Magna Grecia has been supplemented into the Vertem Futurity Trophy (Racing Post Trophy) 

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22 October 
Supplementary entry Magna Grecia is among eight possibles from the Aidan O’Brien stable for the Vertem Futurity Trophy at Doncaster on Saturday.

Magna Grecia looked a colt brimming with promise when he was just touched off by Persian King in the Autumn Stakes at Newmarket early this month, after making a winning debut at Naas at the end of September.

O’Brien, who has won the two-year-old Group One over a mile eight times, has a powerful contingent – among a field of 19 at the five-day stage – that includes Japan, winner of the Beresford Stakes.

Completing his team are Jean-Luc Lagardere runner-up Broome, Cape Of Good Hope, Circus Maximus, Zetland Stakes scorer Norway, Sydney Opera House and Western Australia.

Supplementary entry Magna Grecia is among eight possibles from the Aidan O’Brien stable for the Vertem Futurity Trophy at Doncaster on Saturday.

Magna Grecia looked a colt brimming with promise when he was just touched off by Persian King in the Autumn Stakes at Newmarket early this month, after making a winning debut at Naas at the end of September.

O’Brien, who has won the two-year-old Group One over a mile eight times, has a powerful contingent – among a field of 19 at the five-day stage – that includes Japan, winner of the Beresford Stakes.

Completing his team are Jean-Luc Lagardere runner-up Broome, Cape Of Good Hope, Circus Maximus, Zetland Stakes scorer Norway, Sydney Opera House and Western Australia.


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Aidan "More to come from I Can Fly Next Year".

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22 October 
Aidan O’Brien believes there should be more to come from I Can Fly next season after she pushed Roaring Lion close in the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes at Ascot on Saturday.

The filly went down by only a neck and is now Group One placed to add to her Group Two win in the Boomerang Stakes.
I Can Fly was just touched off by Roaring Lion in the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes
“We thought she was a Guineas filly. She just lost her way in the middle but has been progressing with every run since, massive progressive as we saw, and there could still be even more to come next year,” said O’Brien.
“She’s a smart filly.”

O’Brien was able to give a clean bill of health to all his Champions Day runners, but no decision will be rushed over which horses now head to the Breeders’ Cup.

“They all seem to be fine. We’ll see how they are next week and then we’ll have a chat and see what will go on to America or what will be retired,” he said.

“Obviously some of those fillies will be left alone now.

“Rhododendron (fifth in Champion Stakes) might be left alone now as she’s after doing a lot. The lads will talk about it now, but she’s a very important mare and she’s done it at two and three.

“She’s a filly that, looking back at it, a mile could have been her best trip, even though she has a lot of good form over a mile and a quarter. She still ran well yesterday.

“Capri (fourth) is grand. He ran a good, solid race.”

Sir Erec finished just ahead of Irish Leger winner Flag Of Honour in the Long Distance Cup behind Stradivarius.

“The stayers’ race was a little bit messy, but they ran good races. They are both horses that will get trips as four-year-olds,” said O’Brien.

“They’ll get a mile and a half plus anyway. They’ll be comfortable at a mile and a half, but they’d go on from there I’d imagine.”



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Curly makes all to win the Rathasker Bungle Inthejungle EBF Bluebell listed Stakes At Naas that a Ballydoyle Treble on the day 



Curly powered away from the field to take the Listed finale in Naas and gave Aidan O'Brien a treble on the card.

She tanked along for Seamie Heffernan and put daylight between herself and her rivals in the final quarter of a mile. The race was over passing the furlong pole as she won well by two and a quarter lengths at 5/1.

"We're delighted. She had some good runs and Seamus gave her a great ride,” Aidan O'Brien said after this mile and a half contest.

“She's a Galileo and she just kept going. I'm delighted she's won a stakes race, she deserved it. She had some good runs in Group races.

“She's entitled to win a Listed race off her rating.

“She'll go to stud now.”

O'Brien earlier scored with San Andreas and Sarrocchi (also ridden by Heffernan).






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Sarrocchi makes all and just holds on to win the Listed Garnet Stakes 




Sarrocchi looks set to head to the paddocks after her victory in the Rathasker Clodovil Irish EBF Garnet Stakes at Naas this afternoon.

Aidan O'Brien's charge produced a game front-running performance, under Seamie Heffernan, to claim the Listed contest.

The Galileo filly had her rivals on the stretch going to the two pole in the mile event.

The field started to close inside the final furlong but the 7/1 shot had enough in reserve to record a three-parts-of-a-length win.

Damselfly just prevailed in a tight finish for the runner-up spot, a short-head in front of Could It Be Love.
Sarrocchi had won on debut at Leopardstown last October and had been highly tried in Group company this season, her best effort coming when fourth in the Gallinule Stakes at the Curragh.

“That was great and Seamus gave her great ride,” said O'Brien.

“She had some very good runs. She had a break and this was her first run back.

“She's very genuine. She kept going and kept trying. It's great for a filly to win a stakes race like that.

“It's good to get it and I think she'll be off to stud now. We'll give some of the others a chance.





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San Andreas leads home Ballydoyle 123 in Naas Opener 





The opening maiden in Naas for juvenile colts and gelding was dominated by Aidan O'Brien who supplied the first three home.

The Corporal led under Michael Hussey but was collared by stablemate, and 11/10 favourite, San Andreas and Donnacha O'Brien in the final 150 yards of this six-furlong race.

Ferretti (4/1) stormed home from fourth a furlong out to get to within half a length of the winner at the line.

The Corporal (18/1) held on for third, a further length away.

Aidan O'Brien said: “He's a hardy horse and he's going to take another run of two before he comes together.

“You'd be very happy with him and he came forward lovely from the last day. He's still a baby but you'd be delighted with that.

“I don't know if there's much left for him now.

“He's not slow, he's going to have plenty of speed and he's going to be quick enough next year. You'd hope that he might get a mile.

“The other horses improved on their last runs which was good.”

San Andreas was having his second start having come home fourth over seven furlongs at this track at the start of the month.



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Coral Beach stuns Killavullan Stakes field




Coral Beach sprang a 16-1 surprise to win the Killavullan Stakes for Aidan O’Brien at Leopardstown.

Michael Hussey’s mount bided her time in the seven-furlong Group Three contest, before picking up much better-fancied stablemate Old Glory and running out a one-length winner.

O’Brien’s Old Glory, sent off at 2-1 second-favourite, broke well and set out to lead all the way under Seamie Heffernan.

He had a two-length lead into the straight but had no answer to Coral Beach’s sustained run on the rail – with Jim Bolger’s Guaranteed also staying on late to snatch second.

Favourite No Needs Never, on the back of his unexpected Listed win over Old Glory at Dundalk last time out, could never land a blow in the rematch and trailed in seventh.

Coral Beach had mustered just one maiden victory, on her penultimate start at Cork, from 11 previous attempts – and was consequently very much her powerful stable’s second string here.

But she was a convincing winner nonetheless.

Winning jockey Hussey said: “She has plenty of ability, but she needs things to go right – and they did today.

“She travelled really well to the furlong pole – and when I went there, I think I got there a bit early.

“She’s got her head in front now, and she knows what to do. There is improvement in her, I hope.

“You have to ride her with a bit of confidence. Seamie told me to ride her down the inside and don’t come off the inside, so I stuck to that.”



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At Last Magical gets her Group One in the Champion Fillies & Mares 



Magical won the QIPCO British Champions Fillies & Mares Stakes at Ascot for Ryan Moore as the John Gosden hotpot bubble was burst on Champions Day.

After Stradivarius won the opener for Gosden the big four-timer was on, but bookmakers collectively breathed a sigh of relief as evens favourite Lah Ti Dar fluffed her lines in the Fillies & Mares.

Frankie Dettori had a wide trip aboard the favourite and she raced a bit keenly in the early stages, but the pair took up the running in the home straight to the roar of the crowd.

However, Aidan O'Brien's Magical was always travelling nicely in her slipstream and Moore angled her out for a challenge approaching the final furlong where she swept past Lah Ti Dar to take the lead.

Coronet emerged from the pack as the main danger, but Gosden's second string had no answer as Moore kept Magical up to her work, the Galileo filly winning by a length.

Coronet did finished second ahead of stablemate Lah Ti Dar, the trio three-and-a-half lengths clear of the rest.

O'Brien said: "She ran a lovely race in the Arc, and we really fancied her for the Oaks last year - (but) she had a little setback and didn't get to run.

"Wayne (Lordan) rode her in the Arc and he loved her. Wayne came in after the Arc and he was brilliant, he said there was no doubt this filly does get a mile and a half as that was her first time over a mile and a half and that is why we came back here.

"She was working lovely - and we're really, really delighted.

"We were always going to take our time with her (in the race), and she had a lovely position and relaxed. So I couldn't have been happier.

"That is her first Group One. We thought she might handle ease in the ground as she had form with ease in the ground as a two-year-old.




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Our 19th 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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US Navy Flag arrives in Melbourne where he will target further Group 1 races


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Record breaking season for Aidan in terms of winners & individual winners



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Galileo Sire Of Sires 

Leading Sires GB & IRE Tables Updated - Galileo away and clear - 4 Coolmore sire in top 10 1st season sires - Camelot almost a million clear - Excelebration remains in top 10 


Galileo Year By Year Stats Weekly Update


British Flat Trainers Championship Updated




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Ballydoyle quintet in contention for Killavullan Stakes

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16th October

So Perfect headlines five entries for Aidan O’Brien in Saturday’s Killavullan Stakes at Leopardstown.

The daughter of Scat Daddy has a verdict over Moyglare Stud Stakes winner Skitter Scatter to her name and chased home Advertise in the Phoenix Stakes.

So Perfect finished a creditable third to stablemate Fairyland in the Cheveley Park Stakes at Newmarket on her latest outing.

O’Brien has also entered Coral Beach, Never No More, San Andreas and Old Glory, a son of Frankel who cost 1.6millions euros.



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Yucatan heads straight to the Melbourne Cup as McDonald offered the ride.

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16th October

Yucatan will not run before the Melbourne Cup and James McDonald will be offered the ride in Australia’s greatest race.

Six-time Melbourne Cup-winning owner Lloyd Williams confirmed on Tuesday morning on RSN927’s Racing Pulse that the Herbert Power Stakes winner had pulled up a 'bit puffy' in his joints but was otherwise fine to continue his preparation toward a Melbourne Cup start.

The horse had been installed as favourite for both Cups following his freakish performance last Saturday but was taken out of the Caulfield Cup on Monday night fewer than 12 hours after his stable indicated he would be running.

"He hadn't quite recovered from the race," Williams explained. "He had a little bit of fluid in his joints and we thought running again in seven days was probably too difficult for him.

"By Wednesday or Thursday he'll be absolutely fine."

Williams said he spoke with the horse's trainer, Aidan O'Brien, in Ireland and it was decided not to risk the horse with a view to the Melbourne Cup.

He said Yucatan’s legs had been x-rayed on Monday after the puffiness around his joints had not reduced but he said the reaction was typical of European stayers.

"He was x-rayed in his joints and there was absolutely nothing wrong with him," he confirmed.

"He doesn't have to run again. Remember two years ago, Almandin won The Bart Cummings and went to the Melbourne Cup and that was a week before this race."

As for a Melbourne Cup rider, he said of McDonald, the winning rider from the Herbert Power Stakes: "Providing he is available and his manager wants to book him, I'm sure he'll get the offer to ride the horse."

Williams stopped short of declaring Yucatan his best chance of making it seven Melbourne Cup wins.

"I like Latrobe," he said. "(He’s got) 52 kilos and he's a pretty good horse Latrobe."



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Carrier surges late to break maiden tag at Gowran Park


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Champion Trainer Aidan O'Brien equalled his best ever Irish yearly flat winners total at Gowran today with the win of Aircraft Carrier in the Racing Again November 24th Maiden.

Aircraft Carrier, and Seamie Heffernan, today finished well to edge past runner-up War Diary near the line and score a short-head success and give trainer O'Brien his 139th success of 2018.

O'Brien finished 2013 with a record 139 Irish flat winners but is now certain to beat that tally, with three weeks of the turf season left, followed by two months racing on the all-weather at Dundalk.

O'Brien wasn't present at the meeting and regarding Aircraft Carrier, jockey Heffernan later said “he came forward a little bit and handles both types of ground which is a plus. He’s very relaxed and going further would help him a lot.”


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Royal Ascot winner Washington DC has retired to stud in England 

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15th October

Washington DC has been recruited to Bearstone Stud in Shropshire in England. His best performance this season came when finishing 2nd to Battaash in the Temple Stakes Group 2 at Haydock on May 26th.

Bearstone Stud owner Terry Holdcroft said: "I've followed his career since he won at Royal Ascot as a two-year-old and everyone at Bearstone is thrilled to have the opportunity to stand him in Britain.

"He's a very fast horse, comes from a very speedy family and is by a stallion who had a Royal Ascot two-year-old treble in his first season."

Washington DC will join former Ballydoyle Resident Fountain Of Youth at Bearstone Stud. A stud fee will be announced at a later date.




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Yucatan out of Caulfield Cup

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15th October

The Caulfield Cup surprises keep coming with the new favourite Yucatan now out of the running for Saturday's $5million race and in line for a possible surprise Cox Plate start.

Co-owner Lloyd Williams confirmed on Monday night that the Herbert Power Stakes winner would not run in the Caulfield Cup but that there was had been no interruption to his Melbourne Cup campaign.

He confirmed by text that there was: "No problem. Hard track last race needs a week."

The following week is Cox Plate week and the only two races Yucatan would be liable to contest on that card are the Cox Plate or Moonee Valley Cup.
Less than 12 hours earlier, Williams had indicated Yucatan would return this Saturday with just 52 kilograms to the 2400 metre course at Caulfield. In the meantime, Racing Victoria’s chief handicapper Greg Carpenter penalised the former Irish horse 2.5 kilograms for the Melbourne Cup to 54.5 kilograms for his astonishing Australian debut where he thrashed a field of quality stayers.

The penalty for the Herbert Power win already took Yucatan to a safe spot in the Melbourne Cup order of 24th in line for a start in the 24-horse field with several horses above him in the order certain to miss the race.

Nick Williams Added "Disappointed Yucatan will miss the Caulfield Cup this Saturday. We were very keen to run but the horse’s well-being must come first so after much consideration by the experts it was decided it would be wrong to run him so soon after such a torrid run on the extremely firm track". 



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Impressive Peach Tree lands the Staffordshire Stud Listed Stakes at Navan 



Peach Tree completed a Listed race double for Aidan O'Brien at Navan, as she justified favouritism in the Staffordstown Stud Stakes.

A good second in a Group 3 at the Curragh last month, the daughter of Galileo since acted as a pacemaker in a Group 2 contest at Doncaster.

Having opened on-course at 7/2, the chestnut victor eventually went off the 5/2 market leader with Donnacha O'Brien in the saddle.

Settled behind the leaders in third, she improved into second approaching the straight, and got to the front with just under two furlongs left to race.

She was soon ridden and kept on well from the furlong pole, going on to score comfortably by a length and three parts.

Tarnawa (9/2) finished second under Declan McDonogh for Dermot Weld, while Credenza (8/1), also trained by O'Brien, was another three parts of a length back in third.

Donnacha O’Brien said afterwards: "She’s a grand genuine filly. She got a nice tow into the race and stuck her head out when I gave her a few hits."

Aidan O'Brien was earlier on the mark with All The King's Men in the Legacy Stakes.




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All The King's Men smartly wins the Legacy Stakes at Navan 



Fresh from his big wins on Low Sun and Norway at Newmarket yesterday, Seamie Heffernan struck again at Navan this afternoon, as he guided All The King's Men to victory in the Listed Irish Stallion Farms EBF Legacy Stakes.

Successful on his penultimate start at Naas, the son of No Nay Never since finished fifth in the Blenheim Stakes at Fairyhouse.

Having opened at 10/1 this afternoon, the Aidan O'Brien trained victor eventually went off at 8s, and was sent straight to the front by Heffernan.

He was ridden over a furlong from home, and kept on well from there to score comfortably by a length and three parts.

Recon Mission (7/1) took second under Leigh Roche for Michael O'Callaghan, while Eclipse Storm (8/1) was another half a length back in third.

Never No More, also trained by O'Brien, was sent off the even money favourite, and he finished a disappointing seventh.

Heffernan said afterwards: "He's a winner and he's been working a little bit better than he's been running. The No Nay Never's enjoy racing, and I'd say you can run them often. He's a stallion I like."





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Capri Hydrangea & Happily on duty for British Champions Day

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Aidan O’Brien is considering dropping Capri down in trip for the Qipco Champion Stakes at Ascot on Saturday.

Last year’s St Leger hero has had a truncated campaign, but showed he was coming back to form when fifth behind Enable in the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe.

O’Brien has yet to finalise his team, but it could include Hydrangea, who might bid to repeat last year’s victory in the Qipco British Champions Fillies & Mares Stakes.

However, this year’s Leger winner Kew Gardens may be excused duty in the Qipco British Champions Long Distance Cup after he finished seventh in the Arc, on what his eighth start of a busy campaign.

“I’m not sure if Kew Gardens will go,” said O’Brien.

“We will decide early in the week and just see how he is. You are never sure if he will get two miles.

“He won the St Leger, so there is every chance, but he has had a long season, so we will see. It will all depend on how he is during the week, then we will decide.

“We will see how Capri is, as he might go for the Champion and Flag Of Honour might be supplemented for the Long Distance race.

“Hydrangea might go back for the mares’ race and Happily, who finished second at Newmarket, might go for the QEII.”

O’Brien is keeping an eye on Just Wonderful ahead of a possible tilt at the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies’ Turf at Churchill Downs early next month.

“It is possible that Just Wonderful could head out to America, but we will just see again with her,” said the Ballydoyle trainer.

“Fairyland won’t be going to America. She is finished for the year.”



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Impressive Sir Erec wins the Martin Molony Stakes (listed) at Limerick
 
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Aidan O'Brien's Sir Erec stayed on powerfully from fifth approaching the final furlong to win the Listed Martin Molony Stakes in Limerick by a comfortable four lengths.

The 9/2 shot was switched out from behind horses by Michael Hussey and found an extra gear at the furlong pole.

It was here that The King had gone for home but he was swamped by Sir Erec coming to the final 100 yards and the latter strode right away to win well.

The King, the 6/4 favourite, had to settle for second under Colm O'Donoghue.

Michael Hussey said: "He is a nice horse. He was in a bit of a pocket but got me out of it and quickened up well and loved the ground.



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Classy Norway takes Zetland Stakes 




Norway showed stamina will be his forte after staying on powerfully to give trainer Aidan O’Brien back-to-back victories in the Godolphin Flying Start Zetland Stakes at Newmarket on Saturday.

Having landed the 10-furlong prize 12 months ago with subsequent St Leger winner Kew Gardens, the Ballydoyle maestro repeated the trick with the full brother to 2013 Derby hero Ruler Of The World.

Despite being a bit green the 7-2 shot found plenty for pressure under Seamie Heffernan to defeat I’ll Have Another by a length.

Following the race the winner was cut to 25-1 for the Derby by Paddy Power and Betway, while Ladbrokes went 33-1 for the same race.

O’Brien said: “I’m delighted with him. That was a lovely experience for him. He stays well and the last day he won well and galloped to the line. He is a beautifully bred horse.

“It is possible (going to France for Criterium de Saint-Cloud). He is a lovely big horse and he doesn’t have to go there as he has had that experience coming here. It’s a possibility though as he is in it.

“He is a lovely horse as he is a brother to Ruler Of The World and half brother to Duke Of Marmalade.”

Aidan also said US Navy Flag will stay in Australia for now “We will probably leave him there now and come back down to Melbourne. There is a Group One on the same day as the Cox Plate and there is another one in Melbourne a couple of weeks after that.






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Electric Yucatan bolts up in Herbert Power Stakes




Sheer arrogance would be an apt description of Yucatan’s win in Saturday’s Group II Herbert Power Stakes (2400m) at Caulfield.

Yucatan showed why Irish master trainer Aidan O’Brien thought him worthy of a crack at the Caulfield and Melbourne Cups with a dominant performance in the Herbert Power Stakes.

Yucatan earned a Caulfield Cup ballot exemption with his easy win.

Yucatan ($6.50) drew barrier 15 and was slow away but jockey James McDonald was happy to let the son of Galileo improve three and four wide during the middle stages until he was handy to the speed at the 800m.

McDonald let Yucatan stride at the 600m before the entire opened a huge gap on his rivals on the home turn. Yucatan could have won by a big margin had McDonald not slammed on the brakes in the last 100m, which allowed the placegetters to cut the margin to 1 ¼ lengths on the line.

Part-owner Nick Williams described Yucatan as “the Melbourne Cup winner in waiting” but he and his father, prominent Melbourne owner Lloyd Williams, would let O’Brien decide whether the stayer backed up in the Caulfield Cup.

O’Brien’s travelling head lad TJ Comerford said Yucatan has settled in the best of the trainer’s five runners at the Werribee quarantine centre.

“He won very easy really, but he was the pick of them all week,” Comerford said.

“He gave a lot of ground going around the outside and he was the horse that was mapped out for this for a long time.

“Aidan always liked him and before he came here, he was working well.”

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Yucatan's part Owner Nick Williams lifting the Herbert Power G2 Trophy 


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Cliffs runs with credit in Ladbrokes Stakes 




The Cliffsofmoher ran with real credit finishing 4th in the in the Ladbrokes Stakes (Group 1) at Caufield. He was last for most of the way and had to circle the field around the final turn he stayed on very strongly.

The Cliffsofmoher trapped 9 wide coming round the final bend 

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No Luck for Flag in Everest 



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U S Navy Flag finished 9th in the Everest Stakes at Royal Randwick he missed the break and struggled to land a blow during the final stages of the race the heavy going was also against him on the day. 






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Valor runs a stormer in Schillaci Stakes 




Spirit Of Valor 2nd in the Keno Schillaci Stakes (Group 2) at Caulfield Fleet Review was 9th & Intelligence Cross was 13th Aidan O'Brien's travelling foreman T.J. Comerford was delighted with the performance of Spirit Of Valor and suggested he would be suited by the step to 1200m next start.

The five-year-old holds entries for both the Manikato Stakes and the VRC Sprint Classic.

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Super Serge becomes Aidan's first Cornwallis Winner 



Sergei Prokofiev could be bound for the Breeders’ Cup after outclassing his rivals in the Newmarket Academy Godolphin Beacon Project Cornwallis Stakes.

Aidan O’Brien’s colt looked a top-class prospect after registering successive wins in the spring and was far from disgraced when third behind Calyx and Advertise in the Coventry Stakes at Royal Ascot.

He was a shade disappointing on his two most recent outings in the Phoenix and Middle Park Stakes, but showed his true colours in this five-furlong Group Three on the Rowley Mile under a confident ride from the trainer’s son, Donnacha.

The 3-1 favourite was still at the rear of the field racing inside the final two furlongs, but made rapid headway once switched wide and passed the post a length and a quarter clear of Well Done Fox, without being asked for maximum effort.

O’Brien said: “He was always so quick at home. The first time we stepped him up to six furlongs he lost that bit of brilliance. It’s amazing the difference a furlong makes – obviously he is really a five-furlong horse.

“We were going to let him relax wherever he was. Donnacha did give him a very good ride. It’s very rare to come from the back like that.

“It’s possible he could go to America (Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf Sprint). He has had a busy enough campaign and it might be possible we put him away for next year.”


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Ground conditions could dent US Navy Flag's Everest chances

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12th October

Rain in Australia has dampened Aidan O’Brien’s enthusiasm ahead of US Navy Flag’s groundbreaking run in The TAB Everest on Saturday morning.

Billed as the world’s richest race on turf, the six-furlong test at Randwick sees 12 of the best sprinters on the planet line up.

Last year the inaugural running was won by Redzel, ridden by Kerrin McEvoy, and he defends his title in what looks a wide-open race.

The Ballydoyle handler had planned to send Caravaggio to contest the showpiece event last year and while that did not come to fruition, US Navy Flag won the July Cup to seal his ticket.

O’Brien had campaigned the colt, who won the Middle Park and Dewhurst as a two-year-old, over a mile earlier in the season, finishing second in the Irish 2,000 Guineas.

However, dropped back to sprinting he seemed much happier and beat a top-class field at Newmarket.

“He’s in good form and everything seems well with him,” said O’Brien.

“Obviously the worry we have is with the ground as they are getting plenty of rain down there, which is probably not ideal, but everyone seems to be happy with him other than that.”

Ryan Moore has jetted Down Under in preference to a solid book of rides at Newmarket on Friday and Saturday, including Anthony Van Dyck in the Dewhurst, but Coolmore’s Tom Magnier said the decision was made by the rider.

“Ryan Moore is retained by Coolmore as our No.1 jockey and he has the pick of the races he wants to attend,” Magnier told www.news.com.au

“There is the Dewhurst, one of the biggest races in the UK, but he is coming down for The Everest and is very excited about it.

“That says something when the top jockey in the world wants to be here.”

Magnier added: “It is one of the most talked-about races around.

“There is a buzz surrounding this race that I haven’t seen before.

“You have got your Melbourne Cup, your Arc de Triomphe, but this race is right up there. It’s got global recognition. In its second year it has become one of the biggest races in the world.”


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Emmet McNamara expecting no favors at Caufield 

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11th October 

UNTIL two days ago, jockey Emmet McNamara had never laid eyes on Caulfield.

The Irishman will venture to The Heath on Saturday to ride Aidan O’Brien-trained sprinter Intelligence Cross, the lowest-rated of the Ballydoyle trio in the Group 2 Schillaci Stakes.

Having spent years scrapping for rides at the powerhouse Irish stable and travelling the world for the sport’s most prolific Group 1 trainer, McNamara is undaunted to be taking on the cream of Australian horsemen.

“I’ve been fortunate enough to win plenty of big races in England and Ireland and did a couple of winters in Dubai, but it’s my first time riding here in Australia,’’ McNamara said.

“It’s a competitive pack here, but it’s the same in Ireland. There’s no quarter given or asked. I do hope I do have a good run.

“I had a peep over there (Caulfield) the other day, but I’ll walk it again on race day.

“It’s quite a short straight. There’s nothing similar, ­especially in Ireland.’’
Intelligence Cross is a $26 chance with TAB. His stablemates are Spirit Of Valor ($7) and Fleet Review ($14).

The trio, all by War Front, were given barrier practice along with O’Brien’s stayers The Cliffsofmoher and Yucatan.

“We put them all in. We done it last year with The Taj Mahal and I thought it worked well and Aidan likes to do it,” foreman TJ Comerford said.

“It sharpens their mind up and helps them refocus a couple of days out from race day, so they don’t get too lackadaisical. It works well. It can’t hurt.”

Comerford said the three sprinters were in “good form” and their performances in the Schillaci Stakes would shape their immediate future.
“We’re hoping to run well in sprints, we’re not expecting to win,” he said.

“If we won it would be a bonus.

“It’s the end of the year and normally if you have a good sprinter at home you’d like to bring them down for The Everest and that but there’s always other sprints like Hong Kong.

“It’s whatever Aidan feels like he wants to do like that.

“Maybe try them out and see what happens and if it works then you can go for other sprints out here like the Friday night (Manikato Stakes) at Moonee Valley and then at Flemington as well.

“This is a stepping stone to that.”


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Doyle looking forward to riding for Ballydoyle in Australia 

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11th October 

James Doyle is looking forward to joining forces with Aidan O’Brien for the first time in his career when partnering Spirit Of Valour in the Keno Schillaci Stakes at Caulfield this weekend.

The in-demand 30-year-old will swap his more familiar Godolphin blue silks for those of the Coolmore team when getting the leg up aboard the four year old in the Group Two prize.

Doyle — who came so close to Arc glory last weekend with Sea Of Class — said: “I’ve never ridden for Aidan O’Brien before, but I have got my first ride for him on Spirit Of Valour at the weekend.
“I was meant to ride for them (Coolmore) one day in the July Cup, but the horse ended up being a non runner. Obviously when you are competing all the time against them, it is nice to get the call up to ride for them.

“I don’t know too much about the horse, but I’ve seen him race a fair bit and his last run was pretty good.”

Doyle will bid for more top-level glory Down Under aboard the Charlie Appleby-trained Jungle Cat in the Aquis Toorak Handicap, having triumphed aboard the son of Iffraaj in a seven-furlong Group One at the Melbourne track last month.

He said of the Godolphin runner: “It is going to be tough, as it is a Group One handicap and he has gone up in the weights a small bit. Hopefully he will improve going up to the mile.

“He has never run over that trip, but I think it will suit him with the fast early pace and the steady middle pace of the race. He has got a nice draw, which will also help.”


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Lancaster Bomber Retired to Stud 

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11th October

Tattersalls Gold Cup winner Lancaster Bomber has been retired to the National Stud in Newmarket. Coolmore will still retain a share in him.

The four-year-old son of War Front will stand at a fee of £8,500 on October 1, special live foal terms, with lifetime breeding rights also available. His stallion career will be managed by the Avenue Bloodstock team of John Ferguson, Mark McStay and Amy Lanigan.

Coolmore’s MV Magnier said: “Lancaster Bomber has always been held in very high regard by Aidan and the team at Ballydoyle. We've placed a lot of faith in his sire War Front, and thankfully it is being rewarded.

“We've retained some breeding rights in Lancaster Bomber and feel his retirement to the National Stud in Newmarket affords him an excellent opportunity to make an impact as a stallion.”



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Credenza digs deep to break maiden tag at Cork 



Seamie Heffernan recorded a quick double for Ballydoyle at Cork this afternoon when Credenza held on close home to land the spoils in the mile nursery.

An Aingeal Dubh made the running and had the field on the stretch early in the straight.

Credenza chased down the front-runner a furlong-and-a-half from home but was strongly pressed by Facethepuckout in the closing stages.

That rival just failed by sjort-head to peg back the Aidan O'Brien-trained filly at the line.

7/2 shot Credenza had been third in her last two maiden starts, most recently behind stable-mate Frosty at Dundalk 12 days ago.


Heffernan said:- "She was a good ride in a nursery and I have her down as an 85 rated filly and she probably will be that after today.

“It worked out well and she is a filly that will go further next year like most Galileos. She is a Listed Stakes filly going 1m4f."



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Coral Beach breaks maiden tag at 11th attempt 


Ballydoyle filly Coral Beach gained an overdue win on her 11th racecourse outing when taking the opening Kanturk Median Auction Maiden at Cork this afternoon.

The 5/2 favourite had to wait for a gap down the straight in the six-furlong contest and the split came inside the final furlong.

Seamus Heffernan drove his mount into the lead inside the final 100 yards to secure a half length success over the fast finishing Frosty Beach.

Coral Beach had been placed on seven occasions before today and had been beaten favourite on six of her runs.

Heffernan said afterwards:- "She has been a little bit disappointing but she works like a Group filly and I wouldn't be surprised if she ended up winning a Group race."


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Aidan aims Hermosa & Zagitova at Fillies Mile
 
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10th October

Aidan O’Brien is double-handed as he chases a joint-record sixth victory in the bet365 Fillies’ Mile at Newmarket on Friday.

The late Sir Henry Cecil currently holds the record — with Oh So Sharp (1984), Bosra Sham (1995) and Reams of Verse (1996) among his six winners.

O’Brien first struck gold with Sunspangled 20 years ago and has since added to his tally with Listen (2007), Together Forever (2014), Minding (2015) and Rhododendron (2016).

This year the Ballydoyle handler saddles Hermosa, who was third in the Moyglare Stud Stakes before winning a Group Three on her latest outing, as well as Moyglare fourth Zagitova.


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O'Brien pair Cliffs Of Moher & Yucatan  to follow Vermeer path

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10th October

The Cliffs of Moher and Yucatan polished off their final piece of work ahead of Saturday's show-stopping Group 1 Caulfield Stakes (2000m), looking to follow in the hoofsteps of stablemate Johannes Vermeer.

The two northern-hemisphere four-year-old entires are set to track their path of their fellow son of Galileo from 2017, when Johannes Vermeer went on to place in each of the three Group 1s he contested.

Master trainer Aidan O'Brien's travelling foreman T.J. Comerford confirmed on Tuesday the same path was on the cards for both My Cliffs of Moher and Yucatan - the pair having been bought into for 50 and 100 per cent respectively by record Melbourne Cup-winning owner Lloyd Williams recently.
Despite not being at the races for more than three months, The Cliffs of Moher is ripe to perform at Caulfield come Saturday, according to Comerford.

"He's fairly forward now," he said from Werribee on Tuesday. We seem to think he's in good order. He hasn't ran in a while.

"He's training away, his weight is good, there's no real issues with him, it's just normal for him now and doing what he's doing since he got here.

"He's travelled down here well - they all travelled well actually, even though it was a long flight.

"But their weight is good, they're in good condition and their coats are nice and healthy, so they're in good form."

Comerford said a firm track would not be a knock to either heading to the weight-for-age contest, in fact they will thrive. Despite My Cliffs of Moher's most recent win coming on good-to-yielding ground at Naas, he has subsequently performed competitively against top-class opposition this year on good-to-firm ground.

"These are all top of the ground horses, so anytime they get different conditions at home, you have to kind of put up with it," Comerford said.

"Their class might show a bit more because you have to go on any ground, but I think you'll see the best of them when they're on top of the ground.

"I think the next step is similar to what we did with Johannes Vermeer last year - Caulfield Stakes, Caulfield Cup, Melbourne Cup."

And the quick back-up is not uncommon to one of them - My Cliffs of Moher racing twice at Royal Ascot this year three days apart

"Most of our horses are well used to it, backing them up wouldn't be a problem, we do that a lot and it seems to work well for us," Comerford said.

"I suppose if they had hard races... but normally you see how they come out after it, but generally it works out for the better."

While O'Brien will have eyes on the $13million Everest with US Navy Flag, he is experimenting with a trio of fellow War Front progeny in the $400,000 Group 2 Schillaci Stakes (1100m) at Caulfield.

Each of Fleet Review ($11), Spirit of Valor ($13) and Intelligence Cross ($21) sit a few rungs down the market order for the sprint, Comerford said that was probably the right pecking order for their trio.

"I suppose Fleet Review and Spirit of Valour are probably the best of the three," Comerford added.

"Intelligence Cross is probably that little bit behind - but you never know with these War Fronts, the three of them are by War Front.

"They [War Front progeny] can be so much different on a raceday - what you see in training, and what they do on raceday can be totally different.

"Spirit of Valor's form is good, but Fleet Review's - on paper - is probably just a bit better, but I wouldn't like to pick between the two of them because they'll make a liar out of me."



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Aidan could pay first visit to Australia since 2008

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9th October

Tom Magnier said he intends to contact Aidan to report in on U S Navy Flag’s work on Tuesday night Australian time where the logistics of a trip to Australia will be discussed.

“Aidan is not sure if he’s going to make it yet,” Magnier said. “We are going to speak tonight to make a plan. We also have the Dewhurst on in England and we’ve got a lot of runners there as well. We’re playing it minute-by-minute and the plan is to speak to him tonight, after the horse has worked. I know he wants to come down but there are a lot of runners in England and we have Ballydoyle’s best team here with the horse. Aidan is pretty happy with what’s going on down here but we also have a lot of horses in Melbourne and if he comes down he’d then head down to Melbourne to see how they’re progressing as well. We’ll decide tonight.

U S Navy Flag’s start in The Everest will be O’Brien’s first runner in Sydney but that’s not the case for Melbourne Cup and Cox Plate winning jockey Ryan Moore, who’ll ride the horse.

“It says plenty about The Everest when Ryan decides to come down to Australia,” Magnier said. With all the top races going on around the world at the moment, he wants to be here. He has decision on the Coolmore horses so it was his decision to come down to ride the horse. Ryan will be here on Thursday night. Moore is one of the world’s great jockeys, accomplished on every continent with 118 Group I wins to his name.


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Dewhurst U-Turn on the cards for Ten Sovereigns

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9th October

Unbeaten juvenile Ten Sovereigns has come into contention for Saturday's Dewhurst Stakes after the Middle Park Group One Winner's trainer admitted there could be a change of plans. 

Aidan "Although we stated after his Middle Park win that Ten Sovereigns was probably finished for the season, he came out of the race very well and it's quite possible he will go to the Dewhurst. We're thinking about it, and a decision will be made probably on Wednesday. The plan is to run Anthony Van Dyck, while Christmas and Royal Lodger winner Mohawk are also possibles.

Aidan added that Southern France, who finished third behind stablemate Kew Gardens in the St Leger last month, is under consideration for the Dubai £500,000 Cesarewitch, also at Newmarket on Saturday.

"He's a possible at this stage and we'll decide in a day or two," said the trainer.


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Waldgeist becomes 34th member of the Galileo Millionaires Club



Leading Sires GB & IRE Tables Updated 



British Flat Trainers Championship Updated 




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Ballydoyle responsible for 8 of 12 left in Dewhurst including AVD 

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8th October
Aidan O'Brien is responsible for eight of the 12 horses left in the Darley Dewhurst Stakes at Newmarket on Saturday.

The Group One showpiece has provided an endless stream of future stars, with Frankel, Dawn Approach, Churchill and US Navy Flag all striking in the last 10 years alone.

O'Brien trained Churchill and US Navy Flag and while not appearing keen on running Ten Sovereigns in the immediate aftermath of his victory in the Middle Park Stakes over six furlongs, he has been left in.

As has Anthony Van Dyck, second in the National Stakes to Quorto last time out.

The Ballydoyle trainer can also call on Cape Of Good Hope, Christmas, Mohawk, Sydney Opera House, Van Beethoven and Western Australia.


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AVD set for Dewhurst Clash with Too Darn Hot

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7th October

Aidan has confirmed that Anthony Van Dyck is in line to take on Too Darn Hot in the Darley Dewhurst Stakes at Newmarket next Saturday.

The National Stakes runner-up was expected to run in todays Prix Jean-Luc Lagardere at ParisLongchamp but has swerved the race in favor of a run in the Dewhurst.

Aidan said: “Anthony Van Dyck is the main horse we’re looking at for the Dewhurst. We could run Christmas as well and then we’ll have a close look at the others we have entered in the race during the week.

  • Dewhurst Stakes – (6) – Rock of Gibraltar (2001), Beethoven (2009), War Command (2013) Air Force Blue (2015) Churchill (2016) US Navy Flag (2017)

Moyglare Stud Stakes 3rd Zagitova and Weld Park Stakes Group 3 winner Hermosa are likely to represent Aidan in Friday's Fillies’ Mile at Newmarket.

  • Fillies' Mile – (5) – Sunspangled (1998), Listen (2007) Together Forever (2014) Minding (2015) Rhododendron (2016)

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Ballydoyle quintet bid for arc glory

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6th October 
Kew Gardens leads a five-strong team for Aidan O’Brien into battle in this year’s Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe.

It is 11 years since the Ballydoyle handler first claimed Europe’s premier middle-distance prize with Dylan Thomas.

O’Brien doubled his tally with Found in 2016 and launches another strong assault, numerically at least, on the ParisLongchamp showpiece on Sunday.

Kew Gardens is the yard’s chief hope under Ryan Moore after providing his trainer with a sixth victory in the St Leger at Doncaster three weeks ago.

O’Brien told Press Association Sport: “Everything has gone well since the Leger and we’ve been happy with him since.

“He has won around Longchamp – he won the Grand Prix de Paris there. He seems to be in good form.

“We were training him for the King George in the middle of the summer and he just had a setback with the rest of the horses (stable bug), so that’s why he didn’t get to go there.”

The apparent second string is Donnacha O’Brien’s mount Capri, who won last year’s St Leger before beating just one home in the Arc at Chantilly.

The grey son of Galileo made a successful start to the current campaign in the Alleged Stakes at Naas in April, but has run just once since, finishing fifth of six in the Prix Foy over this course and distance last month.

O’Brien added: “We thought that he would improve nicely from the last day and we’ve been happy with him since.”

Magical (Wayne Lordan), Hunting Horn (Seamie Heffernan) and big outsider Nelson (Michael Hussey) complete the quintet.



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Impressive Never No More breaks his maiden tag in Dundalk maiden 


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Leading first-season sire No Nay Never put another winner on the board when Never No More looked smart in justifying odds of 4/7 in the opening Irish Stallion Farms EBF Race (Plus 10 Race) at Dundalk.

Champion jockey elect Donnacha O'Brien was aboard this Naas second placer for his father Aidan, and he asserted inside the last to beat Chicago May by three and a quarter lengths.

"He's smart. He impressed me there, I hadn't ridden him a whole lot at home," said the winning jockey.

"He had a good run the last day behind a decent horse and he made no mistake today. He feels smart.

"He travelled smooth, he's still a little bit raw, and when I hit him a flick he quickened up nicely.

"I think he'll be a fast horse, five or six."



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US Navy Flag’s prep in full flow for Everest 

US Navy Flag will have a solid gallop at Canterbury on Friday as steps up his preparation for The Everest.

5th October

US Navy Flag’s preparation for the $13 million The TAB Everest steps up a gear with a solid track gallop at Canterbury on Friday.

Coolmore’s Tom Magnier confirmed US Navy Flag is scheduled to have a fast workout on Friday morning, provided the track conditions are not too wet.

US Navy Flag, trained by Irish genius Aidan O’Brien, has settled in well at the Canterbury quarantine training and stabling facility where the triple Group 1-winning sprinter has exclusive use of the course proper.

But with the weather bureau predicting plenty of rain in Sydney over the next week or so, Magnier is unsure how US Navy Flag will adapt if the track conditions are wet on Everest Day.

“US Navy Flag won the July Cup on firm ground but if we get a rain-affected track for The Everest, that is a bit of an unknown,’’ Magnier said.

“But we have been praying for this rain for months and we are finally getting some good rain up the Hunter (Valley) so no one is complaining.’’

US Navy Flag’s English jockey Ryan Moore is expected in Sydney later next week, most likely Thursday or Friday morning but it is still unclear if O’Brien will make the trip.

“I sent Aidan a copy of the Trek To The Everest show about U S Navy Flag which he watched with his son, Joseph back in Ireland,’’ Magnier said.

“Aidan told me there is nothing like the coverage The Everest gets anywhere in the world and he is genuinely excited about having US Navy Flag in the race.’’


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Our 18th 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 

https://www.timeform.com/horse-racing/



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Season Stats update 152 race wins 100 individual winning horses 38 multiple race winners




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A.P.O'Brien A to Z of Individual Group Winners 




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British Flat Trainers Championship Updated 




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Ballydoyle Resident up for sale in the Autumn horses in training sale at Tattersalls



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Flag of Honour will be supplemented in Long Distance Cup

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3 October 
Aidan O’Brien is ready to supplement Irish St Leger hero Flag Of Honour for the Qipco British Champions Long Distance Cup at Ascot.

The Ballydoyle handler has nine entries for the two-mile contest, including Kew Gardens, winner of the St Leger at Doncaster.

However, he is bound for Sunday’s Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe at ParisLongchamp and Flag Of Honour could yet emerge as the stable’s number one hope for the Long Distance Cup on Qipco British Champions Day, despite not being among the entries at this stage.

O’Brien said: “Flag Of Honour would be one we’d be thinking of sending over. The Long Distance Cup over two miles is what we have in mind for him.”


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Snowflakes just gets up in the dying strides of the Buy Online At Cork Maiden 



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The well-bred Snowflakes swooped close home to open her account in the mile maiden at Cork.

Aidan O'Brien's charge was sent off 9/4 favourite on better ground today having failed to make much impression in testing conditions on her return at Listowel last month.

She was under pressure in third over a furlong from home but picked up nicely in the closing stages, under Seamus Heffernan, to pip Minnie Haha near the line and record a neck success.

The Galileo filly is a full-sister to four-timer Group 1 winner Winter and to the juvenile Frosty, who made a winning debut at Dundalk last week.

Heffernan said:- "We thought a lot of her but had an injury and got tired the last day at Listowel.

“I was expecting her to get tired again today so I didn't want to get there and get passed again but I hit the line well.

"She has a very good pedigree and was highly tried on her first two runs and then she went wrong. I won on her sister last week (Frosty) and she won impressively, so they have ability."



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Fightfortheroses brings up Ballydoyle double at Naas 




Fightfortheroses justified favouritism in the mile and a half maiden at Naas and gave Aidan O'Brien a double on the card.

He looked to be vulnerable to the strong-travelling Crecerelle at the two marker but found plenty when asked for his effort racing to the final furlong.

It boiled down to a match with Crecerelle at the business end but Fighfortheroses saw it out best to score by a length and a quarter at even money.

Runner-up Crecerelle was a 5/1 shot. He was four lengths ahead of Leaderboard (13/2).

Jockey Donnacha O'Brien said: "The step up in trip suited. He's genuine and he stays well.

“He found plenty for a bit of pressure. He handles soft ground as well so he's versatile enough.

“He's no world beater but he's a grand horse and he tries hard.”


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Norway breaks maiden tag in style at Naas 





Norway drew further and further clear in the final furlong of the juvenile maiden over a mile in Naas to post a decisive victory.

The Galileo colt soon led for Seamie Heffernan and was ridden under three furlongs out as I Am Superman tracked him in second.

The latter edged left when he came under the whip in the final quarter of a mile and could make no impression on the leader.

Norway kept up the gallop and drew clear by the furlong pole. He then stretched away to score by six and a half lengths at 7/2.

Bellakris stayed on for second at 25/1 from Rakan at 14/1.

Seamie Heffernan said: “He improved from his first run and improved from his second run.

“The horse that won in the Curragh the last day (Sydney Opera House) was placed in a Group 2 since. I expected him to win and he won well. He put his head down and galloped out.

“He's probably a mile-and-a-quarter to a mile-and-a-half horse. He's lazy, laid-back and he's very easy to like and manage.”


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October Start


Japan lands Aidan's 18th Beresford stakes victory a 1 2 for Ballydoyle 




Japan (11/2) was a fourth winner on the day for Aidan O'Brien when leading home a 1-2 for Ballydoyle in the Group Two Bereseford Stakes at Naas.

The three previous O'Brien winners were ridden by Ryan Moore — Magna Grecia, Hermosa and Cypress Creek — and his choice in the feature of the day was Mount Everest.

That 11/8 market-leader took over from stable companion Sovereign from over a furlong out but he couldn't fend off Japan.

Under a well-judged Seamie Heffernan ride Japan got there near at the finish to prevail by a short head.

For Michael O'Callaghan and Leigh Roche Power Of Now didn't get a clear run. In the circumstances he put up a good effort to be third, three lengths behind.

Pythion spread a plate and had to be re-shod at the start which saw the race go off nine minutes late.

That wasn't troubling O'Brien in the aftermath who said: "He was very green the first day and won nicely the next day. We thought he would come forward again from this and he probably will.

"You couldn't be happier. He followed the pace when the other two were going along.

"I thought he'd come forward again from today, he's a big hardy horse, so he could be the type of horse for the Racing Post (the Vertem Futurity Trophy at Doncaster on October 27th).

"He travelled well and done everything right so you'd have to be delighted with him really.

"The second did nothing wrong and ran a lovely race too. There were no prisoners taken and it was an honest straight-forward race.

"We're all learning together. Donnacha's is a massive big horse and they are all big middle distance colts. The experience will do them really good."

Paddy Power go 25/1 from 50/1 about Japan for next year's Derby.




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Cyprus Creek gets up to land the Loughbrown Stakes G3 At Naas 



His fantastic treble at Newmarket yesterday came in at odds of over 100/1 and the good times are continuing for Aidan O'Brien and his team and supporters at Naas today — the first three races going their way.

Back from Belmont after his third place finish on Mendelssohn in the Grade One Jockey Club Gold Cup Stakes, Ryan Moore has shared in the Naas hat-trick with O'Brien. The three have come in at combined odds of over 46/1.

Following on from successes with Magna Grecia and Hermosa earlier, Cypress Creek (6/1) was the best of three Ballydoyle runners in the Group Three Loughbrown Stakes.

Renneti put the brakes on soon after leaving the stalls and took no part in this two miler, leaving seven of them to battle it out.

From over two furlongs out there were only four with a chance, and up the centre of the track in the final furlong Cypress Creek proved strongest.

The grey asserted in the closing stages to account for Twilight Payment and the staying on Falcon Eight by two and three parts of a length and a neck.

"He's a lovely straight forward uncomplicated horse. He's a brother to Capri and he stays very well," said O'Brien.

"We weren't sure what was going to happen but when Seamus jumped to make the running and then Kevin joined him there was always going to be lots of pace and it was a proper run two-mile race.

"He's a horse that stays very well. He stays forever and will get much further than two miles.

"He's Kew Gardens' work companion and that will determine a lot of his time.

"Ana rides him every day and I don't have much to do with him. Ana is more or less training him."




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Hermosa makes all to win Weld Park Stakes + Arc runners update




Group One Moyglare Stud Stakes third placer Hermosa put in a lovely performance to bring up a Naas double for Aidan O'Brien and Ryan Moore in the Weld Park Stakes.

Soon dictating from the front in this Group Three seven furlong heat, 5/4 favourite Hermosa was always looking pretty good in this eight runner race.

When asked to go about her business the daughter of Galileo defeated Foxtrot Liv by two and a half lengths.

"She's a lovely filly and she's coming with every run," said O'Brien.

"She's a lovely laid back filly and is learning with every run.

"I think she'll go for the Fillies Mile. She's crying out to go up to a mile."

Aidan gave an update on his potential team for Arc Day at Paris Longchamp next Sunday 

O’Brien said: “The plan is that we are going towards the Arc with Kew Gardens There is a forfeit stage in the morning and he’s going to be left in. At the moment that’s what we are looking at doing.

“Hunting Horn is going to be left in as well and Capri as well. We have to decide whether Magical will be left in in the morning.

“She’s one we’re not sure about. If she isn’t left in, she’ll go to the Opera instead and Magic Wand might go for the fillies’ race (Opera) as well, but Forever Together won’t run again this year.

“Pink Dogwood might go for the fillies’ race (Prix Marcel Boussac) and Broome might go to the colts’ race (Prix Jean-Luc Lagardere).”




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A striking debut as the impressive Magna Grecia wins Naas Maiden 




Ballydoyle's Magna Grecia (2/1 favourite) put up an impressive debut performance in the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Maiden (Plus 10 Race) at Naas.


The overriding sense post race was one of relief though, as Niall McCullagh and Robbie Colgan seemed relatively okay after falls they took over a furlong out in this seven furlong heat.


McCullagh's mount Stella D'Italia was tightened up and slipped up. Sandstorm Annie (Robbie Colgan) was then badly hampered and unseated rider.


Thankfully both horses will live to fight another day too.


Once in the clear Magna Grecia stretched away under Ryan Moore to put three and a half lengths between himself and Mudlahhim.



"You'd be delighted with that, he's a lovely horse," said Aidan O'Brien.


"He was just ready to start today. He's a possible for the Killavullan or something like that.


"He's a big powerful strong horse. I don't think you could ask him to do more than that, he was green but when he got straightened up he found plenty."



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Mount Everest the one to beat in Beresford  

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30th September

Mount Everest bids to extend Aidan O’Brien’s phenomenal record in the Beresford Stakes at Naas on Sunday.


The Ballydoyle maestro has saddled no less than 17 previous winners of the prestigious juvenile contest, including each of the last seven.


Johan Cruyff provided O’Brien with his first Beresford Stakes success in 1996, with the likes of St Nicholas Abbey (2009), Capri (2016) and last year’s victor Saxon Warrior subsequently claiming victory for the all-conquering team.


With Ryan Moore aboard, Mount Everest appears the stable’s number one hope among three runners this year.


A son of Galileo out of the top-class racemare Six Perfections, the youngster made it third time lucky at the Curragh last month.


O’Brien said: “Mount Everest has progressed nicely with racing and we’ve been very happy with him since the Curragh.


“He’s in good form. We think he’s ready to go again.


“He won nicely the last day and is a colt that looks very comfortable over a mile.”


Listowel maiden winner Japan (Seamie Heffernan) and the runaway Galway scorer Sovereign (Donnacha O’Brien) are O’Brien’s other contenders.



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Former Ballydoyle resident Homesman wins the Underwood Stakes Group 1 At Caulfield


Homesman sticks his nose out to beat Tosen Basil at Caulfield (Image: Racing Photos)


Homesman moved to Stella Artois Caulfield Cup second-favourite after out-duelling Darren Weir's Japanese import Tosen Basil to win the Group 1 Hyland Race Colours Underwood Stakes (1800m).

Having been backed late from $7-$4.80 and starting a $5 chance, there was clear expectation Homesman could hold up the strong form around him - the five-year-old having run well first-up behind Magic Consol in the Dato' Tan Chin Nam Stakes at Moonee Valley, beating the likes of Night's Watch and Hartnell in the process
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He remains unbeaten at Caulfield, having kicked off his Australian career there with a narrow win over Almandin in the autumn, and once again there was barely a margin in it - but the five-year-old son of War Front held out ex-Japanese galloper Tosen Basil ($71), with multiple Group 1 winner Humidor hustling home late into third about half a length back from the pair.

Storming home along the fence for fourth was Blair House, Charlie Appleby's Jebel Hatta winner having missed the start but shown he has arrived in Australia in fine fettle, ending up two lengths back from Humidor.

Homesman's co-owner Nick Williams said the Caulfield Cup was now the target for their Group 1 winner.

"He's a tough animal, there's no doubt about that. He's very genuine, very honest," Williams said post-race.

"Ben gave him a great ride, he rated him beautifully. I think 1800m's short of his optimum trip, but it's great to get the Group 1 up for him.

"That gives him ballot-free exemption into the Caulfield Cup, and I imagine all things being equal that's where we'll head."

Regarding the chance of racing again prior to the $5million handicap back at the Heath in three weeks' time, Williams added: "He probably will, he's a big gross horse and he takes his racing well. "It's just a matter of where we go.


"So you either have to run next weekend, or the weekend after in the Caulfield Stakes, so we'll see what happens."


Williams said they initially weren't sold on Homesman before buying him, given his breeding.


"He's a big horse - he hasn't put one foot wrong since we've had him," he said.


"He's interesting, we were a little bit wary buying him, he's by War Front and they're not known for training on as older horses.


"But he's defying that trend. He's a super sire in America, but mainly with juvenile horses and short-course horses."


It was a proficient weekend for the Melham/Macedon Lodge partnership, the Golden Slipper-winning hoop having ridden home The Taj Mahal to a tough win ala Homesman, in the JRA Cup at Moonee Valley on Friday night to hold out the charging Weir-trained Gallic Chieftain.



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Ten Sovereigns continues his unbeaten run to land the Middle Park Stakes G1 At Newmarket 




Ten Sovereigns maintained his unbeaten record with victory in the Juddmonte Middle Park Stakes at Newmarket. The son of No Nay Never made a spectacular debut at the Curragh in late August and returned to the track to win the Group Three Round Tower Stakes on his latest appearance. With trainer Aidan O'Brien and his son Donnacha having already landed the Royal Lodge with Mohawk and the Cheveley Park with Fairyland earlier in the afternoon, Ten Sovereigns was a prohibitively priced 8/13 favourite to provide the Ballydoyle team with a big-race treble. The odds-on shot travelled powerfully on the heels of the leaders for much of the way before hitting the front racing inside the final two furlongs. Simon Crisford's Jash, who was stepping up markedly in class following novice wins on the July Course and at Salisbury, covered the move and briefly threatened to make a real race of it. However, Ten Sovereigns found more once tackled and passed the post half a length to the good. Rumble Inthejungle was a further three and a half lengths back in third. Sky Bet make Ten Sovereigns 6/1 for the 2000 Guineas next May, a couple of points bigger than current market leader Too Darn Hot.









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Fairyland swoops late to land the Cheveley Park Stakes G1 At Newmarket 





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Fairyland narrowly denied The Mackem Bullet for a second time this season in a thrilling climax to the Juddmonte Cheveley Park Stakes at Newmarket.

The Aidan O'Brien-trained Fairyland claimed her third win from four starts when seeing off Brian Ellison's The Mackem Bullet by a nose in the Lowther Stakes at York in August and it was a similarly close fought battle in this six-furlong Group One.

Both horses were positioned prominently from the off, but 6/1 chance Fairyland looked to be travelling much the better entering the final furlong.

However, 25/1 shot The Mackem Bullet refused to go down without a fight and there was just a neck between them at the line.

O'Brien also saddled the third home So Perfect.

Pretty Pollyanna was the 6/4 favourite to confirm her place at the head of ante-post lists for next year's 1000 Guineas. The daughter of Oasis Dream could not add to her victories in the Duchess of Cambridge Stakes and Prix Morny, however, passing the post in fourth.

Sky Bet reacted by making Fairyland their 12/1 favourite for the 1000 Guineas next spring.



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Mohawk leads home Ballydoyle clean sweep in the Royal Lodge Stakes G2




Mohawk got team Ballydoyle off to a perfect start when leading home a 1-2-3 in the Royal Lodge Stakes.

Mohawk (8/1) led home a one-two-three for Aidan O'Brien in the Juddmonte Royal Lodge Stakes at Newmarket.

The Ballydoyle handler had saddled five previous winners of the Group Two contest and possessed a strong hand as he went in search of a sixth.

The outsider of the trio, Sydney Opera House, cut out much of the running alongside Mark Johnston's Victory Command and still held a narrow advantage racing inside the final two furlongs.

However, Mohawk soon took over in the hands of the trainer's son Donnacha and powered clear for a decisive one-and-a-quarter-length success.

Sydney Opera House was a clear second ahead of another stablemate, Cape Of Good Hope, in third.

The previously unbeaten Beatboxer was the 7/4 favourite for John Gosden and Frankie Dettori, but he was in trouble from an early stage and trailed home last of the seven runners.

O'Brien said of Mohawk, who is 33/1 for next year's Derby with Sky Bet: "He is a lovely horse and has been progressing lovely. He won second time out then he ran very well in Group races after that.

"He loved going a mile and he will be a lovely middle-distance horse. He might not run any more this year and be put away to start in the Classic trials. I'd imagine he has done enough (for the season), that is what we're thinking at the moment, but that can change."

Of the placed horses, the trainer added: "We were very happy with them as well. Sydney Opera House is a lovely, middle-distance horse and Cape Of Good Hope is the same. He (Cape Of Good Hope) has had a bit of time since he ran, but he ran a lovely race and has been progressing with every run."



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Donnacha brings up 100th win of season on Lost Treasure 


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Donnacha O'Brien joined a select group of jockeys to ride 100 winners in an Irish Flat season when taking the Eilish McAllister Race aboard Lost Treasure at Dundalk.


However the success only came after a scare in the closing strides as the 6/5 favourite nearly clutched defeat from the jaws of victory.


Trained by his father Aidan, the War Front colt looked set for a straight forward win when heading the front-running Geological a furlong out but he appeared to pull himself up in the closing stages and just held on by a nose from Geological.


Master Speaker was only a head away in third with Freescape a further nose back fourth in what turned out to be a blanket finish.


O'Brien explained what happened near the finish by saying, “The one in front went off quick and I was left in no mans land and I had to judge it myself. I gave him a squeeze and I got there too soon on him. He stopped when he got there and I think he probably spooked at the light at the winning line as well.


“When the horse in front of you stops you kind of have to kick in case something comes from behind. He stops when he gets to tOhe front, and he’s done that in most of his races.”



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