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Darwin Runs With Great Credit in Sussex Stakes

Paul Rhodes For AOBFS Thursday 31st July 2014

Doncaster Races


Darwin Finished a Creditable 3rd in the Qipco Sussex Stakes 

 Aidan O'Brien's Sole representative In The Sussex Stakes DARWIN ran with huge credit Breaking well The 4 Year Son of Big Brown took up the lead in bold bid to make all. Even though the early pace was far from rapid Joseph set the pace that ideally suited his mount.

It turned into a sprint with 2 furlongs to go  Darwin was passed by Richard Hughes on Toronado before Kingman and James Doyle Flashed home with an electric turn of foot it was a hugely impressive display. Darwin plugged on well and ran Toronado all the way to the line and almost nicked 2nd spot. It was only Channel 4's Jim McGrath who gave Darwin any mention or Praise.

His trainer Aidan O'Brien said Finally today Darwin got his ground Aidan also took time to praise the Impressive Winner saying he has plenty of speed you'd have to be impressed with him.

This is my final piece for the site before i go on my summer holidays I could not leave without giving Darwin a mention. On the right Surface he has shown the Potential is still there I was very taken by his brave effort & Would love to see him in the Breeders Cup Mile I still think There is a G1 in him.

See You All when i get back in 10 Days (Paul AOBFS)



Darwin (Left) Toronado & Kingman Fight out the finish in The Sussex Stakes 



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Australia preparing to return


Wed, 30 July 2014



Aidan O'Brien's dual Derby winner Australia is back in full work ahead of his end-of-season targets.

The Galileo colt has been given a break since winning the Irish Derby at the Curragh, supplementing his Epsom triumph and a fine third in the 2000 Guineas.

He is now due to drop back to 10 furlongs with the Juddmonte International at York on August 20 and the Qipco Irish Champion Stakes on September 13 identified as possible targets.

"He's back in full work and everything has gone according to plan." said O'Brien

"The boys (owners John Magnier, Michael Tabor, Derrick Smith and Teo Ah Khing) have their eyes on a couple of races - York and Leopardstown - and they will decide nearer the time whether they go to York and Leopardstown or just York or just Leopardstown."



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Aidan O'Brien's Highland Reel ran out an impressive winner of the Veuve Clicquot Vintage Stakes.


Highland Reel, ridden by Joseph O'Brien: Landed the odds in great style

Highland Reel, ridden by Joseph O'Brien: Landed the odds in great style

Sent off the 10/11 favourite after winning by 12 lengths at Gowran on his latest outing over a mile, he was dropping a furlong in trip.

Mark Johnston's Pallister attempted to make all, but Joseph O'Brien's mount appeared a huge threat with two furlongs to run and the son of Galileo quickened impressively clear.


The winning trainer said: "He was a very impressive winner of his maiden the last day and Joseph was very happy with him. He said he had a lot of speed.
Richard Hannon's Tupi stayed on nicely to claim second, some two and a quarter lengths away, with Room Key third.

"This race just fell really nicely. The spacing of the race worked out just lovely.

"He has a lot of speed and a lot of natural energy.

"He's by Galileo and they can be classy and sharp. Joseph travelled well into the straight and then went to the line very strong."

The Ballydoyle trainer outlined possible plans for Highland Reel.

"Obviously he has lots of options, the Futurity and the National Stakes would be two of them," he said.

Sky Bet cut the winner to 12/1 from 20/1 for both the 2000 Guineas and the Derby next year.




Reel impresses at Goodwood


Wed 30th Jul 2014, 16:12
Highland Reel seen here winning at Gowran
Highland Reel seen here winning at Gowran
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Aidan O'Brien's Highland Reel ran out an impressive winner of the Veuve Clicquot Vintage Stakes at Glorious Goodwood.

Sent off the 10-11 favourite after winning by 12 lengths at Gowran Park on his latest outing over a mile, he was dropping a furlong in trip.

Mark Johnston's Pallister attempted to make all, but Joseph O'Brien's mount appeared a huge threat with two furlongs to run and the son of Galileo quickened impressively clear.

Richard Hannon's Tupi stayed on nicely to claim second, two and a quarter lengths away, with Room Key third.

The winning trainer said: "He was a very impressive winner of his maiden the last day and Joseph was very happy with him. He said he had a lot of speed.

"This race just fell really nicely. The spacing of the race worked out just lovely.

"He has a lot of speed and a lot of natural energy.

"He's by Galileo and they can be classy and sharp. Joseph travelled well into the straight and then went to the line very strong."



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Shield triumphs for the Galway punters

 By Michael Graham


Tue 29th Jul 2014, 17:34
Shield, near side, jumps the last on terms with Queen Alphabet
Shield, near side, jumps the last on terms with Queen Alphabet
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Shield got favourite backers off to a flier on day two of the Galway Festival as he won the Topaz Novice Hurdle at 15/8.

The five-year-old, trained by Aidan O’Brien, was off the bridle before four out and jumped the second last in sixth place. However, he got a dream run through on the inner of Here For the Craic coming to the last and jumped it on terms with Queen Alphabet.

The JP McManus-owned gelding stayed on well up the hill to beat Queen Alphabet(9/2) by a length. The runner-up travelled smoothly into contention, but got caught out by Shield’s run up the inner.

Robbie Power said: “He was kind of flat out early. His jumping kept him in it. He can be slow at hurdles, but today he was quicker. He winged the second last and I got after him. When I asked him to go quickly he did go quickly. I got after him and he quickened into the gap well. Aidan said to me beforehand to take a chance.”

Aidan O’Brien added: “You would have to be delighted with him. Robbie gave him a great ride. JP picked the race for him. He’s a good consistent horse. He definitely stays further and he loves that fast ground.

“He jumps great now. Robbie and Conn did schooling with him. Robbie said he was a bit lazy but he got a great run through and did a great job and got a peach of a ride. He’ll go jumping fences. He has already been entered in a few novice chases.”

Additional reporting by Gary Carson


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Taghrooda gets O'Brien seal of approval

 29th Jul 2014, 09:11
Taghrooda
Taghrooda
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Aidan O'Brien has heaped praise onTaghrooda after John Gosden's inmate created history at Ascot last weekend.

Having won the Investec Oaks in June the daughter of the brilliant Sea The Starsmaintained her unbeaten record in the King George VI And Queen Elizabeth Stakes.

In doing so she beat the older colts, becoming the first three-year-old filly to do so since Pawneese in 1976.

O'Brien ran three against Taghrooda atEpsom, including Irish Guineas winner Marvellous, and at Ascot his Breeders' Cup Turf winner Magician was well beaten, albeit unsuited by the rain which fell on Friday.

"You'd have to be very impressed with Taghrooda - a three-year-old filly. She did it well and, as I said, you'd have to be very impressed," said the Ballydoyle handler


 

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Jamaica bolts and beats Weld

 By Thomas Weekes

Mon 28th Jul 2014, 18:45
The two year old maiden at Galway - winner Jamaica is centre in navy silks
The two year old maiden at Galway - winner Jamaica is centre in navy silks
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Aidan O'Brien emerged with the bragging rights in his annual tussle with Dermot Weldwhen landing the much vaunted claregalway.ie EBF (two year old colts and geldings) Maiden, scoring with impressive juvenile Jamaica, under the trainer's sonJoseph O'Brien.

Weld, chasing his 24th win in the race, had led O'Brien 6-2 in the previous eight renewals of the race but his Postulation had to settle for clear second best today behind the well backed Jamaica (11/10 in the morning into 4/9f).

Aidan O'Brien stated “he had a nice first run and came forward well and you'd have to be happy with that and he seemed to learn plenty.

“He won't mind the step up and could go for the Futurity Stakes next. He is a lovely natured horse with a nice rhythm and should get a mile.”



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O'Brien has two in the Sussex Stakes

Mon 28th Jul 2014, 11:46
War Command
War Command
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Aidan O'Brien fields two outsiders in Darwin and War Command in the Qipco Sussex Stakes at Glorious Goodwood on Wednesday.

Darwin appears to have it all to do having been beaten in the Group Three Minstrel Stakes at the Curragh less than a fortnight ago, while War Command won the Dewhurst during an impressive juvenile campaign, but has been comfortably beaten in three starts so far this year.

Kingman and Toronado look a class apart in the five-runner line-up.

Since his reverse in the 2000 Guineas at Newmarket in May, the John Gosden-trained Kingman has claimed highly impressive successes in the Irish Guineas and the St James's Palace Stakes at Royal Ascot .

Toronado, last year's Sussex Stakes hero, made a winning return to the track in the Queen Anne Stakes at the Royal meeting but, being a four-year-old, faces no easy task conceding 8lb to the Gosden runner.

The field is completed by another three-year-old in Charlie Appleby's Godolphin runner Outstrip.



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Venus has Nassau on her radar

Mon 28th Jul 2014, 14:21
Venus De Milo, left
Venus De Milo, left
(Healy Racing Photos)
Aidan O'Brien has left Venus De Milo and Palace in the Markel Insurance Nassau Stakes at Glorious Goodwood on Saturday.

Venus De Milo was second to Thistle Bird in the Pretty Polly Stakes at the Curragh last time, while her year-younger stablemate landed Listed honours at Killarney before struggling in the Irish Oaks.

Thistle Bird stands in Venus De Milo's way again and also features amongst 10 fillies and mares confirmed for the Group One over a mile and a quarter.

Having claimed the Princess Elizabeth Stakes at Epsom for a second time, Roger Charlton's six-year-old landed her first success at the highest level with a brilliant display under George Baker in the Pretty Polly.

John Gosden has won the last two renewals of the Nassau with The Fugue andWinsili and has two representatives in contention this time in Sultanina and Eastern Belle.

Sultanina found only stable companion Pomology too strong in the Lancashire Oaksearlier this month, while the three-year-old Eastern Belle was last seen claiming a Listed prize at Newbury.

Mango Diva, Amazing Maria, Lustrous and Madame Chiang are also in contention.

There is also a potential French challenger in Narniyn, who won four races on the spin before finishing fourth against the boys in the Grand Prix de Saint-Cloud.


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Palace & Venus De Milo will be the runners in the Group 1 Nassau Stakes on Saturday 


Wednesday's Sussex Stakes Only Has  5 runners:declared Kingman, Outstrip, Toronado - War Command & Darwin Represent Team Ballydoyle Ryan Rides Darwin & Joey on War Command.


Also Joey Rides Highland Reel Vintage Stakes at Goodwood on Wednesday. 




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Magician In Parade Ring Unfortunately the race did not go his way.

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Shell House makes all in Down Royal

 By Michael Graham

Fri 25th Jul 2014, 20:48
Shell House and Joseph O'Brien approach the line in Down Royal
Shell House and Joseph O'Brien approach the line in Down Royal
(Healy Racing Photos)

Shell House saw off Taaluf in the extended mile and a quarter fillies’ handicap at Down Royal to score for Aidan O’Brien and Joseph O’Brien.

The three-year-old daughter of Galileo soon led and put an injection of pace into the race at the three pole. With a quarter of a mile to go she was hard ridden to go and win her race, however, Taaluf on the outside was starting to mount her challenge.

She closed on the leader, but couldn’t get on terms as O’Brien kept his mount gun-barrel straight along the rail. There was a length in it at the finish, in favour of the 10/11 favourite. Taaluf was second at 7/1.

Joseph O’Brien said: “She won nicely. She likes that ground and is uncomplicated. It’s nice to get another win with her.”<Shell House was following up on a win in a Naas maiden over a mile in June.






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Magician spearheads Irish raid on Ascot showpiece

Magician and Joseph O'Brien spearheard the Irish challenge for the King George at Ascot (Ray McManus / SPORTSFILE)

Magician will join Trading Leather, last year's gallant runner-up, in spearheading the Irish assault on a mouth-watering edition of the King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Ascot tomorrow.

Aidan O'Brien has been responsible for three of the five cross-channel winners of the prestigious Group One since the turn of the millennium, and the Ballydoyle genius has a live chance of adding to his haul with his Breeders' Cup Turf hero.

Magician has been popular in the ante-post betting for the middle-distance summer highlight, being trimmed to as low as 9/2 from a high of 6/1 on the back of his honourable defeat to The Fugue in the Prince Of Wales's Stakes at the royal meeting.

Joseph O'Brien's mount now steps back up to 12 furlongs in a race in which his sire Galileo plundered his trainer's first win 13 years ago.

OUTCLASSED

Trading Leather, last year's Irish Derby winner, also steps back up from 10 furlongs having been second to the reopposing Mukhadram in the Eclipse Stakes, 12 months after he was eventually outclassed by Novellist's course record-smashing turn.

Kevin Manning will again sport the Godolphin blue aboard him as he bids to add to St Jovite's 1992 rout for Jim Bolger, who also saddles the regular pace-maker Leitir Mor under Ronan Whelan.

"You could make a case for basically every horse in the race," Manning admitted of the £1,000,000 event, before adding of his mount, which is a top-priced 14/1: "He's going there in good shape and I'm looking forward to riding him. I think he'll put up a big show."

Top of the market is the Ryan Moore-ridden Telescope (9/4), which will attempt to give Michael Stoute a record sixth King George win after his stunning Hardwicke victory last month.

Of course, much of the race's intrigue surrounds the presence of John Gosden's three Classic generation representatives, with the stunning Oaks winner Taghrooda (Paul Hanagan) second favourite at 11/4.

Romsdal – third to Australia in the Derby after being supplemented at a cost of £75,000 – is the outsider of the three at 33/1.

However, Gosden says that Eagle Top might yet be withdrawn if he feels the ground – officially good to firm, good in places after being watered this week – is too quick for his impressive King Edward VI winner, despite him being supplemented for the same fee.

"Unfortunately our supplementary system is five days before the race," Gosden said yesterday. "In France, it's a much better system – it's at 48 hours.

"I'll be at Ascot (today) and walk the track. Then we will be making our decision. He's a very nice horse, but I didn't really want to run him twice on too fast a ground. He did it well at Royal Ascot, but he's bred more for good, good to soft ground."

Meanwhile, Worcestershire-based handler Tony Carroll has confirmed that he is the fifth trainer to have a winner test positive for morphine in a saga that the Queen became embroiled in after it emerged that her brilliant Michael Stoute-trained stayer Estimate was one of the horses concerned. The controversy has been linked to a contaminated batch of feed products.

"We've had quite a few winners lately and they've all been clear, so it must have just been one bag which went through the system in a week," said Carroll after revealing that last month's Brighton winner Ocean Legend tested positive for the pain-killing substance, which is banned on race-days.



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O'Brien's double up with Mirabilis

 By Donal Murphy

Thu 24th Jul 2014, 21:18
Annus Mirabilis and Joseph O'Brien see off the challenge of Mr Rock
Annus Mirabilis and Joseph O'Brien see off the challenge of Mr Rock
(Healy Racing Photos)
Annus Mirabilis got off the mark on his fourth career start as he took the last at Leopardstown this evening, the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Maiden, providing Aidan and Joseph O’Brien with a double on the card (won the fourth with Gleneagles).

The three-year-old son of Montjeu was beaten into fourth at the Curragh on Saturday when sent off the 5/4 favourite but he made amends this evening when stepped up to a mile and a half for the first time.

Sent off the 2/1 joint-favourite he led from the start but was headed briefly a furlong and a half out after being strongly pressed from the early straight.

He soon regained the lead just over a furlong from home and he kept on well from there to score by a length and a half at the line.

Mr Rock finished second at 13/2 under Wayne Lordan for David Wachman while Hudson’s Bay, the other 2/1 joint-favourite, was a further two and a half lengths back in third.

Aidan O’Brien said afterwards: "The mile and a half obviously helped him. He got the trip well and he stays well. He is in a handicap at Galway."

The winner is a half-brother to 2013 Epsom Derby winner Ruler Of The World.

Additional reporting by Gary Carson.



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Gleneagles gets the job done in the Tyros

 By Donal Murphy

Thu 24th Jul 2014, 19:27

Gleneagles is ridden out by Joseph O'Brien in the closing stages
Gleneagles is ridden out by Joseph O'Brien in the closing stages
(Healy Racing Photos)

Gleneagles got the better of his two rivals as he justified odds-on favouritism when taking the Group Three Japanese Racing Authority Tyros Stakes for Aidan and Joseph O’Brien.

After finishing fourth on his debut over the course and distance behindConvergence (re-opposed today) in June he got off the mark at the Curragh on his next start.

Having opened at 8/11 on-course this evening he went off the clear 4/7 favourite and raced in third.

He made progress in the straight and was ridden to lead over a furlong out, keeping on well inside the final furlong to score by three parts of a length at the line.

Tombelaine, for Dermot Weld and Pat Smullen, finished second at 7/4 (was 9/4 overnight) while Convergence was a head back in third at 10/1 under Colin Keanefor Ger Lyons.

Aidan O'Brien said afterwards: "I'm delighted with that. Sometimes those three runner races can be messy. He probably learned plenty and Joseph took his time on him.

"They went slow early and then picked up. He did the right thing relaxing him and coming home. He rode him to educate him.

"I'd say he will improve a good bit as he is still babyish. Joseph said he got a little tired.

"He is not short of speed for a Galileo and staying at seven furlongs will be no harm for the moment. We could look at the National Stakes with him."

The winner, who holds plenty of big race entries, is a full-brother to Irish 1,000 Guineas winner Marvellous.

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Big guns remain in Irish Champion frame

Thu 24th Jul 2014, 16:25
Australia
Australia
(Healy Racing Photos)
AustraliaMukhadramand African Story are among 37 horses still on contention for the QipcoIrish Champion Stakesfollowing the second entry stage.

Dual Derby hero Australia is one of many entries for Aidan O'Brien, with the likes ofLeading Light, Chicquita and King Georgecontender Magician all in the reckoning for the Group One on September 13th.

William Haggas' Coral-Eclipse winner Mukhadram is also bound for the King George this weekend, while Godolphin's African Story has not been seen since his Dubai World Cup victory in March.

John Gosden sent out The Fugue to win the race last year and he has added Western Hymn, who comfortably landed the Grand Prix de Maisons-Laffitte last Sunday.

Mick Channon has entered Amralah, a recent Listed winner at Newbury, while French master trainer Andre Fabre has also added Ocovango, fifth in last year's Investec Derby at Epsom.


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O'Brien trio among Sussex Stakes nine

Thu 24th Jul 2014, 14:15
Kingman is also set to line-up
Kingman is also set to line-up
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Aidan O'Brien has three possibles in the QipcoSussex Stakes atGlorious Goodwood on Wednesday following the latest confirmation stage.

The Ballydoyle handler could call upon Darwin, second in the Minstrel Stakes at the Curragh, the twice-raced maiden Illusive and War Command, who was last seen finishing down the field in the Eclipse.

The headline acts are arguably Toronado and Kingman, who both feature among the nine entries.

Toronado took the prize 12 months ago and made a stunning reappearance when winning the Queen Anne Stakes at Royal Ascot.

His trainer Richard Hannon has also left in Lockinge victor Olympic Glory and Shifting Power, who was fourth in the Qipco 2000 Guineas and second in the Irish equivalent.

Kingman, trained by John Gosden, left Shifting Power trailing by five lengths in the Tattersalls Irish 2,000 Guineas and followed up with a wonderful success in the St James's Palace Stakes.

The filly in contention is Sir Michael Stoute's Integral, who opened her Group One account in the Falmouth Stakes at Newmarket's July meeting.

Godolphin's Outstrip, third in the St James's Palace, completes the list.


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AOB Has 7 Remaining in the St Leger Kingfisher Indian Maharaja, Granddukeoftuscany, Adjusted, Annus Mirabilis, Blue Hussar and Buonarroti



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Michaelmas back to winning ways in finale

 By Gary Carson

Wed 23rd Jul 2014, 21:31
Michaelmas and Ana O'Brien
Michaelmas and Ana O'Brien 
(Healy Racing Photos)
Michaelmas bounced back to form when making all for victory in the concluding Michael Higgins & Co Race at Naas.

The son of Elusive Quality was well-regarded early in his juvenile season but has struggled in pattern company this season.

Ana O'Brien gave the three-year-old a well judged ride and he responded well when asked for an effort a furlong-and-a-half from home.

The 9/4 shot kept on well in the closing stages to post a two length winning margin and gave the rider's father Aidan a hat-trick in recent renewals of the race.

Chance To Dance was sent off the 10/11 favourite to keep up his recent good run but he couldn't peg back the winner and eventually lost second to Bold Thady Quilllate on.

“He loved that fast ground. He got the mile well and will probably get a mile-and-a-quarter,” said O'Brien senior.

O'Brien also revealed plans to run some of his string at Goodwood next week:-

Venus De Milo will probably go for the Nassau Stakes while Eye Of The Storm will go for the two mile race (Goodwood Cup).

“We'll probably give Tapestry a bit more time and she could go to York.”

(Additional reporting by Alan Magee)


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Had a bit of a Picasso Moment This Morning to Recognize History Making Ana O'Brien's Achievement on Saturday.

 

 




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Bazaar gets his maiden out of the way

Mon 21st Jul 2014, 19:48
Bazaar and Joseph O'Brien
Bazaar and Joseph O'Brien
He needed to be woken up to go and win his race but Bazaar (4/7 into 4/9) was a pretty convincing winner in the end of the Live The Dream With Tote Maiden at Ballinrobe.

The Galileo colt, equipped with a noseband like some of his stable companions in recent times, took over from Annadiamond from over a furlong out.

The Ballydoyle three-year-old was soon gone beyond recall and he eventually accounted for Andy Oliver's outsider Ballymac Rosey – by three lengths.

Winning rider Joseph O'Brien stated: "He's a grand horse but it was probably an ordinary race. He likely ran to a similar level as he did the first day (fifth at theCurragh).

"Hopefully he can progress and it is nice to get him to win a maiden. You'd imagine he would be better on a more conventional track but having said that he managed it alright here.

"He has a good attitude and he'll stay further. He should have no problem with a mile and a quarter and you could say that he will get a mile and a half too.

"Hopefully he'll be competitive in a handicap the next day too if he is not killed with a mark as that wasn't the greatest race in the world." (DM & EM)


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Bracelet Coming Back The Winner of The darley irish Oaks 2014

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Bracelet Aidan & Colm

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Bracelet & Colm

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The Darley Oaks Winning Jockey Colm O'Donoghue


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Ana

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Tapestry & Joseph

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O'Brien's Yorkshire Oaks options


Mon 21st Jul 2014, 11:03
Chicquita
Chicquita
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Aidan O'Brien has Chicquita and Venus De Milo as possibles for the Darley Yorkshire Oaks on the Knavesmire next month.

The exciting Chicquita has yet to run for Ballydoyle and has not been seen since landing last season's Irish Oaks when trained by Alain de Royer-Dupre, where she beat Venus De Milo by half a length, despite veering markedly to her left.

In contrast, Venus De Milo has been busy since, most recently finishing second to Thistle Bird in the Pretty Polly Stakes over a mile and a quarter at the Curragh.

Chicquita was sold for six million euro at Goffs last November.

O'Brien dominated Saturday's Irish Oaks, with Ribblesdale winner Bracelet leading home Tapestry in a one-two for the stable.

However, he is no rush to formulate plans for his Classic pair.

He said: "They all seem fine and we won't be in any panic with them.

"We've got Chicquita and Venus De Milo for the Yorkshire Oaks."



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MacBride completes his bumper hat-trick

 By Donal Murphy

Sun 20th Jul 2014, 18:16
MacBride and Sarah O'Brien pictured on their way to victory
MacBride and Sarah O'Brien pictured on their way to victory
(Healy Racing Photos)
MacBride made it an across the card double for Aidan O’Brien (won with Toogoodtobetrue at the Curragh) as he took the bumper at Tipperary, the Jim Ryan Racecourse Services Flat Race.

Ridden by Sarah O’Brien the son of Oscar went off the 3/10 favourite having won his last two bumpers at Limerick and Cork.

Settled in second behind Dubh Eile the JP McManus owned gelding improved to lead four furlongs out and he went on from there.

He was pushed along in the early straight but the whip was never drawn as he stretched clear to win easily by fourteen lengths.

Notorious Villain kept on to take second at 16/1 for Michael Mulvany, while Dubh Eile (9/2) completed the placings a further three and a quarter lengths back in third under Philip O’Donnell for his father Kevin.

Aidan O’Brien, who was in the Curragh earlier this afternoon, said afterwards: “I’m delighted with that. He is ready to go jumping whenever.

"Obviously we’ll have to discuss it with Frank and JP but he is ready to go. He jumps well at home."

He went on the talk about his Oaks runners saying: "The delay mightn’t have suited Joseph’s filly and her saddle slipped coming out of the stalls but that’s not to take away from the winner. They have all come out of the race grand."

Additional reporting by Thomas Weekes


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TOOGOODTOBETRUE easy enough winner there really fancied her today

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Toogoodtobetrue gets off the mark

 By Donal Murphy

Sun 20th Jul 2014, 14:33
Photo: Toogoodtobetrue gets off the mark at The Curragh
Toogoodtobetrue is driven out by Joseph O'Brien to beat Gussy Goose
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Toogoodtobetrue got off the mark on her second start as she took the opener at the Curragh this afternoon, the Sycamore Lodge Equine Hospital EBF Maiden, for Aidan and Joseph O'Brien.

The daughter of Oasis Dream was second on her debut at Naas earlier this month, keeping on well in the closing stages there to finish just three parts of a length behind winner Little Rooster.

Sent off the 1/2 favourite to go one place better this afternoon she was settled in third on the outer.

She was ridden over a furlong out and soon hit the front, keeping on well from there to hold off the persistent challenge of Gussy Goose by three parts of a length.

The runner-up was returned a 4/1 chance under Fran Berry for David Wachman, while the Jim Bolger trained newcomer New Alliance (12/1) was a further three and a quarter lengths back in third under Kevin Manning.

Aidan O’Brien said afterwards: "You’d have to be delighted with that. She came forward lovely from her first run.

"Joseph was very happy with her and he thinks she is a very nice filly. She will love stepping up to seven furlongs and she could be one for the Debutante or the Moyglare."

Speaking of his Oaks runners from yesterday O’Brien added: "They all seem fine and we won’t be in any panic with them. We’ve got Chicquita and Venus De Milo for the Yorkshire Oaks."

Additional reporting by Gary Carson



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Great Picture of the Finish to Yesterday's Darley Irish Oaks 

Bracelet comes home first



Colm O'Donoghue after His Irish Oaks Victory


Photo: My New Friend Colm O'Donoghue after His Irish Oaks Victory



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                                                      DICK WHITTINGTON Anglesey Stakes 

 

 


                         EAST INDIA Follows in some illustrious footsteps by winning this Curragh Maiden 

 

 



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Good picture of Ana O'Brien on Beyond Brilliance who ran a cracking race in 4th Colm & Joseph just ahead of the first ever female Jockey in the Irish Oaks

Photo: Good picture of  Ana O'Brien on Beyond Brilliance who ran a cracking race in 4th Colm & Joseph just ahead of the first ever female Jockey in the Irish Oaks



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Colm O'Donoghue A Happy Man after bringing Home Bracelet to Win The Darley Irish Oaks


Photo: Colm O'donoghue A Happy Man after bringing Home Bracelet to Win The Darley Irish Oaks


Bracelet (Colm O'Donoghue) wins the Darley Irish Oaks

Bracelet: another classic winner for the family of Urban Sea

 PICTURE: Patrick McCann (racingpost.com/photos)

Bracelet bags Irish Oaks for star studded family

BRACELET'S victory in Saturday's Irish Oaks provided her first-class family with yet another Classic success.

Bracelet has shown herself to be top-class at a wide range of distances, having previously won the Group 2 Ribblesdale Stakes at Royal Ascot also over 1m4f but also the Group 3 Leopardstown 1,000 Guineas Trial over 7f.

By winning the Irish Oaks Bracelet became her sire Montjeu's 31st Group 1 winner. Her victory made it back-to-back winners of the race for Montjeu, following Chiquita last year. 

Bracelet's dam Cherry Hinton has produced three runners and all three have acquired black-type. Wading won the Group 2 Rockfel Stakes and the two-year-old Simply A Star was second in the Listed Tipperary Stakes earlier this month.

Cherry Hinton ended her racing career as a highly tried maiden who finished second in the Group 3 Blue Wind Stakes and fifth behind Light Shift in the 2007 Oaks.

She is a daughter of the great broodmare Urban Sea, who produced nine runners who all earned black type. These include the Derby winners Galileo and Sea The Stars as well as other Group 1 winners Black Sam Bellamy and My Typhoon.

Cherry Hinton has a Fastnet Rock colt yearling to race next year.



Bracelet sparkles in Oaks

 By Michael Graham


Sat 19th Jul 2014, 18:55
Bracelet, centre, comes through to win the Irish Oaks
Bracelet, centre, comes through to win the Irish Oaks
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There was a thrilling finish to the Irish Oaks as Bracelet (10/1) under Colm O’Donoghue beat Tapestry and Volume by two necks to give trainer Aidan O’Brien his 32nd Irish Classic.

The race was subject to a 21-minute delay as farriers removed trailers on English raider Volume’s hind shoes. These were not allowed under the rules of Irish racing.< Volume (4/1) and Kevin Manning set out to make all, but was collared by Braceleta furlong and a half from home. She rallied, but Bracelet was making the best way home in the final furlong.

Another O’Brien runner, Tapestry (13/2), stayed on well under Joseph O’Brien to pipVolume for second as the three fillies flashed past the post.

Ana O’Brien, who created history by becoming the first female jockey to ride in this Classic, got a great tune out of Beyond Brilliance who came from last to finish fourth.

Tarfasha, the 7/4 favourite, couldn’t go with the leaders in the final two furlongs and came home fifth.

Colm O’Donoghue said: “I’m very fortunate to get the ride. I’m delighted to win the Oaks. It’s very tough for Joseph choosing between three or four with equal chances. He wasn’t that far away. They are bred to win this race.

“I got a great toe into the race from Pat Smullen (on Tarfasha). To be honest I got there too soon and she minded herself a bit.”

Aidan O’Brien said: “Colm gave her a class ride. I’m delighted for everybody. It’s great for Colm, he got beaten in this race a few times. He’s a world-class rider.

“Could you believe Beyond Brilliance? Ana got an unbelievable run out of her. Ana was sure she would get the mile and a half. Tapestry ran a great race. The delay didn’t suit her on the day.”

Luca Cumani said of Volume: “They were trailers on her shoes. They put more weight on hind shoes. She’s a narrow-based filly that can knock her legs. I can only apologise for the delay we caused. She ran a great race. She’s very tough, honest and genuine. Kevin said she got slightly unbalanced over a furlong out. A bit of cut in the ground would have helped her.”

Colm O’Donoghue was adding the Irish Oaks to the Irish Derby he won on Treasure Beach in 2011.

Additional reporting by 


Photo: Bracelet (Montjeu x Cherry Hinton) wins the Irish Oaks for Ballydoyle team with Colm O'Donoghue onboard

Curragh. 19th July 2014




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Joseph & Ana O'Brien get ready for the Irish Oaks

Photo: Joseph & Ana O'brien get ready for the Irish Oaks


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Dick Whittington shows his turn of foot

 By Michael Graham

Sat 19th Jul 2014, 17:40
Dick Whittington, near side, beats Toscanini in the Anglesey
Dick Whittington, near side, beats Toscanini in the Anglesey
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The joint favourites fought out the finish to the Group 3 Anglesey Stakes at the Curragh and it was Dick Whittington who prevailed.

Itorio showed good speed to lead his four rivals in this six and a half furlong contest. Toscanini narrowly headed him a furlong from home, but he was swiftly grabbed by Dick Whittington and Joseph O’Brien who thundered home to win by half a length at 2/1.

Rapid Applause at 10/1 didn’t have the clearest of runs behind a weakening Itorio and Toscanini on the rail, however, when he got in the clear he finished well to be only three parts of a length off 2/1 joint favourite Toscanini.

Aidan O’Brien said: “I’m delighted. He‘s a fast horse and five or six furlongs looks his trip. I think it would be tight to get a mile with him. The Phoenix Stakes looks the race for him.”

Joseph O’Brien said: “He didn’t stay seven furlongs in Ascot the last day. He has loads of pace - six furlongs on fast ground, even five furlongs. He is a horse that could progress. He jumped and travelled well. He’s by Rip Van Winkle who is an exciting stallion. He’s done that nicely. He stuck his head out all the way to the line.”

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India too hot at the Curragh

  • Last Updated: July 19 2014, 15:37 BST

A review of the early action from the Curragh, where East India made a winning debut for Aidan O'Brien in the opener.


East India, ridden by Seamus Heffernan, wins the opener on Irish Oaks day at the Curragh

East India, ridden by Seamus Heffernan, wins the opener on Irish Oaks day at the Curragh

East India produced a telling turn of foot to make a winning debut for Aidan O'Brien in the Darley European Breeders Fund Maiden at the Curragh.

The seven-furlong contest has been a breeding ground of champions in recent seasons, with Derby hero Australia successful last year for the Ballydoyle team.

Other previous winners include Jim Bolger-trained pair Teofilo and New Approach, while Sea The Stars suffered the only defeat of his career when fourth on his racecourse introduction in 2008.

With stable companion St Patrick's Day all the rage as the 4/6 favourite after an encouraging debut second at Naas, East India was an 11-2 shot in the hands of Seamie Heffernan.

I Will Excel attempted to make the most of experience edge, drawing the sting out of his rivals halfway up the straight, but he was mowed down late by both East India and Mick Halford's newcomer Portage.

The latter was arguably finishing the stronger of the two, but East India passed the post a neck to the good, with I Will Excel running a fine race in third.

St Patrick's Day was unable to pick up and faded out of contention disappointingly.

O'Brien said: "I'm delighted. He was working like a nice horse and was just ready to start.

"Seamie took his time on him and relaxed him in the first half of the race. The idea was to give him a nice education and see what happens. He picked up really well.

"He's a very well-bred horse and we'll look for a winner's race or a Listed race now. He's a horse who'll get further than seven furlongs.

"We'll see what comes up, but he wouldn't have any bother stepping up, I would say."

O'Brien added: "The Tyros might come too soon next Thursday, but there are races like the Futurity that would suit."

Heffernan said: "You'd have to love the way he quickened up there, he's a really smart juvenile."




It's East India time in Kildare

 By Michael Graham

Sat 19th Jul 2014, 15:30
East India wins the opener ahead of Portage
East India wins the opener ahead of Portage
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Unraced East India was heavily backed in the ring before the seven furlong juvenile maiden and he was cheered home by his supporters as he showed a good turn of foot in getting off the mark at the Curragh.

He was one of three Aidan O’Brien runners in the race, with his stablemate St Patricks Day sent off the 4/6 favourite having run second on debut in Naas. When East India was chalked up by bookies at the track at 9/1 his price quickly tumbled to 11/2 on the off.

I Will Excel, the most experienced horse in the race, bounced out and dictated the fractions. Seamie Heffernan settled East India in sixth before taking closer order into second at the furlong pole. He powered home and collared I Will Excel under 100 yards out and won by a neck from Portage who stayed on strongly to press the winner close home.

This was Portage’s debut as well. Mick Halford’s colt cut through the field from eighth two furlongs out. He went down by a neck at 14/1, but was a length and a quarter in front of I Will Excel (7/1). St Patricks Day couldn’t land a blow in seventh.

Aidan O’Brien said: “I’m delighted. He was working like a nice horse and was just ready to start. Seamus took his time on him and relaxed him in the first half of the race. The idea was to give him a nice education and see what happens.

“He picked up really well and you couldn’t be happier with him. He’s a very well-bred horse. We’ll look for a winners’ or Listed race for him. He has the Futurity and races like that.

“Obviously he’s a horse that will get further than seven furlongs so we’ll see what comes up. He won’t have any bother stepping up I would say.”

This race was won by Australia last year. He was this year’s Epsom and Irish Derbyhero.

Additional reporting by Gary Carson


Photo: East India Wins the opener at The Curragh

East India Looks a Smart Prospect 





ANA O’BRIEN ON BEING THE FIRST FEMALE JOCKEY TO RIDE IN THE DARLEY IRISH OAKS

Ana O’Brien on being the first female jockey to ride in the Darley Irish Oaks



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Shield has rivals well covered

 By Alan Magee

Thu 17th Jul 2014, 16:59
Shield jumps to the front at the last for Mark Walsh
Shield jumps to the front at the last for Mark Walsh
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Shield made it two wins over hurdles this term, and four career victories in total, when staying on well on the run-in to justify favouritism in the Dawn Omega Milk Novice Hurdle at Killarney.

The Aidan O’Brien-trained gelding, who was also first past the post at Wexford last month only to be disqualified after weighing in 8lb light (connections forgot a lead cloth when saddling up), showed a nice turn of foot in the closing stages underMark Walsh.

The J P McManus-owned 11/4 chance jumped to the front at the last and had four lengths to spare over Mumbo Bay, with The Visitor a further length and a quarter away in third.

McManus’ racing manager Frank Berry said, “He jumped well and loves the ground. Mark was keen not to go on with him today as he saw too much daylight atBellewstown.

“We were thinking of going chasing and then this race came up. He will go chasing and he jumps well.”


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Ana O'Brien handed Irish Oaks ride



ANA O'BRIEN, daughter of all-conquering trainer Aidan and younger sister to Derby-winning rider Joseph, will break new ground on Saturday when becoming the first female jockey to ride in the Darley Irish Oaks.  

O'Brien has been handed the ride on Beyond Brilliance, one of five contenders in the race trained by her father, who chases a fourth win in the race and a first since Moonstone made it three Irish Oaks wins in a row for the trainer in 2008.


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Carberry joins O'Brien's team

  • Last Updated: July 17 2014, 12:08 BST

Nina Carberry will be continuing her racing education by joining Aidan O'Brien's stable as a work rider.


Nina Carberry will join Aidan O'Brien's team

Nina Carberry will join Aidan O'Brien's team


Ireland's most successful female jockey, who has been champion amateur and won Cheltenham Festival races as well as the Irish Grand National, became racing assistant to Noel Meade last year.

Carberry, who is starting at Ballydoyle straight away, said: "It's great, I'm looking forward to it.

"I just thought it was a really good opportunity to learn a bit more about the Flat racing scene.

"Noel's been very good about it. I'll still be riding for him, and saddling up horses for him, anyway."




Rock Of Gibraltar being Nosey at Coolmore


Photo: Rock Of Gibraltar being Nosey at Coolmore


Peek a boo from Danehill Dancer at Coolmore Stud

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5 Fillies in Oaks For Ballydoyle 

Ribblesdale Stakes star Bracelet and Irish 1,000 Guineas winner Marvellous join Beyond Brilliance, Palace and Tapestry in a formidable Ballydoyle line-up.

Irish Oaks Jockey Bookings 
Beyond Brilliance Ana O'Brien
Bracelet Colm O'Donoghue
Marvellous Ryan Moore
Palace Seamie Heffernan
Tapestry Joseph O'Brien.


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Tigris justifies odds-on favouritism

 By Donal Murphy

Wed 16th Jul 2014, 18:12
Tigris River (left) comes to head Special Tiara in the closing stages
Tigris River (left) comes to head Special Tiara in the closing stages
Tigris River justified odds-on favouritism as he took the opener at Killarney this evening, the John Buckley Auctioneers Maiden, scoring under Joseph O’Brien for his father Aidan.

The son of Montjeu was last seen finishing fourth to Fascinating Rock atLeopardstown over a mile and a quarter in March and stepped up to a mile and six this evening he was sent off the clear 4/5 favourite having opened at 4/6 on-course.

Settled in mid-division he made progress on the inner into fifth four furlongs out and travelled well into third two furlongs from home.

He came with his challenge a furlong out and he was ridden to lead inside the final 100 yards, keeping on well close home to score by a length and three parts.

Special Tiara, who led after two furlongs, finished second at 4/1 under Declan McDonogh for Henry De Bromhead (backed from 7’s on-course), while Macnicholsonwas a further length and a half back in third under Fran Berry for Jessica Harringtonat 12/1.

Joseph O'Brien said afterwards: "He was a bit keen going down to the start so I dropped him in a bit more than I was going to. They went a nice even gallop.

"He doesn’t find too much off the bridle so I wanted to hold on to him as long as I could. He has one short burst.

"He leads the likes of Australia at home and it is nice to see him get a maiden. It is beautiful safe ground out there."

Aidan O’Brien has dominated this race in recent years and he was recording his sixth win this evening in the last seven years.

Additional reporting by Alan Magee


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Ruler set for late campaign

  • Last Updated: July 16 2014, 13:05 BST

Last year's Investec Derby winner Ruler Of The World is still in line for one of the major Group One events towards the end of the summer.


Ruler Of The World is on target for some major prizes

Ruler Of The World is on target for some major prizes

Aidan O'Brien's colt has not managed to get his head in front since his glory day at Epsom and had his one and only start this year in the colours of part-owners Al Shaqab Racing when 13th in the Dubai World Cu


He was a late absentee from last month's Coronation Cup.

Speaking to Racing UK, Al Shaqab's racing advisor Harry Herbert said: Ruler of The World is in good form and it was very unlucky for Aidan and all of his team that he pulled muscles in his flank the day before the Coronation Cup.

"I saw his last piece of work, and he could not have been more impressive so we were all gutted that he couldn't run.

"He will now be prepared for a late summer campaign on decent ground, with no immediate plan as to where he might reappear but the Juddmonte International and Irish Champion Stakes will certainly come into the reckoning.

"He ran a blinder in last year's QIPCO Champions Stakes so that must surely also come into calculations this year."


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O'Brien six in Oaks mix

Wed 16th Jul 2014, 11:26
Tapestry pictured on her way to victory at the Curragh last year
Tapestry pictured on her way to victory at the Curragh last year
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Aidan O'Brien has six possibles in the Darley Irish Oaks at the Curragh on Saturday.

Beyond Brilliance, Bracelet, Just Gorgeous, Marvellous, Palace and Tapestry could all represent Ballydoyle, as O'Brien tries to win the race for a fourth time, but his first since 2008.

Marvellous was just sixth to Taghrooda a tEpsom after winning the Irish 1,000 Guineas, Bracelet won the Ribblesdale Stakesat Royal Ascot while Tapestry has not hit top form this year and has not run beyond a mile.

Her latest effort was in the Coronation Stakes at the Royal meeting when she was sixth to Rizeena.

"Bracelet, Tapestry - Joseph (O'Brien, jockey) is happy with both of them and Marvellous. They are all there. There's the filly that won at Killarney on Monday night (Palace) and the other one that ran in that Listed race (Beyond Brilliance, third), said O'Brien.

"Joseph would be very much of the opinion that on fast ground Tapestry would love it and if there's ease in the ground we know Marvellous handles that. There are lots of options.

"We were delighted with Tapestry at Ascot. She had a break after the Guineas and it was a lovely run at Ascot. They went slow and it probably didn't suit her, but she didn't look as though she was empty when she was finishing.

"Obviously this is a big step up. That's the thing, you're not sure, but we'd have to be happy with her."


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R.I.P Kingston Jamaica (b c 2010 Galileo (IRE) x Aleagueoftheirown (IRE) Who Sadly Died at Due to a training accident at Belmont Park.



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Blackstone gets that winning feeling

 By Michael Graham

Tue 15th Jul 2014, 18:27
Blackstone beating Elusive Laurence into second
Blackstone beating Elusive Laurence into second
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The money came for Blackstone this morning and punters got off to a flier as he ground down his rivals in Killarney's extended mile maiden.

The 3/1 this morning was quickly snapped up and he dipped to 15/8 before racing, however, the gamble didn't continue at the track as he was returned 9/4.

He was settled in second by Joseph O'Brien behind Bane who set the fractions. O'Brien pushed his mount into the lead over two furlongs out although at the furlong pole it looked like they would be claimed by Elusive Laurence and Fran Berrywho were going ominously well.

When Berry asked for more the response didn't come from Elusive Laurence (SP of 5/2 from Evens this morning) who didn't get on terms at any stage as Blackstonekept galloping to the line to win by half a length.

Tommy Stack's Celestial Fable (33/1) kept on well in the final quarter of a mile to be nearest at the finish, a neck behind Elusive Laurence.

Joseph O'Brien said: "He's been a little bit slow to get the hang of things, but I think there's a good handicap in him. He has been a slow learner, but he's not ungenuine. He jumped the road in Fairyhouse and lost all chance."

Intense Debate, the 15/8 favourite from an opening show of 9/4, came home fourth. She was 4s this morning. Blackstone was getting off the mark at the sixth time of asking.


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Palace takes Listed honours at Killarney

 By Donal Murphy

Mon 14th Jul 2014, 19:15
Palace and Seamie Heffernan (centre) come to head Dalkova (right) in the closing stages
Palace and Seamie Heffernan (centre) come to head Dalkova (right) in the closing stages
(Healy Racing Photos)
The Aidan O’Brien trained Palace justified favouritism as she took the inaugural running of the Listed Irish Stallion Farms EBF Cairn Rouge Stakes at Killarney.

The three-year-old daughter of Fastnet Rock was fifth in the 1000 Guineas at the Curragh in May before she finished seventh of seventeen in the Epsom Oaks.

She went down by just three parts of a length to Carla Bianca on her last start in the Listed Oaks Trial at Naas and dropped back to a mile this evening she was sent off the clear 11/8 favourite.

Ridden by Seamie Heffernan she was fifth after halfway and was ridden in fourth under three furlongs out.

She appeared to be struggling with two furlongs to race but she soon got going, keeping on best inside the final furlong to hit the front under 50 yards out before going on to score by half a length at the line.

Dalkova ran a cracker to take second at 14/1 under Niall McCullagh for Johnny Murtagh, while O’Brien also took third with Beyond Brilliance (16/1) who was ridden by his daughter Ana.

O’Brien said afterwards: "She wouldn’t mind a step up in trip and she is a hardy lady. She is in at that weekend in both the Kilboy Stakes and the Oaks. The Kilboy is a possibility.

"My horses are in that place right now where most are well and they can turn out again quiet quickly.

"The ground is a credit to Killarney. Beyond Brilliance had a great run and it’s great to get blacktype with her and Ana gave her a good ride to get third."

Additional reporting by Thomas Weekes


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Darwin back on track with Belgrave win

 By Donal Murphy

Sun 13th Jul 2014, 16:14
Darwin is driven out by Joseph O'Brien to see off the late surge of Russian Soul
Darwin is driven out by Joseph O'Brien to see off the late surge of Russian Soul
(Healy Racing Photos)
Darwin got back to winning ways in first time cheekpieces as he took the feature at Fairyhouse this afternoon, the Listed Belgrave Stakes, providing Aidan and Joseph O’Brien with a double on the card.

The son of Big Brown disappointed on his seasonal debut at the Curragh in May and he finished tenth of fourteen in the Diamond Jubilee at Royal Ascot on his next outing.

Both of those efforts came behind the mighty Slade Power and with no one of his calibre in the field today the victorious four-year-old entire was sent off the 2/1 favourite (opened at 3/1 on-course).

Having disputed the lead throughout he was ridden to the front two furlongs out and while he was strongly pressed inside the final furlong he just hung on to prevail by a short head.

The Mick Halford trained Russian Soul (13/2) was the one who was chased him down and he had to settle for the runner-up spot for the second year running in this contest.

Jamesie completed the placings a further half a length back in third under Fergal Lynch for David Marnane at 3/1, while the Dermot Weld trained Sailors Swanfinished a disappointing fourth at 9/4.

Joseph O’Brien said afterwards: "The last day at Ascot was a bit of a shock to his system.

"He was better today and I probably got to the front too soon but around here I needed to ride him a bit more positive as he gets the trip well.

"When he gets fast ground and a straight track I don’t know how high he can go.

"He is entitled to go back into group company now and he’d handle hard ground.

"It was grand safe ground today but anything worse than good to firm he wouldn’t really like it."

Additional reporting by Alan Magee

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Island just holds on in Fairyhouse opener

 By Donal Murphy

Sun 13th Jul 2014, 15:00
Cape Clear Island (left) is ridden out by Joseph O'Brien to just hold off Windsor Beach
Cape Clear Island (left) is ridden out by Joseph O'Brien to just hold off Windsor Beach
(Healy Racing Photos)
Cape Clear Island just held on to take the opener at Fairyhouse this afternoon, the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Maiden, scoring under Joseph O’Brien for his father Aidan.

The son of Fastnet Rock finished second on his first two starts, both of which were at the Curragh, and he was sent the well-backed 1/5 favourite (4/11 this morning and from 2/7 on-course) to make it third time luck today.

Prominent throughout he was ridden from under three furlongs out and he improved to lead a furlong and a half from home, impeding Baldonnel in the process.

He went a few lengths clear before the furlong pole, drifting left close home and while Windsor Beach came with a storming late charge he just held on to win by a nose.

The runner-up was returned at 33/1 under Niall McCullagh for Johnny Murtagh, while newcomer Looper (16/1) ran well to finish just three parts of a length back in third under Declan McDonogh for John Oxx.

Joseph O'Brien said afterwards: "He just got beaten at the Curragh but the winner (Accepted) went on to win a Listed race at Tipperary yesterday and he is entitled to go up in class now.

"I think he is better than what he has showed so far. I got there too soon today and if I had to do it again I’d have got there later. I think he can progress."

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Macbride sees them all off in Cork

 By Michael Graham

Fri 11th Jul 2014, 21:31
Aidan O'Brien, left, welcomes in Macbride and Sarah O'Brien
Aidan O'Brien, left, welcomes in Macbride and Sarah O'Brien
(Healy Racing Photos)
Macbride gamely saw off Most Peculiar and Hash Brown to land the winners’ bumper in Cork.

Sarah O’Brien, in the JP McManus colours, had the five-year-old gelding to the fore from flagfall in this race over two miles three furlongs. Most Peculiar on the outside and Hash Brown on the inside both looked set to deliver stern challenges in the last quarter of mile, yet O’Brien kept bustling her mount along and the pair repelled their rivals.

Macbride was nicely supported before racing commenced in Cork, from 5/2 to 7/4 and he went off the 13/8 favourite. He was following up on a Limerick bumper win over two miles in May.

Most Peculiar, for Willie and Patrick Mullins, kept on to be beaten a length into second at 5/2. Hash Brown landed a place payout for those who got involved in the gamble from 14/1 to 8/1 at the track. He came home third, beaten five lengths by the winner.

Trainer Aidan O’Brien said: “He’s ready to go jumping. JP will decide, but he might go to Galway for a maiden hurdle.”

And on his three runners (Cougar Mountain, Due Diligence and Fountain Of Youth) due to run in tomorrow’s Group 1 July Cup at Newmarket, O’Brien added: “If it rains tonight we’ll have to see about taking them out. If it doesn’t, and it rains tomorrow we’ll make a decision then. Cougar Mountain needs to run for experience, but the other two don’t.”

Additional reporting by Thomas Weekes



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Peace Burg 3rd in G1 Falmouth Stakes a good Performance.



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July Cup Jockey Bookings - Due Diligence - Joey Cougar Mountain - Colm Fountain of Youth - James Doyle + Joseph also rides Gleneagles on Saturday in The Superlative Stakes


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It took a photo-finish to separate Table Rock and Pretzel, but Aidan O'Brien's 4-1 shot got the better of John Gosden's 2-1 favourite by the narrowest of margins.


Photo: Table Rock is on a roll now




Table Rocks for Fastnet 
(10th July 2014)

There was more European black-type success for Fastnet Rock on Thursday when the Aidan O’Brien-trainedTable Rock (3c Fastnet Rock-Small Sacrifice, by Sadler´s Wells) captured the Listed Sir Henry Cecil Stakes at Newmarket.

The improving three-year-old, an easy Curragh handicap winner on his previous start, saw off some useful opposition to land the Listed contest despite concerns about the rain-softened ground.

“He got a bit further back than he wanted, but he responded well to Ryan (Moore). He’s raced on yielding at the Curragh, but there’s been a lot of rain and the ground was a concern,” said Coolmore’s UK representative, Kevin Buckley.


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York target for Australia

  • Last Updated: July 10 2014, 16:28 BST

Aidan O'Brien's dual Derby winner Australia is set to be aimed at the Juddmonte International Stakes at York on August 20.


Australia: Being prepared for York and Leopardstown

Australia: Being prepared for York and Leopardstownt

Aidan O'Brien's dual Derby winner Australia is set to be aimed at the Juddmonte International Stakes at York on August 20.

Hailed by O'Brien as the best Flat horse he has ever trained, the three-year-old was third over a mile in what has been widely acclaimed as the best 2000 Guineas for many a year at Newmarket and stepped up to the plate to claim the Investec Derby at Epsom.

He emulated his sire Galileo and dam Ouija Board in completing a Classic double at the Curragh when lifting the Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby, and is now in line to drop back in trip for the 10-furlong Group One on the Knavesmire before headlining the inaugural Irish Champions weekend at Leopardstown in September.

O'Brien said: "Australia has been in terrific form since landing the Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby and he will now be trained for a tilt at the Juddmonte International Stakes at York and the Irish Champion Stakes at Leopardstown."


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Five Irish runners in July Cup

Thu 10th Jul 2014, 11:32
Due Diligence is one of three Ballydoyle runners
Due Diligence is one of three Ballydoyle runners
(Healy Racing Photos)
A field of 16 will go to post for Saturday's Darley July Cup at Newmarket, with the Eddie Lynam-trained duo of Sole Power and Slade Power heading the list of contenders.

The two stablemates were both successful at Royal Ascot, with Sole Power scoring over five furlongs in the King's Stand Stakes, while Slade Power notched up a first Group One win over a furlong further in the Diamond Jubilee.

They form part of a strong Irish team, with Aidan O'Brien running Diamond Jubilee runner-up Due Diligence, the once-raced Cougar Mountain and Fountain of Youth.

Another exciting overseas contender is the Spanish raider Noozhoh Canarias, who showed tremendous speed when sixth in the 2000 Guineas on the Rowley Mile.



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The Great War Runs today in the July Stakes & Table Rock runs in The Sir Henry Cecil Stakes today at Newmarket and Ryan Moore rides Both Also Glenneagles Dick Whittington & Highland Reel entered in Superlative Stakes I Am Beautiful entered in Duchess of Cambridge Stakes + Peace Burg Entered in G1 Falmouth Stakes All at newmarket Friday & Saturday 



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2nd TOOGOODTOBETRUE big eyecatcher on debut there She was very green but took off at the end put her in your Notebook she has an engine really took off final half furlong No doubting she is a group class filly.



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War has Newmarket option

 8th Jul 2014, 12:15
The Great War
The Great War
(Healy Racing Photos)
The Great War is among 12 declarations as he attempts to redeem his reputation in the Portland Place Properties July Stakes at Newmarket on Thursday.

Aidan O'Brien's colt had won his first two races but was a big disappointment in the Norfolk Stakes at Royal Ascot where he was only fifth to Baitha Alga when sent off the 5-6 favourite.

Connections will be hoping the step up to six furlongs will bring about a revival of fortunes.

Baitha Alga is not taking up the engagement but his trainer Richard Hannon still has two decent chances in Dougal and Ivawood.

David Brown's Mind Of Madness, who was runner-up in the Norfolk, will try to go one better in this Group Two contest.

Mark Johnston relies on Coventry Stakes third Jungle Cat while William Haggas saddles Windsor Castle third Mubtaghaa.

Ustinov looked a useful colt in the making when scoring at Nottingham while Belardo, George Bowen and Muhaarar have all won their only start.

Angelic Lord and Lightning Stride make up the dozen runners.


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 Due Diligence




Aidan Has 4 left in Saturdays July Cup.

Aidan O'Brien's Due Diligence finished 

strongly to take second behind Slade 

Power at Ascot and he could be joined 

by fellow Ballydoyle representatives 2013 

Minstrel Stakes Winner Darwin, & 

Impressive Naas Maiden Winner Cougar 

Mountain and Sapphire Stakes Winner 

Fountain Of Youth.


 



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        Created by me for our Journalist KIngsbarns who takes over the ship 

.........................at the end of July when i go on my hols.

 



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Aidan O'Brien

Aidan O'Brien: French date on the agenda for Irish Oaks winner

 PICTURE: Patrick McCann (racingpost.com/photos)

O'Brien has Opera target for Chicquita

CHICQUITA, unraced since winning the Darley Irish Oaks a year ago, is being aimed at an autumn campaign, with the Group 1 Prix de L'Opera among the races likely to be considered for the daughter of Montjeu.

Trained by Alain de Royer-Dupre when she landed the Curragh Classic, under Johnny Murtagh, Chicquita joined Aidan O'Brien after being sold for €6m at a dispersal sale in Goffs in November.

O'Brien said: "We decided on aiming Chicquita at races in the second half of the season. She's cantering away and we'll be looking at autumn targets, including the Prix de L'Opra, for her."


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Ryan Moore walking the course at Hamburg ready for his ride on Geoffrey Chaucer

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El Salvador takes the finale for the O'Brien's

 By Donal Murphy

Sat 5th Jul 2014, 20:40
Sarah O'Brien after recording her first success at the Curragh last year
Sarah O'Brien after recording her first success at the Curragh last year
(Healy Racing Photos)
El Salvador got back to winning ways as he took the last at Bellewstown this evening, the Eva-Tec Ltd Qualified Riders Race, scoring under Sarah O’Brien for her father Aidan and mother Annemarie (owner).

The five-year-old son of Galileo finished a good second behind Pique Sous in the Queen Alexandra at Royal Ascot last month before finishing last of seven in the Group Three Curragh Cup last weekend.

Having opened at 4/5 this morning he proved easy to back on-course going from evens to 5/4 and favourite at the off.

After racing mainly in third the chestnut victor was ridden to close under three furlongs out and he soon improved into second.

He hit the front a furlong from home and he kept on well from there to score by three lengths at the line.

Orgilgo Bay, who attempted to make all, finished second under Thomas Reilly forJohn McConnell at 9/2, while the well-backed Digeanta (5/2 to 7/4) could only manage a disappointing third for Patrick and Willie Mullins.

Sarah O’Brien, who was riding the entire for the first time this evening, said afterwards: "He was very good and he did it comfortably.

"He travelled nicely and he had plenty left. He is a little bit lazy but he is real tough and he goes on any ground or trip."

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Coolmore's Former Ballydoyle inmate Minorette wins the Belmont Oaks

 





Minorette posted a mild upset in the $1 million Belmont Oaks Invitational July 5 at Belmont Park, landing her 

first North American victory at odds of 6-1 under Joel Rosario.

Trained by Chad Brown, who aced a stakes double by taking the Suburban Handicap with Zivo the race 

before, the 3-year-old daughter of Smart Strike ran down pacesetter Sea Queen to notch what was also her 

first Grade 1 score for Coolmore partners Michael Tabor, Susan Magnier, and Derrick Smith.



Wonderfully getting ready for Belmont Oaks


Photo: Wonderfully getting ready for Belmont Oaks



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Adelaide so Close at Belmont Park 

 



Photo: Adelaide just edged out in the Belmont Derby

Adelaide edged out by Mr Speaker at Belmont

Report: USA, Saturday

Belmont Park: Belmont Derby Invitational Stakes (Grade 1)
 1m2f, turf, 3yo

THE Aidan O’Brien-trained Adelaide went down narrowly in the inaugural Belmont Derby as outsider Mr Speaker (Shug McGaughey/Jose Lezcano) clocked a course-record time in a race which British raider Toast Of New York finished sixth.

UAE Derby winner Toast Of New York, having his first run on turf since his debut fifth at Leicester, travelled well into the straight but emptied out of contention in the final furlong.

Jamie Osborne’s star could not replicate the finishing kick displayed by Mr Speaker, who blasted past Adelaide only to be harried all the way to the line by the Royal Ascot runner-up. 

Speaking on At The Races, Osborne said: “Jamie [Spencer] said he was perfectly happy throughout the race and turning in, he looked like he was about to kick on. He’s run a sound enough race but the last furlong was disappointing and he almost looked like a non-stayer.

“We will have to go back back to the drawing board and see where to go to give him the best chance of winning.”



Adelaide just beaten in Belmont Derby

Sat 5th Jul 2014, 22:41
Adelaide pictured on his way to victory at Leopardstown last year
Adelaide pictured on his way to victory at Leopardstown last year
(Healy Racing Photos)
The Aidan O’Brien trained Adelaide was just beaten into second in the Grade One Belmont Derby Invitational Stakes this evening.

The son of Galileo, who finished second in the King Edward VII Stakes at Royal Ascot on his last start, was sent to the front by Colm O’Donoghue as they entered the straight but he couldn't hold off the late surge of outsider Mr Speaker.

He did battle back gamely when headed but the line came in time for the surprise winner as he scored by a neck.

Toast Of New York for Jamie Osborne and Jamie Spencer could only manage sixth, while Australian raider Pornichet finished a disappointing ninth for Gai Waterhouse.




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Eclipse preview

Fri 4th Jul 2014, 13:48
War Command
War Command
(Healy Racing Photos)
Aidan O'Brien bids for another success in the Coral-Eclipse with Verrazano and War Command at Sandown on Saturday.

The master of Ballydoyle has saddled five previous Eclipse winners in Giant's Causeway (2000), Hawk Wing (2002), Oratorio (2005), Mount Nelson (2008) and So You Think (2011).

American import Verrazano steps up in trip having finished second in the Queen Anne at Royal Ascot, while War Command was behind the reopposing Night Of Thunder at Newmarket and at Ascot.

O'Brien said: "We're very happy with War Command and Verrazano and think they are progressing well."

Another intriguing challenger for Ireland is Trading Leather, who runs in the Godolphin blue for trainer Jim Bolger. Last year's Irish Derby winner suffered an odds-on reverse on his seasonal reappearance in the Jockey Club Stakes at Newmarket, but Bolger expects considerable improvement.

He said: "He is in good form, I'm very happy with him. He was too fresh the last day, but he's fine now. When he dropped in they pulled up in front and it was just a mess of a race from there. This will be a better-run race, so we're hoping for a better run. We'd be hoping that the ground stays good, if it doesn't we'll have a problem. It looks a race to savour."

Night Of Thunder steps up to a mile and a quarter for the first time . The 2000 Guineas hero engaged in a fascinating rematch with Newmarket runner-up Kingman at Royal Ascot, but he was clear-second best in the St James's Palace Stakes.

His connections are confident the extra distance is within his compass, with his trainer Richard Hannon telling Racing UK: "He's the sort of horse you don't really notice, and I think that's what will stand him in good stead for Saturday - the fact that he is so relaxed and he's very economical when he races. He gives himself every chance of staying a mile and a quarter.

"At Ascot he was beaten fair and square, just beaten by a better horse on the day. I don't think you could say we were unlucky in any way. He (Kingman) is an exceptional horse, but our fellow is very good.

"Hughesie (Richard Hughes) had a job pulling him up after the line so that suggests to me he might be crying out for this mile and a quarter. My worry is that it might get a bit rough around that top bend, he's not massively experienced. We like our horse and hopefully there's more to come with this change in trip."

John Gosden is under no illusions about the task facing Irish Champion Stakes heroine The Fugue as she aims to follow up last month's Royal Ascot triumph. The five-year-old clinched her fourth Group One victory with a brilliant display in the Prince Of Wales's Stakes and is due to turn out less than three weeks later, providing ground conditions do not deteriorate.

"It's only two and a half weeks since Ascot and remember that when they go and break track records, even if it looks as if they've done it easily, it's a big ask," Gosden told Betfred TV.

"I always feel these races are quite concertinaed, but we are happy with her.

"She wasn't well when she ran in the race last year. Going into it her blood tests and everything were perfect, but it wasn't so perfect coming out of the race. That can happen, they can be literally incubating something and it doesn't show in any tests the day before, yet with the stress of the journey and the race it explodes.

"She's won an awful lot of Group Ones since."


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Beach too classy for Wexford rivals

Fri 4th Jul 2014, 17:58

Beach Of Falesa is clear under Robbie Power
Beach Of Falesa is clear under Robbie Power



Class shone through as Beach Of Falesa landed the opening info@wexfordraces.ie Mares Maiden Hurdle at Wexford.

Rated not far below 100 on the level where she's a four time winner, the Dylan Thomas mare not surprisingly travelled at her ease against mainly National Hunt types.

In truth Robbie Power never had to ask the J P McManus-owned and Aidan O'Brien-trained 11/4 favourite for anything like the maximum and she extended away on the run-in to defeat Ellaway Rose by five lengths.

"She has learned to settle and that's the big improvement with her. She is so quick at her hurdles too," stated Power.

On conditions the Grand National winning jockey said: "The ground is summer soft." (DM & EM)


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Wonderfully at Belmont yesterday.


Adelaide yesterday at Belmont stretching his legs

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Charlie Magnier (John Magnier's Grandson) with English & Irish Derby winner "Australia" enjoying the morning at Ballydoyle.


Photo: Charlie Magnier (John Magnier's Grandson) with English & Irish Derby winner "Australia" enjoying the morning at Ballydoyle.


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Ballydoyle duo take in Eclipse

Thu 3rd Jul 2014, 14:35
War Command
War Command
(Healy Racing Photos)
Verrazano and War Command attempt to give Aidan O'Brien a sixth Coral-Eclipse at Sandown on Saturday.

Verrazano has acquitted himself well since arriving from America, placing in the Lockinge and Queen Anne, while War Command went some way to putting a lacklustre 2000 Guineas display behind him when a staying-on fourth in the St James's Palace Stakes.

There is a third Irish challenger in the shape of Jim Bolger's Trading Leather, who landed last year's Irish Derby but managed only third in the Jockey Club Stakes on his sole outing of 2014 so far.

Irish Champion Stakes heroine The Fugue is ante-post favourite and bids to follow up her victory in the Prince of Wales's Stakes. She is closely followed in the market by Night Of Thunder, the 40-1 winner of the 2000 Guineas who has since taken second place behind Kingman in the St James's Palace.

Investec Derby runner-up Kingston Hill has been declared at the 48-hour final declaration stage, but his participation depends on the state of the ground. The Roger Varian-trained colt was a late withdrawal from the Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby last weekend because conditions were considered too fast for the son of Mastercraftsman.

If he runs he will be ridden by Frankie Dettori for the first time as his usual partner Andrea Atzeni is required at Haydock by owner Sheikh Mohammed Obaid Al Maktoum, who retains the young Italian on all his horses.

Atzeni said: "I'm going to Haydock for a couple of rides. When you have a retainer there's always a risk of something like this happening. I signed the contract last year and it states I go wherever I'm required.

"To be fair, Mohammed has been very good regarding Kingston Hill and has let me off a couple of times but this weekend he wants me at Haydock and I totally understand that. It's a shame, obviously, but it's one of those things.

"I'm going to ride a lovely horse (Roseburg) who has won his last two and is improving very fast. It's my job to go where Mohammed has runners. I'll be cheering Kingston on, though, make no mistake. I'm happy Frankie rides him."

                                                             

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Grand designs on Voltigeur

Wed 2nd Jul 2014, 14:42
Granddukeoftuscany
Granddukeoftuscany
(Healy Racing Photos)
Aidan O'Brien has a handful of potential runners in the Neptune Investment Management Great Voltigeur Stakes at York on August 20.

Among them is Granddukeoftuscany, with the Ballydoyle trainer saying after his facile recent win at Tipperary: "We'll train him for the Great Voltigeur and he'll get a rest after this."

Promising John Oxx-trained colt Streetcar To Stars would be another to note. Beaten a nose in a Listed race on just his second racecourse outing, the son of Sea The Stars had no trouble losing his maiden tag at the Curragh last week and is expected to get a Ladbrokes St Leger entry

John Gosden's possible Leger contenders Romsdal, Forever Now and Eagle Top have all been given Voltigeur entries. The Group Two is usually the strongest trial for the season's final Classic, which Gosden has landed twice in the last four years.

Eagle Top recently took the King Edward VII Stakes at Royal Ascot, while Romsdal is at the top of the Leger betting after finishing third in the Investec Derby. Forever Now has already been given a good mention by his trainer after landing a Doncaster maiden.

Both Eagle Top and Forever Now are owned by Lady Bamford, and it has been suggested the former could be supplemented for the King George VI And Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Ascot on July 26.

Lady Bamford's racing manager Hugo Lascelles said: "We're waiting to see what happens with Eagle Top. The King George has been mooted and he has been given an entry in the Voltigeur. We'll wait and see, but he won't be running in the Leger.

"Forever Now might run at Newmarket next week in the Bahrain Trophy, but he could end up running at York."

                                                                 

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Adelaide (Belmont Derby) returns from exercise under David McCabe) with Wonderfully (Belmont Oaks)

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 A Great Picture I must have missed on Saturday its legs 11 for Aidan 

Photo: Legs 11 for Aidan



                                                                       

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Cartier Awards 2014: Australia's second Derby win puts him on heels of leaders

Star three-year-old colts are mounting a strong challenge in the race to become Cartier Horse Of The Year

Cartier Awards 2014: Australia's second Derby win puts him on heels of leaders
Star quality: Australia will be a prime contender in the race to win a Cartier Award Photo: PA

Following his facile success in Saturday’s Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby, Australia, the Epsom Derby winner, has moved into contention in the competition to earn Europe’s most prestigious accolade for a racehorse, Cartier Horse of the Year.

Aidan O’Brien’s colt, who has won a brace of Classics and was third in the Guineas, is now hot on the heels of the other star colt of this year’s Classic generation, the exciting miler Kingman, runner-up in the Guineas, winner of the Irish Guineas and St James’s Palace.

Despite being on box rest Cirrus Des Aigles still leads both the Horse of the Year and Older Horse category but Noble Mission and Spiritjim both made some ground on him in his absence when they finished second and first respectively in the Grand Prix de Saint-Cloud on Sunday.

Latest full standings for 2014 Cartier Awards

Horse Of The Year

Cirrus Des Aigles 124

Kingman 112

Australia 92

Night Of Thunder 76

Noble Mission 68

Avenir Certain 64

Spiritjim 56

Leading Light 56

African Story 54

The Grey Gatsby 52

Older Horse

Cirrus Des Aigles 124

Noble Mission 68

Spiritjim 56

African Story 54

Magician 48

Toronado 48

The Fugue 48

Thistle Bird 40

Prince Bishop 36

Treve 36

Three-Year-Old Colt

Kingman 112

Australia 92

Night Of Thunder 76

The Grey Gatsby 52

Karakontie 36

Prince Gibraltar 24

Kingston Hill 24

Adelaide 24

Mustajeeb 24

Free Port Lux 20

Three-Year-Old Filly

Avenir Certain 64

Miss France 48

Taghrooda 48

Lightning Thunder 40

We Are 32

Marvellous 32

Tarfasha 32

Rizeena 32

Vazira 24

Xcellence 24

Lesstalk In Paris 24

Bracelet 24

Sprinter

Sole Power 40

Slade Power 40

Hot Streak 26

Maarek 20

Stepper Point 18

Catcall 16

Rangali 16

Due Diligence 16

Ahtoug 14

Aljamaaheer 10

Stayer

Leading Light 56

Estimate 24

Fly With Me 18

Certerach 17

Tac De Boistron 16

Gospel Choir 16

Brown Panther 16

Missunited 12

Cavalryman 10

Montclair 8

Terrubi 8

Goldtara 8

Ernest Hemingway 8

 


                                                                       

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Photo: Highland Reel out on his own



Highland Reel on a merry Gowran jig

 By Michael Graham

Tue 1st Jul 2014, 18:29
Highland Reel powers away in Gowran Park
Highland Reel powers away in Gowran Park
(Healy Racing Photos)
Highland Reel demolished his rivals in the mile maiden for two-year-olds at Gowran Park as he easily justified 8/15 favouritism.

Aidan O’Brien’s Galileo colt raced in mid-division and well off the pace set by Fresh Focus and Cleano who were clear of the remainder.

With under two furlongs to race Joseph O’Brien easedHighland Reel to the front and the pair quickened away well . Inside the final furlongHighland Reel hung left, but O’Brien could afford a look over his shoulder as his rivals toiled well behind.

Taqaseem was 12 lengths back in second at 13/2 and a neck in front of 5/1 shot Hall Of Fame.

Joseph O'Brien said: “He is a lovely horse. I got to the front a bit soon. The two horses in front of me stopped a bit quicker than I had hoped. He was quite green and he had a little look at the gap [entrance to the parade ring]. I just gave him a belt to straighten out and I didn't realise I was so far ahead. He is a nice horse and you would imagine that he would be well able for a step up in class.”

Aidan O’Brien won this race for the seventh year in-a-row. Last year’s winner Indian Maharaja went on to score in Listed company. At First Sight, who took the spoils in 2009, was runner-up to Workforce in the Epsom Derby of 2010.

Additional reporting by Donal Murphy

                                                                       

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Geoffrey supplemented for German Derby

Mon 30th Jun 2014, 15:08
Geoffrey Chaucer pictured on his way to victory at the Curragh last year
Geoffrey Chaucer pictured on his way to victory at the Curragh last year
(Healy Racing Photos)
Aidan O'Brien has supplemented Geoffrey Chaucer for the 145th Deutsches Derby at Hamburg on Sunday.

Joining the Ballydoyle runner is the Charlie Appleby-trained Pinzolo, who was also added to the field at a cost of €65,000.

An unlucky third in the Derrinstown Derby Trial on his seasonal reappearance, Geoffrey Chaucer came home last of the 16 runners behind stablemate Australia in the Investec Derby, but was hampered during the race and not given a hard time by Ryan Moore.

Pinzolo fared a little better in beating two home, having previously accounted for the useful Master Carpenter in the Fairway Stakes at Newmarket.

Leading the home defence is Sea The Moon, an unbeaten son of Sea The Stars trained by Markus Klug.

Klug has another contender in the filly Weltmacht, second in a Group Two at Hoppegarten and set to be ridden by Tom Queally.

Another major player is likely to be the Jens Hirschberger-trained Wild Chief, who was fourth to The Grey Gatsby in the French Derby.


                                                                       

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Toast Of New York wins the UAE Derby Dubai 29.3.14

Toast Of New York bolting up in the UAE Derby

 PICTURE: Edward Whitaker (racingpost.com/photos)

O'Brien to field Adelaide against Toast at Belmont

USA: Impressive UAE Derby winner Toast Of New York is set to face Royal Ascot runner-up Adelaide and legendary Australian trainer Gai Waterhouse's first runner in the States when he bids for Grade 1 glory in the $1.25 million Belmont Derby on Saturday.

Previously run as the Jamaican Handicap, the Grade 1 Belmont Derby will form the highlight of Belmont Park's inaugural Stars & Stripes Day, which features five graded stakes worth $3.35m.

The race has been the target for the Jamie Osborne-trained Toast of New York, who emerged onto the world stage with a brilliant win in the UAE Derby at Meydan in March, since connections ruled out a crack at the Derby.

Aidan O'Brien, no stranger to success at Belmont Park having saddled Cape Blanco to Grade 1 wins the Man o'War Stakes and Joe Hirsch Turf Classic in 2011, relies on Group 3 winnerAdelaide, second to the exciting Eagle Top in the King Edward VII Stakes at Royal Ascot last month.

Gailo Chop, who landed two Group 3s at Longchamp in April, represents France, while Melbourne Cup-winning trainer Waterhouse - the first lady of Australian racing - fields recent purchase Pornichet, third in the Prix de Jockey Club last time.

There will also be a strong European contingent in the Belmont Oaks, the other Grade 1 on Saturday's card.

O'Brien could run Wonderfully, Dermot Weld plans to send Flying Jib, while John Gosden is responsible for Eastern Belle.

Xcellence, third in the Poule d'Essai des Pouliches and Prix de Diane, could line up for Francois Doumen and Martin Schwartz, who has won the race for the last two years with Alterite and Samitar when it was run as the Garden City.


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Ballydoyle duo take in Eclipse

Thu 3rd Jul 2014, 14:35
War Command
War Command
(Healy Racing Photos)
Verrazano and War Command attempt to give Aidan O'Brien a sixth Coral-Eclipse at Sandown on Saturday.

Verrazano has acquitted himself well since arriving from America, placing in the Lockinge and Queen Anne, while War Command went some way to putting a lacklustre 2000 Guineas display behind him when a staying-on fourth in the St James's Palace Stakes.

There is a third Irish challenger in the shape of Jim Bolger's Trading Leather, who landed last year's Irish Derby but managed only third in the Jockey Club Stakes on his sole outing of 2014 so far.

Irish Champion Stakes heroine The Fugue is ante-post favourite and bids to follow up her victory in the Prince of Wales's Stakes. She is closely followed in the market by Night Of Thunder, the 40-1 winner of the 2000 Guineas who has since taken second place behind Kingman in the St James's Palace.

Investec Derby runner-up Kingston Hill has been declared at the 48-hour final declaration stage, but his participation depends on the state of the ground. The Roger Varian-trained colt was a late withdrawal from the Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby last weekend because conditions were considered too fast for the son of Mastercraftsman.

If he runs he will be ridden by Frankie Dettori for the first time as his usual partner Andrea Atzeni is required at Haydock by owner Sheikh Mohammed Obaid Al Maktoum, who retains the young Italian on all his horses.

Atzeni said: "I'm going to Haydock for a couple of rides. When you have a retainer there's always a risk of something like this happening. I signed the contract last year and it states I go wherever I'm required.

"To be fair, Mohammed has been very good regarding Kingston Hill and has let me off a couple of times but this weekend he wants me at Haydock and I totally understand that. It's a shame, obviously, but it's one of those things.

"I'm going to ride a lovely horse (Roseburg) who has won his last two and is improving very fast. It's my job to go where Mohammed has runners. I'll be cheering Kingston on, though, make no mistake. I'm happy Frankie rides him."

                                                             

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Grand designs on Voltigeur

Wed 2nd Jul 2014, 14:42
Granddukeoftuscany
Granddukeoftuscany
(Healy Racing Photos)
Aidan O'Brien has a handful of potential runners in the Neptune Investment Management Great Voltigeur Stakes at York on August 20.

Among them is Granddukeoftuscany, with the Ballydoyle trainer saying after his facile recent win at Tipperary: "We'll train him for the Great Voltigeur and he'll get a rest after this."

Promising John Oxx-trained colt Streetcar To Stars would be another to note. Beaten a nose in a Listed race on just his second racecourse outing, the son of Sea The Stars had no trouble losing his maiden tag at the Curragh last week and is expected to get a Ladbrokes St Leger entry

John Gosden's possible Leger contenders Romsdal, Forever Now and Eagle Top have all been given Voltigeur entries. The Group Two is usually the strongest trial for the season's final Classic, which Gosden has landed twice in the last four years.

Eagle Top recently took the King Edward VII Stakes at Royal Ascot, while Romsdal is at the top of the Leger betting after finishing third in the Investec Derby. Forever Now has already been given a good mention by his trainer after landing a Doncaster maiden.

Both Eagle Top and Forever Now are owned by Lady Bamford, and it has been suggested the former could be supplemented for the King George VI And Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Ascot on July 26.

Lady Bamford's racing manager Hugo Lascelles said: "We're waiting to see what happens with Eagle Top. The King George has been mooted and he has been given an entry in the Voltigeur. We'll wait and see, but he won't be running in the Leger.

"Forever Now might run at Newmarket next week in the Bahrain Trophy, but he could end up running at York."

                                                                 

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Adelaide (Belmont Derby) returns from exercise under David McCabe) with Wonderfully (Belmont Oaks)

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 A Great Picture I must have missed on Saturday its legs 11 for Aidan 

Photo: Legs 11 for Aidan



                                                                       

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Cartier Awards 2014: Australia's second Derby win puts him on heels of leaders

Star three-year-old colts are mounting a strong challenge in the race to become Cartier Horse Of The Year

Cartier Awards 2014: Australia's second Derby win puts him on heels of leaders
Star quality: Australia will be a prime contender in the race to win a Cartier Award Photo: PA

Following his facile success in Saturday’s Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby, Australia, the Epsom Derby winner, has moved into contention in the competition to earn Europe’s most prestigious accolade for a racehorse, Cartier Horse of the Year.

Aidan O’Brien’s colt, who has won a brace of Classics and was third in the Guineas, is now hot on the heels of the other star colt of this year’s Classic generation, the exciting miler Kingman, runner-up in the Guineas, winner of the Irish Guineas and St James’s Palace.

Despite being on box rest Cirrus Des Aigles still leads both the Horse of the Year and Older Horse category but Noble Mission and Spiritjim both made some ground on him in his absence when they finished second and first respectively in the Grand Prix de Saint-Cloud on Sunday.

Latest full standings for 2014 Cartier Awards

Horse Of The Year

Cirrus Des Aigles 124

Kingman 112

Australia 92

Night Of Thunder 76

Noble Mission 68

Avenir Certain 64

Spiritjim 56

Leading Light 56

African Story 54

The Grey Gatsby 52

Older Horse

Cirrus Des Aigles 124

Noble Mission 68

Spiritjim 56

African Story 54

Magician 48

Toronado 48

The Fugue 48

Thistle Bird 40

Prince Bishop 36

Treve 36

Three-Year-Old Colt

Kingman 112

Australia 92

Night Of Thunder 76

The Grey Gatsby 52

Karakontie 36

Prince Gibraltar 24

Kingston Hill 24

Adelaide 24

Mustajeeb 24

Free Port Lux 20

Three-Year-Old Filly

Avenir Certain 64

Miss France 48

Taghrooda 48

Lightning Thunder 40

We Are 32

Marvellous 32

Tarfasha 32

Rizeena 32

Vazira 24

Xcellence 24

Lesstalk In Paris 24

Bracelet 24

Sprinter

Sole Power 40

Slade Power 40

Hot Streak 26

Maarek 20

Stepper Point 18

Catcall 16

Rangali 16

Due Diligence 16

Ahtoug 14

Aljamaaheer 10

Stayer

Leading Light 56

Estimate 24

Fly With Me 18

Certerach 17

Tac De Boistron 16

Gospel Choir 16

Brown Panther 16

Missunited 12

Cavalryman 10

Montclair 8

Terrubi 8

Goldtara 8

Ernest Hemingway 8

 


                                                                       

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Photo: Highland Reel out on his own



Highland Reel on a merry Gowran jig

 By Michael Graham

Tue 1st Jul 2014, 18:29
Highland Reel powers away in Gowran Park
Highland Reel powers away in Gowran Park
(Healy Racing Photos)
Highland Reel demolished his rivals in the mile maiden for two-year-olds at Gowran Park as he easily justified 8/15 favouritism.

Aidan O’Brien’s Galileo colt raced in mid-division and well off the pace set by Fresh Focus and Cleano who were clear of the remainder.

With under two furlongs to race Joseph O’Brien easedHighland Reel to the front and the pair quickened away well . Inside the final furlongHighland Reel hung left, but O’Brien could afford a look over his shoulder as his rivals toiled well behind.

Taqaseem was 12 lengths back in second at 13/2 and a neck in front of 5/1 shot Hall Of Fame.

Joseph O'Brien said: “He is a lovely horse. I got to the front a bit soon. The two horses in front of me stopped a bit quicker than I had hoped. He was quite green and he had a little look at the gap [entrance to the parade ring]. I just gave him a belt to straighten out and I didn't realise I was so far ahead. He is a nice horse and you would imagine that he would be well able for a step up in class.”

Aidan O’Brien won this race for the seventh year in-a-row. Last year’s winner Indian Maharaja went on to score in Listed company. At First Sight, who took the spoils in 2009, was runner-up to Workforce in the Epsom Derby of 2010.

Additional reporting by Donal Murphy

                                                                       

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Geoffrey supplemented for German Derby

Mon 30th Jun 2014, 15:08
Geoffrey Chaucer pictured on his way to victory at the Curragh last year
Geoffrey Chaucer pictured on his way to victory at the Curragh last year
(Healy Racing Photos)
Aidan O'Brien has supplemented Geoffrey Chaucer for the 145th Deutsches Derby at Hamburg on Sunday.

Joining the Ballydoyle runner is the Charlie Appleby-trained Pinzolo, who was also added to the field at a cost of €65,000.

An unlucky third in the Derrinstown Derby Trial on his seasonal reappearance, Geoffrey Chaucer came home last of the 16 runners behind stablemate Australia in the Investec Derby, but was hampered during the race and not given a hard time by Ryan Moore.

Pinzolo fared a little better in beating two home, having previously accounted for the useful Master Carpenter in the Fairway Stakes at Newmarket.

Leading the home defence is Sea The Moon, an unbeaten son of Sea The Stars trained by Markus Klug.

Klug has another contender in the filly Weltmacht, second in a Group Two at Hoppegarten and set to be ridden by Tom Queally.

Another major player is likely to be the Jens Hirschberger-trained Wild Chief, who was fourth to The Grey Gatsby in the French Derby.


                                                                       

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Toast Of New York wins the UAE Derby Dubai 29.3.14

Toast Of New York bolting up in the UAE Derby

 PICTURE: Edward Whitaker (racingpost.com/photos)

O'Brien to field Adelaide against Toast at Belmont

USA: Impressive UAE Derby winner Toast Of New York is set to face Royal Ascot runner-up Adelaide and legendary Australian trainer Gai Waterhouse's first runner in the States when he bids for Grade 1 glory in the $1.25 million Belmont Derby on Saturday.

Previously run as the Jamaican Handicap, the Grade 1 Belmont Derby will form the highlight of Belmont Park's inaugural Stars & Stripes Day, which features five graded stakes worth $3.35m.

The race has been the target for the Jamie Osborne-trained Toast of New York, who emerged onto the world stage with a brilliant win in the UAE Derby at Meydan in March, since connections ruled out a crack at the Derby.

Aidan O'Brien, no stranger to success at Belmont Park having saddled Cape Blanco to Grade 1 wins the Man o'War Stakes and Joe Hirsch Turf Classic in 2011, relies on Group 3 winnerAdelaide, second to the exciting Eagle Top in the King Edward VII Stakes at Royal Ascot last month.

Gailo Chop, who landed two Group 3s at Longchamp in April, represents France, while Melbourne Cup-winning trainer Waterhouse - the first lady of Australian racing - fields recent purchase Pornichet, third in the Prix de Jockey Club last time.

There will also be a strong European contingent in the Belmont Oaks, the other Grade 1 on Saturday's card.

O'Brien could run Wonderfully, Dermot Weld plans to send Flying Jib, while John Gosden is responsible for Eastern Belle.

Xcellence, third in the Poule d'Essai des Pouliches and Prix de Diane, could line up for Francois Doumen and Martin Schwartz, who has won the race for the last two years with Alterite and Samitar when it was run as the Garden City.



 




 

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