Lancaster Bomber to move to Drakenstein in South Africa 

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March 14th

It was reported on Wednesday in South Africa that the 2018 Tattersalls Gold Cup hero & National Stud first-season Sire Lancaster Bomber (War Front x Sun Shower) will continue his stallion career in South Africa beginning in the 2019 Southern Hemisphere breeding season. The 5-year-old will stand at Drakenstein Stud Farm which is also the current home of former Ballydoyle resident Duke Of Marmalade.

Lancaster Bombers breeding career is managed by Avenue Bloodstock & he is standing his first season at the National Stud for a fee of £8,500.

During his race career at Ballydoyle Lancaster Bomber opened his account at two at the second time of asking before finishing runner-up in the Dewhurst Stakes and the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf.

Lancaster Bomber embarked on a globe-trotting three-year-old campaign, finishing a close fourth to Churchill in the 2,000 Guineas, second to Barney Roy in the St James's Palace Stakes and runner-up in both the Woodbine Mile and Breeders' Cup Mile.

He returned at four to make his top-level breakthrough when making all to claim the Tattersalls Gold Cup at the Curragh. We wish him all the best at Drakenstein. 



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25 Ballydoyle Colts Remain in the Epsom Derby at the Latest Forefit Stage
Albuquerque, Anthony Van Dyck, Barbados, Broome, Cape of Good Hope, Circus Maximus, Constantinople, Eminence, Fresno, Godzilla, Harpo Marx, Japan, Il Paradiso, King Pellinor, Lake Mckenzie, Mohawk, Mount Everest, Norway, Old Glory, Pacific Ocean, South Pacific, Sovereign, Sydney Opera House, Turnberry Isle, Western Australia.



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Top Earning Horses Updated


A.P.O'Brien Season Earnings Updated




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Potential Ballydoyle World Cup Night Squad
Western Australia, Sydney Opera House, Van Beethoven, Albuquerque - UAE Derby
Magical Magic Wand - Sheema Classic
I Can Fly - Dubai Turf
Flag of Honour - Dubai Gold Cup 
Lost Treasure - Al Quonz Sprint 


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30 Ballydoyle Guineas Entries 
2000 Guineas - (16)
Broome, Western Australia, Sydney Opera House, Ten Sovereigns, The Irish Rover, Van Beethoven, Magna Grecia, U S S Michigan, San Andreas, Albuquerque, Anthony Van Dyvk, Japan, Mohawk, Norway, Circus Maximus & Mount Everest
1000 Guineas (14)
Coral Beach, Fairyland, Fire Fly, Fleeting, Frosty, Hermosa, Remember You, Just Wonderful, Magic Fountain, Peach Tree, Pink Dogwood, Secret Thoughts, So Perfect, Zagitova



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Perfect seasonal reappearance for I Can Fly at Dundalk
 

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Group One second placer I Can Fly (a 1 to 3 chance) returned to action with a bang in the Get A Run For Your Money With BetVictor Fillies Race at Dundalk.

The 116-rated four-year-old daughter of Fastnet Rock, on her comeback off a 123 day break, eased away in the final furlong under Ryan Moore to beat Surrounding by eight lengths.

I Can Fly actually began her career with a course and distance success in September 2017.

Winning trainer Aidan O’Brien said: “I’m delighted with her. She’s a lovely filly and it’s great to get her started. Our plan is to go to Dubai with her for the nine-furlong (Grade 1 Dubai Turf) if she gets invited.

“She won her maiden here and handles the surface well. She’s a lovely straight forward filly and I couldn’t be happier.”



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Kentucky Derby hopefuls set for rescheduled Patton stakes 

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5th March

Champion Trainer Aidan O'Brien will be looking to build his early season success when he saddles four horses at Dundalk tomorrow evening. O'Brien got of to a flyer when U S S Michigan broke his maiden tag at Dundalk on Friday night before the meeting was canceled due to the sad passing of Willie Buckley Rest In Peace. 

O'Brien's son Joseph has been farming the All Weather venue over the winter months but that looks set to change tomorrow as the Ballydoyle behemoth is cranking up for the new Flat season. 

I Can Fly the 4YO Group 2 winning daughter of Fastnet Rock who finished runner up to Roaring Lion in the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes Group 1 last October is Aidan's only representative in the Run For Your Money BetVictor Conditions Stakes at 6.45 & will be partnered by Ryan Moore. 

Half an hour later O'Brien snr runs three in the featured Listed contest for three-year-olds, The Betvictor Patton Stakes, over one mile A European road to Kentucky Derby Trial.

Ryan Moore will partner the 110 rated Western Australia in the €75,000 event while Donnacha O'Brien rides the penalised Van Beethoven and Seamus Heffernan is on Albuquerque.



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Aidan unveils some of his World Cup Night plans 
 

4th March

Aidan O'Brien could be represented by 2 horses from the Ballydoyle older generation squad at Dubai for the World Cup night on March 31st. Royal Ascot winner Magic Wand & Prix de l'Abbaye 5th Lost Treasure are on the shortlist to make the trip to the UAE. 

Aidan said "Magic Wand did a bit of work with a lead horse at Dundalk on Friday night and we are thinking of going to Dubai with her. She will either go for the Turf or the Sheema Classic. Lost Treasure also worked at Dundalk and he could go for the Al Quoz sprint if he gets in.”

Aidan also has 7 entries in the UAE Derby Albuquerque, Blenheim Palace, Sydney Opera House, Sergei Prokofiev, Van Beethoven, The Irish Rover & So Perfect. Western Australia also could be supplemented for the race. Albuquerque Van Beethoven & Western Australia are set to run in the rescheduled Patton Stakes on Wednesday night at Dundalk.


Aidan also said that Dundalk maiden winner U S S Michigan could go to the Cardinal Conditions Stakes at Chelmsford on April 11th this is the final European Road To The Kentucky Derby Trial.  


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U S S Michigan sinks his rivals to break maiden tag at Dundalk 


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Aidan O'Brien started as he'll mean to continue in 2019 as U S S Michigan (a 2/5 shot) made short work of the opposition in the Lengthen The Odds With BetVictor Maiden in Dundalk.

On the back of a promising debut at the Curragh 244 days back when second, U S S Michigan stepped up a place, lengthening away down the outer from over a furlong out to see off Royal Court by two and a half lengths.

O’Brien’s son Joseph trains the runner-up.

Ryan Moore was in the plate on U S S Michigan and unfortunately due to a serious medical incident the stewards abandoned racing after this heat.

“He’s a big horse and we gave him time. He could go for a trial on the all-weather at Chelmsford. We’ll see how he is after this," said O'Brien.

For his part Moore stated: “He’s a big, strong horse who is going to get better through the year. He did that nicely from an outside stall as I had to use him up. When I asked him to go he went about his job very well.”


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March Start 

Ballydoyle back in business at Dundalk 

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Thursday 28th February
Champion Trainer Aidan O'Brien will have his first runners in Ireland for over three months when he saddles five horses at Dundalk tomorrow evening.

O'Brien's son Joseph has been farming the All Weather venue over the winter months but that looks set to change tomorrow as the Ballydoyle behemoth is cranking up for the new Flat season.

O'Brien snr runs three in the featured Listed contest for three-year-olds, The Betvictor Patton Stakes, over one mile.

Ryan Moore will partner the 110 rated Western Australia in the €75,000 event while Donnacha O'Brien rides the penalised Van Beethoven and Seamus Heffernan is on Albuquerque.

There are eight runners in total for this Listed race including a pair for Joseph O'Brien and one from England as Lambourn trainer Archie Watson sends over the 100 rated Barys.

Action at Dundalk gets underway at 5.15pm.



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Ballydoyle set to unleash first Irish runners of 2019

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25th February 

Aidan O'Brien will send out his first runners on home soil in 2019 at Dundalk on Friday night. 

The master of Ballydoyle has 2 entries in the 5.45 Maiden Stakes Blenheim Palace a full brother to G1 winners Churchill & Clemmie. Blenheim Palace made 3 starts as a juvenile a 4th place in a Gowran Park maiden being his best effort. The highly regarded once raced son of War Front U S S Michigan is Aidan's other entry. U S S Michigan made an eye catching debut last June finishing 2nd in a Curragh maiden but was not seen again during 2018. 

I Can Fly the 4YO daughter of Fastnet Rock who finished runner up to Roaring Lion in the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes Group 1 last October is O'Brien's only entry in the 6.45 Conditions Stakes. 

Aidan has 6 entered in the Kentucky Derby trial (7.45 Patton Listed Stakes) Galileo colt Albuquerque who is a full brother to Rip Van Winkle & broke his maiden tag at Gowan Park last October. War Front colt Antilles who won a Naas Maiden last November. Railway Stakes Group 2 winner Van Beethoven (Scat Daddy) & Vertem Futurity Trophy Stakes Group 1 3rd Western Australia who is from the first crop of Australia are joined by Blenheim PalaceU S S Michigan who are also entered. 



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Ballydoyle set to unleash first Irish runners of 2019 http://www.aidanobrienfansite.com/latest-news.php


Ballydoyle Entries Dundalk Friday

5.45 Maiden Stakes 
Blenheim Palace, U S S Michigan

6.45 Conditions Stakes 
I Can Fly 

7.45 Patton Stakes (Listed) European Road to Kentucky Derby
Albuquerque, Antilles, Blenheim Palace, U S S Michigan, Van Beethoven, Western Australia.



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Peter & Paul Snowden now train Land Force Mount Tabora Murillo Bechstein & Symphony Orchestra - Land Force has been renamed King Of Yulong Symphony Orchestra has been renamed Yulong Base Bechstein has been renamed Yulong Storm 



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Camelot its flying at stud.




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A.P.O'Brien Top Earning Horses Updated


A.P.O'Brien Season Earnings Updated



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Former Ballydoyle resident Lucius Tiberius has joined Charlie Appleby & has Been gelded. He potentially will run in the Carnival and on Dubai World Cup Night. Lucius Tiberius last run for Ballydoyle came in the G3 Darley Stakes where he finished 4th.



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Ballydoyle The Equine Power Station - Class of 2019




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Former Ballydoyle resident The Taj Mahal finished 8th in the Carlton Draught Peter Young Stakes Group 2 at Caulfield He was up with the pace but fell back late on but only finished about 4 lengths behind the winner - Former Ballydoyle Resident Red Cardinal (Montjeu) Wins the Parramatta Cup at Rosehill in Australia



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Donnacha says he is hopeful he can do 9 stone this season and says its not easy but is very hopeful of having a full campaign in the saddle that is the plan anyway. When asked about Ten Sovereign he said He looks great; he has gotten strong over the winter and I think he will be extremely effective at sprint distances.



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Ballydoyle French Classic Entries 2019 




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So Much To Look Forward to in 2019 Mouthwatering




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Hunting Horn 3rd in the H.H The Amir Trophy Local Group 1 at Doha





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