Ribchester and Churchill to meet in Sussex Stakes 

31.07
Ribchester and Churchill take each other on in a mouthwatering clash for the Qatar Sussex Stakes at Glorious Goodwood on Wednesday.

Richard Fahey's Ribchester has proved himself as the best older miler in Europe with wins in the Lockinge at Newbury and the Queen Anne at Royal Ascot.

He was beaten half a length into third by Aidan O'Brien's The Gurkha in this race last year and it is another Ballydoyle inmate who is likely to pose the biggest threat.

Churchill saw his long winning streak come to an end at Royal Ascot, but he has already claimed four Group Ones.

Among them were the English and Irish Guineas but he was a lacklustre fourth in the St James's Palace Stakes.

Churchill will be joined in the line-up by stablemate Lancaster Bomber, who was runner-up in the St James's Palace.


Zelzal adds international flavour for French trainer Jean-Claude Rouget.
Winner of the Prix Jean Prat last season, he was second on his comeback in a Group Three at Chantilly in June.

Kool Kompany, Here Comes When, Lightning Spear, Ribchester's pacemaker Toscanini and the returning Zonderland complete the field.



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Aidan O'Brien's Bobby Frankel World Record Bid Update - This time last year Aidan was on 9 ended with 22 this year on 12 on course for 25 Group One Wins

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Cougar Valor & Ranger on duty at Goodwood on Tuesday

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30/07
Cougar Mountain and Spirit Of Valor fly the flag for Ballydoyle in the Qatar Lennox Stakes at Goodwood on Tuesday.

Cougar Mountain has been a grand servant to Aidan O'Brien over the past few season but his chief hope in the Group Two over seven furlongs appears to be Spirit Of Valor, who was second in the Jersey Stakes before going one better in the Minstrel Stakes at the Curragh.

Aidan O'Brien is having another crack at Big Orange in the Qatar Goodwood Cup on Tuesday.

Order Of St George lost his Gold Cup crown to Michael Bell's gallant stayer at Royal Ascot, and O'Brien is taking him on again on the Sussex Downs, this time with US Army Ranger.



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Roly Poly wins the Prix Rothschild (Group 1) and becomes a multiple G1 winner


Aidan O'Brien won his first Prix Rothschild at Deauville on Sunday as Roly Poly won her second consecutive Group One.

Ryan Moore sat the daughter of War Front in a prominent position just off the lead set by Usherette, with last year's winner and favourite Qemah held up in the rear by Cristian Demuro.

As Usherette started to wilt towards the stands' rail Roly Poly took up the running with Qemah making her challenge right on the inside.

Jean-Claude Rouget's filly couldn't reel in the leaders, though, finishing out of the frame as Roly Poly hung on for a narrow success over Via Ravenna and Siyoushake.

It was the second Group One win in as many races for Roly Poly, as she won the Falmouth Stakes at Newmarket's July Festival on her previous start. 

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Pavlenko another to break maiden tag at Curragh

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Three races down at the Curragh and the domination of Ballydoyle continued as Aidan and Donnacha O'Brien brought up a hat-trick at odds of over 17/1 with Pavlenko in the Extra.ie Fillies Maiden.

Back in trip, the beautifully bred daughter of Deep Impact and Maybe, finished out strongest over the seven furlongs down the rail, to defeat Kailee by two and a quarter lengths.

"Those fillies with good pedigrees keep improving through the season and he trains them that way," reflected Donnacha O'Brien.


"I just had a wall of horses in front of me for a while but it opened up just in time.
"She's a very valuable broodmare prospect and that increases her value."

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Fleet Review breaks maiden tag at Curragh as Ballydoyle winners keep coming

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Odds-on favourite Fleet Review brought up a double for Aidan and Donnacha O’Brien in the Sycamore Lodge Equine Hospital EBF Maiden at the Curragh.

The War Front colt had the form to take this, and on outing number three he made the breakthrough, but not before being pressed hard by Goodthingstaketime. A neck split them at the line.

Fleet Review and Goodthingstaketime left Freescape seven and a half lengths back in third.

"He had two decent runs and the nicer ground today suited. It's nice to get his head in front," said the winning rider.


"He travelled strong and they quickened up well. I'd say the second horse isn't too bad and we pulled well clear of the third.
"He has plenty of pace and travelled well so I'm not sure he needs further."

The earlier O'Brien victor was Ballet Shoes in the 1.45.

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Ballet Shoes off the mark at the Curragh

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The Aidan O'Brien trained Ballet Shoes got off the mark on her second start, as she took the opener at the Curragh this afternoon, the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Fillies Maiden.

A good fifth on her debut at Naas last month, the daughter of Galileo went off a 7/4 joint-favourite this afternoon.

New To Town was the other joint-favourite, and she went sent to the front after a couple of furlongs, with Ballet Shoes settling in second.

The Donnacha O'Brien ridden victor came under pressure a furlong and a half from home, and she soon closed on the leader, hitting the front inside the final 150 yards, before going on to score by a length and a half.

New To Town had to settle for second under Kevin Manning for Jim Bolger, while the easy to back Adaliya (9/1) was a further two and a quarter lengths away in third with Pat Smullen in the saddle for Mick Halford.

"I didn't have a whole lot to do with her at home but I rode her work two weeks ago and loved her," said Donnacha O'Brien.


"I asked Dad if we could run her here and she's a really nice filly. I like her."
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DC in King George Stakes Mix 



Washington DC is the sole Irish hopeful among 13 possibles for Friday's Qatar King George Stakes at Goodwood following the confirmation stage.

Aidan O'Brien's sprinter has disappointed in the Temple Stakes and King's Stand on his last couple of starts but was only beaten a neck by Take Cover in this Group Two last year.



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Ballydoyle Big Guns could meet in Moyglare 

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29.07
Aidan O'Brien has further outlined plans for star juvenile fillies Clemmie and September.

The Ballydoyle handler has a wealth of talent in the division this year, with September the ante-post favourite for next year's 1000 Guineas, Clemmie second-favourite and Thursday's Silver Flash Stakes winner Happily third in the betting.

September has not been seen since winning the Chesham Stakes at Royal Ascot, while Clemmie - a full-sister to this year's dual 2000 Guineas hero Churchill - has bounced back from Royal Ascot disappointment to win the Grangecon Stud Stakes at the Curragh and the Duchess of Cambridge Stakes at Newmarket.

O'Brien said: "I'd say Clemmie will go straight for the Moyglare, and September might go to the Debutante on the way (to the Moyglare)."

The National Breast Cancer Research Debutante Stakes takes place at the Curragh on August 20, with the Moyglare Stud Stakes run at the same track on September 10.


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Winter ready for step up in Nassau
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28/07
Dual Classic winner Winter tops 11 confirmations for the Nassau Stakes at Goodwood on Thursday.

Aidan O'Brien's filly has carried all before her over a mile with victories in the English and Irish 1000 Guineas and the Coronation Stakes.

She might now step up to a mile and a quarter for the first time in search of a fourth successive Group One triumph.

Winter could be joined by stablemates Hydrangea and Rain Goddess.





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Belgravia Brings up Ballydoyle 4 timer at Leopardstown 


Belgravia wrapped up a memorable evening for Aidan O'Brien at Leopardstown when making it four on the night for Ballydoyle in the Horse Racing Organisation Of Greece SA Race.

Clongowes proved a tough customer after making the running in the mile-and-a-half contest but was worn down close home by Belgravia.

Donnacha O'Brien sent his mount after the front-runner two furlongs from home but he had to work hard to get on terms inside the final furlong.

The Godolphin colt dug deep but had to give way close home asBelgravia edged ahead to gain a hard fought neck success.

The winner was taking a drop in grade having been sixth in the Group 2 Curragh Cup earlier in the month.

“A mile and six might have been stretching him a bit (last time) and back to a mile and a half he was a little bit better,” said O'Brien senior.


“Because he’s lazy you think he’s going to stay. Donnacha gave him a peach and he’s hard to just drop on the line.
“We always thought that he would stay further but a mile and a quarter or a mile and a half is his trip.”

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The Pentagon takes out the Tyros Stakes 


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The Pentagon hit top gear inside the final furlong to add his name to an illustrious role of honour in the Tyros Stakes at Leopardstown.

The Ballydoyle colt was sent off a 4/11 shot for the Group 3 contest following a highly impressive maiden win at the Curragh 12 days ago.

Ryan Moore sat in behind the leaders on the hotpot and when he asked him to quicken a furlong-and-a-half out it took a few strides for the Galileo colt to gather himself.

He hit top gear inside the final furlong, getting to the front inside the final 150 yards, and was in control in the closing stages as he posted a length-and-three-quarter success.

Theobald stuck on well for second as Would Be King finished on the rail to get within half a length of him.

“He learned a lot today. Ryan felt that he was very raw, and it was only when he went past the line that he really got to straighten himself up. He said he went past the line and he took off,” said O'Brien.


“It was good that he had to get out there and teach him a bit. He’s a middle distance horse but not stuck to the ground as we saw at the Curragh.
"David and Diane Nagle bred him and he’s out of an Aga Khan mare. He could go for the Futurity.

“He’s a very good mover and wouldn’t mind fast ground.”

Previous Ballydoyle winners of the race include Rip Van Winkle, Cape Blanco, Zoffany, Gleneagles and Churchill while it has also been won by the likes of New Approach and Teofilo.

Paddy Power were impressed shortening the winner into 8/1 favourite for next year's Derby from 12/1. They also make him 12/1 from 20/1 for the 2,000 Guineas.

Boylesports went 10/1 (from 14/1) for the Derby and Coral are now 12/1 (from 16/1).

(Additional reporting by Alan Magee)



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Happily Cruises in Silver Flash 




Happily looked a filly right out of the top drawer when streaking clear of her rivals in the closing stages of the Group 3 Silver Flash Stakes at Leopardstown this evening.

The strongly supported 8/11 favourite (11/10 this morning) tracked the leaders in the seven furlong contest before Ryan Moore moved closer two furlongs from home.

The full-sister to Gleneagles was asked to hit the front over a furlong from home and the further she went the better she got.

Aidan O'Brien's charge found another gear inside the final 150 yards as she quickened up for a five-length success.

Shalailah, who had chased her home in a Curragh maiden last time out, once again filled the runner-up spot.

"She's lovely and came forward well again.You would have to be delighted with that, and Ryan is very happy with her,” said O'Brien.


"She could go for the Debutante next. I'd say Clemmie will go straight for the Moyglare, and September might go to the Debutante on the way (to the Moyglare).
"She picked them up very easily. Donnacha loved her the first day and the second time, and I'd say she has jumped again."

Paddy Power shortened the winner into 16/1 from 25/1 for next year's 1,000 Guineas.

(Additional reporting by Alan Magee)


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Delano delivers on debut at Leopardstown 




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Aidan O’Brien saddled a 1-2 in the Frank Conroy Irish EBF Maiden at Leopardstown but the result was a surprise to most with Delano Roosevelt making a successful debut by touching off the odds-on Coat Of Arms.

The 4/6 favourite looked set to score when a couple of lengths up inside the final furlong but was unable to hold the late surge of his well-bred stable-companion.

Wayne Lordan’s mount, by Galileo out of the Irish 1,000 Guineas winner Again, came home well to just get up in the final strides.

Warm The Voice also made a promising debut staying on a further length and a half away in third.

O’Brien said, “He’s a lovely big horse with a big engine, and galloped home well. He’s by Galileo out of a very good mare, and is still very green. He’s obviously a fair horse but where we go now is the next problem.

“There are no races for winners so you have to put them straight into stakes races. A horse like this wins a maiden and then they get pitched in too deep straight away. It would be great to have some of those novice races that they have in England which are a great idea.

“Ryan was happy with his horse. He just said when he got there he waited on them.”
Boylesports have introduced Delano Roosevelt at 20/1 for the 2018 Investec Derby.


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Reeler Defends His Crown Against Enable

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27.07

Highland Reel will defend his King George VI And Queen Elizabeth Stakes crown when facing nine rivals at Ascot on Saturday.

Aidan O'Brien's five-year-old has won six times at the highest level overall and will line up on the back of a determined success in the Prince of Wales's Stakes at the Royal meeting last month.

The Ballydoyle handler also saddles Highland Reel's brother, Idaho, another Royal Ascot winner in the Hardwicke Stakes.

Enable is likely to provide the chief threat to the Irish raiding party.

John Gosden's star filly was an impressive winner of the Oaks at Epsom and followed up in scintillating style in the Irish equivalent at the Curragh a fortnight ago.

Gosden also runs Jack Hobbs, an easy winner of the Sheema Classic in Dubai before disappointing on fast ground at Royal Ascot in the Prince of Wales's Stakes, while another stablemate, Maverick Wave, is expected to employ pace-making duties.

Sir Michael Stoute's Eclipse winner Ulysses steps back up in trip to a mile and a half.

A third winner from Ascot's big meeting in June taking part is Saeed bin Suroor's Benbatl, who was fifth in the Derby before winning the Hampton Court Stakes.

David Simcock runs Eclipse third Desert Encounter, while the in-form Clive Cox is represented by My Dream Boat, fourth in the Grand Prix de Saint-Cloud when last seen.

International interests are catered for by the South American challenger Sixties Song, ridden by Gerald Mosse.

Those not declared include the Charlie Appleby-trained pair of Hawksbill and Frontiersman, Mark Johnston's Dante and King Edward VII hero Permian and Algometer from Simcock's yard.



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The Pentagon Given Tyros Green Light 
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Aidan O'Brien has claimed the last three renewals of the Tyros Stakes, including with subsequent Guineas winners Gleaneagles and Churchill.

This year he relies upon Berkeley Square and The Pentagon, who won by eight and a half lengths last time out.

The Pentagon looked freakish on his last start and clearly is doing well at home Ryan Moore partners the Galileo colt. 

Frankel colt Nelson is set to make debut at Leopardstown tomorrow along with Delano Roosevelt a full brother to Indian Maharaja. Ryan Moore however goes for experience he will partner the full brother to Seventh Heaven named Coat of Arms who makes his 3rd start in the race.  

In the Silver Flash Stakes (Group3) Ryan rides Happily the full sister to Gleneagles with Easter Lily also taking her place both fillies broke their maidens last time out. Aidan has won the race 5 times including G1 winners Maybe & Together. 




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Deauville could follow Cape Blanco Route - Arlington Million Next 

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21.07
Aidan O'Brien is looking towards the Arlington Million for Deauville after his narrow defeat at Leopardstown.

Already a Grade One winner in America, Deauville needs to hear his hooves rattle and rain before the Meld Stakes on Thursday was not in his favour.

Nevertheless, he was still sent off the odds-on favourite but just failed to hold off Jim Bolger's Moonlight Magic.

"He ran a great race. The plan is to go to the Arlington Million and I wanted to run him. He loves hard, fast ground," said O'Brien.

"The winner is a good horse and had very good form. I thought he ran a very good race.

"We needed to get a run between now and Arlington. We could have gone to Ascot (Summer Mile) but it came up good to soft there.


"We took a chance but he needed to run. I'm delighted with him."



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Rose Brings up Ballydoyle Double 


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The well-backed Wild Irish Rose got up close home to land the Listed Irish Stallion Farms EBF Stanerra Stakes, completing a double on the card for Aidan O'Brien and Seamie Heffernan.

Ridden on all her previous starts by Aidan O'Brien, the daughter of Galileo recorded her first win at Fairyhouse on July 5th.

Available at 5/1 this morning, she opened at 3s on-course, and eventually went off the clear 7/4 favourite.

Settled towards rear, she was pushed along and raced wide into the straight, coming with her effort on the outer from the furlong pole.

It wasn't until the final 50 yards that she got to the front, as she kept on strongly to score by half a length.

Wingingit (4/1) couldn't hold off the winner in the closing stages, and she had to settle for second under Colin Keane for Noel Meade, while Tilly's Chilli (11/2) was three and a quarter lengths back in third for Colm O'Donoghue and Jessica Harrington.

"It was great. Ana won on her the last day and the time before when she rode her she said she doesn't like getting hit and not to hit her," said O'Brien.

"Ana rode her the last day in Fairyhouse and didn't hit her. Today she came with a lovely run but when Seamus gave her flick she didn't like it.

"Seamus said she's coming right now so that was great. Seamus gave her a great ride but when he gave her a backhander you could see her react. I didn't know that about her until Ana said it.

"Obviously she stays so she has a lot of options. She could go for the Park Hill in Doncaster, she looks that type of filly.

"She quickened today. She's a very well-bred filly and is closely related to Islington."

On Deauville O'Brien added: "He ran a great race. The plan is to go to the Arlington Million and I wanted to run him. He loves hard fast ground.

"The winner is a good horse and had very good form. I thought he ran a very good race.

"We needed to get a run between now and Arlington. We could have went to Ascot but it came up good to soft there.

"We took a chance but he needed to run. I'm delighted with him."

On his daughter Ana, O'Brien concluded by saying: "Everything is going good so far thank God."

Additional reporting by Gary Carson

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The walls come down as Jericho wins at Leopardstown 

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Battle Of Jericho got off the mark at the third time of asking with a good front-running performance in the opening maiden at Leopardstown.

Seamie Heffernan bounced out in front on the 4/5 favourite and he asked him to stretch passing the furlong pole.

The War Front colt always looked in control even as his advantage was eaten into close home by the promising debutant Man Power.<Battle Of Jericho had been third over course and distance on his debut last month before finishing fourth at the Curragh behind Ballydoyle stable-mate U S Navy Flag last time.

“He ran a lovely race here on his first run and then he ran a good race at the Curragh the last day,” said Heffernan.

“I had a good draw and he won well. He was idling and he has a lot of ability.

“The ground might be a little bit slower than they are giving but that's only my opinion.”



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Dr treating Ana "all her injuries are curable Hopefully the MRI scans will go well. Ana is likely to be out of action for 3 to 4 months. She's amazing".

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Aidan Eying Vintage Stakes next for The Pentagon


18.07
Exciting two-year-old Curragh scorer The Pentagon could be seen next at Glorious Goodwood.

The Aidan O'Brien-trained Galileo colt was perhaps the most visually impressive winner of Irish Oaks day, in the Club Godolphin Irish European Breeders Fund Maiden that opened the card.

Ridden by the Ballydoyle handler's daughter, Ana, the 9-2 chance made most of the running and pulled eight and a half lengths clear at the line. A step up in class is now on the cards.

Kevin Buckley, Coolmore's UK representative, said: "It is two weeks away, but at this stage the Vintage Stakes could potentially see The Pentagon run. He was very impressive in Ireland on Saturday.

"We will probably have a look at the Richmond Stakes with US Army Flag after his second in the July Stakes at Newmarket."



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National Stakes next for talented Gustav
18.07
Image result for gustav klimt horse Aidan O'Brien plans to give Gustav Kilmt a short break before preparing him for a first shot at top-level company in the Goffs Vincent O'Brien National Stakes. The Ballydoyle handler has earmarked the seven-furlong contest at the Curragh on September 10 as the most likely target for the two-year-old, who is favourite for next year's Qipco 2000 Guineas. After opening his account on his second start at the County Kildare track, the son of Galileo followed up at Newmarket last Saturday when overcoming trouble in running to land the Group Two Superlative Stakes. O'Brien said: "We were very happy with him. He went there for experience. He had a nice run first time, then he won his maiden at the Curragh. "He would have learned a lot the last day, travelling over. He had to quicken and come through, as he didn't get a clear run. "Often it is very good for the horse to experience all that stuff and learn a lot in a short space of time. "The plan is that he might have an easy time, then train him for the National Stakes."



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Winter on course for Nassau Stakes 
18/07
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Winter will step up to 10 furlongs for the first time in the Qatar Nassau Stakes at Glorious Goodwood on August 3.

Formerly trained by the now-retired David Wachman, Aidan O'Brien's filly has been one of the success stories of the season, running a promising race on her reappearance and going on to capture the English and Irish 1000 Guineas, as well as the Coronation Stakes at Royal Ascot.

The grey daughter of Galileo has yet to race beyond a mile but O'Brien is not expecting the trip to be a problem.

Speaking by telephone at a Qatar Goodwood Festival lunch in London, he said: "That is the plan, she has been good since Ascot. She is very straightforward and she does everything very naturally. We're happy with her at the moment.

"Looking at her performances at Newmarket and the Curragh, and even Ascot, you would think it (distance) should be in her compass.

"We are looking forward to seeing her run over a mile and quarter."


Frankie Dettori admits he is facing a "difficult" decision when it comes to his Nassau mount.

With John Gosden able to call on both Musidora Stakes winner Shutter Speed and returning Group One-placed filly So Mi Dar, the ever-popular Italian will have a tough choice to make.

The Khalid Abdullah-owned Shutter Speed was last seen finishing a close fourth in the Prix de Diane, while So Mi Dar is on the comeback trail having not run since her third to Speedy Boarding in the Prix de l'Opera at Chantilly in October.

Dettori said: "It's a very tough choice for me to make, with So Mi Dar in the picture as well. I've not ridden either of them for a while and I'll be putting my legs across them next week.

"It's a very hard choice, as both at their best are potentially top-drawer. It's a nice problem, but also a very difficult one as well.

"So Mi Dar is a wonderful mare, she's had a troubled spring but is in full work now and it's all systems go."



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George out of Goodwood rematch *

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17.07
An eagerly-awaited rematch between Big Orange and Order Of St George in the Qatar Goodwood Cup is off the agenda.

The victory of the Michael Bell-trained Big Orange over defending Gold Cup champion Order Of St George was arguably the highlight of this year's Royal Ascot, and many had been looking forward to round two in a race to be run as a Group One for the first time this year.

However, Aidan O'Brien revealed on Monday: "The plan is to go there with US Army Ranger, and Order Of St George will probably not be running in the race. He's having a little bit of a midsummer break and he'll probably have a prep run for the Irish St Leger, then an autumn campaign."

Looking forward to the Qatar-sponsored Goodwood Festival in general, where the Ballydoyle trainer will run the likes of Churchill (Sussex Stakes) and Winter (Nassau Stakes), O'Brien added: "Obviously we are really looking forward to it, as it is one of the meetings of the season.

"We really look forward to it every year, but this year more so than ever."



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Churchill aiming to bounce back in Sussex

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Churchill will aim to get back on track in the Qatar Sussex Stakes.

Having won the 2000 Guineas at Newmarket before following up in the Irish version, the son of Galileo was a red-hot favourite for the St James's Palace Stakes at the Royal meeting.

He could only finish fourth behind Barney Roy, beaten four and a half lengths, but will take on older horses for the first time at Glorious Goodwood on August 2.

Trainer Aidan O'Brien said: "Everything has been well since Ascot and the plan for him is go to the Sussex Stakes. That's what we're aiming him at at the moment and we're very happy with him.

"Nothing came to light regarding Ascot, he seemed to be fine. It was a very hot day in Ireland and a very hot day in England, and maybe it was the combination of travelling and warm weather.

"He seems to be in good form and has come out of it well."



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Roly Poly could be sent to France next 

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17.07
Roly Poly could be set for a trip to Deauville for the Prix Rothschild on July 30th.

Aidan O'Brien's War Front filly chased home brilliant stable companion Winter in the Irish 1,000 Guineas and Coronation Stakes but enjoyed her day in the sun when claiming her first Group One success in the Tattersalls Falmouth Stakes at Newmarket on Friday.

O'Brien said: "Roly Poly is grand. She got a little bit galloped into behind, but she seems to be fine and hopefully it won't be a problem.

"We might look at the Rothschild in France for her, but we'll decide in a week or 10 days."

Clemmie was another big winner at Newmarket for Ballydoyle, with Churchill's full-sister coming out on top in the Duchess of Cambridge Stakes.

O'Brien said: "Clemmie is in good form. There is probably no point coming back for the Debutante now and if she didn't go there she could go on to the Moyglare.


"She knows enough now if she doesn't run in the Debutante. We were delighted with her."
Gustav Klimt was promoted to 2000 Guineas favouritism following his win in the Superlative Stakes.

O'Brien said: "Obviously we'll look at the National Stakes with him. We would usually go to the Futurity (before the National Stakes), so we'll probably look at something like that with him.

"He mightn't have to do the Futurity and could go straight for the National Stakes."



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Minding Retires in 7th Spot 






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We've said goodbye to Minding and hello to her little sister  Conquest who ran with promise. Beautifully captured by David Betts 

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Valor Demolishes Minstrel Rivals


15.07
Spirit Of Valor produced a smart front-running performance to claim the Qatar Airways Minstrel Stakes at the Curragh.

The Ballydoyle colt had bounced back to form with a big run to finish second in the Jersey Stakes at Royal Ascot last month and confirmed that improvement in the Group Two seven-furlong prize today.

The 5/2 joint favourite stayed on well for Ryan Moore inside the final furlong to post a convincing length-and-three-quarter success.

So Beloved just edged a tight finish for the runner-up spot from fellow raider Stormy Atlantic.

Dutch Connection was the other market leader but faded in the closing stages to finish sixth.

“Over six or seven furlongs on fast ground he's obviously a real good horse,” said O'Brien.

“He had a very good run in Ascot. We tried him at a mile the first day and it was stretching him a bit. Then we came back on a mile on soft ground.
“Ryan was very happy with him. There were horses with good form in that race.

“We might have a look at the Lennox in Goodwood or something like that.

“There's no doubt he's improving. He's by War Front so he would like nice ground and the reason they do is because they are all fast horses.”

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Maurice de Gheest target for Caravaggio

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Caravaggio could be seen next in the Prix Maurice de Gheest at Deauville over six and a half furlongs on August 6.

The Aidan O'Brien-trained colt lost his unbeaten record when fourth in the Darley July Cup won by the Clive Cox-trained, Adam Kirby-ridden Harry Angel at Newmarket on Saturday.

O'Brien's charge had finished in front of the Cox runner when winning the Commonwealth Cup at Royal Ascot and was sent off the 10-11 favourite to confirm the form on the July Course.

O'Brien said: "He's good. I thought he ran very well. He ran a good race and we should be praising the winner Harry Angel as well as Clive, Adam and Sheikh Mohammed. We ran a good race, but the winner was very good on the day.

"It was one of those days, they are only flesh and blood and we'll look forward to him the next day.

"The lads will obviously decide what's next, but John (Magnier) was just saying that we might have a look at the Maurice de Gheest.

"He was just saying that to me this morning, but we'll see how he is after a week or 10 days. I think the Everest (in Australia) is still on the table. If he went to France that could be very much on still.

"After France the lads would have to make a decision what they want to do. Whether they want to go to Australia. I imagine if he was going there he would have to have a little break.

"Either that or he'd just keep going on, to York or somewhere. We'll try to get to the next one first and see how we go."


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Lizzie Shines in Kilboy 


15.07

Elizabeth Browning stormed from last to first to cause a bit of a shock in the Kilboy Estate Stakes at the Curragh today.

Seamie Heffernan sat last on the 12/1 shot in the Group 2 contest before pulling wide in the straight.

The Aidan O'Brien-trained filly quickened smartly to lead inside the final furlong and record a length-and-three-quarter success in the nine-furlong event.

The winner had been third in the Naas Oaks Trial on her most recent outing.

“Seamus gave her a great ride. She's a filly we've always thought had a lot of ability and she missed a lot of lines,” said O'Brien.

“She's starting to get it together and on her last few runs she's starting to back up.

“It's a great race for fillies at this time of year. It's fits in perfect.

“She'll stay a bit further, she was coming home well.”





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Asking Heads Ballydoyle Four In Cairn Rouge


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15.07

Asking spearheads a four-pronged Aidan O'Brien assault on the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Cairn Rouge Stakes at Killarney on Monday evening.

Having contested a couple of Classics before running sixth in the Sandringham at Royal Ascot, the daughter of Zoffany picked up a decent handicap at the Irish Derby fixture before making the frame in the Brownstown Stakes at Fairyhouse.

She is joined in this Listed line-up by stable companions Music Box, Old Time Waltz and Puppetshow, while O'Brien's son Joseph is represented by Dilmun and Ruby Shoes.

After Asking, the Jessica Harrington-trained Drumfad Bay boasts the highest official rating but she was beaten a long way in the Sandringham.

Harrington gives Painting Pictures her next step up the ladder in the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Median Auction Race.

The Roderic O'Connor filly was an impressive winner on her Roscommon introduction and is in receipt of 5lb from Lethal Steps, who narrowly justified market support on his Leopardstown debut and is in the National Stakes.

Path Of Silver has been a revelation since the cheekpieces were applied and Richard Brabazon's filly goes for the hat-trick in the International Hotel Handicap.

Danny Sheehy takes over in the saddle from Oisin Orr, but Orr has decent claims in the Dermot O'Leary Flesk Restaurant Memorial Handicap on Weightfordave, who has been costly to follow but will pop up sooner or later.

There is also jumping action, the pick of which is the Irish Examiner Handicap Hurdle, where California Soul and Whoyakodding lock horns again after taking minor honours at Gowran Park last month.

Willie Mullins will be hoping to finally get a victory into the frustrating Sharps Choice in the Thanks For The Memories Colm The Gooch Cooper Maiden Hurdle, and the champion trainer continues Sapphire Lady's education in the Killarney Racegoers Club Mares Flat Race.


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Air Supremacy Brings Up Aidan's Treble


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15.07

Air Supremacy brought up a treble for Aidan O'Brien and a double for Seamie Heffernan when making virtually all in the concluding mile and a half maiden.

The Galileo colt was soon sent into the lead by Heffernan, ironically in this Heffernan Tyres Maiden, but was challenged by Ringside Support racing towards the final furlong.

Air Supremacy, the 9/10 favourite, refused to yield though, as he kept finding for Heffernan and asserted inside the final furlong to win by a length and three parts. Ringside Support took second at 4/1.

The well-backed Sing Like The Sea fared best of John Oxx's three runners in third of the five runners, beaten four lengths. He went off 5/2 from 9/2 in the morning.

Seamie Heffernan said: “He's a horse with a fair amount of ability and he's still babyish. There is plenty more to come from him.

“He learned plenty from the last day as that track would have been a bit unusual for him as it's not like any of our gallops.


“It's about improvement, he's improving and that's what you want. There is still a fair bit to come from him.”<Air Supremacy was stepping up on a pair of runner-up finishes here and in Bellewstown.
O'Brien enjoyed success earlier on the card with The Pentagon and Actress with Heffernan partnering the latter.

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Anglesey Victor Actress is Declaration of War's First Stakes winner 




15.07

Actress sprang a 7/1 surprise in the five runner Group Three Anglesey Stakes over an extended six furlongs in the Curragh.

Aidan O'Brien's filly raced in a close third on the outer of hot-favourite Brother Bear and Theobald who disputed the lead.

She was on terms at halfway and once Brother Bear was asked for his effort in the final quarter of a mile he hung left as he did in the Coventry at Royal Ascot.

Actress kept gun-barrel straight and held a definite lead in the final furlong. She galloped home under Seamie Heffernan to win by a length and three quarters.

Theobald, on his second start after winning a mile maiden at Leopardstown, kept on for second at 10/3. Brother Bear (evens favourite) was half a length back in third having drifted over to the stand-side rail.

Seamie Heffernan said: "I rode her last week over five and I thought they didn't go quick enough for me as I thought she was an out-and-out sprinter.


“I didn't think she'd see out the trip as well today but I kept her at it. If they have a bit of pace and want to go forward it's better to leave them at it.
“I knew when I saw Kevin (Manning on Theobald) give his horse a slap I had him beaten and then I could see Colm (O'Donoghue) getting further away from me. I was fairly confident after giving her one tap it was mine.

“I'd say being by Declaration Of War the fast ground is a fair help.

"She had a very good run last week in Tipperary and she's hardy. It has taken her a while to come but when Aidan's two year-olds come they can take racing.

"I was drawn in the middle of the track and I came up the middle of the track. I tried to uncomplicate things, she won very easily."

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Classy Gustav overcomes serious trouble to win Superlative 





15.07

Gustav Klimt overcame serious trouble in running to win the Group Two bet365 Superlative Stakes at Newmarket.

Ryan Moore had the juvenile settled in just behind the pace but was asking his mount to quicken when the gaps closed on him.

Moore immediately opted to switch to the far side of the track, eventually emerging against the rail where the drifting Nebo joined him for company with the field spread across the whole track.

Great Prospector finished strongly away from that pair but was never quite getting there as Moore drove the well-backed 5/6 favourite home to record a narrow success.

Moore said: "He's a very good horse. I really liked him on both of his (previous) starts.

"The gap was there and just when we went to go in there we sort of rolled and he was pinched out of it.

"He ran really green because he'd never been in tight, but it was a very good performance to get back up from there.

"He's a really nice horse with a lot of potential. He settles very well and he's got a very good turn of foot."

Sky Bet cut Gustav Klimt to 7/1 from 16/1 for the Qipco 2000 Guineas and to 14/1 (from 20s) for the Investec Derby.




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The Pentagon destroys rivals in Curragh Opener 




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15.07

The Pentagon put in a very taking performance when absolutely pulverising the opposition in the seven furlong juvenile maiden at the Curragh.

Aidan O'Brien's Galileo colt was having his second start after finishing sixth in a soft-ground maiden over course and distance last month. He was a revelation though, on this good to firm ground today.

Aidan O'Brien sent him into the lead after a furlong and the pair were clear with a quarter of a mile to travel.

The pursuers, led by 2/1 favourite Bond Street, were all off the bridle asThe Pentagon moved further clear in the final furlong to win as he pleased by eight and a half lengths.

From a top price of 14/1 in the morning, the winner was returned at 9/2. Medal of Honour (10/3) got up for second by a neck from Bond Street.

“He did it nicely and he's a nice colt. He travelled easy and went forward well when I asked him. We didn't hack (along) and he picked up off it,” Aidan O'Brien said.


“He made his own way home and did it the hard way. It was soft ground the first day he ran and he liked that better ground today. It is beautiful good to firm ground."
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Roly Poly Victorious in Falmouth 

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14.07

Roly Poly made the most of Winter's absence to win the Group One Tattersalls Falmouth Stakes at Newmarket's Moet et Chandon July Festival.

The Aidan O'Brien-trained three-year-old has chased home her illustrious stablemate in Group Ones the last twice and had little difficulty in gaining a deserved top level success of her own.

Ryan Moore jumped her out and quickly secured the stands' side rail with the field stacked up behind the 6/4 favourite.

The long-absent Wuheida - reckoned to be about 88% fit for her eagerly anticipated reappearance by trainer Charlie Appleby - briefly loomed up on her outside to try and launch a challenge.

Moore kicked again though and the result never looked in doubt as Roly Poly ran on strongly to complete a Group race double on the day for Moore, O'Brien and owners Coolmore.

Moore said: "It went very well. Her last two runs were very good runs behind Winter.

"She improved right through the spring and deserved to win a Group One. She was touched off in the Cheveley Park last year. She's just a very tough and very honest filly."

Part-owner Michael Tabor said: "It still means a lot. If it didn't, I guess I wouldn't be here. Simple as that. I love it and love to see the horses win. Long may it continue.

"This filly is pretty small, she loves this ground and she's trained on to be a very good three-year-old."

Appleby was thrilled with the performance of Wuheida, saying: "I'm delighted. She's travelled well throughout and as William (Buick) said, she's just gone for her girths (got tired), which is what I expected to be honest.

"Her class has taken her to where she is today and I'd be pretty confident she's going to take a good leap forward.

"As regards trip, William felt she may even have got a bit quicker since last year. I was thinking after this we might be looking to go up to 10 (furlongs), but we might stick to around a mile.

"Let's let the dust settle, see how she is tomorrow morning and make a plan from there."

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Classy Clemmie now a Group 2 Winner 


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14.07

Clemmie, a full-sister to this year's dual 2000 Guineas hero Churchill, claimed top honours in the Duchess of Cambridge Stakes.


Aidan O'Brien's filly was a shade disappointing in the Albany Stakes at Royal Ascot, but bounced back to win a Group Three at the Curragh less than a fortnight ago.


Stepped up to Group Two level, she was the 11/8 favourite under Ryan Moore and travelled well in behind main market rival Nyaleti for much of the six-furlong contest.


Moore asked his mount to take closer order racing inside the final two furlongs and Clemmie quickened up smartly to hit the front and she galloped all the way to the line to score decisively by a length and three-quarters.


Nyaleti, runner-up in the Chesham Stakes at the Royal meeting, boxed on for second ahead of Mamba Noire in third.


Moore said: "She's just progressed with every run, which is typical of one of Aidan's two-year-olds. She's just got better and better.


"She was good in the Group Three the last day and was better today. I thought she did that very easily."


Sky Bet cut Clemmie to 7/1 (from 14s) for next year's Qipco 1000 Guineas, with her stablemate September the 5/1 favourite.


Moore added: "I'd say she (Clemmie) is the best (two-year-old) filly we've seen out this year. She's won a six-furlong Group Two in July, she's got the pedigree to do it and she's got the trainer.


"She's got every chance."


Part-owner Michael Tabor said: "You have to be impressed. Obviously she's improving all the time and she wants six furlongs, but more would suit her.


"We were all hopeful she'd go to the top on her breeding. As we know she's a full-sister to Churchill.


"We can't ask for better than that and she's one to look forward to.


"She's won as if she wants seven furlongs and hopefully she'll be a Guineas horse for next year."


He added: "She's already had three races and I really don't know what Aidan wants to do.


"He trains the horse and no decision has been made on where she'll go, but he'll probably have another race in mind, I suppose.


"Obviously we'll gradually step her up, I think she'll handle a Group One all right and it could be the Moyglare (Curragh, September 10).


"September is obviously very good as well and these are high-class problems, to have two fillies like that."


Parfait ran out a comprehensive winner of the bet365-sponsored Silver Bunbury Cup.


John Gosden's charge had bolted up over the course and distance on his penultimate start before finishing fourth in the Jersey Stakes at Royal Ascot.


Reverting to handicap company for the consolation race for Saturday's Bunbury Cup, the Godolphin-owned three-year-old was the 5/2 favourite under William Buick and having led the group that raced closest to the stands rail for the duration of the seven-furlong contest, he passed the post two lengths clear of Makzeem.


Fawaareq and Swift Approval finished third and fourth respectively.


Buick said: "He broke well and got to the lead and there wasn't much pace around me. He likes racing that way and it really suits him.


"This horse has really turned a corner. He ran well at Ascot and today he's done it very well.


"There's more to come from him as he's got some confidence back now."


Gosden said: "He was taking on older horses and he has done it well. He got the rail again and he is growing up. William said not only is he growing in confidence, but he is growing in confidence with him.


"I think the cheekpieces and that rail helped a lot. He won here with Martin Dwyer and he flew down the far rail that day.


"This horse has always had a lot of ability, it is a matter of having confidence in himself.


"He has come out of a Group Three and we might look at a Listed race. We will stick at seven furlongs. There are some nice races at Goodwood."


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Aidan "Minding was an incredible filly" 

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Aidan O'Brien has paid tribute to the brilliant Minding following her retirement from racing on Thursday.

14.07

The daughter of Galileo struck at Group One level on seven occasions, including Classic wins in the 1000 Guineas at Newmarket and the Investec Oaks at Epsom last season.

O'Brien said: "She was an incredible filly and was one of the best fillies I have trained. What she did was just incredible because she ran at the top level between a mile and a mile and a half as a three-year-old. To win five Group Ones at three is amazing really.

"She had the most brilliant physique and a wonderful pedigree. Above all, it was her mind that made her special because she was such a pleasure to deal with and had a brilliant attitude.

"She was incredibly well-named."

Minding rounded off her three-year-old campaign when beating Ribchester in the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes at Ascot and was hugely impressive on her reappearance in the Mooresbridge Stakes at Naas.

However, a subsequent setback ruled her out for the summer and eventually forced connections to call time on her career.

"She injured her pastern and John (Halley, vet) just wasn't happy for her to resume training yet," O'Brien continued.

"At this stage, we felt it would be a bit of a struggle to get her back for the remainder of the season so the lads decided that the best option was to retire her as she was too important.

"It was just going to take too much time with her, and while she will be absolutely fine, we felt that we were just running out of time for this season."

Minding will now be take up broodmare duties and O'Brien is looking forward to the next chapter in her career.

He told www.coolmore.com: "We were very excited about what this year might hold for her as she had done incredibly well from three to four. She retained all of her pace and enthusiasm for racing. Unfortunately, it didn't work out but she will be something to look forward to at stud.

"An awful lot of people played a vital part in her career and without them it would not have been possible and of course Ryan (Moore) rode her brilliantly in all of her races at three.

"Seamus (Heffernan) played a huge part in Minding's career as he rode her in all of her work and he was on board when she won her maiden at Leopardstown as well as when she won the Moyglare Stakes at the Curragh.

"It was just a massive team effort and I would like to thank everybody who played a role in her success."

In total Minding won nine of her 13 starts and £2,344,930 in prize-money.



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Smart Lily off the mark 


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13.07

"She broke smart and travelled easy, and had her race won at the furlong marker and just had a little look then. She's a nice filly," said Donnacha O'Brien after winning the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Fillies Maiden (Plus 10 Race) at Leopardstown on Easter Lily.


Fourth when favourite behind subsequent Royal Ascot winner and stable companion September in a track and trip maiden five weeks ago, here as the 2/1 market-leader Ballydoyle's Easter Lily accounted for Adaliya by a length and three parts.


Active Approach was an eye-catcher for Godolphin and Jim Bolger back in third.


"She quickened well and just idled a bit in front. She's a little bit on it at home but feels like a filly that will stay a mile this year if she relaxes. If she does things right I think she will be a lovely filly," elaborated the winning rider.

"The ground is safe but quick at the same time."


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Galileo's Greatest ever Daughter Minding Retired 

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13.07

Brilliant filly Minding, the winner of seven Group One races, has been retired.


The daughter of Galileo had not been seen in competitive action since making an impressive start to the campaign in the Mooresbridge Stakes at Naas in early May after suffering a setback.


Aidan O'Brien had hoped to welcome the filly back into training earlier this month, but revealed she was not yet ready to return to exercise, after further X-rays carried out by vet John Halley, and cautioned about her racing future.


And O'Brien's daughter, Ana, tweeted on Thursday: "Wishing Minding a happy retirement as she just left for Coolmore today. #Minding #SpecialFilly."


Minding struck at the top level as a two-year-old when winning the Moyglare Stud Stakes and Fillies' Mile, and completed a Classic double the following season in the Qipco 1000 Guineas and Investec Oaks, having surprisingly been beaten in the Irish Guineas.


Her last big-race success came in October, when beating Ribchester in the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes at Ascot.

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Classy Caravaggio faces 9 in July Cup

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13/07

Caravaggio heads a select field of 10 for Saturday's Darley July Cup at Newmarket.


The exciting son of Scat Daddy, trained by Aidan O'Brien, will face older sprinters for the first time as he tries to take his perfect record to seven.


His latest success came in the Commonwealth Cup at Royal Ascot where he produced a devastating burst of speed to defeat Harry Angel by three-quarters of a length. Clive Cox's young colt reopposes in what promises to be an intruiging clash of the generations.


The other three-year-old in the line-up is Intelligence Cross from the O'Brien stable.


Leading the older brigade is last year's winner Limato, who aims to become only the third horse since the Second World War to record back-to-back victories. Only Abernant (1949 and 1950) and Right Boy (1958 and 1959) have succeeded in defending their crown.


Henry Candy's five-year-old showed he was returning to his best form when a close third to The Tin Man in the Diamond Jubilee Stakes at Royal Ascot.



The Tin Man, trained by James Fanshawe, is on course to attempt a big six-furlong double.

Tasleet, who was only beaten a neck when second in the Diamond Jubilee, also renews rivalry.


Completing the line-up are Kevin Ryan's Brando, the David O'Meara-trained Intisaab and Richard Fahey's duo of Growl and Mr Lupton.


The five withdrawals at the 48-hour final declaration stage were Cougar Mountain, Glass Office, Washington DC, Peace Envoy and Pedestal.



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Timeform Global Rankings European Division Ballydoyle Spotlight & News 2017 - 16 Ballydoyle Residents among the rankings 

 



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Diodorus brings up Ballydoyle Dundalk double  


12/07

Trainer Aidan O’Brien and his jockey son Donnacha O’Brien teamed up for the second leg of personal doubles for both men at Dundalk today as 95 rated Diodorus (4/9f) broke his maiden status with a hard fought win in the Download The Ladbrokes App Maiden.


Jockey O’Brien needed to be at his strongest on Diodorus, runner-up in last October’s Eyrefield Stakes at Leopardstown, as the son of Galileo eventually fought back to beat WInston Wolfe by a neck, to win at the seventh attempt.


The O’Briens were earlier successful when combining with different family members as father Aidan supplied daughter Ana O’Brien with a winner on Nutcracker Suite while Donnacha’s earlier success was on board his brother Joseph O’Brien’s Dilmun.


Both Dilmun and Diodorus were bred and are owned by the Niarchos family's Flaxman Stables Ireland Ltd.


Following Diodorus’ win, Donnacha O’Brien stated “I thought he'd win easier than that but the blinkers are there for a reason. He has ability but getting it out of him is a bit more of a problem."


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Nutcracker Suite a maiden no more 


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12.07

The Aidan O’Brien trained Nutcracker Suite gained a maiden success at Dundalk today winning the Download The Ladbrokes App Handicap on her ninth career start under the trainer’s daughter Ana O’Brien.


The daughter of Fastnet Rock was today visiting Co Louth for the first time since her debut run at the venue last August, when finished seventh to subsequent dual 1,000 Guineas winner Winter and today battled well for her maiden win, from a rating of 64, by beating Melisandre by a length.


Jockey Ana O’Brien later commented “the drop in trip suited as she didn't seem to see out a mile the last day. She seemed to enjoy the surface as well."


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Clemmie Heading to Newmarket 

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12.07

Aidan O'Brien will rely on recent Group Three scorer Clemmie in the Duchess Of Cambridge Stakes at Newmarket on Friday.


The daughter of Galileo is a full-sister to this season's dual 2000 Guineas hero Churchill and will bid to follow in the footsteps of stablemate Roly Poly who claimed this very prize twelve months ago.


Ken Condon's Mamba Noire is a second Irish representative.


Royal Ascot runner-up Nyaleti will attempt to go one better when she lines up for trainer Mark Johnston.


After finding only ante-post 1000 Guineas favourite September too strong in the Chesham Stakes in Berkshire, the Arch filly will revert back to six furlongs for the Group Two contest on the July Course.


Queen Mary Stakes third Out Of The Flames will race beyond five furlongs for the first time in her career as she bids to give trainer Richard Hannon his second success in the race following the victory of Illuminate two years ago.


The nine-runner field is completed by Chica La Habana (Robert Cowell), Cosmopolitan Queen (David Elsworth), Darkanna (Richard Fahey), Mistress Of Venice (James Given) and So Hi Society (Archie Watson).



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Rain Goddess And Alluringly set for the Irish Oaks




11/07

Aidan O'Brien has confirmed Rain Goddess and Alluringly on course to run in the Darley Irish Oaks at the Curragh on Saturday.

The Ballydoyle handler has won the fillies' Classic on five occasions and looks set to be well represented in this year's renewal.

Rain Goddess is set to tackle a mile and a half for the first time after finding only Nezwaah too strong in the Pretty Polly Stakes a fortnight ago.

Alluringly was third in the Investec Oaks at Epsom before finishing sixth in the Ribblesdale Stakes at Royal Ascot.

Aidan could also call upon Pocketfullofdreams, Ruby Quest and Wild Irish Rose.

He said: "It is looking like Rain Goddess will run in the Irish Oaks on Saturday. We haven't done much with her since the Pretty Polly Stakes but we were pleased with that run and hopefully the trip will suit her on Saturday.

"Alluringly is also on course to run and we've left Pocketfullofdreams, Ruby Quest and Wild Irish Rose in the race and we'll take a look later in the week."


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U S Navy Flag & Wisconsin on duty at HQ Thursday 


11.07

U S Navy Flag is among the 12 declarations for Thursday's Arqana July Stakes at Newmarket.


Aidan O'Brien's colt won a maiden at the Curragh in good style at the start of the month and will attempt to reverse Coventry Stakes form with Rajasinghe.


Wisconsin will attempt to give Aidan O'Brien back-to-back victories in the Bahrain Trophy at Newmarket on Thursday.


The Ballydoyle handler won the race Three event 12 months ago with Housesofparliament and his son of Deep Impact is among the nine entries for this year's contest.


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Aidan Updates on Rhododendron Alice Springs & Promise to be True 


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11.07

Rhododendron "Rhododendron is grand and she is cantering away She's still on the easy list and we haven’t stepped her up in work just yet. Everything has been perfect since France, but because it was so traumatic for her we just have to take our time with her. We have our eye on the Breeders' Cup and maybe we might give her a prep beforehand, but we're not in any major panic just yet about plans; we're just concentrating on building her back up and are feeling our way."

Alice Springs "Alice Springs is in a similar situation to Rhododendron. She's back cantering every day and could go to the Breeders' Cup as well, but she'd definitely need a prep run beforehand."

Promise To Be True "She has been retired".


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4 from Ballydoyle left in the Grand Prix de Paris on Saturday; Venice Beach Orderofthegarter, Finn McCool & Spanish Steps. - Newmarket Saturday - Gustav Klimt in Superlative Stakes - Sizzling in the Maiden & Aidan has 7 in the July Cup - Including Caravaggio & DC


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Aidan's World Record Bid 2017 update obviously this roughly based on the 2016 tally and lots can change either way 


A.P.O'Brien Year By Year update


A.P.O'Brien Season Earnings Update 


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Caravaggio confirmed for the July Cup


10.07

Caravaggio and The Tin Man star among 15 sprinters confirmed for the Darley July Cup at Newmarket on Saturday.


The Aidan O'Brien-trained Caravaggio stretched his unbeaten record to six in the Commonwealth Cup at Royal Ascot and is likely to be a hot favourite to beat his elders for the first time in this weekend's Group One feature.


The Ballydoyle handler has also left in fellow three-year-olds Intelligence Cross, Peace Envoy and Pedestal, as well as older horses Cougar Mountain and Washington DC.


Newmarket Saturday 

Gustav Klimt in Superlative Stakes - Sizzling Maiden & Aidan has 7 in the July Cup - Including Caravaggio & DC

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Exemplar bids to get his career back on track 

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10.07

Exemplar has his sights lowered for the Listed Lenebane Stakes at Roscommon on Monday evening after a couple of efforts in Group Two company.


Aidan O'Brien's charge landed his maiden at Galway in September and has since run third in the Beresford Stakes at the Curragh and eighth in York's Dante.


He was beaten a length and a half by Capri in the Beresford, which looks very solid form after Capri won the Irish Derby.


The 110-rated colt is best in at the weights for this extended one-mile-three-furlong contest and should take plenty of beating.



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Busy Music Box gains her second victory at Naas 


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08.07


Music Box gave Aidan and Donnacha O'Brien a double at Naas when scooting home in the six furlong fillies' handicap.


She tracked Dandys Gold and Virtudes in third before being sent about her business in the final quarter of a mile.


The three-year-old changed gear and improved to lead a furlong and a half out and was ridden out in the final furlong to win by three parts of a length from a staying-on Miss Power.


The first two home were both sent off 7/2 co favourite of three. Dandys Gold was a length away in third at 10/1. Little Clarinet, the other co favourite, finished fourth.


Donnacha O'Brien said: "She takes her racing well. She was slowly away last time in a Group Three and was back in handicap company today.


"I'd imagine the plan will be to try and get her some black type somewhere."<Music Box was having her third run in a week having finished eighth in a valuable fillies' handicap at the Curragh last Saturday and sixth in the Group Three Brownstown Stakes at Fairyhouse on Wednesday evening (beaten just over three lengths).



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Seahenge First 2YO colt of the season to win on debut 



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08.07

Seahenge was easy to back for the opening six-furlong maiden at Naas but went into plenty of notebooks after a snug victory.


Aidan O'Brien's American-bred colt, who is a son of Scat Daddy and made $750,000 as a yearling, was making his debut with Donnacha O'Brien in the plate.


He raced in sixth of the nine runners, on the inner, as Pretty Boy Floyd took them along in a narrow lead.


Yulong Warrior was nudged along on the outside to head Pretty Boy Floyd after halfway as Seahenge was soon pushed along in behind horses.


O'Brien went for the whip on Seahenge a furlong and a half down but the pair had a wall of four horses ahead of them.Seahenge was then switched out at the furlong pole and rapidly devoured the ground to collar Yulong Warrior close him and win by a neck, without O'Brien having to get serious with him.


The winner drifted out to 6/1 from 10/3 in the morning and 9/2 at the track. The runner-up was a 5/2 chance.



My Mystique, the 5/4 favourite, was a further couple of lengths away in third.

Donnacha O'Brien said: "He's very green still and should improve when he's stepped up to seven furlongs or a mile. He just hung in behind horses a bit which was greenness more than anything but he did it nicely in the finish.


"He'll have to improve but he could be a Stakes horse."


Newcomer Kion, from Michael O'Callaghan's yard, was the on-course gamble from 16/1 to 6/1.


However, he came in sixth but was short of room on the far rail in the final 100 yards when still in contention.


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Key bids for Belmont Glory

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08.07

Key To My Heart takes a huge step up in class in the Belmont Oaks today.


The Galileo filly caught the eye in an Oaks trial at Naas last month, but will now make the transition from Listed to Grade One company in the hands of Wayne Lordan.


Trainer Aidan O'Brien said: "The filly is in good form and won well for Donnacha (O'Brien) at Naas.


"She's in good form and is out there already."


Sistercharlie is the hot favourite for the mile-and-quarter race at Belmont Park, while former Richard Hannon inmate Grizzel takes the plunge for Canadian trainer Michael Doyle and is on a hat-trick.



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Vermeer in Newmarket mix 

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08.07

Johannes Vermeer is among 10 possible runners for the Princess of Wales's Arqana Racing Club Stakes at Newmarket next Thursday.


The Galileo colt landed a Group Three at the Curragh on his most recent outing last Sunday and is trained by Aidan O'Brien, who has never won the Group Two over a mile and a half.


He could be joined by the Charlie Appleby-trained Frontiersman, who was last seen finishing second in the Coronation Cup at Epsom but did not run in the Hardwicke Stakes at Royal Ascot due to a bad scope.


Appleby could also saddle Hawkbill, who would be dropping down in class after having predominantly raced at the top level in recent times.


The well-regarded Poet's Word has been absent since he finished a close second in the Huxley Stakes at Chester in May, but is in contention for the Sir Michael Stoute team.


John Gosden has confirmed Muntahaa, Western Hymn and Wings Of Desire, who were all unplaced behind Idaho in the Hardwicke.



David Simcock could be double-handed with Algometer and Desert Encounter, while Saeed bin Suroor has given Tamleek the option.



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Johannes Vermeer among ten confirmations for Thursday's Princess of Wales's Stakes at Newmarket



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O'Brien looking forward to Moher Eclipse run 

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07.07

Aidan O'Brien has saddled four previous winners of the Coral-Eclipse and feels Cliffs Of Moher will benefit from a drop in distance after filling the runner-up spot in the Epsom Derby behind now-retired stablemate Wings Of Eagles.


The Sandown showpiece traditionally provides three-year-olds with their first opportunity to take on their elders at the highest level.


The betting suggests this year's renewal could be dominated by the Classic generation, with current favourite Cliffs Of Moher taking on Royal Ascot winner Barney Roy and Martyn Meade's stable star Eminent.


"We've been very happy with him since Epsom," said the Ballydoyle handler.


"It was a mile and a quarter when he won at Chester (Dee Stakes) and then we went to the mile and a half at Epsom.


"Maybe the last 50 yards caught him between fitness and maybe getting the trip.


"We're looking forward to seeing him run over a mile and a quarter."

O'Brien also saddles possible pacemaker Taj Mahal.



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Belmont Derby Duo in good order

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07.07

Aidan O'Brien saddles Homesman and Whitecliffsofdover in the Belmont Derby on Saturday.


The O'Brien duo are reported in good order ahead of the Grade One over a mile and a quarter at Belmont Park.


Homesman, the mount of Colm O'Donoghue, drops back in trip after he finished fifth in the King George V Stakes at Royal Ascot.


Whitecliffsofdover was unplaced in the Jersey Stakes at Ascot, but had previously looked a useful horse on his seasonal debut at Newmarket.


O'Brien told At The Races: "We've two colts in the Derby.


"There's the horse that won the Free Handicap in Newmarket. He's stepping up to a mile and a quarter for the first time.


"Homesman won over a mile and a quarter and then went up to a mile and a half and is obviously brought back (in trip). He ran well at Ascot from a bad draw.

"He made up a lot of ground and you wouldn't say he didn't get a mile and a half. It was a great run and we were very happy.


"He's by War Front so he should be very comfortable over a mile and a quarter. We think this race might suit him as well.


"They've all done a canter at the track and TJ (Comerford, O'Brien's travelling head lad) is very happy with them."


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Aidan's reveals Future Plans for his big guns

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Winter - Nassau Stakes

“We have the Nassau in mind for Winter, all going well.”

Highland Reel & Idaho - King George

“The present plan is for Highland Reel to go for the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes while his brother, Idaho, who won the Hardwicke Stakes at Ascot, might go for the same race.”

Caravaggio - July Cup

 “Caravaggio came out of Ascot well and we’ve been happy with him since.”

Churchill - Sussex Stakes

"We have our eye on the Sussex for Churchill but nothing is set in stone and we won’t be making a decision until much closer to the day. Nothing came to light to explain his Ascot performance and he seems fine,"

Order of St George - Goodwood Cup

"Order Of St George is likely to be going to the Goodwood Cup"

Rhododendron - No immediate Plans

"She's still on the easy list. She had a traumatic experience in France and, while she's cantering, we've made no plans for her yet,"

Roly Poly will run in the Falmouth Stakes instead of Winter who is now going to be stepped up in trip 


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Berkley off the mark at tip as expected


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06.07

He never looked likely to do anything other than justify his 1/5 price and Berkeley Square got off the mark at the third time of asking in the Glenvale Stud Irish EBF Maiden (Plus 10 Race) at Tipperary.


The Ballydoyle runner, ridden by Seamie Heffernan, beat the pace-setting Swing Till Dawn by two and three parts of a length.


"I'm delighted with him and he had two lovely runs. He came forward lovely from his first to his second run and Seamus (Heffernan) was very happy with him again," said Aidan O'Brien.


"He might come back here for the Listed race (Coolmore Stud Stakes) next month and obviously will get a mile well this year and be a middle distance horse next year.

"It was nice for him to get a lead around there and he learned himself there today - he'll be a nice colt."




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Cliffs & Taj represent Ballydoyle in epic Eclipse 

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06.07

Barney Roy and Cliffs Of Moher both feature among nine horses declared for the Coral-Eclipse at Sandown on Saturday.


The Richard Hannon-trained Barney Roy was runner-up to Churchill in the 2000 Guineas at Newmarket in May, but reversed the form when landing the St James's Palace Stakes at Royal Ascot and will step up to a mile and a quarter for the first time this weekend.


Cliffs Of Moher has had this race as his target ever since filling the runner-up spot in the Epsom Derby.


The Galileo colt is one of two runners for Aidan O'Brien along with possible pacemaker Taj Mahal.


Eminent is a major contender for Martyn Meade having finished sixth in the 2000 Guineas and fourth in Derby. Silvestre de Sousa takes over in the saddle from Jim Crowley.


David Simcock saddles Desert Encounter and Lightning Spear.


Roger Charlton's Decorated Knight, the Sir Michael Stoute-trained Ulysses and Salouen from Sylvester Kirk's yard complete the field.



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Belmont Saturday Runners Riders & Draws 

Belmont Derby - Homesman (3) (Colm) Whitcliffsofdover (10) (Wayne)

Belmont Oaks - Key To My Heart (5) (Wayne)



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At Long Last for Wild Irish Rose


05.07
The Aidan O’Brien trained Wild Irish Rose erased memories of an unlucky-in-running third placing at Fairyhouse in June, when winning over the same course and distance today, as the daughter of Galileo shed her maiden status at the ninth attempt, in the La Bucca Restaurants Handicap.

Previously unsuccessful in eight runs, Wild Irish Rose met trouble in-running when finishing third over today's 1m4f trip in June but atoned for that defeat today as jockey O'Brien kept the filly going, under hands and heels, for a half length win over Bold Knight.

The winner was bred by also bred by trainer O’Brien’s own Whisperview Trading Ltd and following today's win, Ana O’Brien said “she is a bit quirky as she doesn’t like to be hit, but is tough and game. She tries hard and it’s great to get a win with her.”

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Moher leads Ballydoyle Eclipse Squad 

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03.07
Cliffs Of Moher and Barney Roy are two of the star names among 16 horses confirmed for the Coral-Eclipse at Sandown on Saturday.

Aidan O'Brien's Cliffs Of Moher has had this race as his target ever since filling the runner-up spot in the Epsom Derby.

The Galileo colt heads a five-strong team for the Ballydoyle handler, with the yard also responsible for Deauville, Johannes Vermeer, Orderofthegarter and Taj Mahal.

The Richard Hannon-trained Barney Roy was runner-up to Churchill in the 2000 Guineas at Newmarket in May but reversed the form when landing the St James's Palace Stakes at Royal Ascot.

He will step up to a mile and a quarter for the first time this weekend and is one of two Godolphin-owned contenders along with John Gosden's Jack Hobbs, who was bitterly disappointing in the Prince of Wales's Stakes at the Royal meeting.

Other contenders for a fascinating contest include Martyn Meade's stable star Eminent, the Roger Charlton-trained Decorated Knight, Mark Johnston's King Edward VII Stakes victor Permian and Ulysses from Sir Michael Stoute's yard.


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Curragh Treble for team Ballydoyle as Gustav Johannes & Clemmie win Full reports video & photos below 


Clemmie breaks Maiden tag in Group 3 at The Curragh 




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02/07

Aidan O'Brien raised the possibility of an exciting clash between unbeaten Royal Ascot winner September and Clemmie after the later opened her account in impressive fashion in the Grangecon Stud Stakes at the Curragh.

Clemmie, a full-sister to dual Guineas winner Churchill, was seventh in the Albany Stakes on her second career outing at Royal Ascot having been a promising third on her debut in a maiden here.

Ryan Moore tracked stable-mate Butterscotch in today's Group 3 contest over the straight six before asking her to stretch going to the furlong pole.

The 6/4 favourite swept to the lead inside the final furlong, going away in the closing stages to record a comprehensive two-and-three-quarter length success.
“She's lovely. We're going to give her a little bit of time now and then maybe step up to the seven in the Debutante,” said O'Brien.

“You'd be delighted with that. She's coming together lovely, slowly slowly. You'd imagine being by Galileo she'll step up to seven and she'll probably even get a mile.


“It was lovely bit of ground for her and the race worked out lovely.
“It's five or six weeks to the Debutante (August 20th), which is a Group 2 fillies race. That's what we'll have a look at with her and we're looking at the same race for September.”

When asked if the two could clash O'Brien answered:- “They have to learn and we'll all learn together!”

Boylesports cut Clemmie from 16/1 into 10/1 for next year's 1,000 Guineas.


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Johannes back in business at the Curragh 



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Johannes Vermeer could be set for a trip Down Under after his victory in the Finlay Volvo International Stakes at the Curragh.

Ryan Moore tucked the 5/2 favourite in behind the leaders in the ten furlong Group Two contest before making his move to challenge front-runner Success Days a furlong from home.

The Galileo colt was driven out 'hands and heels' inside the final furlong, getting on top close home for a half length success.

The winner had been seventh behind stable-mate Highland Reel in the Prince Of Wales Stakes at Royal Ascot on his last outing.

It was a double on the card for Moore and trainer Aidan O'Brien following the opening race win of Gustav Klimt.

“You'd be delighted with that. Ryan said he might even stay further,” said O'Brien.


“He said he travels well, quickens well but doesn't do an awful lot when he gets to the front.
“Ryan said he could be a Caulfield Cup horse. He has has options and we'll see. We'll look at races over a mile-and-a-quarter and a mile-and-a-half.

“That's very good ground today and he has form on soft ground as well.”

Paddypower make the winner a 25/1 shot for the Caulfield Cup.

Ken Condon said of the runner-up Success Days:- “He ran a cracker again, and obviously another shower or two would have helped his cause. He was also just chinned at Naas earlier this year and it would be great to get his head back in front.

“He will probably come back here for the Royal Whip but would only run in the Irish Champion Stakes this year if it is genuine soft ground.”

(Additional reporting by Alan Magee)





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Gustav Klimt off the mark in Curragh Opener 



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02.07

Gustav Klimt quickened up impressively to get off the mark in the opening Barronstown Stud Irish EBF Maiden at the Curragh this afternoon.

The 11/8 favourite settled behind the leaders in the seven-furlong contest before being asked take closer order, by Ryan Moore, approaching the two pole.

He showed an instant turn of foot to soon hit the lead and was quickly in control, going on for a cosy length-and-three-quarters success over Would Be King.

The Aidan O'Brien-trained winner had been a promising fifth on his debut here in late May.

“We've always liked him and he ran a lovely race here first time,” said O'Brien.

“It was in our head that he would maybe go to the Chesham after that but Ryan said to maybe leave him, come back here, and let the filly go to the Chesham. That's how he ended up here.

“He's a lovely colt. He travels well and quickens well. Ryan was very happy with him and he said there is more to come from him. He said he was a little bit disorganised when he got there.

“He could go to one of those races at the July meeting in Newmarket or something like that. We'll see how he comes out of this and we won't be in any panic with him.”

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Somehow Sadly Passes away Doubts on Minding comeback

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Somehow, winner of the Group 2 Dahlia Stakes at Newmarket in May and also successful at Group 2 and Listed level, has been put down after suffering an inoperable fracture of a hind tibia while working on the Ballydoyle gallops.

On what proved her final start, the daughter of Fastnet Rock and Alexandrova finished second to Decorated Knight in the Group 1 Tattersalls Gold Cup at the Curragh in May.

Aidan O'Brien has raised doubts about the brilliant filly Minding returning to the track.

The daughter of Galileo is a seven-time Group One winner, but has not been seen in competitive action since making an impressive start to the campaign in the Mooresbridge Stakes at Naas in early May after suffering a setback.

O'Brien had hoped to welcome her back into training this week, but revealed she is not yet ready to return to exercise.

He said: "We had Minding pencilled in to start back driving on Monday but when John (Halley) X-rayed her, he wasn't happy to do that. He wanted to leave her another month.

"We'll leave her another month, but if we go another month we could run out of time, I'm not sure.

"When John said to wait, we just have to wait. We'll wait and see.

"John always checks them before they start back and everything was in place to start off, but when he checked her he wasn't happy."



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Wings of Eagles suffers career ending injury

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Investec Derby hero Wings Of Eagles has been retired after suffering a career-ending injury in the Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby on Saturday.

Aidan O'Brien's colt was a shock 40-1 winner of the Classic at Epsom at the start of June and aimed to become the Ballydoyle handler's fifth dual Derby winner at the Curragh.

He finished a close-up third behind stablemate Capri and John Gosden's Cracksman, but it proved to be his final racecourse appearance.

A statement issued by Coolmore to Press Association Sport read: "Epsom Derby winner Wings Of Eagles was found to be lame this morning after running in the Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby at the Curragh yesterday.

"He was examined today in his box in Ballydoyle by the attending veterinary surgeon who diagnosed a fracture of his left front sesamoid.

"Sadly this is a career-ending injury."




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Capri gives Aidan his 12th Irish Derby winner and becomes Galileo's 65th Individual G1 Winner - Full Report Videos & Pictures Below 



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01.07

Capri registered a minor surprise as he fended off Epsom hero Wings Of Eagles and 

Cracksman to win the Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby at the Curragh.

Sent off a 6-1 shot, the grey Galileo colt was one of five runners for trainer Aidan O'Brien, with Ryan Moore opting to ride Wings Of Eagles.

That allowed Seamie Heffernan to take the mount on Capri, who proved most game in holding Cracksman in second, with Wings Of Eagles third.

With O'Brien running five, a strong pace was guaranteed and it was The Anvil who set the early gallop for the Coolmore team under Ana O'Brien.

With stablemates Douglas Macarthur and Taj Mahal also in pursuit, along with Capri, they appeared to have lined the race up for Wings Of Eagles turning for home.

However, Moore was pushing along from a fair way out, as was Pat Smullen aboard Cracksman, as they tried to reel Heffernan's mount in.

Cracksman flew down the outside in the final furlong, with Wings Of Eagles between the two, but Capri, who finished sixth in the Derby at Epsom, dug deep to give Heffernan a third win in the race and O'Brien a 12th Irish Derby victory.

Andre Fabre's French raider Waldgeist did not enjoy the best of passages under Pierre-Charles Boudot and finished fourth.

Heffernan said: "I had the ammunition. He's tough and he's been running in good races, so I was confident.

"Aidan trains them from race to race, and he trains them to keep improving - usually they do.

"It's a nice surprise and I can't wait for the fourth (Irish Derby) now."


Seamie Heffernan's faith in Capri proved justified as he reversed form with his Epsom conquerors and took the Irish Derby, in the process leaving the picture even muddier as to where the power truly lies among the middle-distance three-year-old crop.

Sent off far from unsupported at 6/1, the grey Galileo colt was one of five runners for trainer Aidan O'Brien, with Ryan Moore unsurprisingly opting to ride Investec Derby winner and favourite Wings Of Eagles.

That allowed Seamie Heffernan to take the mount on Capri, in whom he had maintained faith despite defeat at Epsom.

A strong pace was always guaranteed and it was The Anvil who set the early gallop for the Coolmore team under Ana O'Brien.

With stablemates Douglas Macarthur and Taj Mahal also in pursuit, along with Capri, they appeared to have lined the race up for Wings Of Eagles turning for home.

However, Moore was pushing along from a fair way out, as was Pat Smullen aboard Cracksman, as they tried to reel Heffernan's mount back in.

Cracksman flew down the outside in the final furlong, with Wings Of Eagles between the two, but Capri, who finished sixth in the Derby at Epsom, dug deep to give Heffernan a third win in the race and O'Brien a 12th Irish Derby victory.

French raider Waldgeist did not enjoy the best of passages for trainer Andre Fabre and jockey Pierre-Charles Boudot and finished close up in fourth. 

Trainer Aidan O'Brien, jockey Seamie Heffernan and David Hickey celebrate winning The Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby with Capri
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Asking lands summer fillies h'cap at Curragh


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01/07
Aidan O’Brien completed a double at the Curragh when teaming up with his daughter Ana to take the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championship Summer Fillies Premier Handicap.

The daughter of Zoffany opened her account in a Dundalk maiden earlier this year and has been placed since in Group 3 company.

The 8/1 chance headed the front-running Duchess Of France about 150 yards out, and held on well in the closing stages.

Honor Oak got to within half a length at the line, while Duchess Of France finished another length back in third.

The master of Ballydoyle was on the mark earlier on the card with U S Navy Flag in the juvenile maiden.

O’Brien said, “The drop back to seven furlongs suited her. She travelled well through the race at Ascot (Sandringham Handicap), and we said after that we would come back to seven.


“She is in again at Fairyhouse on Wednesday in a Group 3 (Brownstown Stakes) and will probably take her chance.”




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Debutante Target For September



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01/07
Impressive Royal Ascot winner September looks set to be seen next in the Debutante Stakes at the Curragh on August 20.

The Aidan O'Brien-trained filly, who is bred in the purple as a daughter of Deep Impact out of the multiple Group One winner Peeping Fawn, reeled in the front-running Nyaleti in the Chesham Stakes, building on a successful debut at Leopardstown last month.

Speaking after stablemate Happily, who was seventh at Leopardstown, had boosted the form at the Curragh on Friday evening, O'Brien said: "She is good.

"Seamus (Heffernan) rode her this morning and he was very happy with her so she'll have a little bit of an easy time.

"I think we might come back here for the Debutante and go on from there."


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US Navy Flag off the mark in Curragh opener 


01/07

U S Navy Flag appreciated the addition of blinkers when leaving the form of his four previous runs behind with an impressive success in the Dubai Duty Free Finest Surprise Irish EBF Maiden at the Curragh.

The War Front full-brother to Roly Poly previously set the pace when third to Brother Bear in the Marble Hill, and front-running tactics worked a treat here.

The 13/2 chance made all under Seamie Heffernan, and stretched right away in the final furlong to beat Dawn Delivers by three and a half lengths.

Fleet Review was a further half-length away in third.

Winning trainer Aidan O’Brien said, “We always thought he was a very nice horse but he has disappointed a few times. He’s a very well-bred horse.

“We thought he wasn’t concentrating so we put blinkers on today. Some horses take a long time to get it together and obviously they have focused his mind. It may be that he doesn’t need them again.

“Seamus said he won very well. He has plenty of pace and had them all in trouble a long way out.”


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