Brother of Bondi Beach Victory Salute brings up Ballydoyle Treble at Cork 


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There was a third Cork winner for Aidan O'Brien, and a second for his son Donnacha when Victory Salute came out on top in the Sean Barrett Bloodstock Insurance Maiden.

The O'Briens teamed up to land the opener on the card with Mohawk, whilst it was Seamie Heffernan that was in the plate when the stable's Flattering did the needful in the Group 3 Munster Oaks.

Legal Spin ran a lovely race on debut for Willie Mullins, but he couldn't match Victory Salute who prevailed by two and three parts of a length.

The gambled-on Dawn Trouper (9/2 into 9/4) finished a neck further back in third.


"He'd a good run the last day. He's not the most straight forward, and he can hang a bit, but he has plenty of ability," said Donnacha O'Brien.

"He wasn't doing a stroke in front and when Kevin (Manning on Dawn Trouper) came upsides me he quickened up well. I'd say he'll go back up in trip and maybe take a lead off him."

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Flattering too strong in Munster Oaks at Cork 

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Oaks fifth placer Flattering (joint 5/2 second favourite) brought up a Ballydoyle double at Cork today in the Group 3 Munster Oaks under Seamie Heffernan.

Donnacha O'Brien won the opener for his father Aidan on Mohawk, and later in the card's centre-piece Heffernan made all and asked for more three furlongs out on Flattering.

Bloomfield tried hard but she eventually had to yield by a length, with another Ballydoyle hope, Sizzling, back in third.

"She'd a very good run in the classic at Epsom and I thought if she reproduced that run she would be hard to beat," said Heffernan.

"She's getting fit and she's straight forward and genuine. The plan was to jump and go forward and if I wasn't comfortable I'd let something else make it."


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The Penny Drops Just In Time for Mohawk 

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Mohawk snatched victory from the jaws of defeat to justify odds of 4/7 in the opening Irish Stallion Farms EBF Maiden (Plus 10 Race) at Cork.

For Joseph O'Brien Eagle Song gave it a good go from the front in this seven furlong heat.

O'Brien's brother Donnacha was at work on Ballydoyle'sMohawk from some way out, and he eventually hit full stride to mow down Eagle Song late on for a three parts of a length win.

"He's still raw and still green but he's getting the hang of it. He's a nice horse going forward and he probably needs further," said the winning rider.


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Royal Ascot Tuesday Preview

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17th June

Aidan O’Brien has declared Washington DC, Battle Of Jericho, Declarationofpeace and Different League, in The KIngs Stand interestingly Ryan Moore has picked Different League over his usual partner in top level sprints Washington Dc. 

Ballydoyle Trio in St James Palace Stakes Aidan O’Brien has claimed this prize on a record seven occasions and is triple-handed in this year’s renewal.

US Navy Flag, Gustav Klimt and Threeandfourpence all bid to reverse form with Romanised after finishing second, third and fourth respectively in the Irish Guineas.

Ante-post favourite Rhododendron is one of 15 horses declared for the Queen Anne Stakes at Royal Ascot on Tuesday.

The straight-mile Group One is the traditional curtain-raiser to the Royal meeting and another fascinating renewal is in store.

The Aidan O’Brien-trained Rhododendron claimed her third top-level victory when beating the boys in last month’s Lockinge Stakes at Newbury.

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Christopher Robin finally comes good

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Donnacha O’Brien increased his lead at the head of the jockeys’ championship when completing a double on Christopher Robin in the Follow Limerick Racecourse On Facebook Rated Race.

The son of Camelot has proved a frustrating sort in the past (beaten favourite three times with cut in the ground) but got it together here under a well-timed ride.

O’Brien tried to go for a run up the inner early in the straight but had to switch out to challenge and got the 7/2 chance up on the line to touch off Moktamel by a nose.

Dawn Hoofer was just half a length back in third.

Donnacha O’Brien said, “He has his own idea about things. Ryan ran me this morning and said drop him in and take all the chances with him and thankfully it worked.”

This completed a 17/1 double for Aidan and Donacha O’Brien who were earlier on the mark with Conclusion, and Donnacha is now three clear (32-29) of reigning champion Colin Keane in the riders title race.




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Very Conclusive for Conclusion at Limerick 

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The father and son team of Aidan and Donnacha O’Brien successfully combined as Conclusion gained a deserved win in the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Maiden at Limerick.

The son of Deep Impact had an uncomfortable experience at Gowran Park earlier this month when pulling both his front shoes but put that behind him here over this mile trip.

The 3/1 chance was soon in front, and stretched clear inside the final furlong to beat Iiex Excelsa by four lengths.

Fridtjof Nansen couldn’t quicken early in the straight but kept on in the closing stages to finish a further length and a half away in third.

Donnacha O’Brien said, “He pulled his two front shoes the last day so he wasn’t comfortable. He was better today, he was sweeter and travelled better.

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Sioux Nation leads Aidan O’Brien raid on Commonwealth Cup & High hopes in France for Happily


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Jun 16th 

Ballydoyle trainer has eight possibles as he seeks back-to-back victories in the Group One sprint

Sioux Nation tops 28 horses still in the mix for Friday’s Commonwealth Cup at Royal Ascot.

Sioux Nation will be trying to give the Ballydoyle handler back-to-back victories in the six-furlong Group One following Caravaggio’s success 12 months ago.

He is one of eight contenders for the O’Brien team with Battle Of Jericho, Fleet Review, Murillo, US Navy Flag, Actress, Could It Be Love and Different League, who was a winner at this meeting last year for Matthieu Palussiere.

Happily bids to provide Aidan O’Brien with a first victory in the Prix de Diane at Chantilly on Sunday.

The Ballydoyle handler has never previously won the French Classic, but his latest candidate appears to hold strong claims after finishing third in both the 1000 Guineas at Newmarket and the Irish 1,000 Guineas at the Curragh this spring.

She tests her powers at a mile and a quarter for the first time this weekend and O’Brien does not expect the extra distance to be an inconvenience.

He told Press Association Sport: “Happily seems to be in good form since the Irish Guineas.

“She hasn’t done an awful lot, but what she has done we’re happy with.

“We always thought a mile and a quarter would suit her.”

Happily, the mount of Ryan Moore, is the only Irish challenger in a 13-strong field.



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Annie Power sold in foal to Galileo to Coolmore 

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16th June

Annie Power the winner of 15 of her 17 starts, was retired at the end of last season after a series of training setbacks caused her to miss the entire campaign.

Although Ricci has traditionally sold his racemares once retired, he decided to keep Annie Power and she was covered by Camelot. Unfortunately the mare did not hold the foal, prompting Ricci to change his mind.

Ricci said “Coolmore expressed an interest in taking her and she couldn’t ask for a better home, so we did a deal,” he told The Irish Field this week. “She was covered by Galileo and the good people at Coolmore have kindly let me retain a share of the foal.”

By Shirocco out of an Old Vic (Sadler’s Wells) mare, Annie Power is very well-bred herself. She is a granddaughter of Anna Paola, champion filly in Germany aged two and three.


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George and Stradivarius set for Gold Cup showdown

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15th June 

Order Of St George and Stradivarius are the two star names among 11 confirmations for the Gold Cup at Royal Ascot next Thursday.

Order Of St George provided trainer Aidan O’Brien with a record seventh victory in the two-and-half-mile showpiece in 2016 and was beaten a short head by Big Orange when defending his crown 12 months ago.

Just as he did last season, the six-year-old has warmed up for Ascot by running in the Vintage Crop Stakes at Navan and the Saval Beg at Leopardstown and is the narrow favourite for the Gold Cup with some bookmakers.

His main market rival is the John Gosden-trained Stradivarius, who won the Queen’s Vase at last year’s Royal meeting.

The four-year-old was beaten a length into third place by Order Of St George in the Long Distance Cup at Ascot last October, but a winning return in last month’s Yorkshire Cup suggested he could be an improved performer this season.

Order Of St George could be joined in the field by stablemate Idaho, who would face a big step up in trip after finishing fourth behind Cracksman in the Coronation Cup at Epsom.


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O'Brien to target the Everest in Australia 

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15th June

Ballydoyle maestro Aidan O’Brien is using the Royal Ascot carnival to identify a sprinter for the $13 million The Everest.

At the moment Sioux Nation could emerge as the stable’s Everest hopeful if he wins next Friday’s Group 1 Commonwealth Cup

Aidan Said “We would love to (race during spring) and really look forward to it, The standard of Australian racing is very high quality, we are under no illusions about that, but hopefully we have the horses to compete at that time of the year. 

Some of our others horses at Royal Ascot that are running in the Commonwealth Cup and on the first day in the 5f King’s Stand Stakes would be suitable for The Everest.

Sioux Nation will go to the Commonwealth He won a Group 1 last year, we think he is going the right way. He’s a big, strong chap, quickens well and he could be a horse we can look forward. I hope to have horses to go down for The Everest but they have to be good horses to go.’’

Other candidates for The Everest include Washington DC, Battle Of Jericho and Different League who are contesting Tuesday’s King’ Stand Stakes where their opponents include freakish American sprinter Lady Aurelia, also a candidate for The Everest.



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Ballydoyle quintet in Queens Vase frame

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14 June
Epsom Derby sixth Delano Roosevelt is among five possibles from the Aidan O’Brien stable for the Queen’s Vase at Royal Ascot on Wednesday following the six-day confirmation stage.

The Pentagon and Kew Gardens, who were eighth and ninth respectively in the colts’ Classic, also feature in the provisional list from Ballydoyle.

Ante-post favourite is another of O’Brien’s entries, Southern France, who has won his last two starts in the style of an exciting young stayer. Nelson completes the O’Brien quintet.


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Bomber Ruled out of Royal Ascot 

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13th June
Tattersalls Gold Cup hero Lancaster Bomber is set to miss Royal Ascot after suffering a setback.

After placing third behind stablemate Rhododendron in the Lockinge Stakes at Newbury, Aidan O’Brien’s charge recorded his first victory at Group One level with an all-the-way success at the Curragh.

O’Brien was contemplating supplementing his charge for the Prince of Wales’s Stakes at the Royal meeting, but speaking in an exclusive stable tour on ATR the trainer said: “I don’t think he’ll make it to Royal Ascot.

“He is going through a niggly problem with a foot at the moment, so it’s likely to he won’t be ready enough to run there.”

O’Brien also confirmed high-class three-year-old fillies Magical and September will not be in action at the summer showpiece fixture in Berkshire next week.


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7 Ballydoyle Horses For Sale At Tattersalls UK  July Sale 2018


Chrstopher Robin amongst 7 Ballydoyle Residents set to go under the hammer 

417 Astronomer (IRE) B.C. by Galileo (IRE) x Like A Dame (GB) - Consignor: Ballydoyle Stables

418 Christopher Robin (IRE) B.C. by Camelot (GB) x Iowa Falls (GB) - Consignor: Ballydoyle Stables

419 Family Tree (GB) Ch.C. by Galileo (IRE) x Sant Elena (GB) - Consignor: Ballydoyle Stables

420 Foreign Legion (IRE) Ch.C. by Declaration of War (USA) x Solar Event (GB) - Consignor: Ballydoyle Stables

421 Foreign Secretary (GB) Ch.C. by Galileo (IRE) x Finsceal Beo (IRE) - Consignor: Ballydoyle Stables

422 Freetown (IRE) B.C. by Galileo (IRE) x Viz (IRE) - Consignor: Ballydoyle Stables
 
423 Spanish Point (GB) Ch.C. by Frankel (GB) x Peeress (GB) - Consignor: Ballydoyle Stables


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Donnacha thinks Saxon will bounce back & hopes to break his Royal Ascot duck next week

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12th June
Donnacha on Saxon Warrior “I don’t think that was his true running. He’s a lot better than that,” O’Brien told the Irish Times. The big occasion and the track can get to horses. You can forgive him one run and hopefully he’ll get back on track at the Curragh.”

Donnacha on Royal Ascot “Ascot is the biggest meeting we have in this part of the world for Flat racing, It would be special to get a winner there. I got close last year. But I don’t know yet what I’m riding or how many rides I’ll get.

Donnacha on Irish Champions Jockey Tittle "I think it’s a massive task to win it and I think it’s unlikely. But obviously I’m going to try and ride as many winners as I can regardless of the championship and see where I am closer to the time, I’m in front at the minute but in another week I could be five winners behind. It changes so quickly and there’s still a long way to go.

A lot of the winners at the moment are in maidens which will obviously slow down as the season goes on.

Some of the other riders will be able to ride a lot more in handicaps so I need to be doing well at this time of year.”


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Aidan reveals plans for Mendelssohn 

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June 12th

"The Breeders' Cup Classic is what we've been thinking of for Mendelssohn and he'll more than likely head to Belmont on July 7th. He'll run on the dirt in the Grade 3 Dwyer Stakes and then we'll look at the Pennsylvania Derby on September 22nd.

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Happily among Ballydoyle Five In French Oaks Mix

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Dual Group One winner Happily is one of five potential runners for Aidan O'Brien in the Prix de Diane at Chantilly on Sunday.

The Ballydoyle handler has never previously won the French Oaks but has a formidable team in contention for this year's renewal following the first forfeit stage.

Happily has finished third in both the 1,000 Guineas at Newmarket and the Irish 1,000 Guineas at the Curragh this spring and could test her powers at a mile and a quarter for the first time this weekend.

Recent Fairyhouse maiden winner Athena, Epsom Oaks third Bye Bye Baby, Easter Lily and Sizzling complete the O’Brien-trained quintet.


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Leading Sires GB & IRE Tables Updated - Galileo over half a million clear - No Nay Never Storming clear - Camelot 3rd - Excelebration in top 10

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Actress Takes leading role in Ballyogan



Aidan O’Brien’s Actress made just about all the running to win the TRM Ballyogan Stakes in clear-cut fashion at the Curragh.

Seamie Heffernan bounced the Declaration Of War filly out of the stalls smartly and she never saw another rival.

A Group Three winner last season also, she had been below her best to date this term and was sent off at 11-2 as a result.

William Haggas’ One Master was sent off the 13-8 favourite but she was under pressure some way out and it was to her credit that she only lost second on the line to Henry de Bromhead’s Gorane, who was a length and a quarter away.

“She’s a good solid filly. Seamus was delighted with her, she likes the fast ground and six furlongs is her,” said O’Brien.

“She might go on to Ascot now for the Commonwealth Cup. She’s solid, hardy and consistent and Seamus gave her a lovely ride.”






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Garibaldi on the sharp incline 

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Giuseppe Garibaldi claimed the King George V Cup at Leopardstown today with connections of the Aidan O'Brien trained colt now hoping to pinch the Queen's Vase at Royal Ascot later this month.

The son of Galileo showed improved form when upped to 1m5f and winning his maiden at Navan last Saturday and repeated the dose over 1m4f today when proving two and a half lengths too good for Chimeara

Trainer O'Brien wasn't present but his son Donnacha steered the winner and was recording a double on the day to draw level with Colin Keane at the head of the Jockeys' Championship (26-26).

Afterwards the dual-Classic winning jockey said “they seemed to go a nice even gallop, and I got a grand position. He’s a bit awkward and still a bit babyish but is learning and has plenty of ability.

“He stays well. I liked him last year and I thought he’d get off the mark sooner this year but it’s just taken him a little bit but he’s a nice horse going forward.

“You could see him running in a Queens Vase or a King Edward. He’s probably more a Queens Vase type but I’ll leave that up to Dad.


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Progressive Bond Street wins at Leopadstown 

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Donnacha O'Brien is keeping tabs with leader Colin Keane at the head of the Jockeys' Championship and the dual-Classic winning jockey partnered his father Aidan O'Brien's Bond Street to a deserved second career success at Leopardstown today, in the Leopardstown Golf Centre Rated Race.

Bond Street, a maiden winner at Dundalk in early May, met trouble in-running when second at the Curragh on his previous start but today went clear of his rivals in the home straight before beating Mattymolls Gaga by three lengths

The win moves jockey O'Brien on to the 25 winner mark of the season, left with Declan McDonogh and one shy of Championship leader Colin Keane, who had earlier won the opening race with Moravia.

O’Brien, successful in recent weeks on Saxon Warrior and Forever Together in the English 2,000 and Oaks respectively, later said “I wanted to get forward on him but he was a bit slow away so it just took me a furlong to get up there. I know he stays further and once I did it get up there it was fairly straight forward.

“He’s consistent and he is what he is, quick ground and seven furlongs up to a mile and a quarter he’ll run his race.

“If he gets a few pounds he may get into one of the Royal Ascot handicaps but I’m not sure what they want to do.”



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Odds on Gossamer Wings flies home at Navan 

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"She had a good run the last day in what was probably a good maiden," said Donnacha O'Brien after he'd won on Gossamer Wings (4/6) in the Irish Stallion Farms EBF (Fillies) Maiden at Navan.

That maiden that O'Brien was referring to was when the Scat Daddy filly found Just Wonderful and Lethal Promise her superior at the Curragh on Irish 2,000 Guineas Day.

She had to switch to get into the clear on that occasion and eventually kept on well without matching the first two inside the final furlong for a creditable third placing.

"I got there too soon and she got a bit lonely in front but when the other horse came to me she went away again," reported O'Brien this time on the Ballydoyle victor.

She obliged by half a length from Ger Lyons and Colin Keane's second favourite Rita Levi.

"The step back to five was no problem to her," further reflected the successful pilot.





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Updates from Aidan on Mendelssohn, Saxon, Bomber, Clemmie & Co 

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6th June 

Saxon Warrior to run in the Irish Derby Next Aidan "I don't think you could say he didn't stay at Epsom as he wasn't stopping all the way up the straight. We've talked things over and it's been agreed Saxon Warrior will be aimed at the Irish Derby. He seems to have come out of Epsom well, and the Curragh is the plan."

Lancaster Bomber could be supplemented into the Prince of Wales's Stakes & Epsom Oaks Heroine Forever Together will run in the Irish Oaks Next.

US Navy Flag will run in the St James Palace Stakes & Clemmie is on Target for the Coronation Stakes Aidan said "Clemmie needed the run in the Irish Guineas and came out of the race well,"

Mendelssohn is currently on a break Aidan said "The Breeders' Cup Classic is the plan and he'll probably have a couple of races in the US before then,


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Our 8th Rankings/Ratings supplement of the season is here - Timeform Global Rankings European Division Ballydoyle Spotlight & News - A total of 16 Ballydoyle Residents in the rankings including Europe's top rated 2YO & 3YO 

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Some entries for Irish Champions Weekend in September

QIPCO Irish Champion Stakes (Group 1) Ballydoyle Entries

Capri Cliffs Of Moher Deauville Idaho Lancaster Bomber Yucatan Hydrangea Rhododendron Amedeo Modigliani Gustav Klimt Kew Gardens Mendelssohn Rostropovich Saxon Warrior Seahenge St Patrick's Day The Pentagon Threeandfourpence U S Navy Flag Athena Clemmie Forever Together Happily I Can Fly Magic Wand Magical September 

Comer Group International Irish St Leger (Group 1 Ballydoyle Entries

Capri Idaho Order Of St George Yucatan Cypress Creek Delano Roosevelt Flag Of Honour Hunting Horn James Cook Kew Gardens Nelson Rostropovich Southern France The Pentagon Zabriskie Bye Bye Baby Flattering


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Leading Sires GB & IRE Tables Updated -Galileo half a million clear - No Nay Never builds huge lead - Camelot 3rd - Excelebration 9th

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British Flat Trainers Championship Updated

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Aidan & Jockey reactions after the Epsom Derby 

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3 June

Aidan "I'm over the moon for Sheikh Mohammed, Godolphin and Charlie Appleby for Masar's win.

"I wouldn't be making excuses for Saxon Warrior. We'll take him home and see how he is.

"Everything out there today at Epsom might just have been new to them and it would have been a big shock to him coming to this track, but I don't know.

"I've seen it happen to horses where they leave a run here behind them very quick.

"When Ryan dropped down him, he just kept on going without really showing a turn of foot.

"It was a whole new experience with him and I suppose he found everything a bit different. He is a baby horse and it is only his fifth run - we'll look forward to the next time.

"We'll see how he is but we could head to the Irish Derby. He has run on very easy, uncomplicated tracks and this is the first uncomplicated track he has had to handle.

"Saxon Warrior might have just got in awe of everything, but I wouldn't take anything away from the winner - he just didn't fire. His next run might tell us a lot.

"Stall one was probably not ideal, but I couldn't use it as an excuse."


Ryan Moore "He just didn't pick up. Maybe it was the track or the ground but I just don't think he fired.

"These races are always tight - the winner got first run and I followed him through so I can't have too many excuses."


Seamie Heffernan, on sixth Delano Roosevelt (16/1), said: "Not good enough."


Donnacha O'Brien, on ninth Kew Gardens (16/1), said: "I got a grand trip round, he just wants further."


Wayne Lordan, The Pentagon, eighth: “I got a nice position and he travelled well but I just felt the ground a little bit slow for him.”


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Garibaldi takes the biscuit at Navan

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Giuseppe Garibaldi proved too strong for Ballydoyle stable-mate Cypress Creek in the one-mile five-furlong maiden at Navan this afternoon.

Cypress Creek was the well-backed 8/13 favourite and bounced out in front under Emmet McNamara.

He was asked for an effort over two furlongs from home and wandered a bit going to the furlong marker.

Giuseppe Garibaldi took over at that point and quickened well in the closing stages, for Mick Hussey, to run out a a length-and-a-half winner.

The 7/2 winner had been placed on his three previous outings so wasn't winning out of turn today.

Hussey said:- “He travelled real well and when I asked him to quicken he quickened well. He’s done it nicely, and stays well.

“Aidan told me to ride him with loads of confidence, take my time and make the best of my way home. Everything worked out well, and he loved the ground.”

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Glorious Forever Together brings up Aidan's 7th Oaks Victory 

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Donnacha O'Brien landed his second Classic winner of the season as Forever Together (7/1) got off the mark in style by landing the Investec Oaks.

Aidan O'Brien saddled five of the nine runners and all of them held a chance turning for home, as Bye Bye Baby kicked clear from the front under Wayne Lordan.

Wild Illusion, sent off 5/2 favourite for Charlie Appleby, threatened to ruin the Ballydoyle party as she went out in pursuit of the leader, but Forever Together was now rolling on the rail and stayed on powerfully to score by four and a half lengths.

It was a first success for the Galileo filly, who had finished second to Magic Wand in the Cheshire Oaks and reversed that form in no uncertain terms in a race which proved all about stamina.

Wild Illusion got the trip well to take second with Bye Bye Baby, who had been as many as eight lengths clear at one point, holding on resolutely for third.

Donnacha O'Brien told ITV Racing: "She was very impressive. I got a beautiful trip through, I followed Ryan (Moore, on Magic Wand) and he gave me a bit of company until I got to the rail.

"She's very genuine and galloped right out to the line, she's a proper staying filly."

He added: "I should have been closer at Chester, we just ran into a bit of trouble. About a week ago I thought she had a right good chance and then the rain came so I was a bit worried, but she's handled it really well.

"To be honest, I didn't expect her to do it. I had the perfect position the whole way. It all went perfect.

"When you're riding one of his (his father's) you have a chance, he's an absolutely genius. He can do things with horses I don't understand, he brings out massive improvement and I don't know how he does it."

Aidan O'Brien said: "It's incredible, I'm so delighted for everyone, so thankful to Michael (Tabor), John (Magnier) and Derrick (Smith), it's brilliant for everyone.

"She caught the eye at Chester, she's a staying filly and got the trip very well.

"She's obviously by Galileo and it's unbelievable. Donnacha gave her an unbelievable ride, it's incredible.

"We're all so happy and grateful."

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Ryan will be patient with Saxon in Derby

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01 June 

Aidan O’Brien expects Ryan Moore to adopt patient tactics on red-hot Investec Derby favourite Saxon Warrior after he was handed stall one in the Epsom Classic.

No horse since Sir Henry Cecil’s Oath in 1999 has defied the inside stall, and the statistics in handicaps over the Derby distance of a mile and a half do not make pretty reading for favourite-backers.

That said, the unbeaten Saxon Warrior oozed brilliance in winning the 2000 Guineas to spark dreams of winning the Triple Crown by claiming the Derby and the St Leger at Doncaster.

“He’s in good form and everything has gone well since the Guineas. We’ve been happy with him since then,” the Ballydoyle handler told Press Association Sport.

“I haven’t spoken to Ryan about the draw, but I’d imagine he would have been taking his time on him anyway.

“He didn’t have any problem with the dip at Newmarket and he wears his head low, so we’ll see what happens at Epsom.”

He added: “We were always looking forward to stepping him up in distance, but in the 2000 Guineas he travelled like a miler and quickened like a miler.

“However, we have always thought he was going to be a middle-distance horse — he is very good.”

Should he be successful, O’Brien will equal the record of seven Derby wins and feels Saxon Warrior has all the qualities needed to add his name to the roll of honour.

“We were very happy with the 2000 Guineas as that was his first run of the season and he was going to progress from it,” said O’Brien.

“There is a nice gap between Newmarket and the Derby so usually if they can handle the dip at Newmarket like he did, then hopefully they should be able to handle the contours of Epsom.

“There are so many variables in races that you cannot control, such as horses around you and position. Obviously, if we are lucky enough to get him to Epsom in good shape, hopefully the rest will fall into place.”

O’Brien also runs Delano Roosevelt, Kew Gardens, The Pentagon and Zabriskie.

Michael Tabor, part of the famed Coolmore triumvirate that powers the Ballydoyle yard, is not taking anything for granted regarding Saxon Warrior’s stamina.

“It’s never an open-and-shut case they’ll get the trip,” he told At The Races.

“It’s the Derby, they’ve got to act round the course, but obviously we think he’s a very good horse.

“I remember years ago (1997) with Entrepreneur heading to the Derby — we thought he was a good thing, but he just didn’t get the trip when we thought he would.

“So, until they’ve done it you never really know. We think and hope he will — but?

“I think Kew Gardens was a little unlucky last time as he lost a shoe and I’m sure the others will come forward

“They are all there and any one could come forward as much as the other, but Saxon Warrior is clearly number one.”


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June start 


Athena a Maiden no more

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Champion Trainer Aidan O'Brien and his 2,000 Guineas winning jockey son Donnacha O'Brien completed odds-on doubles at Fairyhouse today as Athena landed the concluding Fairyhouse Special Offers (Fillies) Maiden.

The pair had earlier won the second race with comfortable winner and 1/7 favourite Battle Of Jericho and 2/5 chance Athena won in similar enough style, despite having her winning margin greatly reduced close home by fast finishing half-length runner-up Tissiak.

Donnacha O'Brien later said “she was entitled to do that on her last run and I kept it simple, got a lead on her, and she quickened up nicely.

“It's nice to get a win into her and hopefully she can progress from here.”

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No Battle for Jericho in Toals Bookmaker race at Fairyhouse

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The Aidan O'Brien trained Battle Of Jericho readily justified 1/7 favouritism to win the Toals.com Bookmakers Race on his seasonal reappearance run at Fairyhouse today.

Ridden by the Champion Trainer's son Donnacha O'Brien, the son of War Front, having his first start since October, improved to lead over a furlong out and in the end stayed on strongly for a two and three parts of a length win over Verhoyen.

Classic winning jockey O'Brien later said “he was entitled to do that off his rating (100) and it was straight-forward enough, he got a grand lead into it and quickened up well.

“He's been off for a while and he'll improve for that.”




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Aidan's Comments on Epsom Oaks Fillies

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31 May

Magic Wand 
She is in good form and we’ve been happy with her since Chester. She’s progressed with all her runs so far this year. I’m not sure about the ground. She ran in bad ground the first day and ran well, but she progressed a lot to her second run.I don’t think the soft ground is ideal for any of ours, really, but I suppose a lot of horses are in the same boat.”

Forever Together
“She’s in good form and ran very well at Chester, too. She has come forward as well, we think. Obviously the ground we’re not sure about but we’re happy with her.”

Bye Bye Baby 
“Bye Bye Baby has form with ease in the ground. She stays and is a tough, hardy filly. She seems to have handled the soft ground in the past and is in good form since the Curragh".

Flattering 
"Flattering has form on soft ground as well, and we’ve always thought she would stay a mile and a half. She’s been in good form since Lingfield".

I Can Fly 
She is in in good form. She was disappointing in the Guineas and we’re not sure the reason why. She’s out of a Montjeu mare so we think, and hope, that she might get the trip. She will be ridden patiently. We’re happy with her and her work has been very nice since Newmarket.”



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And then there were 5 - Rostropovich & Nelson missing from final Ballydoyle Derby Squad

Saxon Warrior slams his Newmarket rivals
Warrior remains on course for Triple Crown bid 

31 May
Aidan O'Brien's Rostropovich and Nelson were the two absentees from a final field of 12 for the Investec Derby at Epsom.

The master of Ballydoyle still has five runners as he chases a record-equalling seventh win in the blue riband, headed by Saxon Warrior. The QIPCO 2000 Guineas winner sparked dreams of a Triple Crown bid at Newmarket and has been odds-on favourite to win the second leg ever since.

However, connectons have voiced concerns about the recent rain at Epsom for the son of Deep Impact. O'Brien has also declared Delano Roosevelt, Kew Gardens, The Pentagon and Zabriskie.

5 Balydoyle Epsom Derby Runners Field of 12 (Riders To Follow)

Saxon Warrior - Drawn 1 - Ryan

Delano Roosevelt - Drawn 4 - Heff

The Pentagon - Drawn 11 - Wayne

Kew Gardens - Drawn 12 - Don

Zabriskie - Drawn 8 - Padraig


Rostropovich will run in the French Derby (Prix Du Jockey Club) At Chantilly on Sunday he will be joined by 3 stablemates Hunting Horn Kenya & Flag Of Honour 

4 Ballydoyle Prix Du Jockey Club Runners on Sunday at Chantilly
Kenya - Drawn 2 - Padriag Rostropovich - Drawn 3 - Ryan Hunting Horn - Drawn 14 - Heff Flag Of Honour - Drawn 16 - Wayne



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Yucatan & Idaho Versus the machine in Coronation

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30th May

Cracksman tops the bill in the six-runner Investec Coronation Cup on Friday Aidan O’Brien’s big hope is Idaho, a very impressive winner of the Ormonde Stakes at Chester, having run in several Group Ones all over the world since claiming the Hardwicke Stakes at Royal Ascot last season.

Yucatan also runs for O’Brien who said: "It was always the plan for Idaho to come here after Chester. He won nicely at Chester and has been in good form since, so he goes there in good form. Yucatan has been progressing nicely from race to race and is likely to join him."

Ballydoyle Runners & Riders Coronation Cup G1 6 Run
Yucatan - Don
Idaho - Ryan


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Ballydoyle quintet head to the Oaks but no Magical

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30th May

Magical was the most notable absentee from the list of nine declarations for the Investec Oaks at Epsom on Friday.

The Aidan O’Brien-trained filly suffered a setback on Tuesday and a decision whether or not to run was left until the last minute.

She was found to have a bit of filling on the inside of a joint and it does not appear to have cleared up in time.

Magical, winner of the Group Two Debutante Stakes as a two-year-old, had been second favourite in the ante-post betting behind the Charlie Appleby-trained Wild Illusion.

However, O’Brien still has five runners as he seeks to win the Oaks for a seventh time.

His team is headed by Magic Wand and Forever Together, who were first and second respectively in the Cheshire Oaks at Chester.

Bye Bye Baby, Flattering and I Can Fly complete the Ballydoyle force.

Balydoyle Epsom Oaks Runners & Riders
Magic Wand - Ryan
Forever Together - Don
Bye Bye Baby - Wayne 
Flattering - Padraig
I Can Fly - Heff



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The Racing Life - Racing UK Ballydoyle & Coolmore Special 
The Racing UK cameras visit the legendary Ballydoyle Stables and Coolmore Stud, to find out what it takes to produce a multitude of Derby winners.


Our 7th Rankings/Ratings supplement of the season is here - Timeform Global Rankings European Division Ballydoyle Spotlight & News - A total of 16 Ballydoyle Residents in the ratings including Europe's top rated 2YO & 3YO 

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Leading Sires GB & IRE Tables Updated - Galileo has established a big lead with Mastercraftsman joins the top 10 - No Nay Never continues his unbelievable start- Camelot & Dec of War going strong - Excelebration remains in top 10 

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British Flat Trainers Championship Updated

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Magical a doubt for the Epsom Oaks after scare 
28th of May

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Magical who was tipped to be Ryan Moore's ride in the Epsom Oaks has had an injury scare which could yet rule her out of the classic.

Aidan said "Magical has a little bit of filling in a joint. We scanned her after finding that, and the scans all came back perfect, so she probably just got a tip on the inside of the joint while cantering, 

It is obviously not ideal for it to happen so close to the race but the scans have came back perfect so, fingers crossed, she will be okay to take her chance. 

We will see how she is in the morning and then decide whether she will run or not. At this stage I couldn't tell you what Ryan will ride. We will have to see how Magical is in the morning and take it from there. Hopefully she will be fine."

Athena is expected to be kept for the Ribblesdale at Royal Ascot, while Sizzling will not run in the Oaks.


 
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