Royal Navy Warship sinks the opposition


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17.08

Aidan O'Brien's Royal Navy Warship drifted all day in the market but punters got it wrong as he finished best of all in Division One of the six furlong handicap at Dundalk.

He came off the bridle entering the straight but made headway in the final quarter of a mile.

He was ridden a furlong out and edged right but once Donnacha O'Brien switched the stick into his right hand his mount surged forward and mowed down My Good Brother in the closing stages.

The winning margin was three parts of a length for the 3/1 favourite (from a morning price of 6/4). My Good Brother had to settle for second at 10/1. Liz Doyle's My Lark was three lengths further back third at 40/1.

Donnacha O’Brien said: “He was less exposed than most in that race, travelled away well and has done it nicely.

"I got a grand toe into the race, followed Colin (Keane, on My Good Brother) and it all worked out well.” Royal Navy Warship got off the mark on his fourth racecourse start. This was his first race back since finishing fifth as a juvenile at Navan in October.


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Aidan's possibles for the Lowther stakes at York

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17.08

Aidan O’Brien has six possibles in the Sky Bet Lowther Stakes as he attempts to win the Group Two for juvenile fillies at York on Thursday.

The Ballydoyle handler has left in Coral Beach, Fantasy, Fairyland, Gossamer Wings, Just Wonderful and So Perfect among a total of 24 standing their ground at the confirmation stage.

Pick of his sextet could be Fairyland, who was last seen finishing third to Main Edition in the Albany Stakes at Royal Ascot, and So Perfect.

She gave Advertise a run for his money when going down by just half a length to Martyn Meade’s colt in the Group One Phoenix Stakes at the Curragh last weekend.

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Gustav Klimt lines up in the Hungerford stakes

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17.08

Gustav Klimt drops back to Group Two company as he bids to get trainer Aidan O’Brien back among the winners in Saturday’s Ladyswood Stud Hungerford Stakes at Newbury.

The Ballydoyle handler has made no secret of the fact his yard has been under a bit of a cloud over the last month, but nevertheless Gustav Klimt turned in a creditable effort when fourth in the Sussex Stakes at Goodwood at the beginning of August.

That was the colt’s fourth successive start at Group One level, having been placed in the Irish 2,000 Guineas, St James’s Palace Stakes and Prix Jean Prat previously, and he leads the way for Ryan Moore on the ratings.

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Amedeo Modigliani on the way back 

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Aidan O’Brien is looking forward to seeing Amedeo Modigliani make his return from injury in the near future.

The son of Galileo finished third behind esteemed stablemate Gustav Klimt on his racecourse debut at the Curragh last July, but has not been seen in competitive action since running out an impressive winner at the Galway Festival the following month.

He holds entries in next week’s Great Voltigeur at York and the Royal Whip Stakes at the Curragh on August 26, while looking further ahead his options include the St Leger, the Irish Champion Stakes and the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe.

O’Brien said: “He’s in good shape and he’s nearly ready to go. Hopefully he’s going to stay in training next year as he’s missed the whole season.

“He’s a Galileo that shows a lot of speed at home. We might start him over a mile and a quarter at the Curragh and go from there.

“He’s going to be an exciting type of horse, we think. He had a setback and we’re lucky to have him back.


“He’s a very strong traveller in his work, he works like a miler, but we always thought he would stay.

“He’s going be interesting and it will be exciting to see what happens when he does start back.”



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Hermosa & Van Dyck set to take leading roles in juvenile Group Ones 



August 15

Aidan O'Brien is looking to run Hermosa during Irish Champions Weekend following her victory at Galway.

The daughter of Galileo stepped up on her debut run at the Curragh to open her account in a 13-runner maiden over seven furlong.

"Hermosa, who won in Galway, is probably one for Champions Weekend," said O’Brien.

"She had the benefit of a run then and even though she had a decent draw she was a little bit slow away. Donnacha did well to get her organised in the dip and she came home very well.

"She looks like she’s a nice filly."

Anthony Van Dyck could book his place in next month Goffs Vincent O’Brien National Stakes at the Curragh when he lines up for the Galileo Irish EBF Futurity Stakes at Leopardstown on Saturday week.

The promising two-year-old colt had won his maiden over a mile at Killarney but took the drop back to seven furlongs in his stride as he landed the Group Three Tyros Stakes in impressive fashion at Leopardstown last month.

"We ran him in the Tyros thinking that he’d maybe have to go up to a mile,” said O’Brien.

"In the Tyros he looked like he’d be very happy and comfortable to stay at seven.

"He might go to the Futurity with a view to going to the National Stakes.

"We’ll see how he goes over the next couple of weeks. What we saw we were very happy with even though we thought he would be a middle-distance horse next year.

"Looking at him in the Tyros, he could be very comfortable starting at a mile next year."



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Clemmie V Alpha Centauri 


15.08

One-time 1000 Guineas favourite Clemmie will have another crack at Alpha Centauri in the Coolmore Fastnet Rock Matron Stakes at Leopardstown.

A setback in the spring has hampered Clemmie’s season but Aidan O’Brien’s filly has been improving with each run.

“Clemmie is our main one for the Matron. She ran a nice race first time back and then improved to her next one,” said O’Brien.

“The plan is to go straight to Leopardstown with her. Hopefully the ground will be good and she’s in good form.”

Order Of St George is on course to bid for a third Comer Group International Irish St Leger.

“He’s in good form, he’s very well. Obviously he’s a year older,” the Ballydoyle handler said at the launch of Irish Champions Weekend.

“He ran in Ascot and he was a little bit laboured (fourth in the Gold Cup), maybe he was just minding himself on the fast ground a little bit.

“He seems to be in good form since and we’re looking forward to the race with him.

“We don’t like to ever lean on him too hard until the autumn and obviously we’re coming into now. He’s in good shape.”

Sergei Prokofiev ran keenly in the Phoenix Stakes on Sunday and now has the Middle Park at Newmarket as his aim.

“We’re going to go gentle with him now and see what happens with a view to maybe going for the Middle Park if he’s OK again at that time,” said O’Brien.

“If he was run again this year that would be where. Either that or he might not run anymore this year. We’ll see over the next few weeks.”

It has been a rare testing time for O’Brien, who has made no secret there has been a bug in the stable.

“It went through the whole yard and all the horses got it,” he said.

“We hadn’t leaned on any of the horses up until last weekend and we thought if we got through last weekend we might be able to start leaning on them a little bit more.

“A little bit of a problem is that when you do go chasing them you don’t want them to relapse because if they do the season is over.

“They seem to be in good form and the next big week for us will be York. That will be interesting and we’re happy with where they are at the moment and the horses that ran last weekend all seem to be fine.



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Aidan Update on some of his stable Stars & Targets

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15 August

Team For France this weekend  "Land Force, will run in the Prix Morny, with Rhododendron a possible for the Prix Jean Romanet".

Yorkshire Oaks team "The Epsom Oaks winner Forever Together will likely be joined by Magic Wand & Bye Bye Baby in the Yorkshire Oaks."

Saxon Warrior (Juddmonte International) "It was a huge ask running him in the Eclipse only a week after running in the Irish Derby [in which he finished third]. We've been kind to him since and doing things very gently. He's been coming along nicely."

Kew Gardens The Pentagon & Flag Of Honour (Great Voltigeur) "Kew Gardens will run in the Great Voltigeur. He had to miss the King George when he didn't scope 100 per cent clean and he had a quiet time around then But he's back going nicely and we're looking forward to running him. The Pentagon and Flag Of Honour will probably join him in the same race."

Sioux Nation (Nunthorpe Stakes) "York is meeting we've always liked and we'll be sending a nice team over next week Sioux Nation is likely to run in the Coolmore Nunthorpe Stakes, 


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Aidan receives Royal College Award 



The Royal College of Surgeons have honoured the impact on global horse racing by the Magnier family and Aidan O'Brien.

Very Well Deserved. 








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Aidan's possibles for the Hungerford stakes

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13.08

Aidan O’Brien has left in three possibles as he seeks to win the Hungerford Stakes for the first time at Newbury on Saturday.

The Ballydoyle trainer has confirmed Gustav Klimt, the Irish 2000 Guineas third and fourth in the Sussex Stakes on his latest start, as well as Fleet Review and St Patrick’s Day at the five-day stage of the Group Two contest.



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Sizzling too strong in Give Thanks Stakes (Group 3) 

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Sizzling Became Galileo's 182nd individual Group race winner when the 3YO filly won the Give Thanks stakes at Cork it also bought up AIdan's 200th home Group 3 success.

Aidan Said "Seamus gave her great ride. He was very committed on her, and at halfway he said come on. She’s a hardy, tough filly. She's been trying to win a Group race for a good while and has been placed in a good few."



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Classy Zagitova puts rivals to the sword in Cork Maiden


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Those who played the short odds on Zagitova in the opener at Cork never had a moment's worry as she readily drew clear under Donnacha O'Brien.

The Galileo filly, who cost 1.6 million Guineas as a yearling finished second on debut at Newmarket last month and the market expected her to oblige as she went off at 3/10.

She broke smartly in tandem with Bandiuc Eile and soon grabbed the lead.

She travelled sweetly into the straight and was then pushed along to assert from Bandiuc Eile over a furlong out.

O'Brien didn't have to get serious with her in the final furlong as she bounded away to easily score by four and a half lengths.

Bandiuc Eile finished second at 7/1 with For Your Eyes making late headway for third also at 7/1.

Aidan O'Brien said: “It was a nice experience for her going around a right-hand bend. She had a nice run the first day and showed the benefit of it.

"It was nice to get the maiden into her. She’s in all the races and the Debutante is probably where she will go next.”


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Former Ballydoyle Resident The Statesman (Zoffany) wins the 6.15 VRC Handicap at Flemington Australia Sir Edwin Landseer was unplaced 




Former Ballydoyle Residents in action - Kilimanjaro was a solid 3rd in the 3.15 am VRC Member Maureen O’Connell Handicap at Flemington Australia Crocodile Rock was unplaced







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It's Christmas Day at Tipperary as Galileo colt takes Listed contest 



Christmas battled back gamely to take the feature at Tipperary this evening, the Listed Coolmore Caravaggio Stakes.

Successful on his third start at Roscommon last month, the Aidan O'Brien trained son of Galileo went off a 5/2 joint-favourite this evening.

Sent straight to the front by Donnacha O'Brien (completing a double after taking the opener on Tenax), the bay colt was ridden two furlongs out, and was soon joined by fellow market leader Highland Fortune.

That Fozzy Stack trained colt was ridden and briefly led from the furlong pole, however Christmas battled back to regain the lead inside the final 100 yards, going on to score by a neck.

Billy Lee was aboard the runner-up, while his stable mate Wargrave was another length back in third under Chris Hayes.

The winning trainer, who was taking this race for the third year in-a-row, said afterwards: "We were delighted because they all got a little sick and he was just ready to start back. He probably got a bit tired and there probably will be plenty improvement in him.

"What you'd like about him is he put his head down and will turn into a lovely horse. He stays well and he stuck his head down."

O'Brien added: "Sergei Prokofiev (runs at the Curragh on Sunda) is well and is ready to start back again. I'm happy with him and looking forward to seeing Sergei again.

"They were all under a cloud and there was no horse wasn't. It went through the whole place and I think there wasn't one that missed it. We kept going but were gentle away through it and then we needed to get them back and started again so that's the stage we're at now."


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Prokofiev spearheads Ballydoyle quartet in Phoenix Stakes
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10 August
Sergei Prokofiev heads Aidan O’Brien’s four-strong team as the Ballydoyle trainer goes for 17th win in the Keeneland Phoenix Stakes at the Curragh on Sunday.

The Scat Daddy colt was last seen finishing third to Calyx in the Coventry Stakes at Royal Ascot on his latest start and will attempt to win for a third time from five starts.

O’Brien also saddles The Irish Rover, Gossamer Wings and So Perfect after cutting his team down from 10 at the confirmation stage.



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Former Ballydoyle Residents who have entries in Australia over the next few weeks as Exemplar Douglas MacArthur Orderofthegarter Venice Beach Sir John Lavery set for Australian Debuts 




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Yucatan Primed for Ballyroan

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8th August
Yucatan bids to extend Aidan O'Brien’s excellent recent record in the GRENKE Finance Ballyroan Stakes at Leopardstown on Thursday evening.

The Ballydoyle handler has saddled four of the last five winners of the Group Three contest and Yucatan appears the one to beat, despite having to concede weight to each of his three rivals.

A son of Galileo out of the great racemare Six Perfections, it is fair to say the four-year-old has not quite lived up to his regal breeding.

However, he ended a two-year winless spell when landing the International Stakes at the Curragh last month and perhaps that triumph will give him the confidence he needs heading into the second half of the season.


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Aidan Outlines Order Of St George plans

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8th August

Order Of St George could bid for back-to-back victories in the Qipco British Champions Long Distance Cup at Ascot.

The six-year-old was a narrow winner of the 500,000 pound Group Two last season and features among 56 entries for this year’s renewal.

Order Of St George was last seen finishing fourth behind the season’s star stayer Stradivarius in the Gold Cup at Royal Ascot and the pair could renew rivalries on Qipco British Champions Day on October 20.

Trainer Aidan O’Brien said: “It was always the plan to give him a break after Ascot, just as we did last year.

“We could have run in the Goodwood Cup, but he’ll now go for a prep for the Irish Leger and then try to win the Irish Leger for a third time. He’s fresh and well and in good form.

“After that, he could well repeat the same pattern as last year and go for the Arc on the way to Ascot, although we’d have to look at that nearer the time.

“Certainly, the Long Distance Cup does look like it could be a target for him again after he won it last season.”

O’Brien has 14 entries, including a number of exciting three-year-olds such as Hunting Horn and Kew Gardens, who took the Hampton Court Stakes and Queen’s Vase at Royal Ascot respectively. The latter went on to take the Group One Grand Prix de Paris.


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Ballydoyle runners & riders & draw Arlington Park Saturday 

Deauville (Ryan) Drawn 9  - Arlington Million 

Athena (Ryan) Drawn 9 - Beverley D Stakes 

Hunting Horn (Ryan) Drawn 13 & Lucius Tiberius Drawn 12 (Heff) - Secretariat Stakes



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Our 14th Rankings/Ratings supplement of the season is here - Timeform Global Rankings European Division Ballydoyle Spotlight & News - A total of 13 Ballydoyle Residents in the rankings.


Huge thanks to Timeform - website 

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Leading Sires GB & IRE Tables Updated


British Flat Trainers Championship Updated


Galileo Year By Year Stats Updated


A.P.O'Brien Season Earnings Updated


A.P.O'Brien Year By Year Stats Updated




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10 Ballydoyle juveniles entered in the Keeneland Phoenix Stakes as Aidan targets historic G1 landmark 



August 7th

Aidan is on the brink of creating another piece of racing history on Sunday at the Curragh as he attempts to win the Group 1 Phoenix stakes for a landmark 17th time. He jointly holds the record of 16 Group 1 wins in the same G1 race with John Scott who won the St.Leger between 1827 & 1862. Should he train the winner of the race on Sunday he will add to his already impressive world record haul of achievements which last year included 28 Group/Grade 1 victories. 

Aidan continues to set very high standards year on year and these are records which may never be broken.

Aidan is responsible for 10 of the 14 juveniles confirmed for the Group One contest, 

The Ballydoyle squad is headed by Sergei Prokofiev, while his other potential runners include Albany Stakes third Fairyland, Richmond Stakes scorer Land Force and So Perfect, who won the Grangecon Stud Stakes over this course and distance.

Fantasy Gossamer Wings Just Wonderful North Wind The Irish Rover & Van Beethoven are the remaining 6. 
 

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Astronomer brings up Ballydoyle's ton for the season



Astronomer finished off strongly to give Aidan and Donnacha O'Brien a quick-fire double in Galway.

Quinns Red Rose had poached the rail from stall one and held the lead in the home straight from Fridtjof Nansen in this extended mile maiden.

The pair were battling away entering the final furlong butAstronomer hit his straps from third to power home and pick them up in the closing stages.

The 5/2 shot got up by three parts of a length fromp>Quinns Red Rose (7/1 from 10/1). Fridtjof Nansen (16/1) took credit from a third place from stall 16. He was beaten a length and a quarter by the winner.

Donnacha O'Brien said: "It wasn't ideal (dropping in trip) but the race came up and he showed his stamina in the final furlong.

"I had a grand position once I got out and once I got a few belts into him, and I thought I'd always get there.

"He probably wants further but with the bit of soft ground he got away with the mile today."

Astronomers win bought up Aidan O'Brien's 100th victory of the season 

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Broome off the mark at Galway and becomes The Heir Apparent's 4th first crop race winner


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Broome made all under Donnacha O'Brien to get favourite backers off to a flyer in the opening juvenile maiden on the penultimate day of the Galway Festival.

The son of Australia bounced away smartly and dictated throughout. He was challenged in the final furlong by Lightning Amber (2/1) but readily found more to hold him by a length and a half at 4/5.

Donnacha O'Brien said: "He had a nice run the last day and was still quite green and raw again today but has plenty of ability.

"It's not ideal making the running on a horse that green but with those small fields nobody else was going to go, so I said I'd go myself. This is a nice horse and there is plenty of improvement in him."

This was Broome's second start having finished fifth on debut at Killarney last month.

Aidan O'Brien won this race for the fourth year in a row following on from Amedeo Modigliani last year, subsequent Irish Derby winner Capri in 2016 and Landofhopeandglory in 2015.


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Ballydoyle trio Targeting French Glory 

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04.08
Aidan O’Brien isis triple-handed in pursuit of a ninth top-flight prize of 2018 at Deauville on Sunday.

The Ballydoyle trio of Fleet Review (Ryan Moore, ) Actress (Wayne Lordan) and Intelligence Cross (Pádraig Beggy) are among a massive field of 20 for the Prix Maurice de Gheest due off at 2.35 Irish-time.

O’Brien has won the prestigious six-and-a-half furlong contest just once before with King Charlemagne in 2001 and his prime hope now looks to be the three-year-old Fleet Review.

In profile terms he has never figured among the top-rank of his generation at Ballydoyle but added to a second in last year’s Middle Park Stakes by running third to US Navy Flag in the July Cup last time.

That puts Fleet Review among the leading three year old contenders along with the prime local hope Wootton who drops back from a mile after finishing third in Royal Ascot’s St James’s Palace Stakes.

The big Irish contender has three parts of a length to make up on Brando from that July Cup as O’Brien focuses on a potential seventh Group One of his career at the renowned Normandy track. The last of them was Roly Poly in last year’s Prix Rothschild.

Shortly after the big race in France, O’Brien has two hopefuls in the final big race pot of this year’s Galway festival, the €100,000 Ahonoora Handicap.

His son Donnacha will be near his lightest weight for Bond Street who tries to go one better than when a fast finishing runner-up to Riven Light in Tuesday’s mile feature. Seamus Heffernan is on another three year old in the race, Full Moon.



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Gutsy Land Force give AIdan a second Richmond Stakes Victory 


Aidan O’Brien scored his first winner of the week at Goodwood as Land Force lifted the Qatar Richmond Stakes. 

The Ballydoyle handler has made no secret of the fact his yard is not quite firing on all cylinders at present, but Land Force was nevertheless well supported for this Group Two heat, being sent off the 5-2 favourite under Ryan Moore. 

A son of No Nay Never, Land Force raced prominently enough as Konchek helped force the early pace and Moore was left in front with a couple of furlongs to run, but the challengers would not go away. 

He appeared to hit a bit of a flat spot inside the distance, but as Marie’s Diamond came up to his quarters, Land Force found a little extra to come home a length clear. Anglesey Stakes winner Marie’s Diamond, who was led out unsold at £675,000 at the Goodwood Sale on Wednesday evening, clung on to minor honours by a neck from Shine So Bright.

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Our 13th Rankings/Ratings supplement of the season is here - Timeform Global Rankings European Division Ballydoyle Spotlight & News - A total of 14 Ballydoyle Residents in the rankings.


Huge thanks to Timeform - website 

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Flattering bids to bounce back at Goodwood 

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1 August 
Flattering will try to bounce back from a lacklustre effort last time as she lines up in the Qatar Lillie Langtry Stakes at Goodwood on Thursday.

Aidan O’Brien’s charge finished fifth in the Oaks at Epsom before landing the Munster Oaks back in June, but she disappointed when beating only one home in the Lancashire Oaks last time.
August start


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Potential future runners
Amadeo Modigliani in the Royal Whip Stakes at the end of August - Mendelssohn could run in the Travers on 25th August. Deauville could run in the  Arlington Million Hunting Horn and Lucius Tiberius in the Secretariat Stakes & Happily possible for The Beverly D stakes 


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Former Ballydoyle residents Crocodile Rock (Galileo) Hans Holein (Montjeu) & Kilamanjaro (High Chaparral) entered in races on Saturday at Moonee Valley in Australia.

Crocodile Rock - BM78 Handicap (R4)
Hans Holein & Kilamanjaro - Moonee Valley Handicap (R8)




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Hydrangea's Sis Hermosa Breaks maiden tag at Galway



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Hydrangea's sister Hermosa delivered at the tasty price of 11/8 favourite in The Colm Quinn BMW Irish EBF Fillies Maiden at Galway.

Newcomer Tarnawa was an eye-catching third for Dermot Weld, but there was the promise of plenty more to come from Ballydoyle's winner Hermosa too, given the manner of victory here.

She looked very promising when fourth on debut at the Curragh 32 days back and once in the clear in the straight here the Galileo filly displayed a lovely change of gear.

At the line Donnacha O'Brien's mount had a length and a half a length in hand over Engles Rock and the aforementioned Tarnawa.

"She's improving away but she's still a bit backward," said the winning rider.

"Once I got a crack into her she picked up well.

"It was a good performance. She was green the first day and she was still a bit green today.

"For an inexperienced two-year-old this is a tough track but once she got in the clear in the straight she was good."


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Klimt & Valor set for Goodwood 

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July 30th
Spirit Of Valor bids to provide Aidan O’Brien with a first victory in the Qatar Lennox Stakes at Goodwood on Tuesday.

The four-year-old has finished eighth in both the Diamond Jubilee at Royal Ascot and the July Cup at Newmarket on his two most recent starts and steps up to seven furlongs for the first time this season under Ryan Moore.

Gustav Klimt was beaten half a length behind favorite Without Parole in the St James’s Palace Stakes at Royal Ascot and will be Ballydoyle's only representative in the Sussex Stakes on Wednesday and will be partnered by Ryan Moore. 



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Galileo Year By Year Stats Updated

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NEW A.P.O'Brien Career Stats Poster - Added Individual classic & group race winners - Awesome CV

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Aidan has 30+ horses in training that have earned over £100,000 in career earnings 




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A to Z of the 337 Individual Group race winners trained by Aidan O'Brien





 
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