race went on. It was a very pleasing start. She is a big, strong filly and all being well she'll have a big future.

"Five (furlongs) here today is hard work, it's very dead ground and a stiff finish but she's fast and I wouldn't say six (furlongs) would be any problem at all."

Inflorescence and Palabres were very well backed and came in fourth and sixth respectively. Meryems Way was supported at big prices this morning but finished last of the 14 runners.

Additional reporting by Alan Magee & Thanks to Navan Racecourse for the pictures

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Ballydoyle targeting Navan's feature races

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Sioux Nation is one of three Aidan O'Brien representatives in the Committed Stakes at Navan on Sunday.

Triumphant in the Group Two Norfolk Stakes at Royal Ascot last summer, the son of Scat Daddy went on to supplement those gains in the Group One Phoenix Stakes at the Curragh in August.

Ryan Moore will partner Sioux Nation on his seasonal reappearance and O'Brien is looking forward to getting his campaign under way, despite having reservations about underfoot conditions.

"He's in good form and is just ready to start back. The ground won't be ideal but this will start him off," said the Ballydoyle handler.

O'Brien also saddles Fleet Review (Wayne Lordan) and Different League (Seamie Heffernan) in this five-and-a-half-furlong Listed contest.

Different League won the Albany Stakes at the Royal meeting for French trainer Matthieu Palussiere and was last seen filling the runner-up spot behind the O'Brien-trained Clemmie in the Cheveley Park at Newmarket.

She makes her first start for new connections after changing hands for 1.5million guineas during the off-season.

"Different League is just ready to start and hopefully we'll learn a lot about her," said O'Brien.

"Ideally, Fleet Review would prefer better ground, but he's in good form."

Listed honours are also up for grabs in the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Salsabil Stakes.

Aidan O'Brien fires a three-pronged assault, with Moore seemingly preferring Bye Bye Baby to stablemates Easter Lily (Lordan) and Sizzling (Heffernan).

O'Brien said: "Bye Bye Baby is in good form. She's won in Navan before, we don't think she'll mind the ground and she's just ready to start."



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The Ballydoyle Bullet

Video Link > http://coolmore.com/australia/coolmore-tv/…



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A.P.O'Brien Season Earnings Updated

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A.P.O'Brien Top Earning Horses Updated - Deauville adds to his career earnings

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Our first Rankings/Ratings supplement of the season is here - Timeform Global Rankings European Division Ballydoyle Spotlight & News - A total of 16 Ballydoyle Residents in the ratings.

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Leading Sires GB & IRE Tables updated - Galileo into top 20 - No Nay Never off to a fine start - Dec of War & Camelot in top 10 - Excelebaration in top 10

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Coolmore move for Scat Daddy Juvenile at The Craven Breeze Up sale 

The hammer comes down at 775,000gns for lot 155 as Jamie McCalmont & MV Magnier buy the Scat Daddy colt.



Lot 155, a SCAT DADDY colt out of the MEDAGLIA D’ORO mare Lauded was the second highest sales topper selling for 775,000 guineas to the bid of Jamie McCalmont at the expense of underbidder Ross Doyle.

Jamie McCalmont, who was buying on behalf of MV Magnier, said: "The late Scat Daddy was a stallion that was just getting better and better. He can produce anything and he has two of the world's best three-year-olds this year."

There is a very good chance he will go to Ballydoyle.


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REST IN PEACE THE IRON HORSE GIANTS CAUSEWAY 

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Full Moon take the feature at Dundalk 



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Donnacha O’Brien completed a double on the evening at Dundalk as Full Moon justified strong support in the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Race.

The imposing son of Declaration Of War was facing three previous course winners but was all the rage in the market in receipt of 5lb from his rivals.

The 4/5 favourite, available at 11/8 earlier in the day, travelled smoothly early in the straight to challenge on the inner but needed plenty of encouragement inside the final furlong to get home in front.

The Ballydoyle trained favourite beat Downdraft by half a length, with Andesh just a neck back in third.

Donnacha O’Brien, also on the mark earlier on the card aboard Drapers Guild (5/1) trained by his brother Joseph, said “I've always thought he was a lovely horse.

“He maybe doesn't do a whole lot when he gets there and I've made that mistake on him the last twice. He'll be a nice horse back on turf.”


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Solid comeback for Deauville in the Earl Of Sefton at Newmarket 

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Giants Causeway passes away aged 21 

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Coolmore Statement - It is with great sadness that we announce the death of “The Iron Horse” Giant’s Causeway, who passed away last night aged 21 at his Kentucky birthplace Ashford Stud, after a brief illness.  Trained by Aidan O’Brien at Ballydoyle, and widely regarded as the best son of Storm Cat, Giant’s Causeway was an unbeaten Group 1 winner at 2 and earned himself the moniker “The Iron Horse” following five straight Group 1 wins in Europe as a 3YO. His final start, and only one on dirt, came in the Breeders’ Cup Classic at Churchill Downs where he again showed his never say die attitude in a marvellous tussle with Tiznow, ending his career having never finished outside of the first two in his thirteen racecourse starts.

Giant’s Causeway stood one season at Coolmore Ireland before unprecedented demand from US breeders saw him relocate to Ashford. He made an immediate impact with that first crop which included Europe Champion 2YO and top 3YO Shamardal, unbeaten 2000 Guineas winner Footstepsinthesand, Coronation Stakes winner Maids Causeway and North American Grade 1 winners Aragorn and My Typhoon. This spectacular success continued with his Ashford crops, resulting in him becoming the first horse since Danzig to top the General Sires’ list on three occasions.  Throughout his eighteen years at stud, Giant’s Causeway sired an incredible 31 G1 winners worldwide, and will leave behind a long-lasting legacy as a successful sire of sires and top broodmare sire.

“To foal, raise and race a horse of Giant’s Causeway’s caliber is every owner/breeder’s dream, so for him to stand as a stallion at his birthplace, and go on to be a three-time Champion Sire is nothing short of sensational,” commented Coolmore America manager Dermot Ryan.  “Giant’s Causeway was a once in a lifetime horse, and I would like to thank the owners, the Magnier and Tabor families, for entrusting us with his stud career.  I would also like to extend my gratitude to all of the stallion handlers at Ashford past and present for providing the highest level of care for Giant, in particular Blaise Benjamin and Richard Barry. He will be a huge loss not just to us, but to the industry as a whole.”

Rest in peace The Iron Horse we loved you from The AOBFS Team. 





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Leading Sires Update - Galileo breaks into top 20 - No Nay Never off to a decent start - Declaration Of War & Camelot going strong - Excelebration closing in on top 5

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War Fronts Dramatically to run in Nell Gwyn

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April 16 

Aidan O'Brien saddles War Front 3 year old filly Dramatically in the Lanwades Stud Nell Gwyn Stakes at Newmarket on Wednesday.Dramatically is her Dams Second foal. Wonder of Wonders was second in 2011 Epsom Oaks & 3rd in 2011 Irish Oaks. Also 3rd in the 2011 Yorkshire Oaks Dramatically is a Half Sister to Tree of Knowledge.

Dramatically was a Naas maiden winner has not been seen in competitive action since finishing fifth behind stablemate Kenya in the Killavullan Stakes and is an interesting contender in this recognized trial for the Qipco 1000 Guineas on May 6. Dramatically  will be partnered by Ryan Moore. 

The Nell Gwyn is one of two Group Three races on day two of the Craven meeting, the other being the bet365 Earl Of Sefton Stakes.


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Newmarket Thursday - Abernant Stakes (Group 3) - Declarationofpeace - Fleet Review - Spirit of Valor - No Ballydoyle horses entered in the Craven Stakes

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Sundays Results

Giuseppe Garibaldi 3rd in the 4.10 at Cork

Clear Skies 3rd in the 2.30 at Cork 

Flag Of Honour 3rd in the 3.25 Prix Noailles (Group 3) at Longchamp

Magical 4th in the 2.50 Prix De La Grotte (Group 3) at Longchamp

Rostropovich 4th in the 1.35 Prix Fontainebleau (Group 3) at Longchamp


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A.P.O'Brien Season Earnings Updated



A.P.O'Brien Career Stats Updated

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A.P.O'Brien Group Race History Honours Board

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Leading Sires Update - Galileo breaks into top 20 - No Nay Never off to a decent start - Declaration Of War & Camelot going strong - Excelebration closing in on top 5

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Galileo Millionaires Club Updated - Capri moves past Mondialiste - Galileo in a league of his very own

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Team Ballydoyle hit by Double set back as Amedeo & Clemmie set to miss major Targets.

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Team Ballydoyle were dealt a huge double blow with news breaking that 2 of their leading classic contenders could miss their intended targets Aidan gives us an update below 

"Clemmie had a hold-up last month and is only back walking. It's possible that the Newmarket Guineas might come too soon for her and we might decide to aim her at the Irish 1,000 with possibly a race before then. Her brother, Churchill, got a mile but only just, so there are no guarantees that she will get the distance. If she doesn't then we can always drop her in trip. She showed last season that she has plenty of speed, winning the Duchess of Cambridge and the Cheveley Park". 

Amedeo Modigliani "has had a setback and is only walking and trotting. We're going gently with him and won't be forcing him. He mightn't be ready for the Classics and most likely it will be the second half of the season for him. He's a smart colt and we like him He belongs in the 'could be anything' category. 


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Nelson digs deep to see off Del in the Ballysax
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Nelson made virtually every yard of the running to inflict a surprise defeat on fellow Aidan O'Brien-trained runner The Pentagon in Leopardstown's P.W. McGrath Memorial Ballysax Stakes.

The Pentagon was the choice of Ryan Moore and was sent off the 13-8 favourite for the Group Three heat, but he proved no match for the Donnacha O'Brien-ridden Nelson.

Positive from the off, O'Brien asked his mount to respond as another Ballydoyle inmate, Delano Roosevelt, started to press his claims in the home straight and the winner eventually proved half a length too good.

Nelson, a son of Frankel out of Irish Oaks winner Moonstone, was cut to 16-1 from 25s for the Investec Derby by RaceBets, while The Pentagon, who finished a length third, was pushed out to 12-1 from 7-1 by 32Red.

O'Brien said: "You'd be delighted with that, it's tough going out there.

"Donnacha was delighted with his horse and said he stays well. Seamus (Heffernan, rider of Delano Roosevelt) was very happy with his horse and said he just got a little bit lonely when he got there.

"Ryan was very happy. He said of all our horses he rode, he wants real nice ground, but he'll come on a ton. It was great because you need to get the racing miles into them.

"Nelson handles soft ground looking at that. Obviously, we had to have something to make the running and he's the fella that held up his hand and said he wouldn't mind going on.

"He had gone forward in his races before and won around here before making the running.

"He'll come back for the Derrinstown and that's what they'll probably all do."


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Gustav Glitters in Guineas Trial 
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Gustav Klimt has trained on beautifully from two to three if his performance in the Listed Ballylinch Stud 2,000 Guineas Trial Stakes at Leopardstown is anything to go by.

Imaging looked a likely winner for Declan McDonogh over a furlong out here, butGustav Klimt came home strongly under Ryan Moore to edge the verdict by a length and three parts.

They left the other two, Kenya and U S Navy Flag, eleven lengths and two and a quarter lengths behind.

Paddy Power go 11/2 from 8/1 aboutGustav Klimt for the 2,000 Guineas.

"We're very happy, obviously the ground was far from ideal, but it was nice to get a run into him as it's a long time since he ran. Ryan was very happy with him," said winning trainer Aidan O'Brien.

"Ryan said he was very impressed with the way he quickened in that ground. He's a real good ground horse.

"Newmarket is the plan if everything is well.

"US, we knew he'd hate the ground but he needed to get out, and Donnacha's horse (Kenya) will stay further.

"US might go to the Guineas now and he'll grow another leg between now and then."

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Hunting Horn off the mark at third attempt



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Hunting Horn collared Latrobe in the closing stages of the mile and a quarter maiden at Naas for a snug victory.

He gave Aidan O'Brien and Ryan Moore a brace as the pair also teamed up with Capri in the Group Three Gladness Stakes.

The well-backed-favourite Latrobe went for home approaching the final furlong butHunting Horn (7/4) moved ominously into contention behind him.

He always looked likely to get up and indeed he was pushed out to collar Latrobe (9/10) inside the final 100 yards and win by a neck.

Aidan O'Brien said: "We liked him last year and he got beat twice.

“The Camelots seem to step up from two to three and when when they go beyond a mile to a mile-and-a-quarter and they probably will again when they go to a mile-and-a-half.

“He had a couple of decent runs last year and Joseph's horse (Latrobe for Joseph O'Brien) had a very good run. I'd say it was a decent maiden.

“He can go to some of the Derby trials now. We'll play our way gentle and see what happens.”

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Perfect comeback for dual classic winner Capri & Aidan 
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Ryan Moore's trip across the Irish Sea to partner Capri in the Group Three Alleged Stakes at Naas paid off as the dual-Classic winner made a winning start to his season.

Moore sent the grey son of Galileo into an early lead and dictated throughout.

Cannonball ranged up on their outer in the final furlong and a half but edged left under the whip when called upon for his effort.

He did the same in the final furlong but still got to within a head of Capri who successfully fended him off after 10 furlongs.

The Irish Derby and English St Leger hero was returned the 7/4 favourite from 10/1 shot Cannonball.

Aidan O'Brien said: "We're delighted and it was nice to get him started.

“We'll have a look at going to the Mooresbridge next and he'll come on lovely. Then we might have a look at either the Tattersalls or the Coronation. Maybe he can do the two.

“He's a lovely relaxed horse, lazy and a brave horse. Ryan was delighted with him.

“We'll let him come slowly rather than forcing him. We'll feel our way. That's the first time he's won over ten and we'll be thinking a mile-and-a-quarter and a mile-and-a-half with him.

“There should be tons of improvement. I'd say he got tired but he was entitled to and it's nice for him to be doing that rather than racing up there with his mouth open as we've another eight months to go.”

O'Brien fielded three of the five runners. On fourth-placed Yucatan he said: "Donnacha's horse was grand, he's off a long time. It was soft ground, and we knew it wasn't ideal, but it's nice to get racing miles into him.”

On Cliffs Of Moher, who came in fifth, he said: "Seamie's horse was a bit fresh and a bit fresh before it. He's going to take a bit of racing to get him to come down and relax again.”

Aidan on some of his weekend runners

"Gustav Klimt is in good form and is just ready to start. Hopefully he'll come on plenty for the run. He missed the second half of last year and hasn't been out in a long time.

"U S Navy Flag is in good form, too, and is just ready to start as well. Obviously we'd prefer better ground, but we just want to get him out. He seems to be in good form.

"I Can Fly is in good form. She had a couple of runs last year at Dundalk and Newmarket and we're happy with her.

"Actress is in good form as well, but obviously she would prefer better ground. She's just ready to start as well and we'll find out if she gets seven (furlongs) or further. She's never run that far before.

" Butterscotch has form with ease in the ground. How much further than seven she'll stay, I'm not sure, but she's ready to start."

"Sarrocchi won a maiden at the back end in easy ground. She's in good form but will also improve a lot from the run."

"The Pentagon is in good shape and is ready to start. Obviously he doesn't want that kind of ground, but we just want to get him started.

"Nelson might handle the ground. He handles an ease and will stay well. He's in good form as well.

Delano Roosevelt will handle an ease in the ground, is in good form and is ready to start off as well."

Capri At Naas thanks to Satie for sending us the wonderful pictures

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Capri 'will improve' for Alleged return at Naas

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Aidan O'Brien expects Capri to "improve a lot for the run" as the dual Classic hero makes his seasonal reappearance in the Toals.com Bookmakers Alleged Stakes at Naas on Friday.

The high-profile fixture, which also features the Gladness Stakes, was swiftly rescheduled after being cancelled last Sunday due to waterlogging..

Capri, who saw off Cracksman to claim Irish Derby glory last summer and followed up in the St Leger, has not been seen in competitive action since finishing down the field in the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe last October and must concede upwards of 5lb to each of his four rivals in this 10-furlong Group Three.

"He's in good form. He's just ready to start and will improve a lot from the run," O'Brien told Press Association Sport.

"The ground is far from ideal but we need to get him out. It's not ideal for him, especially starting off."

Capri is one of three Ballydoyle representatives, with Cliffs Of Moher and Yucatan also in the mix.

Cliffs Of Moher lost his way after finishing second in last year's Epsom Derby, while Yucatan - a son of Galileo out of the great racemare Six Perfections - has not been seen in competitive action since May.

O'Brien added: "Cliffs Of Moher is going to improve a lot also and obviously we're worried about the ground.

"He's just ready to start off, but will turn inside out after the run.

"Yucatan is the same, he is just ready to start, and we're just hoping that he runs a nice race."

Group Three honours are also up for grabs in the Gladness Stakes.

War Secretary is the O'Brien representative and Adrian Keatley's Simmie makes up the six-strong field.



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Sergei Prokofiev 2nd The Irish Rover 3rd in the 6.00 at Dundalk



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Ballydoyle Entries Leopardstown Monday
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Ballydoyle Entries next week at Newmarket 
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Cliffs Of Moher Capri, Hydrangea Order Of St George, Idaho and Yucatan. entered in the Coronation Cup at Epsom in June. - 23 of the 60 fillies left in the Oaks are trained at Ballydoyle they include Happily, September, Clemmie Magical I Can Fly and Sarrocchi - Aidan Could have 3 runners in Hong Kong at the end of the month, Washington DC in the Sprint, Lancaster Bomber in Champions Mile, & War Decree in QE2 Cup.


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My first 6 home selections for Saturday's Grand National at AIntree we all know its a bit of a lottery good luck if you're having a bet
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Aidan "we plan to have runners at Leopardstown on Saturday, France on Sunday and Newmarket next week as weather in Ireland making it difficult to have runners bar Dundalk".


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Huge list of Ballydoyle entries at Longchamp on Sunday



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BREAKING NEWS
Gustav Klimt Murillo Kenya and US Navy Flag have been entered for the Leopardstown 2,000 Guineas Trial Stakes.

Actress Butterscotch Dramaticlly I can Fly Magical and Sarrochi entered for the Leopardstown 1,000 Guineas Trial Stakes.

Delano Roosevelt Flag Of Honor James Cook Kew Gardens Nelson The Pentagon & Rostropovich entered in the Ballysax Derby Trial.



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Leading Sires Tables Updated - Early days 

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Former Ballydoyle resident Sherlock Holmes 2nd in the Thoroughbreds Handicap Ladbrokes Park Australia for Team Williams It was a cracking run and maybe a little unlucky- Race Replay below 

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Uncle Mo's Sis bolts up at Dundalk 


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Healey Racng Photos

10.04

On poly track debut with blinkers on first time Could It Be Love (4/1) destroyed the opposition under Donnacha O'Brien in the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Fillies Maiden at Dundalk.

O'Brien had the daughter of War Front out quick from her wide draw in fourteen, and off the front end she lengthened away inside the final two as her stable companion Hence (evens favourite) floundered.

Hence eventually finished sixth for Seamie Heffernan as Could It Be Love accounted for promising newcomer Terzetto by six and a half lengths.

"She had been working very well at home and the step up to seven suited her," said Donnacha O'Brien on his father Aidan's charge.


"As you can see she's a monster of a filly so probably with the extra year she grew into herself better. She's not a bad filly.

"She's probably a stakes filly. Quick ground is going to be important to her, over seven furlongs or a mile.

"She's American-bred, they are all sharp and have those reflexes. I didn't even have to give her a squeeze to get to the front and that's a big advantage around here."



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New Coolmore Poster Camelot






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Our friend Laura King sent us some pictures of Duke of Marmalade and Kingsbarns at the beautiful Drakenstein Stud in South Africa also a video of Kingsbarns. A Huge thanks to Laura. 



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Trainers with 20 or more English Classic victories - Updated ready for the flat season 

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New Coolmore Posters - Excelebration & Air Force Blue





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5 Ballydoyle residents entered in the Al Shaqab Lockinge Stakes on 19th of May at Newbury - Deauville - Lancaster Bomber - Rhododendron - War Decree - War Secretary 



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Road to Kentucky Derby Standings update - Well Mendelssohn Guaranteed a run now - We all know the Kentucky Derby is a completely different proposition to the UAE Derby but you'd be foolish to write off his chances. & to be frank what more could he have done.

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New Coolmore Posters - CAMELOT & MASTERCRAFTSMAN

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Capri Given an entry at Naas

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03.04

Last year's dual Classic hero Capri is the star name among 10 entries for the Alleged Stakes at Naas on Sunday.

The four-year-old landed both the Irish Derby at the Curragh and the St Leger at Doncaster for Aidan O'Brien but was disappointing when down the field in the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe on his final start of 2017.

O'Brien has entered a strong squad of four, with Derby second Cliffs Of Moher and one-time Classic hope Yucatan also in the frame along with Clear Skies, who was last of 10 when favourite for the Winter Derby at Lingfield, although the weather is likely to have an impact on his plans.

The Ballydoyle handler said: "We have left four in the Alleged Stakes, including Capri.

"He galloped in Naas last week and we were very happy with him and ideally we would love to start some of the horses in the Alleged Stakes, but the ground would be a concern at the moment.

"We'll just have to see what happens with the weather in the next couple of days before we make a decision."

The Gladness Stakes is the other Group Three feature and O'Brien has a couple to pick from in Spirit Of Valor and War Secretary.


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Ryan Moore is left with a big headache the 2000 Guineas or Kentucky Derby

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03.04

Ryan Moore is faced with an enviable problem about whether to ride at Newmarket in the Group 1 Qipco 2,000 Guineas on Saturday, May 5 or head to the US to partner Mendelssohn in the Grade 1 Kentucky Derby.

For a jockey who has already won the first Classic of the British turf season twice, there may well be greater allure in trying to claim a maiden Kentucky Derby victory.

Speaking on Dubai World Cup night following Mendelssohn's stunning 18-and-a-quarter-length success in the UAE Derby, Moore said: "The Kentucky Derby is a race on my bucket list, but we’ll have to see what’s best to do closer to the time."

Five years ago, Moore had his first ride in the “Run For The Roses”, and was blown away by the meeting, saying at the time: "I can honestly say that the Kentucky Derby at the weekend was the best day's racing I have ever experienced."

Should he decide to stay closer to home, Moore is likely to be aboard 2000 Guineas favourite Saxon Warrior who is currently 5/1 favourite with Paddy Power, the Deep Impact Colt could take in a trial before the race.

Trainer Aidan O'Brien said last month: "Saxon Warrior has put on a lot of condition since last season and we haven't ruled out the possibility of running him in the Guineas Trial at Leopardstown [on April 14], although it's more likely he'll go straight to Newmarket once we think he's ready."



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Sectional Spotlight on Mendelssohn



03.04

A clue for Churchill Downs in Dubai, where MENDELSSOHN won the UAE Derby by a margin wider than any horse managed at the entire 2018 Cheltenham Festival.

It is sensible to apply some of the aforementioned scepticism to performances which look almost too good to be true, especially when they take place on the dirt at Meydan on a day when there may have been a faster strip by the rail. But I have tried, and there is only so much “dumbing down” of this particular effort that can be justified.

It still takes outstanding athletic ability to run from start to finish as quickly as Mendelssohn did: I have a time figure of 128, and it could be higher. Only 127-rated Bolt d’Oro (disputing second favouritism for the Kentucky Derby) has got close among this year’s three-year-olds. In addition:

Mendelssohn lowered the all-aged course and distance record by 1.32s despite being just three (though against that it should be acknowledged that the distance is used only about six times a year).

He completed the UAE Derby in an average speed faster than the older horse Thunder Snow managed, carrying the same weight, in the Dubai World Cup at just 100 metres further later on the card.

Mendelssohn ran fast early and not so fast late, which is a style typical of US dirt racing, where getting clear of kickback can be advantageous. His finishing speed of 96% of his average race speed is almost bang on the par figure for Kentucky Derby winners this century (96.6%).

His Trakus sectionals, adjusted from metric to imperial, have him running the second quarter in 23.51s and the third quarter in 23.55s, which are quicker than any Kentucky Derby winner since 2009 and since 2007 respectively. He runs in the style of a dirt horse, and a top-class one at that.

Race and prior-rating standards would have Mendelssohn rated in the 130s, so-called “yardstick handicapping” (not to be recommended) would have him in the 140s at the least.

He is US-bred through and through, a $3m-yearling half-brother by Scat Daddy to the triple Breeders’ Cup Winner Beholder. He has already won at the Breeders’ Cup himself, albeit on turf.

“What is not to like?”, as the saying goes. Well, Mendelssohn is now ante-post favourite, rather than the double-figure price he had been, for a race which will have 20 runners and be unlike anything he has yet experienced. But he deserves that elevated position: that is my interpretation of the evidence, anyway.



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