Another debut winning Ballydoyle juvenile as King Neptune impresses at Dundalk


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Aidan O'Brien maintained his 100% record with his two juvenile runners at Dundalk today as the Champion Trainer sent out King Neptune to win the opening Irish Stallion Farms EBF Maiden under his son and Champion Jockey Donnacha O'Brien.

Trainer O'Brien sent out Monarch Of Egypt to win at Naas last weekend and today followed up with King Neptune, a son of War Front who quickened smartly in the closing stages to score a comfortable three and a quarter lengths win over Yesterdayoncemore.

O'Brien junior later commented “he was fairly straight forward and professional, not as green as I thought he would be. He bounced out and travelled, quickened up nicely and will be better with another furlong.

“The surface was fine on him. He’s a War Front and it felt good on him.

“It’s firm in places but you can go down five or six inches in other places.”

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Coolmore swoop to land Starspangledbanner Colt at Craven Breeze Up Sale


Coolmore made a rare Breeze up sale purchase yesterday at Tattersalls .The 2 Year Old was Purchased by Jamie McCalmont on behalf of M V Magnier for 220,000 Guineas at the Craven Breeze Up Sale. 

This 2 Year Old is from the family of dual Group 1 winner Alamshar. The dam Welcome Spring is an unraced daughter of Lawman. Welcome Spring's first foal is an Unraced 3YO named Breath of Spring by Bated Breath & is in training with Marco Botti in the UK.

Starspangledbanner is off to a flyer in 2019 with 2 sharp juveniles Lady Kermit & Chasing Dreams getting off the mark on debut both look on course for Royal Ascot. 

This fella could follow in the footeps of Cenotaph a previous Craven Breeze Up Sale purchase who ended up at Ballydoyle but nothing has yet been confirmed. 


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Aidan set to test classic credentials of Western Australia in Feilden Stakes

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15th April 
Aidan O’Brien is hunting for his first victory in the Feilden Stakes at Newmarket on Tuesday. Kew Gardens who would go on to become a multiple Group 1 winner ran with credit & was placed 3rd behind Mildenberger in the 2018 renewal. 

Western Australia has been chosen to represent Ballydoyle in this years race The 3 year old son of second season sire Australia finished third in the Futurity Trophy Group 1 behind Magna Grecia at Doncaster, but was beaten on his return to action at Dundalk in the Kentucky Derby trial finishing half a length off Playa Del Puente. 

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Ferretti Brings up Ballydoyle double at Dundalk





Donnacha O'Brien completed a double at Dundalk today for his father Aidan when Ferretti opened his account in the Imperial Hotel Dundalk Maiden.

The War Front colt was sent to post a 2/5 shot for the seven-furlong contest having shown a decent level of ability in better quality turf maidens.

He was to the fore throughout and led entering the straight. Newcomer Succeedandsurpass pressed him inside the final furlong but the hotpot was always finding enough to record a half length win.

“He had some solid form in the book so it's nice to get his head in front,” said Donnacha O'Brien.

“There is plenty of wind and the surface is probably slightly deeper than it has been. I think it's riding quite well to be honest and that's probably what was needed for it, to deepen it a little bit.

“My lad had the form and the front two were the fancied two regardless of where they came from.

“He's a solid horse and ran to his mark there. He deserved to win a maiden.”


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Empire State a maiden no more as he takes Dundalk Maiden 



Empire State gained a deserved success when claiming the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Maiden at Dundalk this afternoon.

The Ballydoyle colt had been placed on four of his six previous runs and got his head in front in the five-furlong contest.

Donnacha O'Brien tracked the front-running Mistress Of Venice on the 4/6 favourite before asking him for an effort a furlong-and-a-half from home.

The Scat Daddy colt got on top inside the final 100 yards to record a length-and-a-quarter win.

“Billy's horse rubbered along there and was probably giving him everything she had early. My horse travelled well, I was comfortable and I was happy when I got stuck into him he'd find a length or two,” said the winning rider.

“After that I'd nearly say six might be his optimum trip. I travelled but I wasn't hard on it early.

“The wind is behind us jumping out of the stalls and then is left to right in the straight. It probably suited me as I got a little bit of cover on my left.

“He'll probably go for a handicap somewhere. He's not world beater but it was nice to get a win into him.”


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Former Ballydoyle resident Valenzuela (Galileo) won during the week in Australia  - Galileo now stands on 1,386 individual winners and 67.84% of raced Galileo's have won races. 

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South Pacific brings up Ballydoyle treble in the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Maiden At Naas Barbados was a close up 2nd


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Champion Trainer Aidan O'Brien completed a treble at Naas today as his South Pacific scored a short-head success over stablemate Barbados in the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Maiden.

O'Brien's earlier winners, debutante Monarch Of Egypt and last year's Group 1 heroine Magical, were both ridden by Ryan Moore but it was the trainer's son Donnacha O'Brien who scuppered Moore's treble as he steered South Pacific to win.

Jockey O'Brien had previously received a heavy fall from South Pacific at Leopardstown a week ago, as the colt was brought down in a nasty incident as the runners approached the road-crossing. However the pair bounced back in style today as they eventually edged past pace-setting Barbados, who provided a persistent challenge to the line.

Trainer O'Brien later said “we like both horses. Ryan’s horse was still a bit green and Donnacha’s horse likes a lead.

“It was nice for Donnacha to get a winner on him after the fall (at Leopardstown last Saturday). He can go back to a handicap and Donnacha thinks that he might get a mile and a half.

“They went a good gallop, and going further would leave him with more options.”

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Magical leads home Flag Of Honour in Ballydoyle 1,2 in the Alleged Stakes (Group 3) At Naas


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Magical further enhanced her growing reputation with an impressive victory on seasonal debut in the Group Three Alleged Stakes at Naas.

Aidan O’Brien’s four-year-old was an even-money favourite, having won the Qipco British Champions Fillies & Mares Stakes at Ascot last October before going on to push the mighty Enable hard when runner-up in the Breeders’ Cup Turf at Churchill Downs.

Returning over 10 furlongs, she was towed into the race by her stablemate Flag Of Honour and eased past the long-time leader before stretching clear with ease under Ryan Moore to win by four and half lengths.

The same distance stood between the runner-up and third-placed Latrobe, respectively trained and ridden by O’Brien’s sons, Joseph and Donnacha.

Last year’s Irish Derby winner therefore performed with credit too, but Magical was in a league of her own.

Winning trainer O’Brien said: “That was a lovely start back for her, and you couldn’t be happier with it.

“She has the choice of going for the Ganay in two weeks or go for the Mooresbridge and on to the Tattersalls (Gold Cup).

“What we thought we would do is give her a few runs, a little rest and then the autumn.

“She’s physically done very well over the winter, and we were never as happy with her as we are now.

“She travelled into the race very well and was just ready to be let go. That should do her good, and she had an easy enough time.”

The runner-up did O’Brien proud too, and he added: “I was very happy with Flag Of Honour as well.

“He doesn’t need to go as far as we have run him. He could go for the Vintage Crop or he could go for some of the races that the filly (Magical) goes for.

“He’s happy making the running.”

Magical’s victory was a second notable success of the day for O’Brien and Moore, for whom Monarch Of Egypt had kick-started the card in the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Race.

The juvenile was a first runner for his sire American Pharoah, the former US Triple Crown winner, and was also supplying O’Brien with victory at the first attempt with his two-year-olds this season.

Monarch Of Egypt led almost throughout and then sprinted clear to score by two and three-quarter lengths.

There was no answer to the 9-10 favourite’s burst of speed, and Betfair were equally quick off the mark with a quote of 14-1 for the Coventry Stakes at Royal Ascot.

Ming Warrior got closest to the winner – but it was one-way traffic, and O’Brien duly confirmed his intended target this summer.

“Hopefully, he will be a Royal Ascot horse – but he’d need to run again,” said the trainer.

“He was never away, and you couldn’t ask for him to do any more.

“He’s a straightforward, honest horse who shows plenty of speed – and Ryan said he’d have no problem getting six or seven either.

“He’s babyish and was a bit green when he got there. He’s a lovely, uncomplicated horse – lovely mind, and was just ready to come to the track.”



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Impressive winning debut for American Pharoah's Monarch Of Egypt at Naas 

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Aidan O'Brien unleashed an exciting prospect as Monarch Of Egypt made a winning debut in the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Race at Naas.

A $750,000 son of American Pharoah, the stallion's first runner in Ireland, he was sent off the 9/10 favourite and went to the front two out under Ryan Moore.

He soon put matters to bed, quickening smartly to beat Ming Warrior (5/1) by two-and-three-quarter lengths with In The Present (16/1) a length-and-a-half way in third.

Monarch Of Egypt was the Ballydoyle team's first juvenile runner of the season.

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Aidan excited to unleash American Pharoah's Monarch Of Egypt at Naas



Aidan O'Brien has 7 American Pharoah 2 year olds to go to war with in 2019 and the first is set to make his debut this weekend.

Monarch of Egypt A $750,000 purchase by M V Magnier is from the first crop of Triple Crown Winner American Pharaoh & will be the sires first ever progeny to take to the track and begins his career in the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Race.

His Dam Up is a Group 2 winning daughter of Galileo she won the Blanchford Stakes and was runner up in the French 1000 Guineas. Monarch Of Egypt is a half brother to race placed Upfront.

Trainer Aidan O’Brien said “He will be our first two-year-old runner of the season and being by American Pharaoh it is very exciting. He has been pleasing us at home and we’re looking forward to getting him started on Saturday.”

American Pharoah's 2 Year Olds at Ballydoyle
Colts 
Hong Kong - American Pharoah x Mekko Hokte 
Monarch of Egypt - American Pharoah x Up 
South Saqqara - American Pharoah x Global Finance
Unnamed - American Pharoah x Canterbury Lace
Fillies
Holy Roman Empress - American Pharoah x Damson
Unamed - American Pharoah x Pretty N Smart 
Unamed - American Pharoah x Shawara 

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Ballydoyle double handed in Alleged Stakes 

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12th April 
Magical and Flag Of Honour give Aidan O’Brien a strong hand as he chases a fifth victory in the Alleged Stakes at Naas on Saturday.

The Ballydoyle handler landed the very first running of this Group Three contest with Black Sam Bellamy in 2003 and has since struck gold with Brian Boru (2004), Dylan Thomas (2007) and last year’s winner Capri.

Ryan Moore has unsurprisingly opted to partner the top-class filly Magical in this year’s renewal. The daughter of Galileo landed the Qipco British Champions Fillies & Mares Stakes at Ascot last October before pushing John Gosden’s Enable all the way in the Breeders’ Cup Turf.

O’Brien is looking forward to seeing the daughter of Galileo return to the fray this weekend.

He said: “She’s obviously back after a break, but we’ve been happy with her and she’s been doing everything nicely at home. She’s just ready to start, but we’re happy with what she’s doing.

“We were delighted with her at the end of last year and she really got it together. Obviously we’re looking forward to this year with her.”

Seamie Heffernan takes the ride on last year’s Irish St Leger hero Flag Of Honour.

O’Brien added: “We’re happy with him and he’s just ready to start. He’s in good form and hopefully he will run a nice race.

“Obviously we know he stays much further and we’ll probably step him up after this.”


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Leger Hero Kew Gardens among Ballydoyle quartet in Jockey Club Stakes 

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10th April 
St Leger hero Kew Gardens is one of five Ballydoyle possibles among 23 in the Roaring Lion Jockey Club Stakes at the Newmarket Guineas meeting.

Kew Gardens went on to finish seventh in the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe and looks set to be a leading player in all the big middle-distance races this season.

Flag Of Honour, Cypress Creek, Hunting Horn and Southern France complete the Ballydoyle quintet entered on May 4.


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Antilles 2nd U S S Michigan 4th in the Cardinal Stakes at Chelmsford



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Our 1st Rankings/Ratings supplement of the season is here - Timeform Global Rankings European Division Ballydoyle Spotlight & News - A total of 10 Ballydoyle Residents in the rankings.


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The Epsom Derby Shake Up

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Chelmsford delighted to welcome Ballydoyle duo & Aidan

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10th April
Chelmsford officials are thrilled to be welcoming Aidan O’Brien’s first ever runners at the track for the Woodford Reserve Cardinal Conditions Stakes.

Thursday’s inaugural £60,000 contest is the last of seven races in the ‘European Road To The Kentucky Derby’ – and offers the winner, provided they are nominated, 30 qualification points for the opening leg of the US Triple Crown, which takes place at Churchill Downs on Saturday May 4.

Two of the nine declared horses for the Chelmsford feature are in contention for the Kentucky Derby, most notably O’Brien’s exciting colt U S S Michigan – who made an impressive return to action on the all-weather at Dundalk last month.

Speaking at a press morning at his yard on Monday, O’Brien said: “If we were to have a horse for the Kentucky Derby, U S S Michigan would be the only one. He is a big, long-striding cruiser – and we always thought he would get a mile and further.”

U S S Michigan is one of two runners for O’Brien, along with Naas nursery winner Antilles.

Andy Waitt, clerk of the course, said: “We’re looking forward to it immensely.

“The Ballydoyle horses have arrived and are safely tucked up in their boxes. Joseph O’Brien has had runners here before, but these will be Aidan’s first runners – which is hugely exciting for everyone involved.

“We’re well-supported by Newmarket trainers and from further afield, but to have Aidan O’Brien’s horses here is a cherry on top of the cake.”

He added: “Mike Ziegler from Churchill Downs was looking for somewhere to hold the race. We offered to stage it here, and we’re delighted to have it.

“It would be amazing if a horse could win here and go on and win the Kentucky Derby.

“I saw U S S Michigan after he arrived – and I have to say he is a lovely looking horse.”


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Aidan lives & breaths racing he has no other interests

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9th April 
Aidan O'Brien gave an insight into day-to-day life at Ballydole on Monday and revealed that, other than training his team of 200 horses, he has no other interests.

The record-breaking trainer opened the gates of his famous yard to the media and, in addition to discussing his big hopes for the new campaign, talked about how his life revolves purely around his horses.

"I look forward to coming out to the horses every single morning and every morning is different and new," he said.

"I don't have any other interest - not another thing. This is my golf and everything rolled into one.

"The only time I'm not here is when I'm at the races for a few hours - you need every minute of the day to get it all together and you need to stay as fresh as you can the whole time.

"I work through the day first and would take time in the evenings to relax, but you have to keep yourself fresh and clear to get the information straight away to make a decision about something."

O'Brien's string was hit by a virus in midsummer last year, and he added: "You have to be prepared that a virus can happen to you, as it can happen to everybody.

"Things don't always work and I would look back on last year and see how and why it happened. If we made decisions on how and why it (the virus) came in, I would think back on those things and we would try to change them.

"We didn't have a bad year last year, but there were some races the horses didn't go in and some horses didn't progress the way we would have liked, but there was no point in crying or talking about it."



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Aidan News on Ten Sovereigns USS Michigan Japan Mount Everest & Ryan Moore's future

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8th April

Aidan O'Brien reports 2,000 Guineas candidate Ten Sovereigns to have done well physically during the winter as the Champion Trainer believes he has the ammunition to succeed in the coming months.

Speaking at a press day at Ballydoyle on Monday morning, O'Brien said “we think at the moment we have ammunition but it is moving and changing all the time. You have to have them performing but we are hoping we are on the right track.

“We have 200 riding out in total, 100 are two year olds and we have 10 to 12 older horses and the rest are three year olds. That is our full capacity but it is very manageable.

“Last year the horses weren't able to acclimatise as there was snow early in the year and it became very warm during the summer. Not once were the horses galloped on grass last year from January to December. This year we have done a lot of grass work already.

“The first weekend in May is usually the first time we hope to have them in good order and other than that, the idea is to start and see where we are.”


Regarding the upcoming English 2,000 Guineas, the 21-times Champion Irish Flat Trainer said “Ten Sovereigns physically has done well and he is a very relaxed horse. Nothing would suggest he wouldn't get a mile.

“We will skip the Greenham Stakes at Newbury as there is no point taking on Too Darn Hot when he isn't fully ready and he will go straight to the 2,000 Guineas.”

O'Brien intends having his first runners at Chelmsford on Thursday where he is hoping U S S Michigan can win en route to a possible tilt at the Kentucky Derby.

He said “Antilles and U S S Michigan will both run at Chelmsford on Thursday. If we were to have a horse for the Kentucky Derby, U S S Michigan would be the only one.

“I'm not yet sure if a win in Chelmsford would be enough to get him in to Kentucky but he is a big, long striding cruiser and we always thought he would get a mile and further.”

Regarding recent failures in that famed Kentucky race he added “last year was a good experience to witness it and see it and it was totally ruthless. We learned a lot and the fierceness of the whole thing surprised us. It was a good experience to witness it and there are things we need to improve on.”

Sergei Prokofiev has already won impressively for the Ballydoyle maestro this new season and he reported “Sergei Prokofiev is a very fast horse, as fast a horse as I've ever had. He was a three year old running against older horses with a penalty at Naas and won. It is the way he comes through his race; he is very fast but is a six furlong horse, not five furlongs.”

He added “the Derby Trials are coming up a week or ten days after the Guineas so there will be a bunch trained for the Guineas and it is also possible there will be a couple of Derby horses we'll let run in the Guineas. There is a lot of horses to get out and the likes of Circus Maximus could go to a Guineas instead of a Derby Trial.

“Hermosa will go straight to the Guineas and along with So Perfect both have physically done very well. Just Wonderful and Fairyland will also go straight to the Guineas and I'm very happy with both.

“I'm very happy with Japan and Mount Everest, a beautiful moving horse, has done extremely well physically. I was very pleased with Broome winning at Leopardstown and Anthony Van Dyck is another Derby horse and will run in a Trial first. Old Glory and Norway are other horses who will run in Derby Trials.

“Goddess is just coming back into full work. She was a bit sick last year and didn't get back to run. I don't think she will be back ready to run in the Classics and if you asked us now, I'd say not. She will probably be looking at Royal Ascot and have a run before it.

“The Ascot Gold Cup is the big one for us mid-season and Capri will step him up in trip and go the staying route and we'll. Kew Gardens will go the 1m4f route first before running in the Coronation and then the King George.”

O'Brien gave a full, frank and very open interview to the assembled press group, who were given access to the Ballydoyle office, and said “I look forward to coming out to the horses every single morning and every morning is different and new. I don't have any other interest, not another thing. This is my golf and everything rolled into one.

“The only other time I'm not here is at the races for a few hours; you need every minute of the day to get it all together and you need to stay as fresh as you can the whole time. I work through the day first and would take time in the evenings to relax but you have to keep yourself fresh and clear to get the information straight away to make a decision about something.

“When things go wrong and you do your best, you can accept it very easily but when things go wrong and you feel like you didn't do your best, that's when it would get to you. The reality of life is you can't kid yourself.”

A virus hit the yard mid-summer last year and he added “you have to be prepared that a virus can happen to you as it can happen to everybody. Things don't always work and I would look back on last year and see how and why it happened. If we made decisions on how and why it (the virus) came in, I would think back on those things and we would try and change them.

“At the time we would be happy we made those decisions but it can be a stress related thing by pushing too hard here or there. Things are caused by a line of circumstances and I would think back and we'd change those things and try not to let it happen this year.

“We didn't have a bad year last year but there were some races the horses didn't go in and some horses didn't progress the way we would have liked but there was no point in crying or talking about it.”

Regarding Ryan Moore's position as stable jockey he stated “we've brought over Ryan (Moore) more this year to help him to get to know the horses more. I am conscious he has a young family and I don't want to be dragging him over too much but it is good to get a feel for the horses, although to really know the horses you have to ride them in races.

“Every horse carries a heart monitor during exercise, which Tom Curtis oversees. From that he can tell which trip a horse might prefer and can tell what stallion a horse is by. Galileo, for example, has a very large heart and a huge set of lungs and Tom can tell which horses are sired by him as he has passed those traits on to his progeny.

“It's all about the people, the riders and you're kidding yourself if you think otherwise.”



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Pictures & Video of Ten Sovereigns U S S Michigan Flag Of Honour Le Brivido & AVD at Ballydoyle this morning 


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A.P.O'Brien Career Stats updated

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Impressive Eminence breaks maiden tag in Leopardstown Handicap 

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Aidan O'Brien and Ryan Moore completed a 97/1 Leopardstown treble when Eminence (7/1) prevailed in the Leopardstown Ladies Evening Handicap.

At the seven furlong point Jupiter Road appeared to go wrong and cannoned into Eminence's stable companion, South Pacific, bringing that fellow and Donnacha O'Brien to the ground. Thankfully all seemed relatively okay afterwards.

Earlier on the mark with Never No More in the 2,000 Guineas Trial, and Broome in the Ballysax, here Eminence added to O'Brien's gains by tracking the leaders on the inner, and he was third at the halfway stage.

Pushed along early in the straight Eminence made headway under two furlongs out.

Ridden to lead a furlong out, the victorious Sea The Stars colt soon asserted and stayed on well to account for Elite Trooper Grey by three and a half lengths.



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Broome Bedazzles them in Ballysax 

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Impressive Eminence wins the Leopardstown Ladies Evening Handicap at Leopardstown Blenheim Palace unplaced & South Pacific fell

Dual Derby winner Australia produced an exciting type in opening race winner Buckhurst, and another son of that impeccably bred stallion really took the breath away as Broome impressed greatly in the Group Three P.W. McGrath Memorial Ballysax Stakes at Leopardstown.

A second winner on the afternoon for Aidan O’Brien and Ryan Moore, Broome was patiently ridden from the back.

Asked to take closer order approaching the straight Broome took over a furlong and a half out and he soon asserted to defeat Sovereign, his stable companion, by eight lengths.

O’Brien, earlier on the mark with Never No More in the 2,000 Guineas Trial, said: “You'd be delighted with that. We always thought that he was a horse that when he went further he'd appreciate it.

“Ryan was very happy. He got the mile-and-a-quarter really well there and he'll come back here for the Derrinstown.


“He's lovely and sleepy and lazy. We made the decision that we'd take our time with him this year. Last year we maybe forced him a little bit because he stayed so well and it wasn't really fair to him.

“He loves relaxing there and the great thing is that he really gallops home.

“They went along and still the horse that made it was second. It was just a properly run race.

“He'll love better ground. We weren't sure about the soft ground but Donnacha, who rides him all the time at home, thought that he would be okay on it but he's a very good mover.”


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Never No More throws his hat in the Guineas shake up 

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Aidan O’Brien and Ryan Moore struck in race two at Leopardstown, the Listed Ballylinch Stud ‘Red Rocks’ 2,000 Guineas Trial Stake with Never No More (3/1 into 5/2).

The victorious No Nay Never colt showed the benefit of race fitness, displaying a superior change of gear inside the last to beat Madhmoon (4/5 into 4/6) by half a length.

For the Irish 2,000 Guineas Paddy Power now go 10/1 from 33/1 about Never No More.

“We're delighted and he came forward lovely from Naas,” said O'Brien.

“Donnacha liked him in Naas and we liked him last year, Ryan was delighted with him.

“He got a nice position and when he eased him out he found plenty for him. He was very happy with him.

“Obviously he'd be very happy with nice ground but he handled the ease well today.

“We could look at a Guineas with him, either France or England — he could be a French Guineas horse.

“He's tactical and he seems to get that trip well. He finishes off and he did that in Naas as well.”



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Ten Sovereigns headlines Guineas trial entries
 
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2nd April 
Unbeaten juveniles Ten Sovereigns is among a 21-strong entry for the Ballylinch Stud ‘Red Rocks’ 2,000 Guineas Trial at Leopardstown on Sunday.

Ten Sovereigns is already a Group One winner for Aidan O’Brien having won his maiden, a Group Three and the Middle Park in the space of five weeks last summer.

Advertising his strength in depth, O’Brien has another Group One winner entered in the shape of Magna Grecia, who prevailed in a tight finish in the Futurity Trophy at Doncaster over a mile.


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April Start 


Gutsy Serg holds off rivals to land Navan Feature 

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The feature at Navan this afternoon, the Listed Cork Stakes, went the way of the Aidan O'Brien trained Sergei Prokofiev.

Successful in the Group 3 Cornwallis Stakes at Newmarket on his penultimate start, the son of Scat Daddy, then finished eighth in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf Sprint at Churchill Downs in November.

Well-fancied to record a fourth career win today, the bay colt was sent off the 15/8 favourite under Donnacha O'Brien.

Towards rear in the early stages, he made good headway on the outer from the two furlong pole and surged to the front inside the final furlong.

Chessman attempted to chase him down in the closing stages, but he ultimately had to settle for second, with a head the winning margin.

The runner-up was returned at 16/1 under Oisin Orr for Richard O'Brien, while Smash Williams (6/1) was a neck back in third.

Donnacha O’Brien said afterwards: "He's really, really quick. He travelled very smooth and picked up well. I got there a bit too soon, and he probably doesn't stay more than five. They were coming at him at the end."


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Ballydoyle Runners at Leopardstown on Wednesday 3.30 Maiden - At Last (Heff) Heaven On Earth (Ryan) Invitation (Wayne) 4.00 Maiden - King Pellinor (Ryan( Harpo Marx (Heff) Pacific Ocean (Wayne) 5.00 Heritage Stakes - Amedeo Modigliani (Ryan) 5.30 Maiden - Carefully (Wayne) Dress (Heff) Magic Fountain (Ryan)

Ballydoyle Entries Leopardstown on Saturday 
1.40 Maiden - Dunkirk Harbour Fairy Fort Ferretti Globe Theatre Jack Yeats Lancaster House
2.10 2000 Guineas Trial - Circus Maximus Magna Grecia Never No More San Andreas Ten Sovereigns The Irish Rover Western Frontier 
2.45 1000 Guineas Trial Fairyland Fire Fly Gossamer Wings Happen Hermosa I Remember You Mona Lisa's Smile Secret Thoughts Zagitova 
3.50 Ballysax Stakes - Anthony Van Dyck Broome Circus Maximus Japan Mohawk Mount Everest Norway Sovereign Sydney Opera House Western Australia
4.25 Handicap - Blenheim Palace Eminence South Pacific

Ballydoyle Entries Cork on Sunday 
2.05 Flowering Peach Flying Four Leaf Clover Quote Simply Beautiful 
3.45 Magical 
4.15 Albuquerque Constantinople Turnberry Isle 


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No 1st 2nd or 3rd season sire tables available yet but here is the up to dated Leading Sires Of GB & IRE Table

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Ballydoyle Entries Friday Dundalk

5.40 2YO Maiden 
Arizona (No Nay Never) Horus Bird (American Pharoah) King Neptune (War Front) Love Bracelet (War Front) Pistoletto (War Front)
8.15 Rated Race
Antilles National Guard 


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Magic Wand on the Climb Galileo Millionaires Club Updated

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Galileo Year By Year Stats Weekly Update

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A.P.O'Brien Season Earnings Updated

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A.P.O'Brien Top Earning Horses Updated

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Guard off the mark at last at Dundalk 



Healey Racing Photos

National Guard got off the mark at the tenth time of asking in the Marshes Shopping Centre Ladies Day Sunday 14th April Maiden at Dundalk.

Ballydoyle's War Front colt, reappearing quickly after a Naas third placing on Sunday, was backed for this assignment too, finding a starting price of 7/2 from an opening show of 9/2.

Donnacha O'Brien got National Guard home by two and a half lengths and three lengths from These Days and Tallien.

“I don't think it was the trip that made the difference I think it was just getting the race run to suit him,” said Donnacha O'Brien.

“It worked today, I was tight between horses the whole way. Even the gap I had to go for was a little bit tight and it just suited him as it kept him interested.

“You can see when he gets to the front he runs around a bit. As I said I think trip is secondary to him he more needs a race that suits him.

“I don't think it was fitness that got him through today either, I think it was just things went well for him today. Things went very smooth today.”

The Stewards fined W.P.Browne, trainer, €350 for lodging a passport in respect of Memsie, in which the vaccinations did not conform with the provisions of Rule 91. The Stewards ordered the withdrawal of Memsie in accordance with the provisions of Rule 90.

The Stewards informed D. K. Weld, trainer that Dawry, would have to be recertified before being declared to run from stalls again.

R.P. Whelan, rider of Balefire trained by M.Halford, reported to the Clerk of Scales that his mount ran flat during this race.

The Irish Horseracing Regulatory Board Veterinary Officer examined Balefire, trained by M.Halford, at the request of the Stewards and reported the animal to be post race normal.





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Photos of Ten Sovereigns Fairyland Mount Everest, Japan, Western Australia, Old Glory, Norway, Sovereign Magna Grecia all preparing to work at Naas.













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Coolmore invest over 8 million dollars in 5 2 year olds at the Gulfstream-Sale last night its highly unlikely any will end up at Ballydoyle more likely to be placed with American Trainers. 





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The Ballydoyle Quintet I Can Fly Magic Wand Van Beethoven Hunting Horn & Lost Treasure on the track at Meydan this morning





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Meet Horus Bird - Huge thanks to George Adams for the fabulous picture




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Ballydoyle Draw Runners & Riders Meydan Saturday
1:30pm Al Quoz Sprint - Lost Treasure (Ryan) - Drawn 3
2:05pm UAE Derby - Van Beethoven (Ryan) - Drawn 11
3:20pm Dubai Turf - I Can Fly (Ryan) - Drawn 8
4:00pm Sheema Classic - Hunting Horn (Wayne) 5 - Drawn & Magic Wand (Ryan) -Drawn 3
Times GMT 



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Aidan Said at Naas Yesterday that Ten Sovereigns goes straight to the Guineas




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Ballydoyle entries Saturday 30th March Naas
2.15 Maiden - Captainofthebounty & Empire State 
3.25 Cork Listed Stakes - All The King's Men, Fantasy, Gossamer Wings, Sergei Prokofiev, Western Frontier 
4.00 Maiden - Fairy Fort, Dunkirk Harbour, Just So, National Guard, 
5.10 Handicap - Whitsunday Islands




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For a bit of fun








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