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Royal Delta 17/06/2012

Royal Delta: winner of two Eclipse Awards during her career

 PICTURE: Matt Wooley/EquiSport Photos 

  Galileo chosen as first cover for Royal Delta  

DUAL Breeders' Cup heroine Royal Delta has been retired from racing and will visit champion sire Galileo in 2014.

The winner of 12 races in 22 starts - including six at the highest level - Royal Delta is only the second horse to record back-to-back wins in the Breeders' Cup Distaff following Bayakoa in 1989-90.

The five-year-old daughter of Empire Maker recorded her last win when landing Saratoga's Personal Ensign Handicap in August, just a month after blitzing her rivals in the Delaware Handicap by ten and three-quarter lengths.

Trained by Bill Mott throughout her four-campaign career, Royal Delta also took in two trips to Meydan where she contested the Dubai World Cup.

Originally raced by her breeder Prince Saud bin Khaled, after his death in 2011 Royal Delta was offered at the Keeneland November Breeding-Stock Sale where she was bought by her current owner Benjamin Leon Besilu Stables for $8,500,000.

Since that sale, she has won seven races - four at the highest level - and placed four times.

Royal Delta made her final start at Santa Anita when fourth to Beholder in this year's Breeders' Cup Distaff.

Making the announcement, Leon paid tribute to his dual Eclipse Award winner.

"I've had many great moments in my life but the joy and pleasure that Royal Delta has brought to me and my family is indescribable. She offered us the opportunity to enjoy wonderful places, people and experiences. She was a gift that allowed us many thrilling moments and we will be forever grateful.

"Retiring her was a tough decision especially given the fact that she looks as good as she does but we believe in doing what's in her best interest.

"I would like to give special thanks to her Hall of Fame trainer and my friend Bill Mott who has guided her through such a successful racing career and also to my friend, Mike Smith, her Hall of Fame rider. I am looking forward to our future and the new chapter in her life."

Mott added: "It's a credit to Mr Leon to run her not only after such a big purchase price, but again this year for a second season.

"Royal Delta will always have a warm spot in my heart as I trained her grandmother and her mother before her. It was special to get her back after the sale and it meant a great deal to all of us."

Royal Delta is one of three winners for the multiple Graded winner Delta Princess, a daughter of A.P. Indy out of the Nassau Stakes winner Lyphard's Delta - the dam of 11 winners from 11 runners, including top-flight scorers Indy Five Hundred and Biondetti.


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 Final Timeform Ratings of 2013 Flat Season (Ballydoyle Overview)


 

 



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AOB Factfile Updated 

Irish Flat winners: 1,670 (1993-2013). 1993 - 18 winners; 1994 - 48; 1995 - 76; 1996 - 80; 1997 - 117; 1998 - 66; 1999 - 102; 2000 - 72; 2001 - 87; 2002- 60; 2003 - 74; 2004 - 77; 2005 - 62; 2006 - 63; 2007 - 67; 2008 - 82. 2009 - 89; 2010 - 109; 2011 - 92; 2012 - 94; 2013 - 135.



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Declaration Of War

Declaration Of War: four-year-old is a dual Group 1 winner

 PICTURE: Mark Cranham (racingpost.com/photos)

   War primed for stud career at €40,000     

DUAL Group 1 winner and Breeders' Cup Classic third Declaration Of War will command a first-season fee of €40,000 at Coolmore in Fethard next year.

The War Front four-year-old has been a model of consistency for Aidan O'Brien this year, competing in all the top races at a mile and a mile and a quarter with victories coming in the Queen Anne Stakes and Juddmonte International.

Fellow Coolmore newcomer and triple Classic winner Camelot has been introduced at €25,000, while St James's Palace Stakes scorer Most Improved will stand at €6,000.

Coolmore juggernaut Galileo, who is line to scoop his fifth champion sires' title, is listed as private, as has been the case since 2008.

Coolmore's kingpin has had another stellar year, courtesy of seven top-tier winners, including Derby hero Ruler Of The World as well as Breeders' Cup Turf and Irish 2,000 Guineas scorer Magician.

Fastnet Rock, whose fee in Australia this year was A$275,000, will also stand at a private fee.

First-season sire Mastercraftsman has made a blistering start to his stud career, with his cv already boasting a Group 1 winner in the form of Kingston Hill.

The Danehill Dancer stallion has had his fee increased by 180 per cent to a career-high €35,000.

Mastercraftsman's sire, Coolmore stalwart Danehill Dancer, has had his fee reduced from €40,000 to €25,000, his lowest fee since 2002.

High Chaparral, sire of this season's Sussex Stakes winner Toronado, has had his fee raised to €30,000 from €25,000.

The other Coolmore residents to have incurred fee rises are Choisir, sire of last month's Queen Elizabeth II scorer Olympic Glory (up to €12,500 from €10,000), and young Galileo stallion Rip Van Winkle, whose yearlings have been well received at this autumn's round of sales averaging 67,368gns (up to €20,000 from €17,500).

Henrythenavigator, who achieved the feat of siring back-to-back Phoenix Stakes winners when Sudirman scored at the Curragh in August, will also command a lower fee (down to €25,000 from €30,000) as  will Rock Of Gibraltar, the sire of Sunday's Criterium International winner Prince Gibraltar (down to €12,500 from €17,500).

Duke Of Marmalade, the sire of high-class mare Venus De Milo, is down to €10,000 from €12,500.

Excelebration, Power, Requinto and So You Think, who are all entering their second season at Coolmore, have had small fee reductions, as have Canford Cliffs and Pour Moi, whose first foals will be up for grabs at Goffs next week.

Thewayyouare has also had his fee cut from €5,000 to €4,000.

Fees for Alfred Nobel, Dylan Thomas, Footstep-sinthesand, Peintre Celebre, Yeats and Zoffany all remain unchanged for 2014.





 

      Coolmore Ireland Fees 2014       - Magician Ruler Of The World & Kingsbarns kept in training Camelot Dec of War & Most improved NEW St Nic will be added on recovery but probably 2015 now to give him all the time he needs to recover looks like Aidan will have an incredibly strong team of older horses next season alot to look forward to.

 

 




 

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Mekong finishes fourth in France

Sun 10th Nov 2013, 10:29
Mekong River
Mekong River
(Healy Racing Photos)
Mark Johnston's Hartnell fared best of the overseas contingent as he finished third behind Prince Gibraltar in the Criterium de Saint-Cloud.

Joe Fanning had travelled over to France to ride Hartnell, a most impressive winner at Newmarket last week, but he was ultimately no match for the easy winner.

Prince Gibraltar, who was having just his third start and first run for Jean-Claude Rouget, sprinted five lengths clear of Bereni Ka to take the Group One event under Christophe Soumillon .

Aidan O'Brien's Mekong River (2/1fav), previously unbeaten in four starts and a winner at Leopardstown last Sunday, came home in fourth under Seamie Heffernan.

Roger Charlton's Laugharne was sixth but Clive Cox's Shankly was well beaten.

Speaking at Doncaster, Johnston's wife Deirdre said: "We're very pleased, I didn't see the race but to finish third in a Group One justifies the decision to supplement him. It cost €15,000 so we've got that back and more."





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MEKONG HEADING TO ST CLOUD


Mekong River powers clear in Leopardstown

                           MEKONG RIVER Looks to add a G1 to his CV

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Unbeaten MEKONG RIVER represents Aidan O'Brien in the CRITERIUM DE SAINT-CLOUD (Group 1) for 2yo he will wear Blinkers Seamie Heffernan takes ride tomorrow at 1230pm St Cloud.

 

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Magnificent McCoy hits the 4,000 mark

Thu 7th Nov 2013, 15:43
Jockeys at Thurles celebrate Tony McCoy's achievement
Jockeys at Thurles celebrate Tony McCoy's achievement 
(Healy Racing Photos)
 
 
 
The remarkable Tony McCoy rode his 4000th career 
 
winner when Mountain Tunes won at Towcester this 
 
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The 2013 Flat Champions are Joseph (jockey) & Aidan O'Brien (trainer), Jackie Bolger (owner) & Connor King (apprentice). Well done to all!

 

 

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Awesome Maria with John Velazquez wins the Rampart G3

Awesome Maria: the early session-topper at Keeneland on Tuesday

 PICTURE: Joe Ganley/Equisport Photos

Maria fetches awesome fee from Coolmore

MARES from the E. Paul Robsham Stables' breeding stock dispersal proved hot commodities in the opening hours of Keeneland's November breeding stock sale on Tuesday, with speedy Grade 1 winner Awesome Maria topping the action after a winning bid of $4 million from the Coolmore team.

MV Magnier signed the ticket and saluted the six-year-old grey daughter of Maria's Mon out of the Awesome Again mare Discreetly Awesome, a half-sister to Robsham-bred Grade 1 winners Discreet Cat and Discreetly Mine.

"She deserved to make that price, she was the best mare," said Magnier. "It's good to see horses making prices like that. She is a lovely mare, a very good racehorse and comes from a fantastic family plus she's in foal to Giant's Causeway.




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Pedro The Great Curragh 12.08.2012

Pedro The Great: Group 1 winner is a half-brother to Footstepsinthesand

 PICTURE: Patrick McCann (racingpost.com/photos)

Phoenix Stakes winner Pedro to stand in France

LAST year's Phoenix Stakes winner Pedro The Great will begin his stallion career at the Haras de la Haie Neuve in France next year.

He is the second Group/Grade 1-winning first-crop son of Henrythenavigator to retire to stud in France next year after Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf scorer George Vancouver, who will stand at Haras de la Hetraie.

A half-brother to 2,000 Guineas hero Footstepsinthesand, Pedro The Great was purchased by John Magnier for 150,000gns at Book 1 of the Tattersalls October Yearling Sale.

He raced five times for Aidan O'Brien, winning a Leopardstown maiden on his second start and springing a surprise with victory over Leitir Mor in the Phoenix Stakes two runs later.

The deal to stand Pedro The Great in France was brokered by Emmanuel de Seroux.

He will be syndicated for €10,000 a share, which entitles the holder to two covers in the first year and another two in the second.
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O'Brien and Heffernan enjoy Mekong River

 By Michael GrahamSun 3rd Nov 2013, 15:00

Mekong River powers clear in Leopardstown
Mekong River powers clear in Leopardstown
(Healy Racing Photos)
Mekong River continued his unbeaten record when stepping up to Listed level in Leopardstown and gave Aidan O’Brien and Seamie Heffernan a treble on the day.

The Galileo colt, in first-time blinkers, bounced out smartly to lead in the mile and one Eyrefield Stakes. Heffernan asked him for more round the home turn and the pair opened up and pulled five lengths clear inside the last furlong. He hit the line six and a half lengths to the good and justified 4/6 favouritism.

Seamie Heffernan said: “He is tough. I was asked to find out a bit about him. He will be a good spin in the Group 1 at Saint-Cloud [the Criterium de Saint-Cloud].

"He is a bit lazy at home but he has improved from run to run. You’d have to be happy with him, he ran hard and fast the whole way and I’m delighted to get the leg up on these.”

Achnaha at 20/1 went past Mandatario and tried to pursue the all-the-way winner, but was never within reach.

Mekong River’s three previous wins included a maiden and two nurseries. He was awarded the maiden in the stewards room after suffering interference from Green Tag in Gowran Park.

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Francis Of Assisi a saint for the bookies

 By Michael GrahamSun 3rd Nov 2013, 14:42

Francis Of Assisi gets the better of Big Break in Leopardstown
Francis Of Assisi gets the better of Big Break in Leopardstown
(Healy Racing Photos)
When Pat Smullen’s distinctive pink cap was seen cutting through the field to lead on Big Break in the Listed Knockaire Stakes, favourite backers must have been getting ready to collect but they were foiled by Francis Of Assisi’s power-packed finish.

Seamie Heffernan again was seen to good effect bringing his mount through on the outer to nail the favourite and win by a length and a half at odds of 9/2 in this seven-furlong event. He had been 13/2 this morning so didn't go unbacked.

This brought up a Foxrock double for Aidan O’Brien and Seamie Heffernan.

"He had some very good form on soft ground, but he disappointed at the Curragh the last day as he didn't enjoy the ground. He has been working nicely and he will be back next year," Seamie Heffernan said.

Big Break, the runner up was returned at 2/1. She was two and a quarter lengths in front of 33/1 outsider Pop Art in third.

Francis Of Assisi was returning to form after finishing 18th in the Cambridgeshire on good to firm ground. Prior to that he won a six furlong maiden in Naas when the going was heavy.

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Blue Hussar swoops for the spoils

 By Michael GrahamSun 3rd Nov 2013, 13:22

Blue Hussar times his challenge well in Leopardstown
Blue Hussar times his challenge well in Leopardstown
(Healy Racing Photos)
Aidan O’Brien has a great record in the juvenile seven furlong colts and geldings maiden on this card at Leopardstown and those who did their homework would have been on Blue Hussar, the 7/2 joint favourite, on his debut.

Seamie Heffernan produced the son of Montjeu down the outside in the final furlong and he mowed down the three leaders to win by three parts of a length.

Screenshot, who raced prominently, came in second for Willie McCreery and Ben Curtis at 9/1, a head in front of Rousayan (9/2). The other 7/2 favourite, Streetcar To Stars, finished eighth of the 14 runners.

Seamie Heffernan reported: “He was the best horse in the race. I was told to take my time on him and he won well in the end. He is a Montjeu with a lot of ability and hopefully he will progress.”

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MAGICIAN DAZZLES AT SANTA ANITA
02 Nov 2013

Magician rocketed to a sensational victory in the Breeders' Cup Turf at Santa Anita as Aidan O'Brien's charge flew home to snatch victory from The Fugue in the shadow of the post.

Ryan Moore was at his coolest as he sat towards the rear in the mile-and-a-half contest on the Irish 2,000 Guineas winner, with William Buick bowling along in mid-division on John Gosden's The Fugue, enjoying a perfect passage aboard the Irish Champion Stakes heroine.

Buick appeared to have all bases covered when hitting the front from last year's winner Little Mike, and although Moore began to weave his way through on Magician he had plenty of ground to make up, but he had timed it to perfection, arriving in the nick of time as the line loomed, getting up to win by half a length.

Magician had not run since Royal Ascot, and O'Brien was immediately on the telephone to Coolmore partner Michael Tabor, congratulating him for suggesting that the winner moved up to a mile and a half from a mile.

Winning the race for the fourth time, O'Brien said: "Ryan gave him a wonderful ride - a big 'well done' to everyone involved, and especially to the lads for letting me move him up to this trip.

"The week before Ascot he knocked a hind leg in the stable and the trainer had the great idea to put him in the spa. He'd almost gone through his full swim when a sparrow flew in the door and between his ears, which caused him to jump out and bruise both his front legs.

"I probably shouldn't have run him at Ascot (St James's Palace), it was one of those freak things, but when Camelot had a setback a couple of weeks ago we were able to reroute Magician to this race off his long break.

"I've had some great horses (win the race), but this one is a bit different in that he is a Classic winner over a mile. The icing on the cake is that he is by Galileo, who is the most incredible stallion I shall ever have anything to do with. Hopefully he'll come back next year."

Moore, riding his second winner of the night after Dank in the Filly & Mare Turf, was quick to pay tribute to both the winner and connections.

He said: "He's a very talented horse. I rode him at the start of the year and he was a little bit babyish but he came out and won an Irish Guineas, then he had a problem and it's a massive performance, a lot of credit has to go to the horse and obviously the staff at home.

"I had him in a lovely rhythm, nice and relaxed and I think he must be one of the best horses I've ever ridden. He's got an awful lot of speed, and even though we had to come wide he really picked up."

Defeat was too much for Buick - who was unlucky on The Fugue in the Filly & Mare last year - and he was in an emotional state when led back to the jockeys' room by owner Lady Lloyd Webber.

Gosden said: "It is understandable how William feels, you have got the race won and then you get caught late, but I guess that is racing.

"He did everything right, but Aidan's horse came wide and was having its first run since June, which made him difficult to assess. But I was delighted with the way my filly ran and hopefully she will come back next year."



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Magician rocketed to a sensational victory in the Breeders' Cup Turf at Santa Anita as Aidan O'Brien's charge flew home to snatch victory from The Fugue in the shadow of the post.

Magician: Remarkable winner of the Breeders' Cup Turf

Magician: Remarkable winner of the Breeders' Cup Turf

Ryan Moore was at his coolest as he sat towards the rear in the mile-and-a-half contest on the Irish 2,000 Guineas winner, with William Buick bowling along in mid-division on John Gosden's The Fugue, enjoying a perfect passage aboard the Irish Champion Stakes heroine.

Buick appeared to have all bases covered when hitting the front from last year's winner Little Mike, and although Moore began to weave his way through on Magician he had plenty of ground to make up.

O'Brien's colt still looked to have it all to do approaching the business end, but Moore had timed it to perfection, arriving in the nick of time as the line loomed, getting up to win by half a length.

Winning the race for the fourth time, O'Brien said: "Ryan gave him a wonderful ride - a big 'well done' to everyone involved, and especially to the lads for letting me move him up to this trip.

"The week before Ascot he knocked a hind leg in the stable and the trainer had the great idea to put him in the spa. He'd almost gone through his full swim when a sparrow flew in the door and between his ears, which caused him to jump out and bruise both his front legs.

"I probably shouldn't have run him at Ascot (St James's Palace), it was one of those freak things, but when Camelot had a setback a couple of weeks ago we were able to reroute Magician to this race off his long break.

"I've had some great horses (win the race), but this one is a bit different in that he is a Classic winner over a mile. The icing on the cake is that he is by Galileo, who is the most incredible stallion I shall ever have anything to do with. Hopefully he'll come back next year."

Moore, riding his second winner of the night after Dank in the Filly & Mare Turf, was quick to pay tribute to both the winner and connections.

He said: "He's a very talented horse. I rode him at the start of the year and he was a little bit babyish but he came out and won an Irish Guineas, then he had a problem and it's a massive performance, a lot of credit has to go to the horse and obviously the staff at home.

"I had him in a lovely rhythm, nice and relaxed and I think he must be one of the best horses I've ever ridden.

"He's got an awful lot of speed, and even though we had to come wide he really picked up."

Defeat was too much for Buick - who was unlucky on The Fugue in the Filly & Mare last year - and he was in an emotional state when led back to the jockeys' room by owner Lady Lloyd Webber.

Gosden said: "It is understandable how William feels, you have got the race won and then you get caught late, but I guess that is racing.

"He did everything right, but Aidan's horse came wide and was having its first run since June, which made him difficult to assess. But I was delighted with the way my filly ran and hopefully she will come back next year."


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Declaration Of War third in the Classic

Sun 3rd Nov 2013, 09:27

Declaration Of War at Santa Anita
Declaration Of War at Santa Anita
(Healy Racing Photos)
Mucho Macho Man, trained by Katherine Ritvo and ridden by Gary Stevens, won the Breeders' Cup Classic at Santa Anita.

In a pulsating renewal of America's richest race, Aidan O'Brien's Declaration Of War ran a huge race to be a close third in a virtual blanket finish, with Will Take Charge just denied in second as Mucho Macho Man hung on to give 50-year-old Stevens a first win in the Classic.

Ritvo, meanwhile, was becoming the first lady to train a Classic victor.

Stevens' mount moved powerfully into contention at the top of the stretch as last year's winner Fort Larned cried enough, but Will Take Charge rattled home with Declaration Of War staying on again for Joseph O'Brien and it was desperately close at the line.

Mucho Macho Man, second 12 months ago, held on by a nose and a head, to complete a fairytale for Stevens, who only returned to race-riding this year after retirement which had seen him take up acting and punditry roles.

He said: "This is a dream come true. I've always said this was the one race missing from my career. I didn't think I'd get one, and I sure didn't think it would come in 2013."

Aidan O'Brien said of Declaration Of War, who will now be retired: "It was a fantastic run, and it just goes to show how tough it is in the Classic. All credit to the lads for sending him over here.

"He jumped well. Joseph got a good position on the turn and he fought all the way to the line at the end. It was an incredible run and we are delighted.

"I thought Joseph did everything perfectly, it was a copybook ride really and the horse still kept coming and coming at the end.

"To do that on his first run on dirt was fantastic, but he is off to stud now and will make some stallion. He's one of the best-looking horses I've ever trained. He has speed, together with strength, which are great assets, as well as a fine constitution. All these things will serve him well when he takes up stallion duties."




Mucho Macho Man wins thrilling Breeders' Cup Classic

Last Updated: November 3, 2013 8:30am

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A stunned Gary Stevens reacts to Mucho Macho Man's win in the Classic

A stunned Gary Stevens reacts to Mucho Macho Man's win in the Classic

Mucho Macho Man registered an emotional victory in a pulsating Breeders' Cup Classic at Santa Anita.

Winning trainer Kathy Ritvo, a heart transplant survivor, became the first woman to train the winner of the race while success also capped a remarkable comeback for the man in the saddle, Gary Stevens.

He needed all his experience to nurse the five-year-old home as he was challenged by Will Take Charge and Declaration Of War in a thrilling final furlong.

The line came in the nick of time for Mucho Macho Man with Will Take Charge closing fast. A nose separated the pair at the line with Declaration Of War only a head away in third.

Stevens said: "This is a dream come true. I've always said this was the one race missing from my career. I didn't think I'd get one, and I sure didn't think it would come in 2013."

Ritvo said: "I'm happier for my horse. He deserves it. When Gary (Stevens) waved the stick, I figured he won. He got a great trip. Gary did a fantastic job. When he used 'Macho,' 'Macho' showed up. He is a good horse. I'm excited. If I didn't have the support of my family, I wouldn't be here."

The trainer of the runner-up, Wayne Lukas, said: "It's a heartbreak to lose one like that. He was after him, closed on him and did everything right."

Will Take Charge's jockey, Luis Saez, said: "We had a good trip. Every time I ride this horse he's always very steady early in the race, when you turn for home, he's a totally different horse. In the stretch, the 8 horse (Palace Malice) drifted out a bit and that forced me even wider and yes, it probably cost me the race."

Aidan O'Brien said of Declaration Of War, who will now be retired: "It was a fantastic run, and it just goes to show how tough it is in the Classic. All credit to the lads for sending him over here.

"He jumped well. Joseph got a good position on the turn and he fought all the way to the line at the end. It was an incredible run and we are delighted.

"I thought Joseph did everything perfectly, it was a copybook ride really and the horse still kept coming and coming at the end.

"To do that on his first run on dirt was fantastic, but he is off to stud now and will make some stallion. He's one of the best-looking horses I've ever trained. He has speed, together with strength, which are great assets, as well as a fine constitution. All these things will serve him well when he takes up stallion duties."

Joseph O'Brien said: "He's run a great race. It took him about a furlong to settle and then he got into a lovely rhythm. I had to wait a little bit for the gap to come at the head of the stretch, but he ran on really well and I have no complaints."



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O'Brien and Moore in Breeders Cup magic

Sun 3rd Nov 2013, 09:16

Magician
Magician 
(Healy Racing Photos)
Magician rocketed to a sensational victory in the Breeders' Cup Turf at Santa Anita as Aidan O'Brien's charge flew home to snatch victory from The Fugue in the shadow of the post.

Ryan Moore was at his coolest as he sat towards the rear in the mile-and-a-half contest on the Irish 2,000 Guineas winner, with William Buick bowling along in mid-division on John Gosden's The Fugue, enjoying a perfect passage aboard the Irish Champion Stakes heroine.

Buick appeared to have all bases covered when hitting the front from last year's winner Little Mike, and although Moore began to weave his way through on Magician he had plenty of ground to make up.

O'Brien's colt still looked to have it all to do approaching the business end, but Moore had timed it to perfection, arriving in the nick of time as the line loomed, getting up to win by half a length.

Winning the race for the fourth time, O'Brien said: "Ryan gave him a wonderful ride - a big 'well done' to everyone involved, and especially to the lads for letting me move him up to this trip.

"The week before Ascot he knocked a hind leg in the stable and the trainer had the great idea to put him in the spa. He'd almost gone through his full swim when a sparrow flew in the door and between his ears, which caused him to jump out and bruise both his front legs.

"I probably shouldn't have run him at Ascot (St James's Palace), it was one of those freak things, but when Camelot had a setback a couple of weeks ago we were able to reroute Magician to this race off his long break.

"I've had some great horses (win the race), but this one is a bit different in that he is a Classic winner over a mile. The icing on the cake is that he is by Galileo, who is the most incredible stallion I shall ever have anything to do with. Hopefully he'll come back next year."

Moore, riding his second winner of the night after Dank in the Filly & Mare Turf, was quick to pay tribute to both the winner and connections.

He said: "He's a very talented horse. I rode him at the start of the year and he was a little bit babyish but he came out and won an Irish Guineas, then he had a problem and it's a massive performance, a lot of credit has to go to the horse and obviously the staff at home.

"I had him in a lovely rhythm, nice and relaxed and I think he must be one of the best horses I've ever ridden.

"He's got an awful lot of speed, and even though we had to come wide he really picked up."

Defeat was too much for Buick - who was unlucky on The Fugue in the Filly & Mare last year - and he was in an emotional state when led back to the jockeys' room by owner Lady Lloyd Webber.

Gosden said: "It is understandable how William feels, you have got the race won and then you get caught late, but I guess that is racing.

"He did everything right, but Aidan's horse came wide and was having its first run since June, which made him difficult to assess. But I was delighted with the way my filly ran and hopefully she will come back next year."


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Outstrip collar Boldini at the Breeders' Cup

Fri 1st Nov 2013, 21:59

Giovanni Boldini pictured winning at Dundalk
Giovanni Boldini pictured winning at Dundalk
(Healy Racing Photos)
Outstrip, trained in Newmarket for Godolphin by Charlie Appleby and ridden by Mike Smith, narrowly beat Aidan O'Brien's Giovanni Boldini to win the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf at Santa Anita.

Bobby's Kitten set a blistering early pace and swung into the straight still with an advantage but with Ryan Moore and Giovanni Boldini in hot pursuit.

Dundalk winner Giovanni Boldini got the better of Bobby's Kitten, but Mike Smith was all the while winding Dewhurst third Outstrip up and once engaging top gear he mowed the front two down close home for a scintillating success.

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Aidan O'Brien's Boldini edged out in Juvenile 


Updated: Friday, 01 Nov 2013 21:57 


Aidan O'Brien's Giovanni Boldini was beaten on the line at Santa Anita
Aidan O'Brien's Giovanni Boldini was beaten on the line at Santa Anita

Outstrip, trained in Newmarket for Godolphin by Charlie Appleby and ridden by Mike Smith, narrowly beat Aidan O'Brien's Giovanni Boldini to win the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf at Santa Anita.

Bobby's Kitten set a blistering early pace and swung into the straight still with an advantage but with Ryan Moore and Giovanni Boldini in hot pursuit.

Dundalk winner Giovanni Boldini got the better of Bobby's Kitten, but Mike Smith was all the while winding Dewhurst third Outstrip up and once engaging top gear he mowed the front two down close home for a scintillating success.




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O'Brien hoping Declaration can deliver

Fri 1st Nov 2013, 11:50

Declaration Of War having a gallop at Santa Anita
Declaration Of War having a gallop at Santa Anita
(Healy Racing Photos)
Aidan O'Brien believes Declaration Of War represents possibly his best ever chance of finally claiming victory in the Breeders' Cup Classic at Santa Anita on Saturday.

Given the prestigious 10-furlong Group One affair is generally run on dirt, it is no surprise European challengers have struggled to make a significant impact as they are neither bred for or have experience of tackling such underfoot conditions.

John Gosden's Raven's Pass gave the Europeans a one-two in beating O'Brien's Henrythenavigator in the 2008 renewal, although that was the year the race was run on a synthetic surface rather than dirt. Andre Fabre's Arcangues in 1993 remains the only other European-trained winner.

O'Brien's much-loved 'Iron horse' Giant's Causeway came closer than most have managed to clinching the race on dirt in 2000, going down by a neck to Tiznow, and the master of Ballydoyle believes his latest challenger has even better credentials.

An American-bred four-year-old and briefly trained in the States by Todd Pletcher last year, Declaration Of War has shown his class by claiming the Queen Anne at Royal Ascot and the Juddmonte International at York in Europe this year.

He gave O'Brien further confidence when working on the Fibresand at Southwell recently, and pleased in a spin under former jump jockey Dean Gallagher on the Santa Anita track this morning. Joseph O'Brien watched on from aboard a pony.

The trainer said: "I was happy with everything this morning, the horses went round just to stretch their legs.

"I think Declaration Of War is different to any of the horses I've run in the Classic, as he has a different profile. We took him to Southwell two weeks ago because that surface is as close to American dirt in terms of the kickback.

"In that work he followed two Group One winners over a mile, sat in behind them and then quickened up to go clear and he was visually very impressive. We did the same before Giant's Causeway went for the Classic but he didn't pull away like this one did.

"Declaration Of War likes to get up there in behind horses and was on the heels of the two in front of him. This horse is by War Front and has Dynaformer in his pedigree and we felt he would have no problem in going back to six furlongs after he won the Queen Anne, but to show how versatile he is he ran over an open mile and a quarter and a half at York and got the trip well.

"The question on Saturday will be how he handles the kickback.

"He had a setback when he was trained in America and we did think about bringing him out for the Classic last year but decided it wouldn't have been fair on him mentally. But now he is more mentally and physically ready than before, he's got a fantastic constitution and I think he has got more speed than Giant's Causeway, who was a horse that could get lazy in his races. This horse is not (lazy).

"It will be Joseph's first ride on dirt at the Breeders' Cup and another first for him, but no one knows the horse better. He's a big powerful horse, and he has been in full work all the time this year. We've kept him busy and we are very pleased with him."

O'Brien was also positive about the chances of Magician, who steps up to a mile and a half for the first time in the Breeders' Cup Turf.

Winner of the Dee Stakes at Chester before running away with the Irish 2,000 Guineas, the three-year-old has not been seen since finishing last of nine in the St James's Palace Stakes at Royal Ascot in June.

O'Brien said: "He got a knock before Ascot when he jumped out of the spa and bruised his front legs, and on reflection Ascot was a little bit too quick after what happened.

"He's been ready to run again for a good while and when we couldn't bring Camelot (now retired) we decided that we would try Magician.

"Ryan (Moore) thought he was a Derby horse when he won on him at Chester and for the mile and a half race you want a horse that has stayed a mile and a quarter well, although it is a little bit of a concern that he is drawn wide."




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LEFT > Team O'Brien > Declaration of War Magician Giovanni Boldini Wilshire Boulevard & Cristoforo Colombo clear quarantine ready for a workout and last minute preparations

RIGHT > Declaration of War on the Santa Anita track ready for Saturdays Breeders Cup Classic