Limonade takes Listed honours

 By Donal MurphySat 29th Jun 2013, 16:15

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

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

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

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

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

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

Additional reporting by Alan Magee




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Retirement possible for Camelot

Sat 29th Jun 2013, 16:48

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Ruler to be given a break

 By Donal MurphySat 29th Jun 2013, 19:42

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

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

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

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

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

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The Vatican makes all to take the last

 By Donal MurphyFri 28th Jun 2013, 21:01

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Ballydoyle 'second string' wins the feature

 By Donal MurphyFri 28th Jun 2013, 19:59

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

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

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

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

As they turned into the straight Flying The Flag took closer order and was pushed along over two furlongs out.

He soon challenged and hit the front under a furlong from home, going on from there to score by four lengths at the line.

Aloof finished second under Wayne Lordan for David Wachman at 5/2 (was 9/2 this morning), while Most Improved was six and a half lengths back in third under Joseph O’Brien.

Aidan O'Brien said afterwards: "I’m delighted with him. He's a mile and a quarter horse and fast ground is important to him. There was plenty of pace on and that suited him."

O'Brien said of Most Improved; "He has been off a long time and he just got tired as he was entitled to do. I was very happy with the run, especially how he travelled during the race. Joseph said he won’t mind going back in trip."

Additional reporting by Alan Magee

 


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Derby Preview

Fri 28th Jun 2013, 17:15

Sugar Boy pictured on his way to victory at Tipperary last year
Sugar Boy pictured on his way to victory at Tipperary last year
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Joseph O'Brien is confident Ruler Of The World can maintain his unbeaten record and hand father Aidan a remarkable 11th Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby on Saturday evening.

The master of Ballydoyle has saddled the likes of Galileo (2001), High Chaparral (2002) and last year's hero Camelot to win Ireland's premier Classic, with that trio all succeeding on the back of Epsom Derby glory.

Ruler Of The World, ridden by Ryan Moore at Epsom, bids to follow in their hoofprints at the Curragh, with the trainer's son getting back on board for the first time since he won his maiden at the track in April.

O'Brien jnr, who claimed his first Irish Derby aboard Camelot a year ago, said: "He's an exciting horse. He's won three times from three runs and he won very nicely the last day at Epsom so we're looking forward to it.

"He was ready to run early as a two-year-old and he was in the Chesham (at Royal Ascot) until very late on, he was going to run but then he got a little cough.

"They couldn't shift the cough for the rest of the year but he's a very exciting horse.

"You'd be hoping he'll improve for the experience of Epsom, the Curragh is a fair track and he's won there already," the jockey told At The Races.

O'Brien senior, who has won the last seven Irish Derbies, added: "We have been very happy with him (since Epsom).

"He impressed us at Epsom and we think the Curragh will suit him even better."

Likely pacesetter Festive Cheer, the mount of Seamie Heffernan, also runs for the Ballydoyle team.

Renewing rivalries with Ruler Of The World is Epsom runner-up Libertarian. A shock winner of the Dante Stakes at York, the three-year-old proved that was no fluke with a fantastic effort at Epsom and he emerged with extra credit given he did not appear to handle the undulating track.

He has since been snapped up by Godolphin and is set to make his final start for North Yorkshire trainer Elaine Burke this weekend.

The trainer's husband, Karl, believes the stable star is open to more improvement than most from Epsom.

Burke said: "He's going there in great form. I've been very happy with his work since Epsom and I'm sure he has improved.

"Physically he looks a more mature horse than he was going into Epsom and I think mentally he has sharpened up as well.

"Considering he did not handle the track that well at Epsom, he did extremely well to finish as close as he did.

"Certainly you would think the Curragh will suit him better. The track should play to his strengths.

"Conditions should be fine for him. He wouldn't want extremes either way, but other than that he's fine.

"All these staying three-year-olds tend to progress through the summer, but being a May foal, you would like to think he has scope to improve more than the other horses that ran at Epsom.

"There is a lot of stamina on the dam's side and he'll see out the trip well. New Approach is turning into a superb stallion."

On the possibility of his wife becoming first woman in history to train an Irish Derby winner, Burke said: "It would be great to do it for Elaine. He nearly did it at Epsom and hopefully he goes one better on Saturday."

Despite the change of ownership, William Buick keeps the ride on Saturday evening and he too is confident of a bold show.

Buick said: "I'm really looking forward to it. He's a lovely horse and he did very well in the Derby and the track should suit him better at the Curragh.

"Although he's taking on the Derby winner, who will also improve for it being on a more galloping track, I'm very hopeful. We'll have to see."

Another horse who will switch yards after this weekend's Classic is the Patrick Prendergast-trained Sugar Boy, who was snapped up by owner Sheikh Mohammed Bin Khalifa Al Maktoum earlier this week.

The Authorized colt beat Libertarian and Epsom third Galileo Rock on his latest start at Sandown, and Prendergast is hoping his extra freshness will stand him in good stead, although some rain at Curragh would have been welcomed.

Prendergast said: "He's in good shape and we've had no problems.

"The rain dance I've been doing hasn't worked, but there's nothing we can do about that. If I had everything my own way we'd have had a drop of rain. I'd have been more confident about his chances then.

"It's my first runner in the Derby and, to be honest, I haven't even got round to thinking about the fact it will be his last run for me.

"We're looking forward to the race, he's going there well and fresh and he's only going up the road, which is an advantage.

"I'm hoping Epsom might have emptied a couple of them out. We'll see."

Chris Hayes has partnered Sugar Boy on his last five stars and hopes to break his Classic duck.

Hayes said: "He's probably the freshest horse going into the race as the others have been to Epsom and elsewhere.

"He's been a great horse for me and I've only been beaten once on him and that was behind Battle Of Marengo in the Ballysax.

"I was fairly bullish when I came in then that if he met Battle Of Marengo again it would be a different result.

"It's the first time I've had a proper chance in a Classic."

Galileo Rock's trainer David Wachman acknowledges his charge will have to keep improving to again trouble those who finished ahead of him at Epsom.

Wachman said: "He's in good form and the ground looks OK so far. Hopefully the rain stays away.

"It's a competitive race. Hopefully he's still progressing as if you don't progress month by month, you get left behind.

"We'd like a strong pace, but he handled an easy pace all right in Epsom.

"We'll just have to see what happens."

Jim Bolger's only previous Irish Derby success was with St Jovite back in 1992, but he could find the target again with Trading Leather.

Second in the Dante and third in the Irish 2,000 Guineas, the son of Teofilo appeared ready for a step up to a mile and a half when impressing in the Silver Stakes last time out.

Bolger said: "The step up in trip should suit him. He seems in very good form and is looking very well. He's been eating well since his last run and put the weight back on.

"He wants good ground or a little faster."

John Oxx has won the Irish Derby with Sinndar (2000) and Alamshar (2003) and is this year represented by outsider Little White Cloud, who has been placed twice in Pattern company this year.

Oxx said: "The Gallinule was probably quick enough back (after the Derrinstown). He ran well but was beaten again. Both those were over a mile and a quarter and he's a mile-and-a-half horse and will probably stay beyond that.

"He's rated 107 and has to improve 10lb to be competitive. I think he'll improve a certain amount, but whether he makes that jump I don't know.

"It's been five weeks since his last run so he's had a chance to improve and he's is bred to improve from two to three also.

"Hopefully with the time and the extra distance he'll make the jump, but the gap is obviously there.

"He wants fast ground. He doesn't handle soft and wouldn't even want the slow side of good."

A nine-runner field is completed by Godolphin pacemaker Cap O'Rushes and Pat Shanahan's 100-1 outsider Ralston Road.


 

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9 line up in Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby

Thu 27th Jun 2013, 10:56

Ruler Of The World
Ruler Of The World
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Epsom Derby winner Ruler of the World will face 8 rivals in Saturday’s Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby at the Curragh following this morning’s final declaration of runners and he will attempt to give trainer Aidan O’Brien a remarkable 11th winner of the race.

He will take on Libertarian who finished runner up at Epsom and whose trainer Elaine Burke will attempt to become the first female trainer to win the Group 1 Classic in it’s 148th year history. Epsom third Galileo Rock will hope to give his trainer David Wachman and jockey Wayne Lordan their first Irish Derby victory.

Sugar Boy trained by Patrick Prendergast, whose Grandfather trained the winner of the race four times, will also line up in the 1.25 million euro contest, while Jim Bolger who won the race 21 years ago with St Jovite has Trading Leather, John Oxx who trained the winner of the race in 2000 with Sinndar and in 2003 with Alamshar will run Little White Cloud, while trainer Pat Shanahan will attempt to become one of the only trainers to also win the race as a jockey, having ridden Zagreb to success in 1996, when he saddles Ralston Road.

Festive Cheer, Cap O’Rushes make up the nine runner field

Paddy Power, official betting partner of the Curragh Racecourse: 11-10 Ruler Of The World, 7-2 Libertarian, 5 Trading Leather, 8 Galileo Rock, Sugar Boy, 20 Festive Cheer, 33 Little White Cloud, 50 Cap O'Rushes, 100 Ralston Road

Other points to note -

Friday 1st race 5.25pm with live music from the Knights of Leon after last race.

• Saturday 1st race 3.10pm Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby off at 6.30pm. Dubai Duty Free Most Stylish Lady competition in association with Boodles (registration closes 3pm) with lead judge Michelle Keegan of Coronation Street fame. Derby Music Village hosted by Hector OhEoghagain with live music throughout the day from Raglans, Delorentoes, Original Rude Boys and Sharon Shannon with special guest Brian Kennedy

• Sunday 1st race 2.05pm Oxigen Environmental Family Race Day

• Admission can be purchased at the turnstiles

• Under 16s accompanied by an adult free on all 3 days



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Darwin delivers as O'Brien completes treble

Wed 26th Jun 2013, 20:30

Darwin and Joseph O'Brien
Darwin and Joseph O'Brien
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Champion Trainer Aidan O'Brien completed a treble at Naas today when his American import Darwin made an impressive Irish debut in the Boston Access Race.

Ridden by the trainer's son Joseph (completing a double on the day), the strapping son of Big Brown was held up last of the three runners before quickly moving to the front over a furlong out, for an easy two and a quarter lengths win over Fighter Squadron.

O'Brien Snr wasn't present but Joseph O'Brien later stated “he has been an exciting horse and is still only a three year old. He's still quite green, that was his first run on grass and it was his first time on a track like this. He hasn't done much at home and has only been on grass twice since we've had him, so they're probably the only times he's been on grass.

“He hasn't run in nearly a year and got hurt on his second run in America before having a break. He's a lovely horse and is in races like the Sussex Stakes.”

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Fingers burnt as Moth sees only red lights

Wed 26th Jun 2013, 20:16

Venus De Milo (left, pink). In the distance is Moth (third left, dark blue colours)
Venus De Milo (left, pink). In the distance is Moth (third left, dark blue colours)
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Ballydoyle landed the Listed Irish Stallion Farms European Breeders Fund Naas Oaks Trial at Naas today but not with the one most expected to win, Moth (4/11 favourite, met trouble in-running), the race instead going to stablemate Venus De Milo (8/1).

Moth was heavily backed following two fine efforts in the English 1,000 Guineas and Oaks and was again patiently ridden byJoseph O'Brien.

However once the race began in earnest in the straight, the gaps failed to appear for Moth who was blocked numerous occasions on the heels of the main group. Opera Gloves and Bunairgead looked set to fight out the finish before Venus De Milo flew home late on, to edge a three parts of a length win over Opera Gloves.

Moth failed to get a run and finished well back in eighth.

Winning trainer Aidan O'Brien was absent but Heffernan later stated “Venus De Miloshowed a lot as a younger filly at home but Aidan didn't want to run her until she was ready.

“She surprised me at Fairyhouse the way she quickened when the penny dropped and I was riding her to run a nice race today and wanted to teach her a bit to see if she was up to running in these kinds of races.

“I wasn't sure, but I initially thought the reason she won at Fairyhouse was because of the soft ground but the ground was totally the opposite today. She has a bit of class though and is strong and versatile.”

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Far side group has the edge at Naas!

Wed 26th Jun 2013, 19:12

Illustrate and Joseph O'Brien
Illustrate and Joseph O'Brien
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The Aidan O'Brien trained Illustrate led home a field of 17 runners to win the Prosperous Financial Services Supporting North Kildare Chamber Maiden at Naas today under Champion Jockey Joseph O'Brien.

The field immediately broke into two 'groups' with jockey Fran Berry opting to race hitherto frustrating Lottie Dod alone on the stands' side. Illustrate led the main pack and eventually dismissed Lottie Dod with a furlong and a half to race, recording an easy two and a quarter lengths win over that rival.

Trainer O'Brien was absent but his winning jockey son later said “Illustrate won nicely - the ground was very quick and he stayed going.

“He loves that ground and six furlongs was his trip. He was entitled to win a a maiden after his good run the last day.”

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            Leading Light sees them off 1 by 1 at Royal Ascot

 




O'Brien's Leading Light

Fri 21st Jun 2013, 19:26

Leading Light and Joseph O'Brien make the best way home
Leading Light and Joseph O'Brien make the best way home 
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The 5/4 favourite Leading Light ran out a tenacious winner of the Queen's Vase (In Memory of Sir Henry Cecil) at Royal Ascot.

For much of the contest the strong-travelling Disclaimer looked like he could provide the fairytale success for Lady Cecil but he weakened from the two furlong market and the winner went to the front.

He was immediately pressed by Feel Like Dancing (20/1) who thundered home down the centre of the track but Leading Light found more for pressure and went on to score by a length-and-a-half.

It was the same distance back to 66/1 chance who ran a huge race in third.

"We were a little bit worried about the trip, but other than that we thought he was a very nice horse and he's toughed it out," said the winning rider.

"He's very relaxed and he has a great attitude. He tries hard and when you get stuck into him he fights.

"He's very idle. When he gets to the front he stops, but whenever another horse gets to him, they don't go past him. He always just does enough."

Sky Bet cut the winner to 7/1 from 10s for the Ladbrokes St Leger.

Spokesman Michael Shinners said: "He looked all stamina and showed real guts to get back up when challenged. In the long term he could well be a Gold Cup horse."

Disclaimer could not provide Warren House stables with a poignant winner of the Queen's Vase, named in honour of the late trainer.

The colt travelled smoothly into the lead turning into the straight. However, Disclaimer's stamina gave way soon afterwards.

Cecil won the race an incredible eight times in his career, among his record 75 Royal Ascot triumphs, and all of the jockeys wore black armbands in memory of the legendary figure.


Leading Light sees them off 1 by 1 at Royal Ascot


Leading Light (purple silks) powers home in the Queen's Vase


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The 5/4 favourite Leading Light ran out a tenacious winner of the Queen's Vase (In Memory of Sir Henry Cecil) at Royal Ascot.

For much of the contest the strong-travelling Disclaimer looked like he could provide the fairytale success for Lady Cecil but he weakened from the two furlong market and the winner went to the front.

He was immediately pressed by Feel Like Dancing (20/1) who thundered home down the centre of the track but Leading Light found more for pressure and went on to score by a length-and-a-half.

It was the same distance back to 66/1 chance who ran a huge race in third.

"We were a little bit worried about the trip, but other than that we thought he was a very nice horse and he's toughed it out," said the winning rider.

"He's very relaxed and he has a great attitude. He tries hard and when you get stuck into him he fights.

"He's very idle. When he gets to the front he stops, but whenever another horse gets to him, they don't go past him. He always just does enough."

Sky Bet cut the winner to 7/1 from 10s for the Ladbrokes St Leger.

Disclaimer could not provide Warren House stables with a poignant winner of the race, named in honour of the late trainer.

The colt travelled smoothly into the lead turning into the straight. However, Disclaimer's stamina gave way soon afterwards.

Cecil won the race an incredible eight times in his career, among his record 75 Royal Ascot triumphs, and all of the jockeys wore black armbands in memory of the legendary figure.


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Battle Of Marengo gives best to Hillstar

Fri 21st Jun 2013, 15:39

Hillstar goes past Battle Of Marengo at Royal Ascot
Hillstar goes past Battle Of Marengo at Royal Ascot
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Ryan Moore gave Hillstar a fantastic ride to reel in 10/11 favourite Battle Of Marengo and win the King Edward VII Stakes at Royal Ascot.

The market leader looked to have made a decisive move when kicking for home and taking two lengths out of the field shortly after turning in.

However Moore had ridden the 15/2 winner with great patience and he produced a sustained run from the rear of the field to hit the front inside the distance and score by a length and a half. Mutashaded (11/2) was third.

"He's a horse I've always thought a lot of. I was taken a bit further back than I would have liked but he got there in the end," the winning rider told Channel Four Racing.

Winning trainer Sir Michael Stoute added: "We had him in the Derby and the Irish Derby and his first two races this year hadn't gone right. At Newbury last time he hit the gate too well and was too keen so we wrapped him up today. We've always loved this horse."


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                       Ten blows in for team O'Brien






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    Gale Force Ten battled back strongly to beat Montiridge in the Jersey Stakes, the opening race on day two of Royal Ascot.

    Aidan O'Brien and son Joseph won the first race of the meeting with Declaration Of War and they repeated the feat on Wednesday by kicking off the card with a winner, a well-backed 9/2 favourite.

    It looked as though the Oasis Dream colt might have to settle for second when Montiridge (8/1) edged by him inside the final furlong, but O'Brien's charge responded well to pressure and he got back up to win by a head.

    Tawhid was third at 25/1 with Garswood fourth.

    Joseph O'Brien said: "He's very tough. Richard (Hughes) actually headed me. He got a mile very well at the Curragh and he's got a big heart."

    Aidan O'Brien said: "He fought back well. He's a hardy horse, a strong horse and loves that fast ground. Joseph said in an ideal world he would not want to be in front as long as that.

    "He could step up to a mile or go back to six furlongs, which is unusual. Over six furlongs he would not want to be in front as long as that."

    Richard Hannon, trainer of Montiridge, said: "He's a better horse on better ground, it's quite quick out there.

    "He's quite good. There's a few French races for him. The Prix Jean Prat is only in 10 days, but you never know."

    Saeed bin Suroor, trainer of Tawhid, said: "We were worried about the ground - he would prefer it softer - but he handled it and he ran a huge race.

    "There is no target, we'll find another Group race for him."



    Ten blows in for team O'Brien

    Wed 19th Jun 2013, 15:04

    Gale Force Ten (nearside) just beats Montiridge in the Jersey Stakes
    Gale Force Ten (nearside) just beats Montiridge in the Jersey Stakes
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    Gale Force Ten provided Ballydoyle with their third winner of the meeting when battling back strongly to beat Montiridge in the Jersey Stakes, the opening race on day two of Royal Ascot.

    Aidan O'Brien and son Joseph won the first race of the meeting with Declaration Of War and they repeated the feat on Wednesday by kicking off the card with a winner, a well-backed 9/2 favourite.

    It looked as though the Oasis Dream colt might have to settle for second when Montiridge (8/1) edged by him inside the final furlong, but O'Brien's charge responded well to pressure and he got back up to win by a head.

    Tawhid was third at 25/1 with Garswood fourth. Richard Hughes picked up a one day ban for careless riding on the runner-up.

    Joseph O'Brien said: "He's very tough, but I was praying someone would come to me as he was being very idle. When he saw the other horse he put his head down.

    "He got a mile very well at the Curragh, that's why I didn't want to get too far back. He's small but he has a big heart."

    Aidan O'Brien said: "He fought back well. He's a hardy horse, a strong horse and loves that fast ground. Joseph said in an ideal world he would not want to be in front as long as that.

    "He could step up to a mile or go back to six furlongs, which is unusual. Over six furlongs he would not want to be in front as long as that."

    Richard Hannon, trainer of Montiridge, said: "He's a better horse on better ground, it's quite quick out there.

    "He's quite good. There's a few French races for him. The Prix Jean Prat is only in 10 days, but you never know."

    Saeed bin Suroor, trainer of Tawhid, said: "We were worried about the ground - he would prefer it softer - but he handled it and he ran a huge race. There is no target, we'll find another Group race for him."

     


     

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       War Command Hammers Coventry rivals by 6 Lengths A            ..............Royal Ascot Double for Sire War Front


     

     



    Command so good in the Coventry

    Tue 18th Jun 2013, 17:01

    War Command leaves them for dead in the Coventry
    War Command leaves them for dead in the Coventry
    (Healy Racing Photos)
    Aidan O'Brien's apparent third string War Command turned in a breathtaking display under Seamie Heffernan to take top honours in the Coventry Stakes at Royal Ascot.

    The Ballydoyle handler was responsible for 5/2 favourite Stubbs, as well as leading contender Sir John Hawkins (6/1), with War Command a 20/1 shot after making a winning debut at Leopardstown just 11 days earlier.

    Stubbs ranged up on the outside in the hands of the trainer's son Joseph a furlong down, with Sir John Hawkins and Ryan Moore also in there pitching, but neither had any answer to War Command's stunning finishing effort.

    The American-bred juvenile passed the post six lengths clear of the eyecatching Parbold, who made good ground in the final furlong having encountered traffic problems.

    Sir John Hawkins picked up minor money in third, with Stubbs eventually weakening into sixth position.

    Heffernan said: "I've probably ridden all of Aidan's Coventry winners at home, but none of them on the track. It's my first ride in the race.

    "It was nice to ride one that has won as easy as that. He relaxed and quickened. He's all right, this one."

    Sky Bet inserted him at 8/1 for the 2000 Guineas immediately after the race such was the impression he made on the bookmakers.


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    Declaration of War took the Queen Anne Stakes


     Declaration Of War

     Declaration Of War

    Declaration Of War: Too good for his Queen Anne rivals

    Ballydoyle drew first blood at Royal Ascot as 15/2 chance Declaration of War took the Queen Anne Stakes, the opening event of the meeting.

    Favourite Animal Kingdom, the winner of the Kentucky Derby and Dubai World Cup, was sent off the even-money favourite to land another major prize but completely failed to handle conditions and was beaten soon after halfway.

    The Aidan O'Brien-trained winner had performed below expectations in Newbury's Lockinge Stakes on his previous start, but showed his true colours here.

    Held up in midpack in the early stages, Joseph O'Brien had to be patient and was still only fourth passing the furlong-pole. But once he found the gap 150 yards out, Declaration Of War made rapid progress to take up the running and go away to score by three-quarters of a length.

    Aljamaaheer (8/1) took second, with Gregorian (16/1) filling out the frame in third.

    Elusive Kate, who had helped set to early fractions with Libranno and Penitent, finished back in fourth

    "I'm still not quite sure what happened at Newbury, but this is a very good horse," said the winning rider.

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    Great start for Ballydoyle at Royal Ascot

    Tue 18th Jun 2013, 15:06

    Declaration Of War seen here winning at the Curragh
    Declaration Of War seen here winning at the Curragh
    (Healy Racing Photos)
    Ballydoyle drew first blood at Royal Ascot as 15/2 chance Declaration of War took the Queen Anne Stakes, the opening event of the meeting.

    Favourite Animal Kingdom, the winner of the Kentucky Derby and Dubai World Cup, was sent off the 5/4 favourite to land another major prize but completely failed to handle conditions and was beaten soon after halfway.

    The Aidan O'Brien-trained winner had performed below expectations in Newbury's Lockinge Stakes on his previous start, but showed his true colours here.

    Held up in midpack in the early stages, Joseph O'Brien had to be patient and was still only fourth passing the furlong-pole. But once he found the gap 150 yards out, Declaration Of War made rapid progress to take up the running and go away to score by three-quarters of a length.

    Aljamaaheer (8/1) took second, with Gregorian (16/1) filling out the frame in third.

    Elusive Kate, who had helped set to early fractions with Libranno and Penitent, finished back in fourth

    "I'm still not quite sure what happened at Newbury, but this is a very good horse," said the winning rider.







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    Camelot team confident in rematch

    Wed 19th Jun 2013, 09:38

    Camelot in full flow winning the Investec Derby at Epsom last year
    Camelot in full flow winning the Investec Derby at Epsom last year
    (Healy Racing Photos)
    Joseph O'Brien is confident Camelot can silence the doubters and return to his brilliant best in the Prince Of Wales's Stakes at Royal Ascot today.

    The Montjeu colt was hailed a potential superstar after he followed up an unbeaten juvenile campaign with victories in the 2000 Guineas at Newmarket, Investec Derby at Epsom and Irish Derby at the Curragh, but he then suffered defeats in the St Leger and the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe.

    Although he suffered a life-threatening bout of colic not long afterwards, trainer Aidan O'Brien confirmed the apple of his eye would return for a four-year-old campaign, but after a winning return to action in the Mooresbridge Stakes he was beaten by Al Kazeem in the Tattersalls Gold Cup. The two renew rivalry in today's ten-furlong feature.

    O'Brien jnr said: "We've done one or two things a bit differently at home with him since (the Curragh) and we're hoping he can improve.

    "After what happened last year (colic), sometimes the first time they have a proper race again it can come as a bit of a shock. He seems in good form at home, we're happy with him and we're hoping he's going to run a big race."

    O'Brien snr told At The Races: "We've been looking forward to him and this will be his big test in high summer. We've been very happy with him since the Curragh. Ascot was the main target for the first half of the year and we were taking him along gently. He had the setback in the winter and everything was slowly building up to Ascot.

    "You'd be happy Al Kazeem is running again, as we can gauge Camelot then and see if he is making the progression we hope he is going to make. I think it's good for the race, it will be good competition and we look forward to the race."

    While the O'Brien camp are expecting Camelot to be a different horse to the one that turned up at the Curragh last month, Roger Charlton sees no reason why Al Kazeem cannot also progress.

    The trainer said: "I think and hope he has come on again since his last run. I think he's fitter, he looks well, he's eating well and is in a good place mentally. It's a better race than what he ran in last time. At the Curragh we had one horse to beat, this time we've got eight horses to beat.

    "Camelot is there, I'd respect The Fugue and one or two others - it's a Group 1 race. I don't think we have any excuses before the race. It might be different afterwards! We'll see."



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    Prince Of Wales's preview

    Tue 18th Jun 2013, 14:33

    Camelot
    Camelot
    (Healy Racing Photos)
    Jockey Joseph O'Brien is confident Camelot can silence the doubters and return to his brilliant best in the Prince Of Wales's Stakes at Royal Ascot on Wednesday.

    The Montjeu colt was hailed a potential superstar after he followed up an unbeaten juvenile campaign with victories in the 2000 Guineas at Newmarket, Investec Derby at Epsom and the Irish Derby at the Curragh.

    Connections soon confirmed Camelot would try to become the first Triple Crown hero since the legendary Nijinsky in 1970 by running in the St Leger at Doncaster, but his dreams were shattered as he suffered a shock defeat at the hands of Encke.

    His huge reputation took another significant blow as he finished down the field in the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe and although he suffered a life-threatening bout of colic not long afterwards, trainer Aidan O'Brien confirmed the apple of his eye would return for a four-year-old campaign.

    He made a winning, if unspectacular, return to action in the Mooresbridge Stakes, but then suffered defeat at the hands of Al Kazeem in the Tattersalls Gold Cup.

    The two renew their rivalry in Wednesday's 10-furlong feature and O'Brien junior is looking forward to the challenge .

    "We've done one or two things a bit differently at home with him since (the Curragh) and we're hoping he can improve," said Ireland's champion jockey.

    "After what happened last year (colic), sometimes the first time they have a proper race again it can come as a bit of a shock.

    "He seems in good form at home, we're happy with him and we're hoping he's going to run a big race."

    Aidan O'Brien is pleased Al Kazeem is in the field on Wednesday, to give him a chance to gauge how Camelot is progressing.

    "We've been looking forward to him and this will be his big test (in) high-summer," the Ballydoyle handler told At The Races.

    "We've been very happy with him since the Curragh. Ascot was the main target for the first half of the year and we were taking him along gently.

    "He had the setback in the winter and everything was slowly building up to Ascot.

    "You'd be happy Al Kazeem is running again, as we can gauge Camelot then and see if he is making the progression we hope he is going to make.

    "I think it's good for the race, it will be good competition and we look forward to the race."

    While the O'Brien camp are expecting Camelot to be a different horse to the one that turned up at the Curragh last month, Charlton sees no reason why Al Kazeem cannot also progress.

    Charlton said: "I think and hope he has come on again since his last run. I think he's fitter, he looks well, he's eating well and is in a good place mentally.

    "It's a better race than what he ran in last time. At the Curragh we had one horse to beat, this time we've got eight horses to beat.

    "Camelot is there, I'd respect The Fugue and one or two others - it's a Group One race.

    "I don't think we have any excuses before the race. It might be different afterwards! We'll see."

    The man in the saddle aboard Al Kazeem is James Doyle and he too is up for the challenge.

    The jockey said: "He won very nicely in Ireland and surprised a lot of people by showing exactly how good he was.

    "The race has fallen apart a bit with Snow Fairy and Farhh now not running, but it still leaves some decent horses in the line-up.

    "Camelot is there and the vibes from the O'Brien camp are that he's going to be in better nick going to Ascot, so that will be interesting to see.

    "The Fugue has got some decent form in the book and it's going to be a tough race, but it's one I'm really looking forward to.

    "We go with a favourite's chance, but it is Ascot after all and you can never be too confident. Hopefully we will run into a place at least.

    "He's always been pretty good, but he's improved massively.

    "He's a superstar to ride. He makes my job a lot easier."

    John Gosden's talented mare The Fugue also brings Group One-winning form to the table, having landed the Nassau Stakes at Glorious Goodwood last summer.

    However, she is making her first appearance since finishing a luckless third in the Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf at the Breeders' Cup in November and Simon Marsh, racing manager for owners Lord and Lady Lloyd-Webber, acknowledges she faces a tough task on her return.

    Marsh said: "The weather was against her earlier in the year and it just took time for her to come to herself, but she's ready now and we have to start somewhere.

    "I think this is the perfect trip for her and I would imagine the ground will be on the fast side of good, which should be perfect.

    "John wouldn't be running her if he didn't think she was straight, but it is a tough ask running against the colts on her first start of the season.

    "She has run well fresh in her two previous seasons, so we'll see what happens."

    Adding Gallic flair to the race is the Jonathan Pease-trained French raider Maxios, a narrow winner of the Group One Prix d'Ispahan at Longchamp last month.

    Alan Cooper, racing manager for owners the Niarchos Family, said: "He has travelled well and is going into the race in very good form.

    "This is the natural next step for him after winning the Prix d'Ispahan and he has good form lines with horses like Planteur. We'll know much more about him tomorrow afternoon.

    "I think 10 furlongs is the right distance for him at this stage and I think the track should be fine for him.

    "We wouldn't want the ground too firm, but there are some showers forecast and I don't think the ground is going to be an issue.

    "It's a proper Group One race, which is what Royal Ascot is all about."

    Adding further depth to what promises to be an exciting contest are Ed Dunlop's globetrotting star Red Cadeaux, Godolphin's Saint Baudolino and William Haggas-trained improver Mukhadram.


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    Gale set to blow in the Jersey

    Tue 18th Jun 2013, 14:53

    Gale Force Ten
    Gale Force Ten
    (Healy Racing Photos)
    Gale Force Ten takes a drop in class and distance when he bids to land a first Group-race success in the Jersey Stakes at Royal Ascot on Wednesday.

    The Aidan O'Brien-trained colt turned in a class performance when runner-up to his stablemate Magician in the Irish 1,000 Guineas at the Curragh last month.

    He had also finished a close fourth in the French equivalent and connections go into the seven-furlong Group Three full of optimism.

    "He's a grand horse who always tries his best and he's very consistent," said the trainer's son and rider Joseph O'Brien.

    "He's seems in good form since the Irish Guineas and he's entitled to run a big race."

    O'Brien senior is of the opinion this distance should be ideal.

    "He's an Oasis Dream horse and ran a good race in the Middle Park last year over six furlongs (when third to Reckless Abandon)," the trainer told At The Races.

    "We went to France as we thought maybe getting a mile was going to be his problem, but he surprised us with the way he got the mile at the Curragh. He was coming home very well.

    "You'd imagine coming back to seven furlongs will suit him and he seems in good form."

    Garswood was a good winner of the Free Handicap on his seasonal debut but was a big disappointment when only seventh in the Qipco 2000 Guineas at Newmarket.

    "We're happy with him and hope he runs a race. We'll have to see what happens but we are pleased with him now," said Fahey.

    "He's joint top-rated on ratings so he's one they have to beat, but I just hope he performs like he does at home and shows he is a good horse."

    Clive Cox is happy with his runner Well Acquainted, who showed he could be on the upgrade when winning the Listed Surrey Stakes at Epsom.

    "He won very well at Epsom last time. He keeps on coming up with the goods," said the Lambourn handler.

    "This is another step up in a competitive race, but I think the stiff seven furlongs is right up his street.

    Richard Hannon has three representatives - Montiridge, Ninjago and Tamayuz Star - and feels they could be in the shake-up.

    "Montiridge showed his Windsor run was all wrong when making all to win a Listed race at Newbury, but that was a mile on easy ground, and it remains to be seen whether he will be as effective over this seven furlongs," the trainer told www.richardhannonracing.co.uk.

    "Ninjago probably found the ground a bit too fast at Newbury last time, but, though all his four wins have been over six furlongs, he gets the seven well, while our other runner, Tamayuz Star, has been working particularly well recently and seems to be coming back to himself."

    Newmarket trainer George Margarson accepts Jammy Guest has a lot on his plate but believes he could surprise a few people.

    "On ratings he has no right to be there, but I think he's better than his Listed form. He wouldn't have got in the Buckingham Palace and he's a horse I've trained for Ascot, so we've decided to take a chance in the Jersey," said Margarson.

    "It wouldn't surprise me if he ran a massive race."

    Ajraam and One Word More represent Charlie Hills and the Lambourn handler is expecting good performances from the pair.

    "You won't find two horses who will try harder," the trainer told www.charliehills.com.

    "You can write One Word More's run off in Germany where it was a complete disaster from start to finish. William Buick, who won on him at Kempton, is back on board here.

    "Ajraam is improving all the time and the horse he beat last time out has won well since."



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    O'Brien the fav for Royal Ascot jockeys crown

     By Donal MurphyMon 17th Jun 2013, 14:31

    Joseph O'Brien
    Joseph O'Brien
    (Healy Racing Photos)
    Joseph O’Brien is the current 2-1 favourite with bookmakers Paddy Power to be the top jockey at Royal Ascot this week.

    He was as short as 11-10 but has drifted in recent days with continued support coming for last year’s leading rider, Ryan Moore, who is now just 9-4.

    Moore was as big as 3-1, while Richard Hughes has also been well-supported, going from 7-1 into a current price of 4-1.

    Jamie Spencer is next in the betting at 8-1 while Johnny Murtagh and Kieran Fallon are both 33-1.

    Paddy Power bet; 2-1 Joseph O’Brien, 9-4 Ryan Moore, 4-1 Richard Hughes, 8-1 Jamie Spencer, 12-1 William Buick, Paul Hanagan, 16-1 Silvestre De Sousa, 20-1 James Doyle, 33-1 Tom Queally, Joe Fanning, Jim Crowley, Johnny Murtagh, Kieran Fallon, 50-1 Frankie Dettori.








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    Al Kazeem and Camelot to clash again

    Mon 17th Jun 2013, 11:28

    Al Kazeem seen here beating Camelot at the Curragh
    Al Kazeem seen here beating Camelot at the Curragh
    (Healy Racing Photos)
    Al Kazeem and Camelot will lock horns for a second time this season when they square up for a tussle in the Prince of Wales's Stakes at Royal Ascot on Wednesday.

    The talented duo headed a field of 11 for the Group One over a mile and a quarter with no horses withdrawn at the 48-hour final declaration stage.

    Al Kazeem, trained by Roger Charlton, came out on top by a length and a half when the pair clashed in the Tattersalls Gold Cup but the Camelot camp seek revenge and expect last year's triple Classic winner to be in better shape.

    His trainer Aidan O'Brien runs a pacemaker in the shape of Windsor Palace, who was third in the first encounter last month.

    Jonathan Pease sends Maxios sends over from France after his win in the Prix d'Ispahan, while Andrew Balding saddles Side Glance, who performed well in Dubai.

    Ed Dunlop's globetrotter Red Cadeaux has a rare start on home soil, with the progressive Mukhadram from William Haggas' stable stepping up in class following his Group Three success at Sandown.

    John Gosden has opted to take on the colts with The Fugue rather than stick to her own sex in the Duke of Cambridge Stakes on the same card.

    Godolphin have the former Andre Fabre-trained Saint Baudolino, who was fourth at Meydan on his only run of the year so far. Luca Cumani's Afsare and the Clive Brittain-trained Miblish make up the list.


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    Bye Bye to the maiden tag

    Sun 16th Jun 2013, 15:50

    Bye Bye Birdie (nearside) beats Abbakova with Dimity in third
    Bye Bye Birdie (nearside) beats Abbakova with Dimity in third
    (Healy Racing Photos)
    The subject of massive confidence in the market, Bye Bye Birdie (4/5 into 4/9 on track) got the job done on outing number three in the Irish Stallion Farms European Breeders Fund Fillies Maiden at Cork.

    Basically Joseph O'Brien wasn't taking no for an answer from the front running first time 'cheek-pieced' juvenile.

    She made the running but those involved in the punt got a major fright when the daughter of Oasis Dream was headed inside the last by Abbakova. To her credit, the Ballydoyle runner fought tenaciously to prevail by a neck.

    John Murphy's Dimity (14/1) performed above expectations to take the third spot, half a length back whilst Clenor (a morning price market-mover) was hampered and stumbled at halfway. She kept on for the fourth spot, another length and a half adrift.

    Joseph O'Brien revealed: "She'd be better on quick ground. She has a couple of entries next week (the Queen Mary and the Albany) and she could go." (AM & EM)



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    All set for fascinating St James's Palace

    Sun 16th Jun 2013, 11:23

    Magician
    Magician
    (Healy Racing Photos)
    Dawn Approach, Magician and Toronado are all set to clash at Royal Ascot on Tuesday after a field of nine was declared for the St James's Palace Stakes.

    Dawn Approach, winner of the 2000 Guineas, was a doubtful runner after his last-placed finish in the Derby until trainer Jim Bolger stated his intention to run last Wednesday.

    Bolger has also declared Leitir Mor, winner of a Group Three at Leopardstown last week.

    Magician had been a short-priced favourite for the race following his win in the Irish Guineas but he met with a slight setback last week.

    While he is expected to fully recover, Aidan O'Brien has also declared Mars, who has performed creditably in the Guineas and Derby already this season.

    George Vancouver is another Ballydoyle representative in the Group One.

    Richard Hannon will be hoping the real Toronado turns up after he disappointed many in the Guineas by finishing only fourth.

    A breathing issue was apparently the reason for that and jockey Richard Hughes has high hopes once again.

    Roger Charlton has decided on this race for Dundonnell rather than the Jersey Stakes, while Kevin Ryan's Guineas runner-up Glory Awaits will take part.

    The Mikel Delzangles-trained Mshawish, ridden by Frankie Dettori, completes the field.



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    O'Brien three-handed in the Coventry

    Sun 16th Jun 2013, 11:35

    Stubbs
    Stubbs
    (Healy Racing Photos)
    Aidan O'Brien has a strong hand in Tuesday's Coventry Stakes at Royal Ascot after a field of 16 runners was declared.

    The Ballydoyle team will be represented by Naas Listed winner Stubbs, Curragh maiden victor Sir John Hawkins and War Command, who made a winning debut at Leopardstown 11 days ago.

    Richard Hannon is also strongly represented with Richard Hughes choosing Championship.

    Frankie Dettori will be aboard Thunder Strike while Dane O'Neill is on the Hamdan Al Maktoum-owned Wahaab.

    The Sheikh's retained jockey Paul Hanagan has chose to partner Brian Meehan's Mawfoor.

    Mick Channon runs Riverboat Springs who flashed home in the Woodcote at Epsom, Jallota and Rosso Corsa.

    Richard Fahey has selected Parbold from his strong team of juveniles while Mark Johnston runs Lanark.



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    Bluebell gets Master off the mark in Ireland

     By Donal MurphySat 15th Jun 2013, 17:39

    Bluebell is driven out by Joseph O'Brien
    Bluebell is driven out by Joseph O'Brien
    (Healy Racing Photos)
    Bluebell provided her sire Mastercraftsman (who is currently standing in New Zealand) with his first winner in Ireland, as she took the opening contest at Limerick this evening, the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Median Auction 2yo Maiden.

    Ridden by Joseph O’Brien and trained by his father Aidan, she made her debut at Fairyhouse recently, finishing a well beaten tenth behind stable mate Wonderfully.

    She was backed on-course from 9/2 to 7/2 and having being headed by Pearl Earing a furlong out, she rallied gamely in the closing stages to score by half a length.

    The David Wachman trained, Billy Lee ridden, Pearl Earing had to settle for second at 8/1 while the Kevin Prendergast trained Got To Dream (10/3 this morning and 2/1 to 15/8 clear favourite on-course) was a further two and a quarter lengths back in third under Chris Hayes.

    Joseph O’Brien said afterwards: "She is genuine and they went a good gallop. She’s a bit lazy but she tries hard and she is entitled to setup to Stakes company after that."

    The winner is a half-sister to Lilbourne Lad, who won the Group 2 Railway Stakes at the Curragh in 2011 and also finished second in the Group 1 Middle Park Stakes in the same year.

    She was purchased by Tim Hyde for €200,000 at Goffs in February of last year and she holds entries in the Railway Stakes, the Phoenix Stakes and the Moyglare Stud Stakes.

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    Marengo among King Edward fifteen

    Sat 15th Jun 2013, 14:20

    Aidan O'Brien could also saddle Leading Light in the Group 2 contest
    Aidan O'Brien could also saddle Leading Light in the Group 2 contest
    (Healy Racing Photos)
    Investec Derby fourth Battle Of Marengo heads 15 remaining possibles for the King Edward VII Stakes at Royal Ascot.

    The Derrinstown Stud Trials winner is one of three Aidan O'Brien-trained representatives in the 12 furlong Group Two contest.

    He could be joined by Flying The Flag (eighth at Epsom) and Leading Light - a winner of three of his four starts - as the trainer seeks to land the race for the first time since 2004.

    Chief among the opposition are Luca Cumani's one-time Classic hope Greatwood, who hasn't been seen since disappointing in the Dante Stakes at York, and Ed Dunlop's Contributer.

    The latter beat subsequent Listed winner Cruck Realta on his reappearance and has since chased home Irish 2000 Guineas winner Magician and the promising Disclaimer.

    Hillstar could step out of handicap company for the first time having finished second in the London Gold Cup at Newbury, a race that threw up last year's winner Thomas Chippendale.

    Spillway was back in third at the Berkshire venue and could re-oppose for Eve Johnson Houghton while John Gosden looks set to rely upon impressive Newmarket winner Brass Ring.

    Brian Meehan has left in both Eshtiaal and Number One London with Godolphin pair Secret Number and Tha'ir, Fantastic Moon, Havana Beat and Mutashaded completing the possibles.



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    Wilshire Boulevard gets off the mark

     By Michael GrahamFri 14th Jun 2013, 18:53

    Joseph O'Brien
    Joseph O'Brien
    (Healy Racing Photos)
    Wilshire Boulevard picked up compensation for last week’s near miss at Navan when winning decisively over the same course and distance tonight.

    Last Saturday the son of Holy Roman Emperor just failed by a short head in a six furlong juvenile maiden won by Muscle Beach but there was no mistake this time.

    Joseph O’Brien sent him after Candy Apples at the furlong pole and the pair quickly asserted to come home two lengths to the good and justify 4/7 favouritism. He was backed in from an opening show of 9/10.

    “He was entitled to run a big race after the last day. He has loads of speed and will be better on better ground,” Joseph O’Brien commented afterwards on the two-year-old trained by his father Aidan.

    Candy Apples was his market rival but she was noticeably weak at the track, drifting from 5/4 to 13//8.

    Seven runners went to post and it was the unraced Fix It (16/1) who came in third, six lengths adrift of runner-up Candy Apples.



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    Magician a doubt for Palace

    Fri 14th Jun 2013, 21:16

    Magician winning Irish 2000 Guineas
    Magician winning Irish 2000 Guineas 
    (Healy Racing Photos)
    One of the most anticipated clashes of next week's Royal Ascot meeting has come under threat with news that Magician may miss his expected head-to-head with Dawn Approach in the St James's Palace Stakes.

    A final decision on Magician's participation will be made on Sunday after the colt sustained "minor bruising" following a knock on Thursday, Coolmore said.

    Impressive winner of the Irish 2,000 Guineas, the Aidan O'Brien-trained colt had previously won the Dee Stakes at Chester's May meeting.

    Mars, sixth in the Investec Derby at Epsom, is on stand-by to act as substitute for Magician should he not run.

    A statement issued on www.coolmore.com late on Friday said: "Magician sustained minor bruising after receiving a knock yesterday.

    "Aidan is very happy with Magician today and he is 100% sound.

    "A final decision will be made on Sunday whether or not he will run in Tuesday's St James's Palace Stakes.

    "Should he not run, Mars will take his place and in the event of that happening Indian Chief will run in the Tercentenary."

    Confirming running plans for the O'Brien two-year-olds next week, the statement went on: "Two-year-old plans for Royal Ascot are as follows: Stubbs, Sir John Hawkins and War Command are all probables for the Coventry and Fountain Of Youth goes for the Windsor Castle.

    "Bye Bye Birdie runs in Mallow (Cork) on Sunday after which a decision will be made on the Queen Mary.

    "Coach House is a probable for the Norfolk Stakes and Wonderfully is likely to represent us in the Albany.

    "We plan to run both Friendship and Adeste Fideles in the Chesham Stakes."

     

     

     


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    2yo Colt just Named
    Carlo Bugatti (17/2/11) - Montjeu ex Marquesa *Just Named



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    Bracelet gets O'Briens off to good start

     By Michael GrahamThu 13th Jun 2013, 18:20

    Bracelet and Joseph O'Brien at Leopardstown
    Bracelet and Joseph O'Brien at Leopardstown
    (Healy Racing Photos)
    Bracelet overwhelmed Tap Dancing inside the last 200 yards of the opener at Leopardstown, but all the drama happened in behind as Patty Paige appeared to clip heels, unseating Rory Cleary and hampering several other runners.

    Cleary was taken to St Vincent's Hospital for precautionary X-rays following his fall. He was fully conscious and moving when aided by the medical staff.

    Bracelet had the benefit of an outing in a Listed race at Naas 10 days ago when 8th to the impressive Sandiva over six furlongs.

    Today’s trip was seven furlongs and when Joseph O’Brien asked her to hunt down front-runner Tap Dancing (3/1) she showed a good attitude to get on top and win going away by two lengths.

    The pair were well clear of Muileata (10/1), on debut for Jim Bolger and Kevin Manning, in third beaten 14 lengths.

    “She’s a lovely filly. The ground was plenty slow enough for her,” Joseph O’Brien said.

    “She jumped and travelled. She was very green first time. She was maybe a bit disappointing and didn’t do herself justice.”

    The two-year-old Montjeu filly had been all the rage all day as she opened at 6/4 in places this morning before being returned at 1/2 favourite.

    This was trainer Aidan O’Brien’s 10th winner in the last two weeks from 39 runners. She was Joseph O’Brien’s ninth success in the same time period.

    Upon racing commencing this evening the going was Good to Yielding after rain during the day.

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    Camelot and Al Kazeem rematch

    Thu 13th Jun 2013, 13:54

    Al Kazeem beating Camelot at the Curragh
    Al Kazeem beating Camelot at the Curragh
    (Healy Racing Photos)
    The Prince Of Wales's Stakes has become a real signature race for older horses since it was raised to Group One level in 2000 and 11 runners were left in at the latest declaration stage

    Al Kazeem has been something of a labour of love for Roger Charlton and the late maturing type has rewarded the patience of connections.

    He was only seen once on the racecourse during 2012 with victory in the Jockey Club Stakes at Newmarket but he's looked on an upward curve this season - seeing off Thomas Chippendale in the Gordon Richards Stakes at Sandown before taking the scalp of Camelot at the Curragh last month.

    Charlton said: "He's fine. He worked well this morning."

    For Camelot, the jury remains out despite being three-quarters of a length away from a Classic treble last season.

    He was no equal to Al Kazeem when they last met and as ever, the barbs about his generation being weak are never far away.

    Aidan O'Brien has won the race previously with So You Think (2012) and Duke Of Marmalade (2008)

    The race is one that has been particularly good to Godolphin in the past, and the boys in blue have been responsible for four winners including Dubai Millennium.

    This year they could be represented by Saint Baudolino.

    Second in the French Derby when trained by Andre Fabre, he had his first run for his new connections in February where he finished second in a Group 2 on the Tapeta surface at Meydan.

    Maxios is the only French raider though he is trained by a Brit in Jonathan Pease. He provided something of a shock when getting the better of Planteur in the Prix d'Isaphan at Longchamp but has won four times over this trip previously.

    Afsare has proved mulish at the start ahead of his recent races and he was withdrawn on account of his behaviours ahead of the Festival Stakes at Goodwood. He is however, no stranger to winning at the Festival having taken the Hampton Court Stakes back in 2010.

    Red Cadeaux brings an international perspective to the entries having recently visited Japan, Dubai and Singapore over the winter, while The Fugue is the only filly in the race although she could head for the Duke Of Cambridge Stakes.

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    Venus foils the gamble on Rae's Creek

     By Donal MurphyWed 12th Jun 2013, 21:37

    Venus De Milo (nearest) keeps on strongly under Seamie Heffernan to beat Rae's Creek (white cap)
    Venus De Milo (nearest) keeps on strongly under Seamie Heffernan to beat Rae's Creek (white cap)
    (Healy Racing Photos)
    Newcomer Venus De Milo kept on strongly in the closing stages to win the last, the Family Day On 14th July Fairyhouse Maiden, under Seamie Heffernan for Aidan O’Brien.

    The stable second-string was sent off at 6/1 and she dwelt towards the rear in the early stages.

    She was fifth over a furlong from home and looked set to finish out of the money however she came home with a wet sail, sweeping to the front in the closing stages to win by a length at the line.

    The Jessica Harrington trained Rae’s Creek was 9/2 this morning with Paddy Power but he was strongly backed this afternoon and opened on-course at just 13/8 before going off the 5/4 clear favourite.

    The Fran Berry ridden, JP McManus owned colt briefly hit the front inside the final furlong but he had no answer when the winner came with her challenge and he had to settle for second.

    Joseph O’Brien chose to ride Heirloom over the winner and he finished a neck back in third at 3/1.

    Seamie Heffernan said afterwards; "She is a well-bred filly and she handled that soft ground better than the others."

    The winner cost 105,000 Guineas as a foal and 220,000 Guineas as a yearling.

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    6 x 2yo Colts Named 

    Table Rock (31/3/11) - Fastnet Rock ex Small Sacrifice *Just Named
    Red Rocks Point (4/4/11) - Fastnet Rock ex My Emma *Just Named
    Thomas Wedgwood (18/4/11) - Galileo ex Mythical Echo *Just Named
    Bazaar (20/2/11) - Galileo ex One Moment In Time *Just Named
    Jefferson City (8/4/11) - Montjeu ex Reina Blanca *Just Named
    Lungarno Palace (10/2/11) - Henrythenavigator ex Good Time Sally *Just Named


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    Camelot could be Wizard of Oz

    Thu 13th Jun 2013, 09:36

    Camelot has an invite for the Cox Plate
    Camelot has an invite for the Cox Plate
    (Healy Racing Photos)
    The Moonee Valley Racing Club has this week issued invitations to the connections of 10 horses trained in Britain and Ireland for the Group 1 $3 million 2013 Sportingbet Cox Plate (2040m) on Saturday, October 26.

    They include Tattersalls Gold Cup one-two Al Kazeem and Camelot with an invitation also issued to Aidan O'Brien's Irish 2000 Guineas winner Magician.

    Godolphin pair Farrh and Sajjhaa could join them in Australia along with globetrotting duo Side Glance and Planteur with The Fugue, Trade Storm and Ed Dunlop's American import Unbridled Command completing the list.

    There is a good spread of possible runners from France headed by regular Antipodean visitor Dunaden who could cross swords with Giofra, Mandour and Maxios.

    The MVRC have also invited two of Hong Kong's leading performers in Military Attack who recently stormed home to win the Group One SIA Cup at Kranji from stablemate and fellow invitee Dan Excel.

    Akeed Mofeed and California Memory are the other Hong Kong stars to be invited with Mike de Kock's The Apache and Japan's Eishin Flash completing the list.

    MVRC Chairman Bob Scarborough is excited by the possibility of enticing the world's best weight-for-age thoroughbreds to Melbourne to contest the Sportingbet Cox Plate.

    "With the retirement of Frankel, there is now a new crop of Group One weight-for-age champions attempting to assert their authority on the racing world," he said.

    "The international racing landscape is forever changing and we are now seeing a large contingent of horses not only travelling overseas, but winning international Group races.

    "I am hopeful that the connections of the best weight-for-age horses in the world will accept our invitation to travel to Melbourne to contest the Weight-For-Age Championship in the southern hemisphere, the Sportingbet Cox Plate, and attempt to become the first international horse to claim the crown."



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    Aidan O'Brien dominates King George entry

    Updated: Wednesday, 12 Jun 2013 14:18 | 0 Comments

    Ruler Of The World is among those set to go in the King George VI And Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Ascot
    Ruler Of The World is among those set to go in the King George VI And Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Ascot

    Investec Derby hero Ruler Of The World, last year's Epsom victor Camelot and Irish 2,000 Guineas winner Magician feature among a stellar entry of 29 horses for the King George VI And Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Ascot next month.

    The trio, who are all trained by Aidan O'Brien, head 10 contenders for Ballydoyle, with triple Coronation Cup winner St Nicholas Abbey, Derby fourth Battle Of Marengo and last year's Grand Prix de Paris winner Imperial Monarch also in the mix.

    Corine Barande-Barbe's stable star Cirrus Des Aigles currently tops the ante-post market with big-race sponsor Betfair while Roger Charlton's Al Kazeem, who beat Camelot last time out, is another among the leading hopes.

    Other entries of note include Derby runner-up Libertarian, Godolphin's Hunter's Light, former Melbourne Cup hero Dunaden and Ed Dunlop's globetrotting Red Cadeaux.

    Danedream claimed the race for Germany in 2012 and the Mario Hofer-trained Pastorius and Andreas Wohler's Novellist - the first two home in last year's German Derby - could try to follow in her hoofprints.

    Very Nice Name is an intriguing entry from the yard of Alban de Mieulle, who trains predominantly in Qatar but also in France.

    The son of Whipper, who is currently in France, won five times in as many starts in Qatar, culminating with victory in the valuable Emir Trophy in February.

    Very Nice Name then took his chance in the Sheema Classic at Meydan, where he finished a three-and-a-half-length third to St Nicholas Abbey in the hands of Olivier Peslier.

    Peslier is in line for the ride again at Ascot, as he aims to supplement his win aboard Harbinger in 2010.

    De Mieulle said: "We plan to bring Very Nice Name over for the King George.

    "The horse has been good since Dubai. We hoped to run in the Grand Prix de Chantilly last week but the ground was not right for him so we decided to wait. He will go straight to Ascot now.

    "We were very pleased with his performance in Dubai. He didn't have a good draw and, although he wouldn't have won, I think he would have been closer to the second had he been drawn better. He has proved he is high-class there and that's why we want to run him at Ascot.

    "He has improved a lot since he has come back from Dubai. He did a very good piece of work under Olivier Peslier one morning recently when we were preparing him to run at Chantilly and I'm hoping there is more to come from him on the track."



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    Sir Henry Cecil dies

    Tue 11th Jun 2013, 12:31

    Sir Henry Cecil
    Sir Henry Cecil
    (Healy Racing Photos)
    Sir Henry Cecil has died at the age of 70, said a statement posted on the Newmarket trainer's official website.

    Responsible for 25 British Classic winners and crowned champion trainer 10 times, Cecil was also the leading handler by some way at Royal Ascot with a record 75 successes.

    Knighted by the Queen in 2011, his later years saw him battle cancer but were illuminated by the great Frankel, officially the best horse in the world and unbeaten in 14 starts before retirement.

    A statement posted on www.sirhenrycecil.com read: "It is with great sadness that Warren Place Stables confirms the passing of Sir Henry Cecil earlier this morning.

    "Following communication with the British Horseracing Authority, a temporary licence will be allocated to Lady Cecil. No further update is anticipated this afternoon."







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    Irish Derby update

    Mon 10th Jun 2013, 15:23

    Ruler Of The World winning at Epsom
    Ruler Of The World winning at Epsom
    (Healy Racing Photos)
    Ruler Of The World has been confirmed a definite runner in the Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby at the Curragh on Saturday, June 29th and the Aidan O’Brien-trained colt is again likely to clash with his two nearest Epsom rivals Libertarian and Galileo Rock. Libertarian will have to be supplemented to the race at a cost of 75,000 euro, but his trainer Elaine Burke has stated that connections of the colt are prepared to do just that.

    Speaking at the Curragh on Sunday, Aidan O’Brien gave an upbeat bulletin on his star colt. “Ruler Of The World has come out of the Epsom race in great shape and it’s all systems go for the Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby,” he said.

    “We could not be happier with the horse and at the moment he is likely to be our only runner in the race.”

    Libertarian and Galileo Rock were both doing their best work at the finish at Epsom and were only beaten one and a half lengths and a short head respectively by Ruler Of The World. David Wachman reported Galileo Rock in “excellent form” following his exertions at Epsom. “He has come out of the Epsom race in great form,” commented Wachman. “The horse has several race options open to him but the Irish Derby is high on the list and we will make a decision nearer the time.”

    Elaine Burke, who will attempt to become the first female trainer to win the Irish Derby, is also to aim her fast-finishing Derby runner-up Libertarian. Her husband Karl said that the New Approach colt would have the week off before they would begin building him up again for his next assignment, where they hope the course and pace of the race will enable him to reverse the form.

    Trading Leather booked his place in the line-up for the Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby when landing the Listed TRM Silver Stakes at the Curragh on Sunday. Runner-up in the Dante Stakes at York and third behind Magician in the Tattersalls Irish 2000 Guineas in his two previous races, Jim Bolger’s colt really impressed in that Listed contest. “He is a tough colt who stays really well and the Irish Derby will be his next objective,” commented Bolger.

    Curragh-based trainer Patrick Prendergast is set to have his first ever runner in the Irish Derby with the highly progressive Sugar Boy. The son of Authorized had both Galileo Rock and Libertarian behind him when he gamely landed a Group Three contest at Sandown in April and is fully deserving of his chance in the line-up. “Sugar Boy has thrived since the Sandown race,” said Prendergast, whose late grandfather and namesake won this race with Ragusa (1963) and Meadow Court (1965).

    “The horse would like a bit of juice in the ground but either way he is a definite runner and I can see him run a very big race.”

    Another trainer having his first runner in the race is Pat Shanahan, who will saddle recent Chester winner Ralston Road. “He didn’t really handle the track at Chester but his courage saw him through in the end,” remarked Shanahan, who won this race as a rider aboard the Dermot Weld-trained Zagreb in 1996.

    “Ralston Road is in great form and has come on a good deal since that Chester win. He is a real galloper, stays the trip well and is entitled to take his chance in the race.”

    The Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby Festival takes place from the 28th to 30th June and will feature world class racing, fabulous fashion with the winner of the Most Stylish Lady competition judged by Coronation Street star Michelle Keegan winning a 5 Star Dubai holiday plus a spectacular diamond ring from Boodles, superb Food Paddock and the Derby Music Village with live music throughout Derby Day featuring the Raglans, Delorentos, Original Rude Boys and Sharon Shannon.

    Paddy Power, official betting partner of the Curragh Racecourse latest betting: 5-4 Ruler Of The World, 7-2 Libertarian, 6 Galileo Rock, Trading Leather, 7 Sugar Boy, 20 Little White Cloud

    A special Derby Day admission ticket can now be purchased in advance for only €30, which includes a free Derby bus from Dublin City Centre, collecting at Ballsbridge Inn, Bewleys Leopardstown, Newlands Cross and Browns Barn

    The Irish Double ticket is also available to purchase. Costing just €50, it will permit fans of racing and golf to enjoy one of the best sporting and social occasions of the year in the third round of the Irish Open at Carton House during the day, followed by the Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby at the Curragh in the evening. There is also the option to book the Irish Double shuttle bus from the Curragh to the Irish Open departing from the racecourse at 8am and returning in the afternoon.



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    Exciting feature in prospect at the Curragh

     By Alan MageeSun 9th Jun 2013, 09:30

    Zand opens his account at Leopardstown last autumn
    Zand opens his account at Leopardstown last autumn
    (Healy Racing Photos)
    UAE Derby hero Lines Of Battle, Irish 2,000 Guineas third Trading Leather and the promising Zand all clash in a mouth-watering renewal of the TRM Silver Stakes at the Curragh this afternoon.

    Lines Of Battle subsequently didn’t enjoy the clearest of passages when tackling the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs, while Trading Leather returns to the ten-furlong trip over which he previously ran a cracker when runner-up to Libertarian in the Betfred Dante Stakes at York.

    Zand has always been held in high regard by the John Oxx team, and the Leopardstown maiden winner makes a belated seasonal debut here having been held up by a foot problem.

    The Listed event is the highlight on a seven race card which gets underway at 2.20pm, and the going remains good to firm following watering.

    Meanwhile the going is good to firm (firm in places) at Roscommon ahead of a two-day meeting there on Monday and Tuesday.



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    League appreciates the quick ground

     By Donal MurphySat 8th Jun 2013, 17:54

    League Of Nations & Joseph O'Brien on their way to victory in the last at Navan
    League Of Nations & Joseph O'Brien on their way to victory in the last at Navan
    (Healy Racing Photos)
    The Aidan O’Brien trained League Of Nations clearly appreciated the quick ground as he defied top weight when running out a comfortable winner of the last at Navan, the Paddy Power In Support Of The Irish Dogs For The Disabled 3yo Handicap.

    The son of Galileo ran well on his first four starts but he disappointed at Killarney last time out, finishing a well beaten third behind Kiss Goodnight when sent off the 4/5 favourite.

    Stepped up in trip by two furlongs and encountering quick ground for the first time, he was backed from his morning price of 9/2 and he went off the 3/1 favourite.

    Scelig (4/1) attempted to make all under Kevin Manning for Jim Bolger but she had no answer once overtaken by the winner over a furlong out, as he went on to score by two and a quarter lengths.

    The aforementioned Jim Bolger trained filly plugged on to take second while Carriedwas a neck back in third under Pat Smullen for Prunella Dobbs at 8/1.

    Winning rider Joseph O’Brien said afterwards; "He disappointed at Killarney but it was very bad ground and the better ground today helped. He has been running consistently and he was entitled to win that."

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    O'Brien aiming for Derby double with Ruler

    Sat 8th Jun 2013, 18:23

    Aidan O'Brien has also stated the Royal Ascot targets for some of his stable stars
    Aidan O'Brien has also stated the Royal Ascot targets for some of his stable stars
    (Healy Racing Photos)
    Epsom hero Ruler Of The World will be Aidan O'Brien's big hope for the Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby at the Curragh on June 29th.

    The Ballydoyle trainer has taken the Classic for the last seven years, and 10 times in all, and has a host of entries in the race this season.

    However, O'Brien has decided to name his Investec Derby winner as on target for the Curragh.

    "We're making our plans known earlier than usual to allow others to plan positively for the Irish Derby," O'Brien told www.coolmore.com.

    O'Brien also stated that Battle Of Marengo, Mars, Magician, Camelot and Declaration Of War will form part of his raiding party for Royal Ascot.

    He outlined some of his plans for the Berkshire showpiece on the Coolmore website with Camelot facing a rematch with Al Kazeem in the Prince Of Wales's Stakes.

    Roger Charlton's charge proved too strong for last year's Investec Derby hero in the Tattersalls Gold Cup last time at the Curragh.

    Battle Of Marengo, fourth to stablemate Ruler Of The World in this year's Epsom Classic, will go for the King Edward VII Stakes while Derby sixth Mars is on course for the Tercentenary Stakes.

    Magician, impressive winner of the Irish 2,000 Guineas, is in line for the St James's Palace Stakes, with Gale Force Ten heading for the Jersey Stakes and Leading Light the Queen's Vase.

    Declaration Of War will take on Dubai World Cup winner Animal Kingdom in the Queen Anne Stakes that kicks off the five-day bonanza on Tuesday week.

     

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    MY THOUGHTS ON ABOVE 

    Looking forward to Mars at least been 

    given a chance by his Jockey this time i still believe in him


     

    Magician along with Intello are the most exciting 3yo in the 

    world Ruler only a fraction off them Can't wait to see Magican again


     

    IMO - CAMELOT has alot to prove now but still believe in him too 


    DEC OF WAR has to be something wrong last time 

    i have always touted him as a G1 horse - 


    Leading Light is highly progressive - 


    Battle Of Marengo was sacrificed in the derby because

    of no pace so Joey had to go on with him he is a class act and we

    have to remember those tactics got DA beat and Ruler of the World

    the victory he should win at RA. 



    Gale Force Ten is decent miler 7f at ascot should suit and he will 

    have a great chance too - 


    I think the Irish Derby will be set up for Ruler of the World Coolmore  

    Love there Derby Winners to double up looks good on there potential 

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    Galileo bandwagon rolls on down under

    COOLMORE colossus Galileo has been a dominant force in many of Europe's leading races recently, siring the winners of the Epsom Derby, the French equivalent and the Irish 2,000 Guineas.

    His hot streak extended to Australia on Saturday when his six-year-old son Linton caused an upset in the Group 1 BRC Stradbroke Handicap becoming his sire's 35th top-level winner.

    Settled in rear by Nick Hall, Linton had a dream run up the inside rail in the straight, pulling clear to win by a length.

    Linton started his career in Australia with Lloyd Williams, who campaigned the horse as a stayer. Linton was a classy stayer winning the Group 2 MRC Herbert Power Stakes as well as placing in the Group 1 company.

    However, Linton was sold to current connections after bringing up the rear in the Group 1 VRC Turnbull Stakes in 2011.

    Now in the care of trainer John Sadler, the imposing grey has been running over shorter distances and that has given him a new lease of life, winning four of his eight starts for new connections.

    Assessing Linton's pedigree it is easy to see why a drop in distance has bought about significant improvement.

    Although his immediate family is rather light on quality - he is the best of two winners out of the Centaine mare Our Heather, a minor winner in New Zealand - distant relations include outstanding miler Barathea, Irish 1,000 Guineas winner Gossamer and Desert Style, who was rated Champion three-year-old sprinter in 1995.


     





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    O'Brien expecting tough race for Battle

    Sat 8th Jun 2013, 10:56

    Lines Of Battle pictured on his way to victory at Dundalk last year
    Lines Of Battle pictured on his way to victory at Dundalk last year 
    (Healy Racing Photos)
    Joseph O'Brien feels Lines Of Battle has plenty on his plate despite taking a significant drop in class for the TRM Silver Stakes at the Curragh on Sunday.

    A high-class juvenile and winner of the UAE Derby at Meydan on his first start as a three-year-old, Aidan O'Brien's American-bred colt was prepared for a tilt at the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs last month.

    He was far from disgraced in the 'Run for the Roses', finishing seventh in the hands of Ryan Moore, and is back at Listed level on his return home.

    However, with Jim Bolger's Irish 2,000 Guineas third Trading Leather in the field, the trainer's son and principal rider Joseph is not expecting a walk in he park.

    "It's a very hot race and he'll probably need a career-best to win," said the champion jockey.

    "He's a horse who takes plenty of racing and he seems to have come out of his race in America in good form. We haven't done a lot with him since, but he seems well.

    "He's won in Dundalk and won his maiden at the Curragh on good ground, so the ground should be fine for him on Sunday.

    "He has to give 2lb to a horse rated 2lb higher than him (Trading Leather) , so we'll just have to see what happens. Hopefully he'll run a good race."

    O'Brien senior also runs Kingston Jamaica, the mount of Seamie Heffernan.

    John Oxx finally gets the chance to unleash the exciting Zand following a difficult spring.

    The three-year-old was hugely impressive when winning a Leopardstown maiden last autumn, but has not been seen in competitive action since.

    Oxx said: "He had a bit of foot trouble at home so he's out a lot later than he should have been. He should have been out in mid-April, so we're two months behind.

    "We're looking forward to seeing how he gets on. He's only a maiden winner at the moment, although he has a rating of 99.

    "Hopefully he will go on and be useful and he has got good entries, but they have to be made a long way ahead, usually before you find out how good they are!"

    Tracey Collins is hoping Captain Joy can prove his stamina on his second attempt at a mile and a quarter.

    "He's in very good form and ran a good race over a mile the last day," said Collins.

    "The last time we ran him over a mile and a quarter he didn't seem to get home, but that was on a yielding ground and we're keen to give it another go on the faster ground he should get on Sunday.

    "We're stepping up into a higher class now and it's an unbelievable race, but hopefully he'll give a good account of himself.

    "The ground is a massive factor for him."

    Also featuring in a 10-runner field are David Wachman's Aloof and the Johnny Murtagh-trained Foxtrot Romeo.


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    Friendless Pointer foils the gamble

     By Donal MurphyFri 7th Jun 2013, 21:46

    Joseph O'Brien
    Joseph O'Brien
    (Healy Racing Photos)
    Point Piper completed a first and last race double for Aidan and Joseph O’Brien as he took the finale at Leopardstown, the Compass Group Ireland Maiden.

    Encountering quick ground for the first time, the son of Giant’s Causeway raced in third before he was ridden to challenge entering the straight.

    He hit the front a furlong out and he was driven out from there, asserting in the final 100 yards to score by two and three parts of a length.

    The winner was 5/1 this morning with Paddy Powers but was friendless in the betting and went off at 10/1.

    He is out of Imagine, who won the 1000 Guineas at the Curragh in 2001 before she followed up in the Epsom Oaks.

    Shouranour finished second at 10/3 for John Oxx and Declan McDonogh while the gambled on Harpist could only manage a disappointing third for David Wachmanand Wayne Lordan.

    She was 100/30 this morning but opened on track at just 5/4 before being backed into 9/10 favouritism at the off.




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    War Command makes Promising debut at Leopardstown in 7f maiden Royal Ascot could be Next took a while to pick up but stayed on strongly Chesham Stakes could now be on cards




    War gets on top late in opener

     By Gary CarsonFri 7th Jun 2013, 18:16

    War Command (farside) comes to head to Intensified close home
    War Command (farside) comes to head to Intensified close home
    (Healy Racing Photos)
    War Command got going late on to make a winning debut in the opening two-year-old maiden at Leopardstown.

    The winner had been well backed this morning from 5/2 into even-money but was easier on track and returned 6/4 after opening 5/4.

    He was a touch green in the preliminaries and took a while to find top gear in the race itself.

    Joseph O'Brien got a good tune from the son of War Front inside the final furlong and he powered home to get up late for a neck success over even-money favouriteIntensified.

    “We're delighted with that as Jim's horse has a good bit of form,” said Aidan O'Brienafterwards.

    “He's green but won nicely at the line without having too hard a time. It's a lovely bit of ground and he loves fast ground.

    “I wouldn't mind going back in trip with him as he's got plenty of speed.”

    The master of Ballydoyle feels that Royal Ascot might come a bit quick for the winner.

    “He was green enough and it might come too quick. He could be a Railway horse.”




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    2yo Colt just named Thanks to Graham Woods 

    Felix Mendelssohn (7/2/11) - Galileo ex Ice Queen *Just Named



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    St Nicholas Abbey will be aimed at the King George at Ascot

    Updated: Friday, 07 Jun 2013 15:47 | 0 Comments

    St Nicholas Abbey and Joseph O'Brien pulling clear to win the Coronation Cup at Epsom
    St Nicholas Abbey and Joseph O'Brien pulling clear to win the Coronation Cup at Epsom

    Three-time Coronation Cup hero St Nicholas Abbey will bypass Royal Ascot and instead be targeted at the King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes at the same track in July.

    The hugely talented six-year-old clinched the sixth Group One prize of his career with another superb performance on Epsom Derby day last weekend, after which connections mentioned Royal Ascot's Hardwicke Stakes as a possible next port of call.

    However, the son of Montjeu will instead aim to secure further top-level honours in the King George, having finished a close third in the mile and a half contest last season.

    Speaking on Coolmore's website, O'Brien said: "St Nicholas Abbey has come out of the race at Epsom really well and we're looking forward to his next run."

    One Ballydoyle inmate who is set to be part of the Royal Ascot team is hugely impressive Irish 2,000 Guineas scorer Magician.

    "Magician is a likely runner in the St James's Palace Stakes at Royal Ascot, he's an exciting horse for the future," said O'Brien.


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    Youth too strong in opener

     By Gary CarsonThu 6th Jun 2013, 17:53

    Fountain Of Youth and Joseph O'Brien
    Fountain Of Youth and Joseph O'Brien 
    (Healy Racing Photos)
    Hotpot Fountain Of Youth got the job done with the minimum of fuss in the opening two-year-old maiden at Tipperary.

    The Ballydoyle colt was sent off 1/10 favourite for the five furlong sprint and once shaken up by Joseph O'Brien soon settled matters.

    The son of Oasis Dream tracked the leaders on the outside and disputed from halfway.

    He was asked to quicken a furlong-and-a-half from home and soon had matters in hand.

    The winner just had to be kept up to his work inside the final furlong and galloped on strongly to record a convincing four length success.

    Focussed got up late to grab the runner-up spot, by a neck, from Ain't No Suprise.

    Fountain Of Youth had shaped with plenty of promise on his debut at Naas when second to the well regarded Big Time. The third Club Wexford has been placed in two Listed races since.

    “He's still a bit green and hopefully he'll improve for racing. He handled the quick ground well,” commented the winning rider afterwards.

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    Abbey has Saint-Cloud option

    Thu 6th Jun 2013, 14:12

    St Nicholas Abbey winning at Epsom
    St Nicholas Abbey winning at Epsom
    (Healy Racing Photos)
    Coronation Cup one-two St Nicholas Abbey and Dunaden could clash again in the Group One Grand Prix de Saint-Cloud on June 23.

    St Nicholas Abbey ran out a comfortable three and three quarter length winner as he made history at Epsom but has rarely shown his best form in France where Dunaden is just one of 30 possible opponents.

    Aidan O'Brien is responsible for three more entries with Friday's Saval Beg runner El Salvador joined by Chamonix and Imperial Monarch who enjoyed little luck in running in last year's French Derby before winning the Grand Prix de Paris.

    Dunaden's trainer, Mikel Delzangles, is double handed with Vadamar a possible alternative to his globe-trotting stable companion.

    Ed Dunlop could send Red Cadeaux and Joshua Tree on their travels while Andre Fabre, who has won two of the last three renewals, has a predictably strong hand with five entries.

    Other notable runners include Cirrus Des Aigles, Main Sequence, Parish Hall, Universal and Willing Foe who was an impressive winner of the Aston Park Stakes on his reappearance.



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    4 x 2yo just named Thanks to Graham Woods 


    2yo Colts 
    John Constable (20/3/11) - Montjeu ex Dance Parade *Just Named
    Blue Hussar (26/2/11) - Montjeu ex Metaphor *Just Named
    Great White Eagle (27/2/11) - Elusive Quality ex Gender Dancer *Just Named


    2yo Fillies 
    Shell House (17/3/11) - Galileo ex Bonnie Byerly *Just Named

    *Note Only 5 Fillies & 36 Colts remain Unnamed @ Ballydoyle


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    Nice start from Wonderfully

    Wed 5th Jun 2013, 17:49

    Wonderfully (nearside) just got up to beat Queen Of Power (grey nose) and Colour Blue (noseband) at Fairyhouse
    Wonderfully (nearside) just got up to beat Queen Of Power (grey nose) and Colour Blue (noseband) at Fairyhouse
    (Healy Racing Photos)
    Mars' sister, Wonderfully (6/4 this morning out to 7/2) shorted-headed Queen Of Power (25s first thing into 14s) in the Irish Stallion Farms European Breeders Fund Fillies Maiden at Fairyhouse.

    Clear pace-setter, Miss Mousey (first-time blinkers) made things interesting from the front here but she was caught a furlong out by Colour Blue. That one then looked likely to score.

    However she was 'done' in the final strides and ended up a short head off Ballydoyle's Wonderfully, and Queen Of Power, in third place.

    Moyglare Stud Farm and Dermot Weld's newcomer, Pirita (7/2 this morning into 11/8) dwelt at the stalls and she came home in fourth place, a further two lengths off the principals.

    Joseph O'Brien explained: "They went very quick but she has plenty of speed and travelled real well.

    "She was a bit green early on and I just had to get after her a little bit. She was getting a bit tired near the finish but she's a nice filly and will hopefully come along with racing." (AM & EM)


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    Handicapper unimpressed by Ruler

     By Donal MurphyTue 4th Jun 2013, 15:49

    Ruler Of The World pictured on his way to victory at Epsom
    Ruler Of The World pictured on his way to victory at Epsom
    (Healy Racing Photos)
    Ruler Of The World has been given the lowest rating of any Investec Derby winner this century by the British Horseracing Authority's senior handicapper.

    Phil Smith gives Aidan O'Brien's unbeaten colt a figure of just 120 following his defeat of Libertarian, although he admits he has the potential to improve it.

    He was similarly dismissive of Oaks winner Talent, rated 114 and above only Casual Look and Was at this stage.

    Smith said in his BHA blog: "I have Libertarian on 117 as he has basically run to the same level as Battle Of Marengo and that is what I had him running to on both of his starts this year.

    "I have no reason to believe that Battle Of Marengo did not run his race at Epsom. As a result I have Ruler Of The World performing to 120 at Epsom.

    "I have agreed this figure with Garry O'Gorman, who is senior handicapper on the Flat for the Irish Turf Club and it is the lowest immediate after-race figure for a Derby winner this century.

    "However, just as with Talent, I am sure this will not be the limit of Ruler Of The World's ability level."


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    Royal Ascot next up for classy Stubbs

     By Donal MurphyMon 3rd Jun 2013, 16:34

    Stubbs & Joseph O'Brien on their way to victory from Sacha Park in second
    Stubbs & Joseph O'Brien on their way to victory from Sacha Park in second 
    (Healy Racing Photos)
    Stubbs enhanced his growing reputation as he took the Alfred Nobel Rochestown Stakes, completing a Listed double for Aidan & Joseph O’Brien (won the second with Reply).

    The white-faced son of Danehill Dancer impressed when winning his maiden at Navan last month and he was well backed to follow up this afternoon.

    He was 5/4 last night with Paddy Powers but was 10/11 this morning and he was backed on track into 8/13 clear favourite at the off.

    Out of 2008 Irish Oaks winner Moonstone, he made smooth headway to challenge two furlongs out and he hit the front with over a furlong left to race, keeping on well from there to score by a length and three parts at the line.

    The Richard Hannon trained Sacha Park attempted to make all under Pat Dobbs but she had to settle for second at 11/4 while Club Wexford was two lengths back in third at 4/1.

    Joseph O'Brien said afterwards: "It was a mess of a race and they only hacked for a furlong. He did well to come from last to first.

    "He’ll have to go to Royal Ascot now, look at what the winner of this race last year (Dawn Approach) did."

    Stan James now make Stubbs the 5/1 joint favourite (from 12's) with Wahaab for the Coventry Stakes at Royal Ascot.

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    Reply too good for Owenstown rivals

     By Donal MurphyMon 3rd Jun 2013, 15:29

    Reply & Joseph O'Brien on their way to victory
    Reply & Joseph O'Brien on their way to victory
    (Healy Racing Photos)
    Reply outclassed his rivals in the Listed Owenstown Stud Stakes, as he took top honours for Aidan & Joseph O’Brien.

    The four-year-old son of Oasis Dream, who was third in the Irish 2000 Guineas last year, was just beaten by a neck in the Group 3 Greenlands Stakes at the Curragh last time out.

    Sent off the 2/1 favourite he kept on strongly in the final furlong, coming home a two and a quarter length victor.

    Tobann ran on well to take second at 14/1 under Kevin Manning for Jim Bolger whileParliament Square was two lengths back in third under Seamie Heffernan at 6/1.

    Joseph O’Brien said afterwards: "He is improving with racing and quick ground is the key to him. Trip wise six furlongs to a mile is ideal for him."

    The winner was recording his third career success today, scoring for the first time since he took the valuable Weatherbys Insurance 300,000 2yo Stakes at Doncaster in September of 2011.

    The stewards fined Damian Joseph English 130 euro for failing to lodge a passport in respect of Cash Or Casualty as required under the provisions of Rule 90. The horse was withdrawn.

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    Stubbs shows his class at Naas

     By Donal MurphyMon 3rd Jun 2013, 16:34

    Stubbs & Joseph O'Brien on their way to victory from Sacha Park in second
    Stubbs & Joseph O'Brien on their way to victory from Sacha Park in second 
    (Healy Racing Photos)
    Stubbs enhanced his growing reputation as he took the Alfred Nobel Rochestown Stakes, completing a Listed double for Aidan & Joseph O’Brien (won the second with Reply).

    The white-faced son of Danehill Dancer impressed when winning his maiden at Navan last month and he was well backed to follow up this afternoon.

    He was 5/4 last night with Paddy Powers but was 10/11 this morning and he was backed on track into 8/13 clear favourite at the off.

    Out of 2008 Irish Oaks winner Moonstone, he made smooth headway to challenge two furlongs out and he hit the front with over a furlong left to race, keeping on well from there to score by a length and three parts at the line.

    The Richard Hannon trained Sacha Park attempted to make all under Pat Dobbs but she had to settle for second at 11/4 while Club Wexford was two lengths back in third at 4/1.

    Joseph O'Brien said afterwards: "It was a mess of a race and they only hacked for a furlong. He did well to come from last to first.

    "He’ll have to go to Royal Ascot now, look at what the winner of this race last year (Dawn Approach) did."

    Stan James now make Stubbs the 5/1 joint favourite (from 12's) with Wahaab for the Coventry Stakes at Royal Ascot.

    Additional reporting by Michael Graham



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    Ruler 7/4 to complete Derby double

    Mon 3rd Jun 2013, 13:09

    Ruler Of The World is driven out to win the Derby under Ryan Moore
    Ruler Of The World is driven out to win the Derby under Ryan Moore
    (Healy Racing Photos)
    Bookmaker Paddy Power go 7/4 about Epsom Derby hero Ruler Of The World to follow up in the Irish equivalent at the Curragh later this month.

    Libertarian kept on well to take second and his trainer, Karl Burke, has indicated he is a 'strong possibility' to be supplemented.

    Powers go 9/2 about him while Epsom fourth, Battle Of Marengo is next in the betting at 5/1.

    Galileo Rock finished a fine third on Saturday and the David Wachman trained colt is 6/1.

    Sugar Boy for Patrick Prendergast is next in the betting at 7/1, while Mars is 8/1 and Trading Leather is 9/1.

    Paddy Power Betting; 7/4 Ruler Of The World, 9/2 Libertarian, 5/1 Battle Of Marengo, 6/1 Galileo Rock, 7/1 Sugar Boy, 8/1 Mars, 9/1 Trading Leather, 20/1 Little White Cloud.




               

     



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         18 European Classics English & French Derby  ..Winners this weekend Intello & Ruler of the World


     


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         RULER OF THE WORLD TAKES DERBY GLORY 

               & He was on our horses to follow 2012/13 list last April






    Ruler Of The World gives Aidan O'Brien a fourth Epsom Derby


    and jockey Ryan Moore his second

    Updated: Saturday, 01 Jun 2013 16:43 | 0 Comments

    2013 Epsom Derby winner Ruler Of The World (second right). Favourite Dawn Approach (right) trails home
    2013 Epsom Derby winner Ruler Of The World (second right). Favourite Dawn Approach (right) trails home

    Ruler Of The World provided Aidan O'Brien with a fourth Investec Derby and maintained his unbeaten record under Ryan Moore at Epsom - with favourite Dawn Approach well beaten after racing far too free.

    Dawn Approach failed to settle from very early on and Kevin Manning felt he had no option but to take up the running on the approach to Tattenham Corner, with the writing being on the wall some way out.

    Ruler Of The World (7-1) showed a smart turn of foot to go clear, but Battle Of Marengo, Galileo Rock and Ocovango all set off in pursuit.

    The gap was closing at the line as Libertarian flashed home to claim second with Galileo Rock in third.

    In the early stages Joseph O'Brien on Battle Of Marengo set a pedestrian gallop and with Dawn Approach wide with no cover and still pulling, Manning was forced to play his hand early.

    Moore had the eventual winner just on the outside of Ocovango as the pace quickened and the French raider had to take a pull, forfeiting valuable ground.

    Galileo Rock was handy throughout and stuck to his task gamely, outrunning his big price, but arguably the horse to take from the race was the unheralded runner-up, who was catching the winner with every stride, going down by a length and a half.

    Battle Of Marengo was fourth, but Dawn Approach was eased markedly, beating just one home.

    Moore said: "I wanted to be a bit closer, but I just didn't get away very well and it was a very messy race.

    "I had no option but to go on when I did, I knew he'd stay the trip very well but I got there a bit soon and he was very green.

    "He's improved a lot from Chester and he'll get further. He's got a really likeable attitude.

    "I knew the others were coming because I'd gone too early, but he really toughed it out and showed a very good attitude."

    He added: "I'm very lucky to be in this position and on these horses. This is the most important race for me."

    O'Brien said: "We're just so lucky, we get these incredibly-bred horses and even before they are mated the dream is for this to happen.

    "The owners understand the game so much, they are given all the information and usually come up with a plan and we try and carry it out.

    "All the jockeys had their own plan and all the horses were doing their own thing and that is just the way it ended up.

    "This horse was impressive at Chester (winning the Chester Vase) and won like a very good horse.

    "It's incredible, we're very privileged to be in the position we are."

    Coolmore supremo John Magnier said: "Joseph had his choice (of what to ride from the Ballydoyle runners) and Aidan thought this horse was the next best.

    "That's why the Derby is such an interesting race, as it is all unfolding.

    "The weather has been so difficult, we haven't really been on the grass much and if you try to find out everything at home you are not going to win the Derby."



    O'Brien and Moore Rule at Epsom

    Sat 1st Jun 2013, 16:18

    Ruler Of The World sees off Battle Of Marengo at Epsom
    Ruler Of The World sees off Battle Of Marengo at Epsom 
    (Healy Racing Photos)
    The Aidan O'Brien-trained Ruler Of The World won the Investec Derby at Epsom under Ryan Moore.

    The Chester Vase winner had no qualms in relation to an ability to stay the trip and having made ground from off the pace with two furlongs to go, the 7/1 chance claimed stablemate, Battle Of Marengo and comfortably had the measure of the staying on pair of Libertarian and Galileo Rock as they reached the line.

    A delighted O'Brien said: "We're just so lucky, we get these incredibly-bred horses and even before they are mated the dream is for this to happen.

    "The owners understand the game so much, they are given all the information and usually come up with a plan and we try and carry it out.

    "All the jockeys had their own plan and all the horses were doing their own thing and that is just the way it ended up.

    "This horse was impressive at Chester (winning the Chester Vase) and won like a very good horse.

    "It's incredible, we're very privileged to be in the position we are."

    Coolmore supremo John Magnier said: "Joseph had his choice (of what to ride from the Ballydoyle runners) and Aidan thought this horse was the next best.

    "That's why the Derby is such an interesting race, as it is all unfolding.

    "The weather has been so difficult, we haven't really been on the grass much and if you try to find out everything at home you are not going to win the Derby."

    QIPCO 2000 Guineas winner, Dawn Approach refused to settle in the early stages off a slow gallop, and though Kevin Manning tried not to disappoint the horse by letting him have his head before they came to Tattenham Corner - he was a spent force with three furlongs to travel and cut a forlorn figure as he beat only Ocean Approach home.

    The winner could well head to the Arc de Triomphe at Longchamp later in the year and Sky Bet quoted him as 6/1 for that race.

    Sky Bet's Richard Horner said: "Dawn Approach proved too headstrong to run his race and give himself a chance of staying the trip and bookmakers will be pleased with that. A Ryan Moore ridden winner though never goes unbacked and with Libertarian who was a very popular each way selection on the day staying on for second and a Pricewise big priced runner in third it certainly wasn't a skinner by any means."


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                 St Nicholas Abbey Easy as you Like

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    St Nicholas Abbey Makes

    history a brilliant 3rd

    consecutive Coronation Cup

    and a 6th Group One 

    success he is one of 

    the greats top class.

    & Becomes the top Earning

    European horse of all time

     

    St Nic impresses again at Epsom

    Sat 1st Jun 2013, 15:09

    St Nicholas Abbey seen here winning at Epsom last year
    St Nicholas Abbey seen here winning at Epsom last year
    (Healy Racing Photos)
    St Nicholas Abbey was a convincing winner of his third Investec Coronation Cup at Epsom.

    The six-year-old is nearing £5m in career earnings and he arugably produced his most convincing of his three victories in the Coronation Cup where he justified his starting price of 3/10 favourite with the minimum of fuss.

    Chamonix and Chapter Seven fulfilled their obligations as pacemakers for the field, but as the remaining three riders engaged in a game of cat and mouse tactics in behind - it was Joseph O'Brien that was first to commit his mount for home after they had passed the three furlong pole.

    Produced to lead as they came to two out, the colt was asked to go about his business and he soon had his rivals put to the sword.

    Dunaden engaged in forlorn pursuit for a brief spell before Jamie Spencer accepted the situation in second while Joshua Tree was a remote third.

    More to follow...

     




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    Ballydoyle 2yo named 7 Colts & 1 Filly special thanks to Graham Woods


    Colt

    Australia (8/4/11) - Galileo ex Ouija Board *Just Named

    Geoffrey Chaucer (18/2/11) - Montjeu ex Helsinki *Just Named
    Vivat Rex (2/4/11) - Fastnet Rock ex Strawberry Roan *Just Named
    Indian Maharaja (9/3/11) - Galileo ex Again *Just Named
    Buonarotti (11/2/11) - Galileo ex Beauty Is Truth *Just Named
    Orchestra (1/3/11) - Galileo ex Bywayofthestars *Just Named
    Guard of Honour (3/4/11) - Galileo ex Queen Of France *Just Named

    FILLY
    Palace (28/3/11) - Fastnet Rock ex Lady Icarus *Just Named



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