Qualify eighth as Eli takes Juvenile Fillies

Fri 31st Oct 2014, 23:54
Qualify met with trouble in running
Qualify met with trouble in running
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Osaila and Frankie Dettori finished a creditable third as Lady Eli produced a dazzling performance to claim the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf at Santa Anita.

Sunset Glow was soon to the lead in a bid to give trainer Wesley Ward a second success on the card after the Dettori-ridden Hootenanny, but when she momentarily came off the rail in the straight, Lady Eli, who had sat in a pocket just off the leaders, rocketed through.

The race was effectively over from there as the unbeaten Chad Brown-trained runner put daylight between herself and the field.

Richard Hannon's Osaila had raced in mid-division and stayed on well, while there a tremendous effort from Jamie Osborne's Prize Exhibit in flying home for fourth, boosting the hopes of stablemate Toast Of New York in the Classic on Saturday.

Aidan O'Brien's Qualify raced in rear and was squeezed for room turning for home.

She was given an easy time of it from there by Ryan Moore and she kept on to finish eighth.


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Ballydoyle Horses At The Breeders Cup 


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Hootenanny got the mile ok and wins the Juvenile Turf for Frankie and Wes Ward & Team Coolmore

Michael Tabor says "every chance" Hootenanny will be back in Europe at 3 and paused for thought 

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Qualify all set for Santa Anita test

Fri 31st Oct 2014, 11:53
Qualify pictured working at Santa Anita
Qualify pictured working at Santa Anita
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Aidan O'Brien is looking forward to stepping Qualify up in distance in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf at Santa Anita on Friday.

The daughter of Fastnet Rock was an impressive winner of the Weld Park Stakes at the Curragh at the end of September.

O'Brien said: "Qualify is in very good form and I thought a mile on grass would suit her especially well. Since we changed tactics with her, it has gone better."

Richard Hannon admits a good start will be imperative if Osaila can cap a memorable first season for the trainer with a Breeders' Cup winner

Osalia has done her bit for the British champion trainer-elect, winning the Group Three Princess Margaret Stakes at Ascot in July and finishing a close fifth in the Moyglare Stud Stakes.

She also turned in a dominant display to take top honours in a Newmarket sales race earlier this month.

The Al Shaqab Racing-owned filly will be partnered by Frankie Dettori for her Californian mission.

"American racing is all about speed, so Osaila will need to break well from stall two, otherwise she will get stuck in traffic on the inside rail," the trainer told his website, www.richardhannonracing.co.uk.

"However, she comes here with good solid form. Apart from the Prix Marcel Boussac, there was probably not a stronger two-year-old fillies race in Europe all season than the Moyglare, so if she can bring that run to the table here she could be a big player.

"Obviously, we are in the dark as to the quality of the Americans, but we have always liked Osaila and we think this trip will suit her well."

Dettori said: "Her form is rock-solid and she has a good draw, which helps."

Heading the home challenge is Wesley Ward's Sunset Glow, who found only Cursory Glance too strong in the Albany Stakes at Royal Ascot and has since struck twice on the Polytrack at Del Mar.

"She has a great starting spot in gate three and is in really fantastic shape as well," said Ward.

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Envoy set for Breeders Cup Tilt

Thu 30th Oct 2014, 11:24
War Envoy
War Envoy
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War Envoy attempts to give Aidan O'Brien his third victory in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf at Santa Anita on Friday night.

O'Brien saddled Wrote to success in 2011 and George Vancouver to glory 12 months later and although this year's Ballydoyle representative has failed to get his head in front since making a winning debut at Naas in April, he has run well in defeat at Pattern level.

"War Envoy has a nice draw and has progressed from his run at Doncaster to his run in Paris. I think the fast ground will suit him," said O'Brien.

Trainer Wesley Ward is confident Royal Ascot hero Hootenanny is "cranked to the maximum" ahead of his bid for glory.

Ward has become well known to British racegoers in recent years thanks to his exploits at the Royal meeting, and Hootenanny was regarded by many as one of the bankers of the week in the Windsor Castle Stakes in June.

The American challenger did not let his supporters down, showing blistering pace over the straight five furlongs to seal a runaway success.

The Coolmore-owned juvenile then headed to France to fill the runner-up spot behind The Wow Signal in the Prix Morny at Deauville. That fine effort over six furlongs in testing French conditions has given connections hope the two-turn mile at the California circuit is within reach in the hands of Frankie Dettori.

Ward, who also runs course-and-distance winner Luck Of The Kitten, told Press Association Sport: "He came back from Deauville absolutely fantastic and I think he's going into the Breeders' Cup really smoking. He's as sound as new money and I think I've got him as cranked to the maximum going to Santa Anita.

"The screws are tightened and it's up to Frankie to come through for us now, but I don't think he feels the pressure.

"Both Hootenanny and Luck Of The Kitten are drawn good and I think Luck Of The Kitten will probably go forward and be the speed horse. Frankie should be able to place Hootenanny where he wants to. Hopefully he gets a good trip, hopefully the best horse wins, and hopefully we have the one-two!"

Charlie Hills enjoyed Breeders' Cup success for the first time with the ill-fated Chriselliam in last year's Juvenile Fillies Turf and has an interesting contender in Commemorative, who won the Autumn Stakes at Newmarket.

Big-race jockey James Doyle said: "I'm pleased with my draw in four, as he is quite a big horse. I gave him a good practice session (on Wednesday), when I let him dip down to the rail and scoot round the bends. That should help him quite a lot when he goes out there to run."

Hugo Palmer has never made any secret of the regard in which he holds Aktabantay, who claimed the Solario Stakes at Sandown on his penultimate start before failing to get the breaks at Longchamp.

"He was unlucky in France last time. In the view of the handicapper, that was a career-best performance," said Palmer.

"You can mark up his Solario performance because he doesn't like soft ground. The handicapper didn't move him up for winning a Group Three, which is fairly unusual.

"He came from last, up that hill and only got up in the shadow of the post to win, so I think he won under sufferance that day. I hope he's not just a juvenile. He's not a giant, but he's got a lot of scope and he's always been very muscular."



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No Nay Never coming to Coolmore:

No Nay Never, who is favourite to land the Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint on Saturday night, will have his final start at Santa Anita before retiring to Coolmore Stud in Tipperary for 2015.

The Wesley Ward trained son of leading young sire Scat Daddy went unbeaten as a 2yo in 3 starts last season, winning a maiden at Keeneland before breaking the track record over 5f in Royal Ascot's Group 2 Norfolk Stakes before improving yet again to win the Group 1 Prix Morny at Deauville beating subsequent Group 1 winners Vorda (Cheveley Park Stakes) and Rizeena (Moyglare/Coronation Stakes). In No Nay Never's most recent start, he defeated his elders for the first time in the Grade 3 Woodford Stakes at Keeneland. 

“Wesley Ward has trained some very fast horses over the years but he is in no doubt that No Nay Never is the most talented,” said Coolmore’s Director of Sales David O’Loughlin. “He’s a very strongly-made individual who dwarfed his rivals in the parade ring at Royal Ascot. We can see him proving very popular with breeders here.”

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 O'Brien bemoans ending for Australia:

Aidan O'Brien has spoken out regarding his disappointment that Australia - the horse he brands as 'the best he has ever trained' - could not finish his excellent career on a high earlier this month at Ascot on British Champions Day, describing the star colt as 'a rare one' whom he was desperate to have another go over a mile with. 

The most successful son of Galileo, whose CV includes 2 classic successes, the Epsom and Irish Derby as well as a triumph against the older horses in the Juddmonte International Stakes, was due to have his swansong at Ascot 2 weeks ago but had to sadly had to be ruled out after a suffering a hoof injury which was announced on Channel 4 Racing's Morning Line trip to Coolmore Stud, where he will now stand as a stallion which means his final start disappointingly ended in a shock reverse of form with The Grey Gatsby in the Irish Champions Stakes on Irish Champions Weekend in mid-September. 

O'Brien, who is now in California where he will saddle 4 runners at the Breeders' Cup this weekend, lamented the ending and revealed his son Joseph, who was the only jockey to ever ride the three-year-old, regularly requested to have Australia stepped back down in trip to a mile, the distance where he finished an extremely close 3rd to Night Of Thunder and Kingman in the 2000 Guineas in May.

O'Brien said: 'We were never going to run Australia here (at the Breeders' Cup). I had only one thing in my mind with Australia which was to get him away in one piece. When a horse shows what he has with a pedigree he has, the only disappointment was we didn't go back to a mile on fast ground. We would have gone back to Ascot over a mile on fast ground. When he ran in the Guineas all our horses were sick and all running very ordinary, so for him to produce that...'

'Every day Joseph got off him he said, 'Go back' (in trip). At Leopardstown he ran around the field, went there and the last half a furlong got him. I don't know why but for a horse with a pedigree like his he had a lot of speed.' O'Brien also added.

O'Brien, who was dealt another blow earlier this when Magician was found to be lame and ruled out of his attempt to win the Breeders' Cup Turf back-to-back and also retired, added: 'A dream would have been to go to Ascot on fast ground. That time of the year it's always only a hope and we wouldn't have ran him over a mile and a quarter on soft ground. We always felt he was a rare one and we know everyone has an opinion, but he had that pace.'

(Kingsbarns reporting for AOBFS)



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 Team Ballydoyle @ The Breeders' Cup

Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf - Grade 1 - 1m:

War Envoy - Stall 7 - Ryan Moore

Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf - Grade 1 - 1m

Qualify - Stall 14 - Ryan Moore

Breeders' Cup Juvenile - Grade 1 - 1m:

The Great War - Stall 4 - Ryan Moore

Breeders' Cup Turf - Grade 1 - 1m4f

Chicquita - Stall 11 - Frankie Dettori


 

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Draco easily accounts for his two rivals

 By Donal Murphy

Mon 27th Oct 2014, 14:37
Draco came home a good winner at Wexford under Robbie Power
Draco came home a good winner at Wexford under Robbie Power
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The Aidan O'Brien trained Draco recorded his second win over hurdles as he ran out an easy thirteen length winner of the INH Stallion Owners EBF Novice Hurdle.

The five-year-old son of Hernando won his maiden at Bellewstown in August and he was fifth to Rich Coast in a Grade 3 at Tipperary on his last start.

Sent off the 4/7 favourite to account for his three rivals here he made all under Robbie Power and went clear from the third last, keeping on well on the run-in to score easily.

The Herds Garden (15/8) finished a well-beaten second while Mysticaltou was a further two and a half lengths back in last.

Robbie Power said afterwards: "He has loads of experience and he jumped really, really well.

"He had been very free early on but he is starting to settle down. I just felt in Tipperary the last day that I didn't make enough use of him. He had been so keen we were just trying to settle him.

"He has grown up an awful lot and he will be a lovely horse in novice chases next year."




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Magician off to Ashford:

Aidan O'Brien trained four-year-old Magician is to retire to Ashford Stud for 2015 after he spearheads the team at the Breeders Cup on Saturday when he bids to become the first horse since Conduit in 2008 and 2009 to win back to back Breeders Cup Turf's.

Magician, a Galileo colt out of 6f Listed winner Absolutelyfabulous, broke his maiden very impressively by 6L at the Curragh as a two-year-old on his third start. As a three-year-old, Magician began with a four length demolition job in Chester's Group 3 Dee Stakes before dropping back down to 1m to win the Irish 2000 Guineas at Curragh also very impressivle by three and a half lengths. Then at the end of the season, Magician bowed out for the campaign with an excellent run in the USA, winning the Breeders Cup Turf over 12f at his first attempt at the trip after a four and a half month sit on the sidelines as he produced a tremendous a run down the straight to beat The Fugue close home under an expertly done ride by Ryan Moore.

This season, Magician got himself up and running in the Group 3 Mooresbridge Stakes at the Curragh, getting up in the dying strides on far from ideal ground carrying a penalty and then had three solid runs in a row at the highest level, finishing 2nd behind Noble Mission in the Tattersall's Gold Cup, 2nd behind The Fugue in the Prince Of Wales's Stakes and most recently filled the same spot in the Arlington Million in the USA. 

''Magician is a very, very good-looking horse who possesses a blistering turn of foot. Along with Frankel he’s one of only three colts by Galileo to win a Classic over a mile so he’s a rare commodity.'' said Ashford’s Director of Sales Charlie O’Connor.

(Kingsbarns reporting for AOBFS)



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It's an Easter treat in Leopardstown

 By Michael Graham

Sun 26th Oct 2014, 13:21
Easter striding out at Leopardstown
Easter striding out at Leopardstown
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Aidan O’Brien’s Easter delivered on the promise of her first run when making all to land the opening seven furlong fillies’ maiden at Leopardstown on the last day of the turf flat season.

She caught many an eye when finishing well for second behind Bocca Baciata in Navan over a mile. Seamie Heffernan made full us of her stamina today when taking the field along and staying on well to score by a length at 3/1.

The 10/11 favourite, Stellar Glow for Jim Bolger, tried to hunt Easter down and kept on without ever reaching the winner. John Oxx’s Pour Deux was a further two and a quarter lengths behind in third at 11/2.

Joseph O'Brien, who was suspended today, said afterwards: “She's an Oaks type of filly for next year. She had a really nice run first time at Navan when the penny dropped late.

“She has a good attitude and is a straight-forward, uncomplicated filly. The second filly there had good solid form and I'd say it was quite a good maiden.”

Winning jockey Seamie Heffernan said: "She's a grand filly and had a lovely run the first day. We expected her to collect.”

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Giovanni Canaletto hacks up at Leopardstown


Giovanni Canaletto strides clear for Seamie Heffernan


Giovanni Canaletto broke his maiden tag in style at the second time of asking over at Leopardstown today in the 2:35 maiden.

The Aidan O'Brien trained juvenile full brother to 2013 Epsom Derby winner Ruler Of The World and half brother to Duke Of Marmalade was sent off the 1-2 favourite to build on a 3rd placed debut at the Curragh just over a fortnight ago and he never put a foot wrong, sitting midfield throughout under Seamie Heffernan before being angled out early into the home straight and running away to an emphatic success.

Seamie Heffernan told the assembling media ''He's completely asleep but when he got a bit of light he woke up. We like him.'' 

The bookies were suitably impressed, shortening Giovanni Canaletto almost half in price from 33/1 to 16/1 for the 2015 Investec Derby which his brother Ruler Of The World won last season.






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Adelaide storms to Cox Plate glory:

Adelaide came from off the pace under a typically sensational Ryan Moore ride to land the SportingBet Cox Plate at Moonee Valley in Melbourne.

Aidan O'Brien's exceptional globetrotting superstar excelled in Australia's most famous weight-for-age showpiece with a very crafty late run under the best in the business Ryan Moore, who had ice running through his veins. 

Although it was just Adelaide's first start at Moonee Valley, Moore was happy to sit well of the pace, sitting dead last at one stage as well known frontrunner The Cleaner took them along at a good clip with fellow European challenger Side Glance close to the pace for Andrew Balding and Jamie Spencer but Adelaide started to make significant headway four furlongs out and was soon in a position to strike as they reached the home turn and then had the turn of foot to make first place his own and win by a short margin but with plenty in hand, a perfectly timed ride. 

Well regarded Australian colt Fawkner was second, with Silent Achiever third and Side Glance fourth but they were never going to get to the exceptional Adelaide.

Moore was quoted after the race saying: 'He's a very good horse. He stepped out slowly and they went quick early on. I gave away a bit of ground, but he was always creeping. He's done it the hard way. Usually the best horse wins, and usually the best horses have to do things a bit tougher. This horse has shown what a good colt he is. Things were against him but he got the job done.'

This race was Adelaide's last start for Aidan O'Brien and will now head into training with Australian based trainer Chris Waller after a 50% stake in him was purchased earlier this year by a group of Australian racing fans. He will now be prepared for the Queen Elizabeth Stakes during The Championships at Sydney and may return to Europe and Royal Ascot next season, probably for the Prince Of Wales's Stakes. 

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ADELAIDE Galileo's 19th Multiple G1 Winner

 

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ADELAIDE STORMS TO VICTORY IN COX PLATE AT 

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Sweet Moment Aidan's 1st Aussie G1 Win


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Adelaide wins Cox Plate

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Adelaide Pre Race 


Aidan O'Brien's globetrotting colt excelled in Australia's richest weight-for-age handicap with a withering late run in the hands of his ice-cool pilot.

Despite his lack of experience at the racetrack, Moore was happy to bide his time as The Cleaner took the field along at a fast pace, with Andrew Balding's Side Glance also close to the speed.

But Adelaide made his move inside the final four furlongs in the Group One over a mile and a quarter and left his rivals for dead with a swooping charge from out wide.

Fawkner finished second, with Silent Achiever third, but nothing could live with the exceptional winner.

"I gave away a bit of ground (at the start), but he was creeping (into contention).Moore said: "He's a very good horse. "He stepped out slowly and they went quick early on.

"He's done it the hard way. Usually the best horse wins, and usually the best horses have to do things a bit tougher.

"This horse has shown what a good colt he is.

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Heffernan gets tune out of Adeste Fideles

 By Thomas Weekes

Fri 24th Oct 2014, 18:35
Seamie Heffernan
Seamie Heffernan
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The Aidan O'Brien trained Adeste Fideles, ridden by Seamie Heffernan, made all for a comfortable win in the opening Floodlit Friday Nights At Dundalk Maiden at Dundalk today.

The daughter of Classic winning mare Imagine was winning at her seventh attempt and in the end, did it in style and had four and three parts of a length to spare over Taaluf.

Afterwards Heffernan stated “I know it wasn't the greatest race but I think I've been riding her wrong. It seems to suit her to jump and let her do her own thing.”

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Ruler Of The World retired to Coolmore for 2015:

2013 Investec Derby hero Ruler Of The World has been retired from racing and will stand as a stallion at Coolmore in 2015. 

Ruler Of The World has been found to have a reoccurence of an injury that has hampered him in the past and has been advised to be retired to stud. 'Ruler Of The World has a recurrence of the muscle injury in his hind quarters that he suffered earlier in the summer and although it’s not critical, we have advised that he be retired to stud.' said Ballydoyle vet, John Halley.

Ruler Of The World was an excellent racehorse on his day, he was an unraced two-year-old and won the Epsom Derby on just his third career start after landing a Curragh maiden before notching up pattern success very impressively in the Group 3 Chester Vase. His final start of that season was in the 10f QIPCO Champion Stakes when he was a very close 3rd behind Godolphin's Farhh and Corine Barande-Barbe's pride and joy, Cirrus Des Aigles. At the beginning of this season, Al Shaqab Racing, backed by Sheikh Joaan Al Thani, purchased a 50% stake in Ruler Of The World and won sporting those silks in the Group 2 Qatar Prix Foy under an exceptional front-running ride from Frankie Dettori.

“He’s a very well-bred Derby winner by the best stallion in the world,” said Coolmore’s David O’Loughlin. “Five different Epsom Derby winners have sired Group 1 winners in Europe this season headed by Galileo, High Chaparral and Sea The Stars who have all enjoyed a great year both on the track and in the sales ring. It’s very exciting for Coolmore to be retiring two Derby-winning sons of Galileo.”

Aidan O'Brien also said of Ruler Of The World: 'Ruler Of The World is a lovely horse with a very good action, he did very well to win the Derby less than two months after making his debut and he showed himself to be equally effective over a mile and a quarter in last year’s Champion Stakes.

A stud fee for 2015 will be announced at a later date.

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 Moore sweet on Adelaide chance:


Ryan Moore believes Adelaide has a lot of positives heading into Saturday's Cox Plate despite being handed a very high draw for the Moonee Valley showpiece. 

The Aidan O'Brien trained three-year-old was very impressive in similar conditions back in August in the Grade 1 Secretariat Stakes at Arlington and was last seen chasing home Ectot in the Prix Niel at Longchamp on Arc Trials Day. 

Moore felt he was extremely unlucky that day as the gap didn't come till a very late stage but takes a lot of positives and was very proud of his charge in that French effort. He wrote on his Betfair column 'Clearly, being drawn 13 of 14 is a big negative on this tight track, but you have to play the hand you are dealt with and get on with it. And there are plenty of positives, anyway.'

'I believe this has been the plan for a fair while for Adelaide, and he certainly advertised his claims with a third in the Prix Niel. He didn't get the breaks there and it was plain for all to see that he was unlucky; he would have won if getting a run sooner.'

And, after that, we did have a discussion about whether he should go for the Arc. But, against that, I am never in a rush to go overboard about the Arc trials, which are often pretty farcical in terms of pace - and, indeed in effort from some - and the winner and the fifth home in that race haven't done much for the form since.'

'However, clearly, you are not judging him solely on that run. He won an admittedly below-par Secretariat Stakes before that, and has tactical speed, which he will need here, so I don't think the step back down to 10f will be a problem. 

Moore also added: 'The fact that he appears to take his travelling so well is another plus, but it is a big ask against the locals from this wide draw around this track, for all that he is the 7.4 second-favourite.'

Aidan O'Brien has also come out and spoke of the faith he has in his challenger and thinks Adelaide has all the right credentials and attributes to do himself very proud in Australia's leading weight-for-age showpiece. Aidan told The Age: 'He has never disappointed and just cruised his way until he started racing. And then when he started racing obviously we noticed he has a very high cruising speed.'

'He travelled very well and had a very low action, so he was going to handle fast ground.' 'When we travelled him, he showed he had a great constitution. He has held his coat well and is an easy horse to handle. There is no doubt he is up there with the better three-year-olds, the horse is progressing and we think he will progress more.'

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Star shines bright in juvenile hurdle

 By Alan Magee

Thu 23rd Oct 2014, 15:59
Lone Star and Robbie Power are clear at the last
Lone Star and Robbie Power are clear at the last
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Lone Star opened his account over hurdles at the third attempt when taking the Devils Bit 3YO Maiden Hurdle in convincing fashion at Thurles.

The Aidan O’Brien-trained gelding is obviously learning with experience, and his jumping steadily improved here to justify 6/4 favouritism.

Robert Power had the son of Sea The Stars in front throughout and, with two fine jumps in the straight, he drew clear approaching the last to beat Brog Deas Nua by nine lengths.

Pershing rather spoiled his chance by pulling very hard early on, eventually finishing another two and a half lengths adrift in third.

Power said, “He’s had two nice runs over hurdles and I knew if he improved again that he’d be hard to beat.

“It was his first time in front and he was having a good look around but when I wanted him over the last two he was good and quick. He’s a good tough horse and he’ll take plenty of races.”



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Cape Blanco wins Man o'War Stakes in US

Cape Blanco: en route to his first Grade 1 win in the US

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Cape Blanco to stand in Japan next season

THE Japan Bloodhorse Breeders' Association announced on Thursday it has acquired the services of Irish Derby and Arlington Million winner Cape Blanco for 2015.

Cape Blanco, who retired to Coolmore's Ashford Stud in Kentucky after a career that yielded five top-flight wins in Europe and the US, will stand in Hokkaido after completing shuttle duties at Cambridge Stud in New Zealand.

Bred by Jack Ronan and Des Vere Hunt, the son of Galileo was purchased by Coolmore buyer Demi O'Byrne for €330,000 at the Goffs Million Yearling Sale in 2008.

Trained by Aidan O'Brien, Cape Blanco completed his unbeaten two-year-old season with victory in the Group 2 Futurity Stakes at Fairyhouse. Returning at three, he impressed in the Dante, winning by three and a quarter lengths from that year's Derby winner Workforce and later going on to earn his own Classic honours in the Irish equivalent.

Second to Harbinger in the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes, he doubled his Group 1 tally next time out when landing the Irish Champion Stakes before rounding out his three-year-old season with an unplaced run in the Arc.

At four, racing in partnership between Coolmore and Fitri Hay, Cape Blanco added more stamps to his passport when just a length fourth to Victoire Pisa in the Dubai World Cup before kicking off a campaign in the US via Longchamp and Ascot.

Racing in the States proved a good fit for the four-year-old as he completed a Grade 1 hat-trick when landing the Man O' War Stakes, Arlington Million and Joe Hirsch Turf Classic International.

He retired with earnings in excess of £2.5 million, and proved popular at stud, covering 220 mares in his debut season - the most of any stallion in the US in 2012. His first yearlings have also proved popular at the sales, selling for a high of 340,000gns in Britain and $450,000 in the US.

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O'Brien to rely on Jacobean & Aloft in Racing Post Trophy:


Aidan O'Brien confirmed on Thursday morning that he is to solely rely on Jacobean and Aloft in the Racing Post Trophy, who have shown lots of promise recently in their previous racecourse appearances. 

At the start of the week, it was Royal Navy Ship and Giovanni Canaletto looked like getting the nod for Ballydoyle but Jacobean and Aloft are now preferred, with Royal Navy Ship and Giovanni Canaletto possibles for the Group 3 Killavullan Stakes at Leopardstown and the Grand Criterium in France.

Jacobean, who finished 2nd behind Royal Navy Ship at the Curragh on debut, was a real eye-catcher, defying a wide draw although short price favourite and not going down very far at all. As for Aloft, he finished 2nd on debut but broke his maiden tag at Newmarket last time out, getting up close home but was still showing a few signs of inexperience. 

Colm O'Donoghue has been booked to ride Jacobean and William Buick will ride Aloft with Ryan Moore on duty in Australia riding Adelaide in the Cox Plate and Joseph O'Brien sitting out due to his riding ban. 

Favourite for the final Group 1 is the Qatar Racing owned, Andrew Balding trained colt Elm Park. He finished his race in the Royal Lodge very strongly indeed and will add a lot of spice to the race. Jacobean is next in the betting with Aloft well down the market at around 16/1. A field of 8 will line up after the final declaration stage.



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 BALLYDOYLE Criterium International 30th Oct & Criterium St Cloud 8th Nov Entries Juvenile G1 Races


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Adelaide in Cox Plate frame

Wed 22nd Oct 2014, 21:49
Adelaide
Adelaide
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Aidan O'Brien believes Adelaide is the right type of horse for Saturday's Cox Plate at Moonee Valley.

O'Brien has not had any runners in Australia since a rather controversial Melbourne Cup in 2008, when his three representatives were well down the field and the stewards called him back to the racecourse after he had already left.

Since then the Ballydoyle handler has been looking for what he believes is the perfect specimen with which to tackle Australia's major races.

He told www.theage.com.au: "The horses that you have, play your hand.

"Every year you don't have the same horses - (a Cox Plate runner) needs to have the right profile.

"It is hard to get a horse that we think could fit the right profile.

"Tom (Magnier, of Coolmore Australia) saw this horse at an early stage and he just thought he could be a horse to do that.

"Tom has been big influence. It is one your biggest races. Obviously we have always been aware of it and I have been guided by Tom and what he thought.

"It is a long way to go and you have to have a horse that you believe could be very competitive. This horse has continued to develop."

Adelaide won the Secretariat Stakes at Arlington before finishing third to Ectot in the Prix Niel at Longchamp last time out.

"The mile-and-a-quarter on a tight track didn't seemed to be a problem for him (at Arlington). The only thing about him is when he goes he is a little bit idle. We might not want to get there (to the front) too early with him, but I suppose on a tight track that is not an easy thing to do," said O'Brien.


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Declaration Of War relocates to Ashford


Declaration Of War, who has just completed his first season on the Coolmore stallion roster in Australia, is to be relocated to Ashford Stud for the 2015 breeding season, a move very similar to triple champion sire Giant's Causeway. 

Declaration Of War, who is by hot young sire War Front, was a very nice 3rd on his only start on dirt in the Breeders Cup Classic last season and it is seen by many as a very logical move for him. Also in his very good career, Declaration Of War was an unbeaten 2yo in France for Jean-Claude Rouget before being transferred to Aidan O'Brien at Ballydoyle where he participated in 5 straight Group 1's, winning two, the Queen Anne Stakes at Royal Ascot and the Juddmonte International at York as well as placed efforts in the Sussex Stakes and the Coral Eclipse. 

Manager of Ashford Stud, Dermot Ryan, has been quoted as saying 'Declaration of War has an incredibly similar profile to Giant’s Causeway who also joined us after standing a single season in Ireland and Both were unbeaten at two, both won some of Britain’s key Group 1 races over a mile and a mile-and-a-quarter and both ran incredible races on their first starts on traditional dirt in the Breeders’ Cup Classic. And then of course they’re both by top sires out of daughters of Rahy from great American families. Bred by Joe Allen in whose colours he ran, Declaration of War was one of the best yearlings ever raised here on the farm and we’re delighted to be getting him back.' 

The fee for 2015 has yet to be announced. 


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Magician heads O'Brien team

  • Last Updated: October 22 2014, 16:02 BST

Aidan O'Brien has outlined his plans for the Breeders' Cup, headed by Magician's bid for back-to-back successes in the Turf.


Magician: Goes for another Breeders' Cup Turf

Magician: Goes for another Breeders' Cup Turf

The four-year-old has got his head in front just once in six starts this year, but has rarely had ideal conditions and ran well when beaten a length by Hardest Core in the Arlington Million when last seen in August.

The Galileo colt was stepping up in trip from a mile to a mile-and-a-half prior to his run at Santa Anita last year, but his speed was put to good use by Ryan Moore who circled the field before denying The Fugue in the dying strides.

"Yes he’s in good form, so far so good," O'Brien told journalists over the phone at a Breeders' Cup press conference in London.

"He’d never run beyond a mile and a quarter [this time last year], the only time he'd done that was in a Derby trial [at Chester, which he won by four lengths] so we were unsure.

"It was a great ride on the day and great that he won.

"Obviously we’ve had to run him sometimes in bad ground here as at the time he needed to run, but fast ground is what he likes. Things haven’t fallen perfectly for him yet and he ran well at Arlington, he just got chinned.

"The plan was to freshen him up and have him right for this race."

A surprise inclusion in O'Brien's team for the Turf is Chicquita, a filly who threw away her chance of winning the Fillies' & Mares' Group One at Ascot when she drifted violently to her left in the closing stages.

That was her third start for O'Brien and her third start since returning from over a year off the track. Formerly trained by Alain De-Royer Dupre, who saddled her to victory in the 2013 Irish Oaks, the daughter of Montjeu remarkably only has that one career win to her name from seven starts.

"I think it probably was [an afterthought, after the Fillies’ & Mares on Champions Day]," says O'Brien.

"She ran well at Ascot and she’s in two races at the Breeders’ Cup [Fillies & Mares’ Turf as well] but I think we’ll nominate the Turf as the first choice.

"She seems to be in good form. She’s got a lot of ability, she can hang a little bit like she did at Ascot but she ran very well."

As Kingsbarns won't get in the Mile he won't travel, but a filly that definitely will be boarding the plane to California is Qualify, who goes for the Fillies' & Mares' Juvenile Turf.

The daughter of Fastnet Rock is two from six this season, her best effort coming in Group Three company at the Curragh last time when she beat Lola Beaux by three lengths.

O'Brien said: "She’s a very nice filly we think, she loves the fast ground. It took us a few runs to get her organised but she’s a fine big mare by Fastnet Rock out of a Galileo mare so we’ve reasonable hopes for her.

"We probably made too much use of her [in the Group One Moyglare, when sent off 50/1] which set it up for the other fillies but we knew we’d done the wrong thing and Joseph dropped her in the fillies’ race [C.L & M.F Weld Park Stakes at the Curragh] and she won very easily.

"Absolutely [there was talk of a Fillies’ Mile run at Newmarket] but we were never going to go on soft ground. She’s a beautiful mover and a big rangy filly and we were never going to chance her on soft.

"It was an easy decision to make with the Breeders’ Cup race there. She has plenty of speed but I imagine she’ll be very happy going a mile."

O'Brien's challenge is completed by two sons of War Front, The Great War, who goes for the Juvenile on Dirt, and War Envoy, who goes for the Juvenile Turf.

When discussing The Great War, O'Brien said: "We always thought he was better than he’s ran. Obviously he needs a very strong pace and he needs fast ground so hopefully he’ll get the pace on the Dirt and hopefully he goes on the Dirt, but he’s in great form.

"Not all War Front’s go on Dirt but we’re hopeful that he’ll act on it."

The relatively-experienced War Envoy has been consistent in the second half of the season, finishing third behind Kool Komany and Capella Sansevero at the Curragh, before filling the runner-up spot in the Champagne Stakes at Doncaster and running fifth, beaten only a length, in the Prix Jean-Luc Lagardere at Longchamp on Arc day.

"He ran well at Doncaster, ran well in France and he’s the same, he wants fast ground," said O'Brien.

"You wouldn’t imagine a mile will be any problem to him and he’s in good form. He ran a good race [at Longchamp behind Full Mast and demoted stablemate Gleneagles] but he ran well in the Champagne too and hopefully he’s progressing still."

O'Brien intends to fly his team of five over early next week ahead of the Breeders' Cup, which takes place at Santa Anita October 31-November 1.




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Aidan O'Brien

Aidan O'Brien: aiming for an eighth win in the Racing Post Trophy

 PICTURE: Patrick McCann (racingpost.com/photos)

All change for O'Brien team in RP Trophy

THE market for Saturday's Group 1 Racing Post Trophy was shaken up on Wednesday afternoon when Aidan O'Brien revealed his runners at Doncaster will not be the two identified on the weekend.

O'Brien had said on Sunday that he expected either Royal Navy Ship or Giovanni Canaletto to represent him as he attempts to win the race for an eighth time, but that pair now look set to stay in Ireland for alternative engagements on Sunday.

Instead, Jacobean, second behind Royal Navy Ship in a Curragh maiden, and Newmarket maiden winner Aloft could form the Ballydoyle challenge.


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High hopes for Adelaide run

Wed, 22 October 2014

Aidan O'Brien believes Adelaide is the right type of horse for Saturday's Cox Plate at Moonee Valley.

O'Brien has not had any runners in Australia since a rather controversial Melbourne Cup in 2008, when his three representatives were well down the field and the stewards called him back to the racecourse after he had already left.

Since then the Ballydoyle handler has been looking for what he believes is the perfect specimen with which to tackle Australia's major races.

He told www.theage.com.au: "The horses that you have, play your hand.

"Every year you don't have the same horses - (a Cox Plate runner) needs to have the right profile.

"It is hard to get a horse that we think could fit the right profile.

"Tom (Magnier, of Coolmore Australia) saw this horse at an early stage and he just thought he could be a horse to do that.

"Tom has been big influence. It is one your biggest races. Obviously we have always been aware of it and I have been guided by Tom and what he thought.

"It is a long way to go and you have to have a horse that you believe could be very competitive. This horse has continued to develop."

Adelaide won the Secretariat Stakes at Arlington before finishing second to Ectot in the Prix Niel at Longchamp last time out.

"The mile-and-a-quarter on a tight track didn't seemed to be a problem for him (at Arlington). The only thing about him is when he goes he is a little bit idle. We might not want to get there (to the front) too early with him, but I suppose on a tight track that is not an easy thing to do," said O'Brien.


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Cartier Awards 2014 Nominations (Ballydoyle)





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Coolmore unperturbed by Adelaide's draw

Tue 21st Oct 2014, 14:47
Adelaide, right
Adelaide, right
(Healy Racing Photos)
Connections of Adelaide were in philosophical mood after the high-class colt was handed a poor draw for the Cox Plate at Moonee Valley on Saturday.

The Grade One-winning son of Galileo must break from a wide berth in stall 13 for Australia's richest weight-for-age prize over a mile and a quarter.

But Coolmore spokesman James Bester chose to focus upon the positives, saying: "I'd certainly rather be drawn in there than in barrier three, where you are likely to get cluttered up.

"It's the horse that comes out of the barrier, not what barrier you draw.

"We are 100 per cent on target and are absolutely delighted with every aspect of his preparation."

Fellow European raiders Side Glance and Guest Of Honour have been drawn in stall seven and 10 respectively.

 

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O'Brien and O'Donoghue receive awards

Tue 21st Oct 2014, 14:44
Colm O'Donoghue
Colm O'Donoghue 
(Healy Racing Photos)
Aidan O'Brien and Colm O'Donoghue were the big winners at the Curragh Racing Awards ceremony for 2014.

The gongs were given out at L'Officina Restaurant in Kildare Village and it was unsurprisingly O'Brien who landed the Irish Daily Mail training performance of the year having won two of the eight monthly awards.

May and June were O'Brien's most profitable months with wins for the likes of Magician, Adelaide, Marvellous and The Great War while Australia strolled to victory in the Irish Derby.

O'Donoghue picked up his award for a great ride on Bracelet in the Darley Irish Oaks.

O'Brien was also the leading trainer at the track with 35 winners, including five at Group One level, while his son, Joseph, was leading jockey being successful 25 times.

Three special merit awards were handed out to Sabrina Harty, who saddled seven winners with an astonishing 44 per cent strike-rate, Fran Berry, who returned from injury to ride at the top of his game, and Willie McCreery after he secured his first Group One win when Fiesolana landed the Matron Stakes on Champions Weekend.

 

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AWARDS 2014

Aidan O’Brien and Colm O’Donoghue win Curragh Training and Riding Performance of 2014

October 21, 2014

Aidan O’Brien and Colm O’Donoghue win Curragh Leading Training and Riding Performance of 2014

The crème de la crème of the Irish horse racing world attended the annual Curragh Racing Awards on Monday 20th October. The event was staged in association with Tipperary Crystal and Kildare Village, who hosted the evening at their superb L’Officina Restaurant

Aidan O’Brien and Colm O’Donoghue were the big winners as they were awarded the Irish Daily Mail Training and Riding Performance of the Year Awards. There were selected from 8 monthly winners, with O’Brien the monthly winner for May and June following a number of high profile successes, while O’Donoghue claimed his Award for his winning ride on Bracelet in the Darley Irish Oaks last July.
Aidan O’Brien and his son Joseph were crowned the leading trainer and jockey of the season at the Curragh with Aidan responsible for 35 winners, while champion jockey Joseph rode 25 winners at the County Kildare venue.

Special Merit Awards were presented to Sabrina Harty who trained a remarkable 7 winners (44% strike rate) at the Curragh, jockey Fran Berry and Curragh based Willie McCreery who trained his first Group One winner as a trainer with Fiesolana.

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The Curragh Racing Awards 2014

AWARD 1
Training Performance of the Year in association with Irish Daily Mail
Winner Aidan O’Brien
Selected from the 8 monthly winners, Aidan won the monthly award for both May and June. In May he trained Marvellous to win the Etihad Airways Irish 1000 Guineas, while Magician, Adelaide, Table Rock and The Great War also won during the month. In June he saddled six winners during the month including Australia in the Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby,



AWARD 2
Riding Performance of the Year in association with Irish Daily Mail
Winner Colm O’Donoghue
Selected from the 8 monthly winners – Colm won the award in July for his winning ride on Bracelet in the Darley Irish Oaks


AWARD 3
Leading Trainer of the Season (by number of winners)
Aidan O’Brien
35 winners including 5 Group 1 successes – Australia, Marvellous, Bracelet, Gleneagles and Dick Wittington)


AWARD 4
Leading Rider of the Season (by number of winners)
Joseph O’Brien
25 winners including 3 Group one wins – Australia in the Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby, Dick Wittington in the Keeneland Phoenix Stakes and Gleneagles in the Goffs Vincent Obrien National Stakes


AWARD 5
Special Merit Award
Sabrina Harty
Trained a remarkable 7 winners at Curragh this year from only 16 runners – a 44% strike rate

AWARD 6
Special Merit Award:
Fran Berry
Rode 13 winners (19% strike rate) at Curragh this year. Hugely popular rider who has overcame some serious injuries and setbacks to still be riding at the top of his game.

AWARD 7
Special Merit Award
Willie McCreery (Curragh based trainer)
Fiesalana became his first Group One winner as a trainer when successful in the Matron Stakes at Leopardstown


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Tom Magnier Joins @RSNSportRadio & @RacingInsider Ahead of Adelaide's bid for The Cox Plate tonight Will be 9.30 - 9.35 pm tonight our time here is link http://www.rsn.net.au/



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Updated HIT list. The following have been withdrawn.

Johann Strauss
Granddukeoftuscany
Adjusted
Annus Mirabilis
Guerre
Headquaters
Toscanelli


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Adelaide drawn wide for Cox Plate

Tue 21st Oct 2014, 09:34
Adelaide winning at the Curragh
Adelaide winning at the Curragh
(Healy Racing Photos)
The Aidan O'Brien trained Adelaide has drawn stall 13 in the 14 runner Sportingbet Cox Plate at Moonee Valley on Saturday.

The 3-Y-O son of Galileo was already at somewhat of a disadvantage as he must technically race as a 4-Y-O in the southern hemisphere but that has been compounded by a wide draw on the tight Moonee Valley circuit.

Adelaide who will be partnered by Ryan Moore in the €2 million Group1 contest has been well supported in the antepost betting and is currently second favourite behind local hope Fawkner (stall 4).

Adelaide will be Aidan O'Brien's first runner in Australia since the infamous 2008 Melbourne Cup when the front running tactics of his horses were brought into question by the Australian stewards.

O'Brien should know what it takes to win Australia's second richest race as his former inmate So You Think was twice successful in the Cox Plate ( 2009 and 2010) when trained by Bart Cummings.


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ADELAIDE handed Unkind Draw Drawn 13th of 14 Will be tough from there


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           Put This Together This Morning The Great Stayer LEADING LIGHT








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  Breeders Cup  "Magician Turf Qualify Fillies Juvenile, War Envoy for the Juvenile Turf and The Great War for the Juvenile Dirt. & Hopefully Tapestry in Filly & Mare"


 RACING POST TROPHY  Royal Navy Ship & Giovanni Canaletto


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Aidan O'Brien

Aidan O'Brien: expects to finalise Racing Post Trophy plans on Wednesday

 PICTURE: Patrick McCann (racingpost.com/photos)

O’Brien’s pair for 
Racing Post Trophy

AIDAN O'BRIEN revealed on Sunday Royal Navy Ship, winner of a seven-furlong Curragh maiden on his debut eight days ago, and the once-raced maiden Giovanni Canaletto are under consideration as the main Ballydoyle contenders for the Racing Post Trophy at Doncaster on Saturday.

O'Brien will also be strongly represented at the two-day Breeders' Cup meeting at Santa Anita on October 31 and November 1, with three two-year-olds due to line up for the Ballydoyle trainer alongsideMagician, who goes for back-to-back wins in the Turf.

O'Brien said: "We have 13 left in the Racing Post Trophy and it will probably be Wednesday before we finalise plans, but Royal Navy Ship and Giovanni Canaletto are two we're thinking of sending."

Giovanni Canaletto, who started odds-on favourite at Navan this month when he stayed on well to finish third over a mile, is a brother to 2013 Derby winner Ruler Of The World and a half-brother to Duke Of Marmalade.

Magician has finished second in three Group 1s this year - the Tattersalls Gold Cup, the Prince of Wales's Stakes and the Arlington Million.

O'Brien added: "Magician is going back for the Turf and we're looking at sending Qualify for the Fillies Juvenile, War Envoy for the Juvenile Turf and The Great War for the Juvenile Dirt."

Qualify was being aimed at the Fillies' Mile at Newmarket last Friday before it was decided to wait for Santa Anita. Stablemate Together Forever successfully deputised.



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Light career hangs in balance

Sun 19th Oct 2014, 18:23
Leading Light
Leading Light
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Ascot Gold Cup winner Leading Light may have run his last race after picking up a nasty injury at Ascot on Saturday.

The Aidan O'Brien-trained four-year-old, who also won the St Leger last season, was badly hampered by the eventual winner Forgotten Rules in the British Champions Long Distance Cup, and the result of the incident was injuries to both his front legs.

O'Brien feels the setback may be enough to force the son of Montjeu into retirement.

The Ballydoyle handler said: "It was an unfortunate incident and the unfortunate part was the horse came out of it the wrong side.

"He has two very bad injuries to both his front legs and there's a chance he might never race again. It's very disappointing."



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Leading Lights Injury



Most horses are able to return to some level of work. With appropriate early treatment most horses make a complete Recovery.

however, the chance of repeat damage to injuries on the body of the ligament is quite high if the horse returns to its former workload.


By This you can see why the team may not risk him on the track again id say his 

career maybe over but stud career in 2016 hopefully still awful news hope he makes 

complete recovery he gave us some great moments.






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Leading Light - Doncaster 14.9.13

Leading Light: landed the St Leger at Doncaster last year

 PICTURE: Martin Lynch (racingpost.com/photos)

Injured Leading Light unlikely to race again 

LEADING LIGHT, winner of last year's Ladbrokes St Leger and the Gold Cup in June, is unlikely to race again after suffering serious leg injuries in the Qipco British Champions Long Distance Cup at Ascot on Saturday.

The four-year-old was badly hampered in an incident early in the straight involving the winner, Forgotten Rules, and Marzocco, who finished eighth.

His trainer Aidan O'Brien revealed on Sunday that Leading Light had returned from the race with career-threatening injuries.

Speaking at Naas, O'Brien said: "He has suspensory injuries to both front legs and you would have to say that his racing career is in serious jeopardy. He has probably run his last race.

"The incident that happened was unfortunate and in this case it was most unfortunate that our horse came out of it all with two bad injuries."

Leading Light finished 12 lengths behind Forgotten Rules in the 2m Group 2. The stewards inquired into the incident and Pat Smullen, who rode the winner, received a three-day careless riding ban.

A son of Montjeu, Leading Light has won eight of his 12 races, beating Talent by one and a quarter lengths in the Doncaster Classic and securing a second Group 1 victory when landing a thrilling win in the Gold Cup.



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5 to Follow Update 

ENTRIES NOW CLOSED a week early due to The New One (A Fair few have Selected him) Running today You May Change Unraced horses until next week bearing in mind i am away next weekend Friday To Monday But Kingsbarns is Available to help You 


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RULER OF THE WORLD PRE RACE 





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KINGSBARNS 6th in QEII

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Cracking run from CHIQUITA thought she had it she went walkabout in final furlong 

cost her but a fine run in 3rd.


Picture Courtesy  of @D4vidRobinson 



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Leading Light was Defeated on British Champions Day The Gold Cup Winner suffered major interference on more than one occasion and finished 7th 


  


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Sweet Moment and just to think that 2 group one winners ran in the same Maiden 

Together Forever and Found

What a Maiden This was in August at the Curragh Prix Marcel Boussac 

& Fillies Mile G1 Winners 1st & 2nd



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Together Forever wins the Dubai Fillies Mile

 17th Oct 2014, 16:17
Together Forever is driven out by Joseph O'Brien to beat Agnes Stewart (outside)
Together Forever is driven out by Joseph O'Brien to beat Agnes Stewart (outside)
(Healy Racing Photos)
The father-son combination of Aidan and Joseph O'Brien teamed up to land the Dubai Fillies' Mile at Newmarket with the teak-tough Together Forever.

Turning out just five days after winning a Listed event at the Curragh, the daughter of Galileo looked to have plenty on her plate stepped up to Group One level as Marsh Hawk took the field along in the early stages, with Good Place and hot favourite (5/6) Lucida close by.

Together Forever (7-1) was positioned wide by O'Brien, but quickened up well to lead inside the final furlong and stuck on gamely in the closing stages to claim victory by half a length over Agnes Stewart under Billy Lee.

Winters Moon ran well in third, but Lucida disappointingly faded out of contention and finished fifth under Kevin Manning for Jim Bolger.

Joseph O'Brien said: "She's done nothing but improve and has won three in a row. She has plenty of speed and I don't see why you couldn't start in a Guineas and end up in an Oaks."

Aidan O'Brien added: "She's a lovely filly and is a little bit weak still. We fancied her a few times and probably made too much use of her.

"We were going to leave this filly off after her last run but she was in such good form during the week we decided to let her come.

"She has good-sized feet on her and we thought the experience and the travel over would do her good for next year. We're delighted with that and she's going to be a lovely filly next year.

"I always thought she would stay very well. She has enough pace to be a Guineas filly and could get an Oaks trip."

Eddie Lynam was delighted with May Hill Stakes winner Agnes Stewart's run and is looking forward to bringing her back to Newmarket for the Qipco 1000 Guineas.

He said: "She ran great, especially on that sort of ground. I'm not saying she didn't handle it, but she'd be better on better ground. All being well, she'll come back here next May for the Guineas."

Paddy Power introduced the winner at 12/1 for next year's Oaks.


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Galileo G1 winners just keep coming 



Forever wins the Fillies' Mile



Together Forever won a tactical renewal of the Group One Dubai Fillies' Mile at Newmarket for Joseph and Aidan O'Brien.


Joseph O'Brien celebrates victory

Joseph O'Brien celebrates victory

Richard Hughes made a beeline for the rail and set a steady pace with Marsh Hawk with the three Godolphin runners fanned out just behind.

Hughes tried to quicken but Marsh Hawk's response was limited as Together Forever and favourite Lucida both laid it down the leader.Joseph O'Brien was on the outside of Lucida with plenty of racing room as well as being close enough to the pace and that may well have paid dividends given the way that the race unfolded.

Lucida and Marsh Hawk got involved in some scrimmaging against the rail while Agnes Stewart had to come around the field to lay down a challenge and she was never quite getting there, finishing half a length adrift in second.

Winters Moon ran well in third, but Lucida disappointingly faded out of contention.

Together Forever was turning out just five days after winning a Listed race at the Curragh and her performance further advertised the credentials of stablemate and Marcel Boussac winner Found who had beaten her earlier in the season.

Joseph O'Brien said: "She's done nothing but improve and has won three in a row. She has plenty of speed and I don't see why you couldn't start in a Guineas and end up in an Oaks."

Sky Bet introduced the winner at 16/1 for next year's QIPCO 1000 Guineas.

The firm's Racing PR Manager Michael Shinners commented: "With Lucida disappointing it was a rather messy race and difficult to asses. 

"The winner battled well and is clearly progressive, although its hard to know the strength of the race."


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Ballydoyle Qipco British Champions Day Runners 

Leading Light - Long Distance Cup (Group 2) Joseph O'Brien

Chicquita - Fillies & Mares Stakes (Group 1) Joseph O'Brien

Kingsbarns - Queen Elizabeth II Stakes (Group 1) Joseph O'Brien

Ruler Of The World - Champion Stakes (Group 1) Joseph O'Brien



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Chicquita heads ten in Champion mares

Thu 16th Oct 2014, 11:37
Chicquita (winning Irish Oaks)
Chicquita (winning Irish Oaks)
(Healy Racing Photos)
Last year's Irish Oaks winner Chicquita is among a field of 10 declared for the Qipco British Champion Fillies & Mares Stakes at Ascot on Saturday.

The filly, who cost six million euros at Goffs in November, will be having her third start for the Aidan O'Brien stable having been well beaten in the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe at Longchamp earlier this month.

Johnny Murtagh's We'll Go Walking is the other Irish raider, while French interests are represented by the John Hammond-trained Pollyana.

Silk Sari and Albasharah, who were supplemented on Monday, will take their chance.

The Luca Cumani-trained Silk Sari staked her claim when winning the Park Hill Stakes at Doncaster, while the Saeed bin Suroor-trained Albasharah was also added to the field at a cost of £35,000 after she was victorious in a Listed event at Newmarket last week.

Bin Suroor has also declared Tasaday, while last year's winner Seal Of Approval is in the mix again for James Fanshawe - although she could finish only fourth behind Silk Sari at Doncaster last time.

Ralph Beckett's Cubanita, the Roger Varian-trained Hadaatha and Madame Chiang from David Simcock's stable make up the list.


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Light and Estimate battle again


Thu 16th Oct 2014, 12:04
Leading Light
Leading Light 
(Healy Racing Photos)
Gold Cup one-two Leading Light and Estimate once again lock horns in the Qipco British Champions Long Distance Cup at Ascot on Saturday.

Aidan O'Brien's Leading Light narrowly denied the Queen's Estimate successive victories in the Royal Ascot feature in June, although the Sir Michael Stoute-trained stayer was later disqualified due to a positive test for a banned substance.

Leading Light went on to the land the Irish St Leger Trial, but was beaten into second in the Irish Leger itself on his most recent appearance.

Estimate disappointed at Goodwood immediately after her Gold Cup reverse, but ran better in the Lonsdale Cup at York and was back on the winning trail in the Doncaster Cup.

The pair feature among nine stayers declared to run in the Champions Day opener, with Dermot Weld's lightly-raced Forgotten Rules and Sir Mark Prescott's Pallasator also in the mix.

There is a strong Irish representation among 17 runners in the British Champions Sprint.

Tom Hogan's multiple Group One winner Gordon Lord Byron is joined by Evanna McCutcheon's Maarek, a winner of this race two years ago, as well as the Eddie Lynam-trained pair of Gathering Power and Viztoria.

David O'Meara's Sprint Cup hero G Force was supplemented and heads the betting, with proven mudlark Jack Dexter another leading hope for the home team.

A huge field of 28 go to post for the concluding Balmoral Handicap, with Hughie Morrison's Chil The Kite heading the weights.


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AIDAN O'BRIEN TIMELINE OF SUCCESS 

 




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Great Picture of ADELAIDE getting ready for work at Moonee Valley.





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Coolmore Make a Purchase at Tattersalls Book 2


  TATTERSALLS BOOK 2   

30) Lot 1061 Cape Blanco x Keepers Hill

Photo: Tattersalls Book 2 Day 3

Lot: 1061
Pedigree: Cape Blanco x Keepers Hill (Danehill)
Sex: Colt
Price: 150,000gns

Date of Purchased: 15th October 2014

Half-brother to four winners Including Coral Sprint Winner Swilly Ferry. Out of the Listed-placed Keepers Hill A daughter of Danehill, a three-parts sister to Forgotten Voice.

Purchased by MV Magnier for 150,000 GNS on 15/10/14.



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  Coolmore Stud    AUSTRALIA NEW FOR 2015

Australia in full stretch!

Australia is pictured at just a few hours old with his dam Ouija Board, winner of 7 Gr.1 races including the Epsom Oaks (photo: Ed Dunlop)

Consigned by his breeders Stanley House Stud at Tattersalls October Book 1 yearling sale, Australia was purchased for 525,000gns by Demi O’Byrne

On the gallop at Ballydoyle

Australia wins his 2yo maiden at the Curragh from subsequent Group winner Carla Bianca

Australia powers clear of Free Eagle to win the Breeders Cup Juvenile Turf Trial Stakes-Gr.3 at Leopardstown by 6 lengths


Enjoying a pick of grass at Ballydoyle after morning exercise


"The Thoroughbred exists because its selection has depended, not on experts, technicians, or zoologists, but on a piece of wood: the winning post of the Epsom Derby." Federico Tesio


Investec Derby


By Epsom Derby winner Galileo and out of Epsom Oaks winner Ouija Board, Australia was born to win the Epsom Derby!




Emulating his sire Galileo by pulling off the Irish/Epsom Derby double


Aidan O’Brien gives Australia a quick touch up before the Juddmonte International Stakes at York

Another brilliant Gr.1 win, Australia storms home from dual Gr.1 winner The Grey Gatsby in the Juddmonte International Stakes


Australia at Ballydoyle with Joseph and Aidan



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Future Champions Day Newmarket Friday

J P O'Brien 
The Warrior (IRE) Friday 17th Oct 2.55
Together Forever (IRE) 17th Oct 3.25
Smuggler's Cove (IRE) 17th Oct 4.00




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Gleneagles swerves Dewhurst


  • Last Updated: October 15 2014, 12:14 BST

Gleneagles is a significant absentee after a field of seven runners was declared for the Dubai Dewhurst Stakes at Newmarket.


Gleneagles: Swerves Friday's Dewhurst at Newmarket

Gleneagles: Swerves Friday's Dewhurst at Newmarket

Aidan O'Brien's juvenile passed the post in front in the Group One Prix Jean-Luc Lagardere at Longchamp almost a fortnight ago, but was demoted to third after the French stewards deemed he had interfered with his two nearest rivals.

The four-times winner was prominent in the betting for Friday's prestigious seven-furlong contest, but misses out.

The Ballydoyle team instead rely upon Smuggler's Cove, a runaway winner of a Dundalk Listed event last Friday.

Favourite for the Dewhurst is now likely to be the Richard Hannon-trained Estidhkaar, winner of the Superlative Stakes at Newmarket and the Champagne Stakes at Doncaster.

Angus Gold, racing manager to owner Sheikh Hamdam Al Maktoum, said: “Estdihkaar is all set for the Dewhurst. They think he’s in good form, the ground will suit him and the trip will suit him, so we’re hopeful of a big run.”

Saeed bin Suroor's Maftool is an interesting contender, having won the Somerville Tattersall Stakes over the course and distance last month. Title-chasing jockey Richard Hughes has been booked to ride.

Charlie Hills saddles Dutch Connection, last seen finishing third behind Gleneagles in the National Stakes at the Curragh, while Mark Johnston is represented by Secret Brief, winner of two valuable sales races at Newmarket this year.

The Clive Cox-trained Kodi Bear has been off the track since a Listed success at Ascot at the end of July, but big-race jockey Adam Kirby is anticipating a bold show.

Kirby told At The Races: "He's a nice horse, he's improving. He's had a bit of a break and he seems to have come back stronger. He's well in himself. We had him out for a look round Newbury last week, he seems to have improved since Ascot, so fingers crossed. I think he's definitely up to Group One level."

Roger Varian's Belardo completes the line-up.



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          AUSTRALIA JOINS O'BRIEN TIMEFORM GREATS




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Great Picture of With his Parents after El Salvador's Victory in The Irish Cesarewitch.


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War Command to stand at Coolmore

Tue 14th Oct 2014, 09:04
War Command winning at the Curragh
War Command winning at the Curragh
(Healy Racing Photos)
Last season's Dewhurst winner War Command has been retired and will stand as a stallion at Coolmore.

The Aidan O'Brien-trained colt burst on to the scene when winning the Coventry Stakes by six lengths as an unconsidered 20-1 shot at Royal Ascot.

In a fruitful season he also won the Futurity Stakes before taking the Dewhurst at Newmarket.

His best performance this summer came when he finished fourth to Kingman in the St James's Palace Stakes back at Ascot.

"War Command is a big, powerful horse with a beautiful action", O'Brien told www.coolmore.com.

"Speed and power is what he's all about."

Coolmore's director of sales David O'Loughlin said: "For breeders looking to produce good, fast early two-year-olds with the class to contest the top races at the end of the season, War Command looks to be the ideal stallion prospect.

"He's a fantastic mover, he comes from a good family and he's by a great sire (War Front)."


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Australia Tributes Beautifully Written By Kingsbarns & Andrew O'Brien.

Highly Recommend a Read >> http://www.aidanobrienfansite.com/australia-tributes.php




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Montjeu Article By Andrew O'Brien History & Full List Of Progeny


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Danehill Article By Andrew O'Brien History & Full List Of Progeny


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Adelaide Working Down Under This Morning. He's Looking Relaxed and has arrived in great shape and needs little work to be ready For The Cox Plate.


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O'Brien eyeing eighth Trophy with Smugglers

Mon 13th Oct 2014, 11:49
Wide margin Dundalk success for Smuggler's Cove
Wide margin Dundalk success for Smuggler's Cove
(Healy Racing Photos)
Recent Dundalk winner Smuggler's Cove is set for a rise in class in the Racing Post Trophy later this month.

The Fastnet Rock colt has won both his starts since a fifth-placed finish on his debut, picking up Listed honours under the floodlights on Friday night in the Star Appeal Stakes over seven furlongs. Prior to that he had won a maiden at Listowel.

O'Brien said: "He won very well at Dundalk and is a very nice horse. He'll probably go for the Racing Post Trophy. A lot of our entries in that race will be left off for the year."

O'Brien will be in search of his eighth Racing Post Trophy success, his last having been with Kingsbarns in 2012.

Ballydoyle luminaries such as High Chaparral, Camelot and the late St Nicholas Abbey have all won the Doncaster showpiece.



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Leading Light set for Long Distance Cup

Mon 13th Oct 2014, 13:47
Leading Light
Leading Light
(Healy Racing Photos)
Gold Cup winner Leading Light heads a trio of Aidan O'Brien possibles for Saturday's Qipco British Champions Long Distance Cup at Ascot.

Kingfisher and Sunday's Irish Cesarewitch winner El Salvador are the other Ballydoyle entries in a list of 13, while Dermot Weld has a fascinating contender in Forgotten Rules, who in just two starts to date has won a Punchestown bumper and a Flat race at the Galway Festival.

Royal stayer Estimate is the biggest name in the home team.

A potential Melbourne Cup bid had been briefly mooted, but Sir Michael Stoute's mare is instead set to bring the curtain down on her career on Champions Day.

The Queen's five-year-old got off the mark for the year with a comprehensive victory in last month's Doncaster Cup.

Andrew Balding could run Rawaki and Whiplash Willie, while Michael Bell has supplemented Big Orange following his recent course victory.

Biographer, Harris Tweed, Pallasator and the John Gosden duo of Flying Officer and Marzocco complete the line-up.


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Ballydoyle Duo in Fillies & Mares mix

Mon 13th Oct 2014, 13:58
Chicquita is one of two Aidan O'Brien trained horses in the field
Chicquita is one of two Aidan O'Brien trained horses in the field
(Healy Racing Photos)
Aidan O'Brien has two possibles for Saturday's Qipco British Champions Fillies & Mares Stakes at Ascot.

Chicquita, last year's Irish Oaks winner, is one of the pair for the Ballydoyle maestro, who could also saddle Beyond Brilliance.

John Murphy's Euphrasia, Vote Often from Dermot Weld's yard and the Johnny Murtagh-trained We'll Go Walking are the other Irish-trained representatives.

Silk Sari and Albasharah have been supplemented for the race.

The Luca Cumani-trained Silk Sari staked her claim when winning the Park Hill Stakes at Doncaster, while the Saeed bin Suroor-trained Albasharah was also added to the field at a cost of £35,000 after she was victorious in a Listed event at Newmarket last week.

Last year's winner Seal Of Approval is the mix again for James Fanshawe, although she could finish only fourth behind Silk Sari at Doncaster last time.

Pollyanna could be an interesting French contender for John Hammond, with the 13-strong field completed by another Godolphin horse in Tasaday, Cubanita, Hadaatha and Madame Chiang.


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Light leads way for O'Brien

  • Last Updated: October 12 2014, 15:31 BST

Leading Light is on course to lead a potentially strong Aidan O'Brien raiding party at Ascot on Saturday.


Aidan O'Brien has put a strong team together

Aidan O'Brien has put a strong team together

Last year's Ladbrokes St Leger hero has enjoyed some of his finest moments at the Berkshire track, lifting the Gold Cup at the Royal meeting in the summer, having won the Queen's Vase there 12 months earlier.

He was last seen beaten at odds-on in the Irish St Leger, where the winner Brown Panther was given a fine ride in front by Richard Kingscote, and has the two-mile QIPCO British Champions Long Distance Cup on his radar.

O'Brien, speaking at the Curragh, said: ``He's in good form and hasn't done a lot since the Irish St Leger.''

Outlining possible running plans for the glittering Champions Day card, O'Brien pointed to Ruler Of The World being in the picture for the QIPCO Champion Stakes, with Kingsbarns for the Champion or the QEII and Chicquita in line for the QIPCO British Champions Fillies & Mares Stakes.

Future Champions Day takes place at Newmarket 24 hours earlier, where The Great War could represent Ballydoyle interests in the Middle Park, Gleneagles and War Envoy are in the running for the Dewhurst and Quality has the Fillies' Mile as a target.



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Race Replay: Irish Cesarewitch, Curragh, Sunday Congratulations Donnacha

 



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Young O'Brien grabs Irish Cesarewitch glory

 By Michael Graham

Sun 12th Oct 2014, 17:00
Aidan O'Brien
Aidan O'Brien
(Healy Racing Photos)
El Salvador gave jockey Donnacha O’Brien the biggest success of his fledgling career in the Irish Cesarewitch by seeing off Hidden Universe in the two mile premier handicap.

The 25/1 shot was due to carry top-weight of 9-12 in this marathon staying trip, but O’Brien took off a welcome 7lbs. A runner-up finish in the two mile five Queen Alexandra Stakes at Royal Ascot showed the five-year-old’s aptitude for extreme distances on the flat.

O’Brien and El Salvador started to motor into contention with two furlongs to race. The pair cut a swathe through the field down the centre of the track and this sustained challenge saw them move into pole position for the 60,000 euro prize for the winner.

Hidden Universe (8/1) and Pat Smullen though were determined to make a race of it as they stayed on into second and looked to pose El Salvador plenty of questions. However, O’Brien showed El Salvador the whip and he responded by seeing off his rival by a length.

Trainer Aidan O’Brien said: “I’m delighted and it’s great for Donnacha. It’s a hard race to win. He’s a tall fella and is doing his leaving certificate this year. It was a nice patient ride as the start was a bit messy and he was a long way back.

“He was second in the Queen Alexandra Stakes at Royal Ascot this year, and is a tough horse.”

Another O’Brien-trained horse, Marchese Marconi, took third at 10/1 while Ashbury Boss (12/1) came in fourth.

Donnacha O’Brien (16) was booting home his fourth winner. This was Aidan O'Brien's second Irish Cesarewitch (Bright Horizon winning in 2010).

This gave Aidan O’Brien a Curragh treble after the earlier successes of Royal Navy Ship and Together Forever.

Additional reporting by Alan Magee



  


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Together Forever scores in style

 By Alan Magee

Sun 12th Oct 2014, 17:10
Together Forever and Joseph O'Brien stride clear
Together Forever and Joseph O'Brien stride clear
(Healy Racing Photos)
Together Forever took the Listed Staffordstown Stud Stakes in impressive fashion at the Curragh, and left connections dreaming of bigger things next year.

The Aidan O’Brien-trained filly needed four outings before opening her account in a Gowran Park maiden but is obviously improving judged on this performance by the well-backed 11/10 favourite.

The daughter of Galileo led under a quarter of a mile out and stretched clear inside the final furlong for Joseph O’Brien to beat stablemate Cocoon by three lengths. Quinta Verde was a further length and a half back in third.

Aidan O’Brien said, “She quickened up well, and Joseph feels she is more of a Guineas than an Oaks type. She has more speed than we were giving her credit for.

“Before she won her maiden at Gowran we were making too much use of her. We will probably leave her alone now as she is going a bit hairy but she is a filly to look forward to.”


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O'Brien praises 'unique' Australia

Sun 12th Oct 2014, 10:49
Australia
Australia
(Healy Racing Photos)
Aidan O'Brien has hailed Australia as "unique" following the announcement that the three-year-old has been retired to stand at Coolmore stud.

The Ballydoyle handler has made no secret of his regard for the colt, who represents the bluest of blood lines as a son of Derby winner Galileo out of Oaks victor Ouija Board.

O'Brien's high opinion was justified as Australia claimed victories in the Epsom and Irish Derbys before going on to prove himself a top-class performer over 10 furlongs when winning the Juddmonte International at York.

He was due to appear at Ascot on Qipco Champions Day next Saturday but connections have confirmed a hoof issue has brought a premature end to his career.

"From very early days we thought Australia was as good as any horse we have ever had here and nothing has happened to change our view," said O'Brien. "He's unique."

Coolmore's director of sales, David O'Loughlin, added: "While it's very disappointing that we won't get to see him in action again at Ascot, we're delighted to have him retiring to Coolmore for 2015 to stand alongside his illustrious sire. He really has everything one would look for in a stallion."

Australia earned over £2million in prize-money during a superb career which yielded five victories from eight starts, following up a narrow third in the 2000 Guineas at Newmarket with his two Classic victories.

His tall reputation was slightly tarnished in the Irish Champion Stakes at Leopardstown last month when International runner-up The Grey Gatsby gained his revenge in a dramatic race.

Australia would have been one of the star attractions on Champions Day next weekend, but Coolmore's UK representative Kevin Buckley was adamant the Ballydoyle team could not afford to take any risks at this stage of his career.

He said: "We were all looking forward to it (going to Ascot), but, as you can appreciate, any type of setback like that jeopardises the training regime. Hence we had to take that decision he wouldn't be ready for the Champion Stakes.

"Unfortunately Australia developed a problem in his right-hind hoof during the week. Following consultation between the resident farrier at Ballydoyle, our vet John Halley, and the respective owners, the decision was made to retire him to Coolmore."

Ballydoyle farrier Jeff Henderson accepted the challenge of getting Australia ready for Ascot was over once an infection in the problematic hoof had worsened.

He said: "At the beginning of the week we discovered a bit of soreness in the heel, which made us suspicious of a hoof abscess. We poulticed away at it and the infection came out and there were no soundness issues at all.

"Then, a couple of days later, he pulled out lame and, on inspection, we realised the infection had blown out through the bottom of the foot as well as the top. In a case like that, it was going to take a couple of weeks for the stability to come back."



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Betting barrels loaded on Royal Navy Ship

Sun 12th Oct 2014, 14:37
Seamie Heffernan
Seamie Heffernan
(Healy Racing Photos)
With 22 unraced juveniles lining up for the seven furlong maiden in the Curragh the market proved invaluable for punters as heavily-backed Royal Navy Ship led home a one-two for Aidan O’Brien.

The War Front colt was the only horse for significant money this morning as his odds contracted to 15/2 from 16s. His SP was 6/1.

Seamie Heffernan had him settled close to the pace on the inside rail and he showed a good turn of foot inside the final furlong to grab the race by the scruff of the neck and win by a length and a half.

Jacobean, with Joseph O’Brien in the saddle, kept on well for second. He was returned the 10/3 favourite, but drifted from the 7/4 he was chalked up at when the market opened in the morning.

Aidan O’Brien said: “I’m delighted with that fella. He was well drawn [in one] while Joseph’s horse was badly drawn [in 12]. It comes to a time of the year when that have to start, and there wasn’t much between three of ours coming here.”

David Wachman’s Nimble Foot at 25/1 occupied third. She was beaten two and a half lengths by the winner.

Additional reporting by Alan Magee




Royal Navy Ship Holds off The strong Finishing Jacobean At The Curragh



Ana Aidan Donnacha & Joseph inspecting the course at The Curragh Pre racing 

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My Personal Tribute To Australia


 



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Aidan O'Brien's Cox Plate contender ADELAIDE has Arrived in Melbourne and looks in confident form




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WAR COMMAND & AUSTRALIA JOINING THE BREEDING ROSTER AT COOLMORE FOR 2015 



It was Confirmed today that Coventry & Dewhurst Stakes Winner WAR COMMAND will join Stable Mate Australia at Coolmore Stud for 2015. War Command arrived at Coolmore a few days ago. Stud Fees TBC.


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Time called on Australia career

  • Last Updated: October 11 2014, 8:22 BST

Dual Derby winner Australia has been retired to stud, said a Coolmore representative.


Australia: Retired to stud

Australia: Retired to stud

In a shock announcement, time has been called on the racing career of the high-class Galileo colt, who had been set to make his swansong on Qipco British Champions Day at Ascot next Saturday.

Kevin Buckley, UK representative for Coolmore, told Channel 4 Racing: "Unfortunately Australia developed a problem in his right-hind hoof during the week.

"Following consultation between the resident farrier at Ballydoyle, our vet, John Halley, and the respective owners, the decision was made yesterday to retire him to Coolmore.''

Australia has retired to Coolmore after setback



News Broke live on Channel 4's The Morning Line which was broadcasting live from Coolmore Stud in Fethard that Australia has had to retire due to an injury to his Right Hind Hoof.

He will join his Father & Another 4 Epsom Derby Winners Galileo High Chaparral Pour Moi Camelot & Potentially Ruler of the World on the Famous Tatenham Corner at Coolmore Stud Meaning Coolmore will be the home to 6 Epsom Derby Winners.


Mansuri (Colin Keane) sees it out well from Adeste Fideles (Joseph O'Brien)
Mansuri (Colin Keane) sees it out well from Adeste Fideles (Joseph O'Brien)


Adeste Fideles ran a cracker at Dundalk there thought she had it won but fav came back at her good performance though



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Ballydoyle's Cove dazzles at Dundalk

Fri 10th Oct 2014, 20:06
Smuggler's Cove and Joseph O'Brien leave them for dead in Dundalk's feature
Smuggler's Cove and Joseph O'Brien leave them for dead in Dundalk's feature
(Healy Racing Photos)
The suspicion that the market leaders Bertie Le Belge and Smuggler's Cove were racing earlier enough in Dundalk's feature only goes to heighten the wow factor created by the success of the latter.

This Listed Irish Stallion Farms European Breeders Fund Star Appeal Stakes saw Bertie Le Belge (13/8) just head off Smuggler's Cove (7/4) for the position of favouritism and the respective jockeys were keen to test the mettle of their chief opponent.

Joseph O'Brien's mount Smuggler's Cove extended away from the two furlong pole and he stayed on strongly in the final furlong to slam Orcia by seven lengths. Bertie Le Belge faded into fifth.

"He really stepped up after his run in Listowel and he's done nothing but improve.

"The quicker surface here was a big help and he bolted in," enthused O'Brien.

He added: "A hundred yards out I saw the big screen and I couldn't believe how far I was clear.

"He could go for something like the Racing Post Trophy and he's an exciting horse by an exciting stallion (Fastnet Rock)."

The time of one minute twenty three point eight eight (1m 23.88) compares pretty favourably with the course record of one twenty two point seven (1m 22.7).

Flic Flac, Sunset Beauty and Joe Eile have all achieved that benchmark time. (AM & EM)


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Galileo colt stars at Tattersalls

Fri 10th Oct 2014, 08:43
Galileo colt out of Penang Pearl
Galileo colt out of Penang Pearl
(Healy Racing Photos)
Records were smashed on the final day of Book 1 of the Tattersalls October Yearling Sale which saw a GALILEO colt sell for 2.6m guineas, the highest price for a yearling in the world this year, and new records set for turnover, average and median for a single day and the whole sale.

The turnover, which fell narrowly short of 80m guineas was also the highest turnover for a sale in European auction history.

The final day of the sale saw three lots top the million guinea mark which helped push the turnover to 30,159,000 guineas for the 106 lots sold, up 58% on last year’s final session. The average rose 56% to 284,519 guineas and the median rose 58% to 190,000 guineas.

The turnover for the sale of 79,274,000 guineas for the 336 lots sold was a rise of 13% on the 2013 sale and a new record, whilst the average and median both rose 14% and 15% respectively to 235,935 guineas and 150,000 guineas, both new records for the sale.

There were a remarkable 38 lots to sell for 500,000 guineas or more, up from 22 last year, whilst the number of seven-figure lots was also a new record at 6, up from the previous top of 4 in 2007 and 3 last year.

The GALILEO colt out of PENANG PEARL set a new benchmark for the highest priced yearling in the world this year when surpassing last night’s sale-topper when knocked down to MV Magnier for 2.6m guineas.

Catalogued as lot 442, the half-brother to the Group 1 King George winner HARBINGER saw a battle between John Magnier and John Warren, despite the slow start that saw auctioneer Simon Kerins begin with the minimum bid of 5,000 guineas.

The colt, easily the world's most expensive yearling of this year, was bred by Mr Nick Ooi, a Malaysian businessman who has been based in Britain for 30 years. He bought Penang Pearl as two-year-old breeze-up and raced her himself, keeping her as a broodmare after she retired.

In 2005, Ooi made the decision to send her to Dansili, a mating that produced the Group 1 winner and stallion Harbinger, which as Ooi explains "made it possible for me to send her to Galileo”. The mare has another Galileo foal at foot and was covered by the champion sire again this spring.

GALILEO was also responsible for the second highest price for the day when the three-parts sister to the Derby winner POUR MOI was knocked down to James Delahooke for 1,250,000 guineas.


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John Magnier gives a flick of his tatts Catalogue when securing the Sales Topper at 

Tattersalls Paying 2.6 Million Guineas well over 3 million pounds when converted to sterling with Commissions & VAT For The Galileo Colt Half Brother to Harbinger


John Magnier & Son MV bidding on The Half Sister to Multiple G1 Winner Attraction



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COOLMORE TATTS OVERVIEW

10 Lots Purchased Costing £7,345,000 - Top Buy £2,600,000



COOLMORE PURCHASE SALES TOPPER AT TATTERSALLS SALE

29) Lot 442 Galileo x Penang Pearl


Colt is a half brother to Group 1 King George winner Harbinger. 

Purchased by Coolmore for 2,600,000gns on 09/10/14.  

Coolmore pleased with Book 1 sale-topper

MV Magnier, speaking about Coolmore's 2.6m gns purchase at the Book 1 Sale, said: "He's a half-brother to an exceptional horse [Harbinger]. He deserved to make that kind of price - it was certainly a surprise he started at 5,000gns!

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International Ratings Update 09/10/14 Ballydoyle Juvenile Division

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Mendelssohn completes O'Brien double

 By Gary Carson

Wed 8th Oct 2014, 17:57
Double for Joseph O'Brien
Double for Joseph O'Brien
(Healy Racing Photos)
Aidan and Joseph O'Brien completed a quick double in the concluding ten furlong maiden at Navan as Felix Mendelssohnjustified good support.

The Galileo colt was produced on outer in the straight and was driven into contention at the furlong pole.

The 11/10 favourite (2/1 this morning) had to work in the closing stages to get the better of Ceylon by a length-and-a-quarter.

The winner had been well touted before finishing fourth on his debut at Leopardstown in May and was making his first start since then.

“He's had a few little problems but is a lovely horse,” said Joseph O'Brien afterwards.

“I was going to ride him handy as he's uncomplicated but they went a good gallop. He should improve and get a mile-and-a-half.”

(Additional reporting by Alan Magee)


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Bazaar blitzes opposition

 By Gary Carson

Wed 8th Oct 2014, 17:21
Bazaar and Joseph O'Brien easy winners
Bazaar and Joseph O'Brien easy winners
(Healy Racing Photos)
Bazaar turned the second division of the Meath Handicap at Navan into a procession when running out an impressive winner.

The Galileo colt was sent off 4/1 favourite (from 5/1) in the ten furlong contest and cruised into the lead coming down the hill in the straight.

Aidan O'Brien's charge was driven out to go clear over a furlong from home and could afford to ease down in the closing stages to post a five-length success.

The winner had been a touch unlucky when denied a clear run on his handicap debut at Killarney in August.

“He's a laid back horse and seems to be better on the track. He surprised me a bit today and I'd imagine he'll get a mile-and-a-half,” said the winning rider Joseph O'Brien.

The winner got hampered in the closing stages on his last run Aidan O'Brienexplained:- “The last day he was slowly away. I was on the inside and they went slow.”

(Additional reporting by Alan Magee)





Morning Line to be broadcast from Coolmore

Wed 8th Oct 2014, 11:56

This Saturday's Channel 4 The Morning Line programme is to be broadcast live from Coolmore.

The legendary Tipperary stud, which stands top stallions like Galileo, Pour Moi, Yeats and Danehill Dancer, will allow the cameras in to see its inner workings.

Nick Luck will be presenting the sections from Ireland in a show which starts at 8am.

Jamie Aitchison, Channel 4's commissioning editor for sport, says: "Firstly, we must thank Coolmore for the enviable accessibility and opportunity that allows our viewers to get under the skin of the sport.

"We know how well it is received when we show the inner workings of a yard, stud or racing operation, and this Saturday's Morning Line will be must-see television."



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Cirrus ready for Australia clash

  • Last Updated: October 6 2014, 16:57 BST

"When Australia was born he was already a Group One winner," said trainer Corine Barande-Barbe when she was asked about Cirrus Des Aigles' potential rivals in next week's QIPCO Champion Stakes.


Cirrus Des Aigles: Set for Ascot

Cirrus Des Aigles: Set for Ascot

Such is the remarkable longevity of the eight-year-old gelding that he returns to the Ascot Group One yet again, having won it in 2011, the pre-Frankel era.

He had a fourth Prix Dollar taken away in the stewards' room on Saturday, and while Barande-Barbe remains frustrated with the strict French rules over interference, Cirrus does not appear disappointed as he crunches carrots in his stable.

It is just a shame for Barande-Barbe that he is a gelding and therefore not permitted to compete in his country's greatest race, the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe.

"He had beaten Treve in the Ganay and he beat (runner-up) Flintshire in the Coronation Cup. I don't think he would have won yesterday but he could have been second or third," she said.

"The year Solemia won, when it was soft, he could have won."



That Coronation run saw Cirrus Des Aigles pull up lame and the weekend was his first run since then.

Barande-Barbe said: "Christophe Soumillon rode him from the front as he wanted him to have a race.

"He was off for three months, so I was very pleased to see him show the same as he shows in the morning.

"Christophe got a good sensation and he said that on that going, his first run back was as good as he has done.

"Soft ground (potentially at Ascot) does not disturb him. Even if it's heavy, he knows how to swim.

"We hope to go to the Champion Stakes then enter in Hong Kong and Dubai. We'll see."

One day, the story of the outstanding performer of his small rustic stable will come to an end.

Barande-Barbe said: "As soon as he wants to be retired he will show it, and we will do it straight away."



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UPDATED LIst of horses Catalogued for the Tatts Horses In training Sale 

Thanks to Andrew O'Brien

74Buonarroti (IRE) B.C. by Galileo (IRE) x Beauty Is Truth (IRE)
Consignor: Ballydoyle Stables, Ireland (A. O'Brien) 
182Juniper Tree (IRE) B.C. by Galileo (IRE) x Alexander Goldrun (IRE)
Consignor: Ballydoyle Stables, Ireland (A. O'Brien) 
275Vivat Rex (IRE) B.C. by Fastnet Rock (AUS) x Strawberry Roan (IRE)
Consignor: Ballydoyle Stables, Ireland (A. O'Brien) 
78Bazaar (IRE) Ch.C. by Galileo (IRE) x One Moment In Time (IRE)
Consignor: Ballydoyle Stables, Ireland (A. O'Brien) 
80Indian Maharaja (IRE) B.C. by Galileo (IRE) x Again (IRE)
Consignor: Ballydoyle Stables, Ireland (A. O'Brien) 
76Tigris River (IRE) B.C. by Montjeu (IRE) x Hula Angel (USA)
Consignor: Ballydoyle Stables, Ireland (A. O'Brien) 
82Horseguardsparade (GB) B.C. by Montjeu (IRE) x Honorlina (FR)
Consignor: Ballydoyle Stables, Ireland (A. O'Brien) 
186Johann Strauss (GB) B.C. by High Chaparral (IRE) x Inchmina (GB)
Consignor: Ballydoyle Stables, Ireland (A. O'Brien) 
277Sir John Hawkins (USA) B.C. by Henrythenavigator (USA) x Peeping Fawn (USA)
Consignor: Ballydoyle Stables, Ireland (A. O'Brien) 
282Illusive (IRE) B.C. by Galileo (IRE) x Looking Back (IRE)
Consignor: Ballydoyle Stables, Ireland (A. O'Brien) 
279Dynamo (IRE) B.C. by Galileo (IRE) x Trading Places (GB)
Consignor: Ballydoyle Stables, Ireland (A. O'Brien) 
276Iniesta (IRE) B.C. by Galileo (IRE) x Red Evie (IRE)
Consignor: Ballydoyle Stables, Ireland (A. O'Brien) 
191Thomas Wedgwood (IRE) B.C. by Galileo (IRE) x Mythical Echo (USA)
Consignor: Ballydoyle Stables, Ireland (A. O'Brien) 
188Felix Mendelssohn (IRE) B.C. by Galileo (IRE) x Ice Queen (IRE)
Consignor: Ballydoyle Stables, Ireland (A. O'Brien) 
185Gypsy King (IRE) B.C. by Galileo (IRE) x Dancing Shoes (IRE)
Consignor: Ballydoyle Stables, Ireland (A. O'Brien) 
83Granddukeoftuscany (IRE) B.C. by Galileo (IRE) x Crystal Valkyrie (IRE)
Consignor: Ballydoyle Stables, Ireland (A. O'Brien) 
278A Greater Force (FR) Gr.C. by Montjeu (IRE) x Dibenoise (FR)
Consignor: Ballydoyle Stables, Ireland (A. O'Brien) 
192Adjusted (IRE) B.C. by Montjeu (IRE) x Belesta (GB)
Consignor: Ballydoyle Stables, Ireland (A. O'Brien) 
189Blue Hussar (IRE) B.C. by Montjeu (IRE) x Metaphor (USA)
Consignor: Ballydoyle Stables, Ireland (A. O'Brien) 
183Annus Mirabilis (IRE) B.C. by Montjeu (IRE) x Love Me True (USA)
Consignor: Ballydoyle Stables, Ireland (A. O'Brien) 
79Blackstone (IRE) B.C. by Fastnet Rock (AUS) x Blue Dream (USA)
Consignor: Ballydoyle Stables, Ireland (A. O'Brien) 
75Quartz (IRE) B.C. by Fastnet Rock (AUS) x Beltisaal (FR)
Consignor: Ballydoyle Stables, Ireland (A. O'Brien) 
184Great White Eagle (USA) B.C. by Elusive Quality (USA) x Gender Dance (USA)
Consignor: Ballydoyle Stables, Ireland (A. O'Brien) 
181Hall of Mirrors (IRE) Ch.G. by Duke of Marmalade (IRE) x Apache Dream (IRE)
Consignor: Ballydoyle Stables, Ireland (A. O'Brien) 
73Francis of Assisi (IRE) B.G. by Danehill Dancer (IRE) x Queen Cleopatra (IRE)
Consignor: Ballydoyle Stables, Ireland (A. O'Brien) 
72Chamonix (IRE) B.H. by Galileo (IRE) x L'Ancresse (IRE)
Consignor: Ballydoyle Stables, Ireland (A. O'Brien) 
81Michaelmas (USA) B.C. by Elusive Quality (USA) x Christmas Kid (USA)
Consignor: Ballydoyle Stables, Ireland (A. O'Brien) 
274Great Explorer (IRE) B.G. by Galileo (IRE) x Starchy (GB)
Consignor: Ballydoyle Stables, Ireland (A. O'Brien) 
273Eye of The Storm (IRE) Ch.C. by Galileo (IRE) x Mohican Princess (GB)
Consignor: Ballydoyle Stables, Ireland (A. O'Brien) 
280Oklahoma City (GB) B.C. by Oasis Dream (GB) x Galaxy Highflyer (GB)
Consignor: Ballydoyle Stables, Ireland (A. O'Brien) 
84Household Cavalry (GB) Br.C. by Oasis Dream (GB) x Masskana (IRE)
Consignor: Ballydoyle Stables, Ireland (A. O'Brien) 
77Masai (IRE) B.C. by Oasis Dream (GB) x I'm In Love (USA)
Consignor: Ballydoyle Stables, Ireland (A. O'Brien) 
190Guerre (USA) B/Br.C. by War Front (USA) x Golden Toast (USA)
Consignor: Ballydoyle Stables, Ireland (A. O'Brien) 
281Albert The Bold (USA) B/Br.C. by War Front (USA) x Rule One (USA)
Consignor: Ballydoyle Stables, Ireland (A. O'Brien) 
195Ice Kingdom (IRE) B.C. by Quality Road (USA) x Weekend Strike (USA)
Consignor: Ballydoyle Stables, Ireland (A. O'Brien) 
285Headquarters (IRE) B.C. by Oasis Dream (GB) x Front House (IRE)
Consignor: Ballydoyle Stables, Ireland (A. O'Brien) 
283High Baroque (USA) B.C. by Lookin At Lucky (USA) x Yesterday (IRE)
Consignor: Ballydoyle Stables, Ireland (A. O'Brien) 
284Aspen Colorado (IRE) B.C. by Galileo (IRE) x St Roch (IRE)
Consignor: Ballydoyle Stables, Ireland (A. O'Brien) 
287Bayou (IRE) Gr.C. by Galileo (IRE) x Simply Perfect (GB)
Consignor: Ballydoyle Stables, Ireland (A. O'Brien) 
87Tamarind Cove (IRE) B.C. by Galileo (IRE) x Saoire (GB)
Consignor: Ballydoyle Stables, Ireland (A. O'Brien) 
196Hail The Hero (IRE) B.C. by Galileo (IRE) x Mauralakana (FR)
Consignor: Ballydoyle Stables, Ireland (A. O'Brien) 
85Toscanelli (IRE) B.C. by Galileo (IRE) x Massarra (GB)
Consignor: Ballydoyle Stables, Ireland (A. O'Brien) 
193Gran Paradiso (IRE) Ch.C. by Galileo (IRE) x Looking Lovely (IRE)
Consignor: Ballydoyle Stables, Ireland (A. O'Brien) 
286Siege of Orleans (USA) B.C. by War Front (USA) x Watch (USA)
Consignor: Ballydoyle Stables, Ireland (A. O'Brien) 
86Warofindependence (USA) B/Br.C. by War Front (USA) x My Dear Annie (USA)
Consignor: Ballydoyle Stables, Ireland (A. O'Brien)

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John Magnier Demi O'Byrne & David Nagle Previewing Yearlings at Tatts Yesterday 

 


 


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Found - Total Prix Marcel Boussac - Critérium des Pouliches - Longchamp - 05/10/14

 



 Celebrations after Found Won The Marcel Boussac A Nice Moment between AIdan And Jim Bolger


 

Gleneagles - Qatar Prix Jean-Luc Lagardère - Grand Critérium (LE ROBBERY)


 


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GALILEO EMPIRE Update 10/05/14





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  • Gleneagles Demoted After Inquiry

Full Mast was awarded the Prix Jean-Luc Lagardiere after first-past-the-post Gleneagles caused interference late on.


Gleneagles: demoted to third

Gleneagles: demoted to third

The father-son combination of Aidan and Joseph O'Brien though they had secured the race as Gleneagles looked to have continued his winning run at Longchamp.

Having wracked up a four-timer with victory in the Vincent O'Brien National Stakes at the Curragh, the Galileo colt was a 9/4 shot for his Paris assignment, with John Quinn's unbeaten colt The Wow Signal heading the market at 7/4.

Prix Morny winner The Wow Signal was quickly in front in the hands of Frankie Dettori, but was a spent force halfway up the straight and eventually finished tailed off.

The main French hope Full Mast moved up menacingly, but Gleneagles found most for pressure.

But there was drama in the shadow of the post, with the runner-up and third squeezed up, and a stewards' inquiry was swiftly called.

The stewards demoted Gleneagles to third following the inquiry, with Full Mast awarded the race and Territories promoted into second.




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Ballydoyle's Found the Boussac heroine

Sun 5th Oct 2014, 14:05
Found (nearside) seen here winning at the Curragh
Found (nearside) seen here winning at the Curragh
(Healy Racing Photos)
Found wore down main market rival Ervedya to clinch the Prix Marcel Boussac at Longchamp for trainer Aidan O'Brien and jockey Ryan Moore.

A winner on debut before finishing a close third in the Moyglare Stud Stakes at the Curragh three weeks ago, Found was the 9-4 favourite in Paris and always travelling sweetly on the heels of the leaders.

Following a sedate early gallop, outsider Thank You Bye Bye went to the lead to raise the tempo before the home turn, but Jean-Claude Rouget's Ervedya was the first of the big guns to commit for home.

Found swiftly went in pursuit and wore her down in the last 100 yards to seal an ultimately comprehensive victory.

Found's fellow Irish raider, Jessica Harrington's Jack Naylor, ran a fine race in third.

O'Brien said: "She is a lovely big filly, with a temperament to match, and I would think she will have no trouble getting a mile and a quarter and maybe a mile and a half, as she is by Galileo.

"Along with that she has plenty of natural pace, certainly enough to be a Guineas filly, knowing that she will hopefully get better over further.

"I'd imagine that will be it for the season, but the lads will decide. She's a very exciting filly."

Coolmore partner Michael Tabor, in whose colours the winner ran, said: "She is a horse for next year and hopefully will be even better as a three-year-old.

"She will definitely get further than this and I thought she did it really well today, even though the ground might have been a little bit firmer than ideal."

Rouget said of the runner-up: "I thought she was going to win but the winner was too strong at the end."

Harrington said of Jack Naylor: "She only cost 10 and a half grand and she's come a long way since winning a little race at Roscommon.

"She's gone from strength to strength and was doing her best work at the end.

"I think she'll be a mile-and-a-half horse next year, so I'll start her off over a mile.

"I'll enter her for the English Guineas and that's it for her year."

Malabar was fourth for Mick Channon, who said: "I thought she was unlucky as she got stopped during the race. But we're pleased with her."

FOUND wins Marcel Boussac in Style 

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A winner on debut before finishing a close third in the Moyglare Stud Stakes at the Curragh three weeks ago, Found was the 9-4 favourite in Paris and always travelling sweetly on the heels of the leaders.

Following a sedate early gallop, outsider Thank You Bye Bye went to the lead to raise the tempo before the home turn, but Jean-Claude Rouget's Ervedya was the first of the big guns to commit for home.

Found swiftly went in pursuit and wore her down in the last 100 yards to seal an ultimately comprehensive victory.

Found's fellow Irish raider, Jessica Harrington's Jack Naylor, ran a fine race in third.     

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ALOFT WINS NEWMARKET MAIDEN

Joseph O'Brien Had to work really hard to get ALOFT up at Newmarket he ran very very green but showed a strong turn of foot to get to the winning line in the final few strides. Aloft holds an entry in the Racing Post Trophy He looks very Babyish and id be surprised if we see him again this term he could be a smart horse next year.

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O'Brien wary of Chicquita's draw in Arc

Sat 4th Oct 2014, 09:39
Joseph O'Brien
Joseph O'Brien 
(Healy Racing Photos)
Joseph O'Brien is under no illusions about the task facing Chicquita as the Classic-winning filly returns to France for a shot at glory in Sunday's Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe.

Runner-up behind 2013 Arc heroine Treve in last year's French Oaks, the daughter of Montjeu claimed the Irish equivalent for trainer Alain de Royer-Dupre before changing hands for six million euro at Goffs last November.

She did not make her debut for Aidan O'Brien until last month, but ran a perfectly respectable race to chase home leading three-year-old filly Tarfasha in the Blandford Stakes.

O'Brien junior is expecting his big-race mount to improve for that outing fitness-wise, but admits she has plenty on her plate this weekend as she aims to overcome an extremely wide draw in stall 18.

Speaking from Dundalk on Friday evening, Ireland's champion jockey said: "She had a very good run in the Blandford and it was a nice starting point after a long layoff.

"I think she was off for more than a year and the trip should improve her.

"The draw is far from ideal, though, and it's hard to win from that draw."

Chicquita is just one of three runners in Europe's premier middle-distance contest for team Ballydoyle.

Yorkshire Oaks winner Tapestry has been supplemented at a cost of 120,000 euro and will be ridden by Ryan Moore, while last year's Derby winner Ruler Of The World, the mount of Frankie Dettori, most recently claimed the Prix Foy over the Arc course and distance.

"You have to draw a line through Tapestry's Matron run given the trip and the change of tactics," said O'Brien jnr.

"She's back up in trip and has a good draw (stall eight). She has to be ridden patiently. Three-year-old fillies have a great record in the race and she is well entitled to take her chance.

"He (Rule Of The World) won his trial nicely. He has worked nicely since then without obviously doing too much. He's got a good draw (stall six)."

Moore feels Tapestry has place claims in a wide-open renewal, but has identified Japanese mare Harp Star as the horse he would most like to be riding.

"The first thing to say about this year's Arc is it is one of the most open that I can remember," Moore said.

"I genuinely went through the field and came up with a shortlist of 10, maybe more, and even then it wouldn't be the greatest shock in the world if the winner wasn't among them.

"Having ridden there a fair bit, I know the Japanese horses pretty well and I think the most talented horse in the race is undoubtedly Just A Way.

"But if I could pick any of the field to ride, it would probably be Harp Star.

"If you fancy Taghrooda, then I think that you have to fancy Tapestry at the prices.

"Taghrooda may have had an excuse that she was in season at York but, whichever way you cut it, my filly ran a great race there. The third horse, Tasaday, was seven lengths away in third and she ran a good second to Hillstar at Newbury subsequently.

"The step back to a mile didn't work out in the Matron Stakes last time, but we know that a mile and a half on fast ground are her conditions and I am happy being drawn eight.

"I give her an each-way chance but this race will take some winning."


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Decent Draws For Tapestry & Ruler Chiquita Drawn in the Car Park 


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Timeform Global Rankings European Division Ballydoyle Spotlight & News Update 03/10/2014


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UPDATE Official International Ratings - Aidan O'Brien's Top Rated juveniles (Ol'Man River Climbs to Number 2)




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Warrior battles to success in Clonmel opener

 By Donal Murphy

Thu 2nd Oct 2014, 14:42
Egyptian Warrior jumps the last just ahead of Supreme Doc
Egyptian Warrior jumps the last just ahead of Supreme Doc
(Healy Racing Photos)
After winning his maiden hurdle at Listowel on his last start Egyptian Warrior followed up in the opener at Clonmel this afternoon, the www.clonmelraces.ie Novice Hurdle, scoring under Robbie Power for Aidan O’Brien.

The five-year-old son of Galileo was stepped up in trip to two and a half miles for the first time today and he was sent off the 11/8 favourite having opening at 5/4 on-course.

Settled off the pace he took closer order after the third last and was pushed along as they entered the straight.

He improved on the outer to come with his challenge before two out and he gained a marginal lead between the last two, keeping on best on the run-in to score by three lengths.

Supreme Doc, who attempted to make all, finished a game second under Jody McGarvey for Mike O’Donovan at 7/1.

Frank Berry, winning owner JP McManus' racing manager, said afterwards: "It was workmanlike but he did it well. He's tough and jumped great. He seemed to handle conditions well and we'll find another one for him now."

Additional reporting by Gary Carson


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Tapestry added to Arc field

Thu 2nd Oct 2014, 11:15
Tapestry
Tapestry
(Healy Racing Photos)
Tapestry is the sole supplementary entry for Sunday's Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe, leaving a field of 20 for the Longchamp feature.

The three-year-old, who registered a shock success over Taghrooda in the Yorkshire Oaks, emerged a surprise contender on Wednesday and connections have duly stumped up the 120,000-euro fee to put Aidan O'Brien's charge into the mile-and-a-half showpiece.

She is expected to be ridden by Ryan Moore, with Joseph O'Brien aboard Chicquita and Frankie Dettori on Ruler Of The World, who is part-owned by Al Shaqab.

The John Gosden-trained Taghrooda is on course to renew rivalry with Tapestry in Paris, with all of the other leading hopes, including Ectot, Avenir Certain and the Japanese trio of Harp Star, Gold Ship and Just A Way, all standing their ground.

The final declaration stage for the race is on Friday morning.



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Confirmation That Coolmore Purchased a 5th Lot At Goffs 


19) Lot 425 Fastnet Rock  x Perihelion


Colt is a Full Brother to Qualify Who was the  Impressive winner of the C.L. & M.F. WELD PARK STAKES G3.

Sold To Coolmore for €425,000


(Coolmore At Goffs) 5 Lots Purchased Costing €2,485,000 - Top Buy €1.500,000


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Tapestry (Ryan Moore) wins the Yorkshire Oaks

Tapestry (right) beat Arc favourite Taghrooda in the Yorkshire Oaks

 PICTURE: Edward Whitaker (racingpost.com/photos)

Tapestry to join Arc field with Moore in line to ride

RYAN MOORE is in line to ride Tapestry in Sunday's Qatar Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe with the Aidan O'Brien-trained filly set to be supplemented for the race on Thursday morning.


A spokesman for Aidan O'Brien's stable told the Racing Post: "Provided Tapestry is in good order in the morning she will be supplemented."
Owners Coolmore will need to pay a €120,000 supplementary fee in order to secure a place forTapestry, who ended Arc favourite Taghrooda's unbeaten record under a relentless Moore drive in the Yorkshire Oaks.

The daughter of Galileo, who failed to reproduce her York effort when dropped back to a mile in the Matron Stakes last month, already holds an entry in the Prix de l'Opera on Sunday.

The three-year-old, who has won three of her eight starts, was installed by Betfred as a 12-1 shot.


Confirmation came on Wednesday That Ryan Moore will Ride The Supplemented TAPESTRY in the Prix De L'Arc De Triomphe She was due to run in the Prix L'Opera but connections have changed Plans and will Pay to enter the Galileo 3yo Filly Tomorrow.



Sunday Entries for Longchamp:

Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe (Group 1):

Chicquita

Ruler Of The World

Tapestry 


Prix de l’Abbaye (Group 1):

Guerre


Prix de la Foret (Group 1):

Darwin


Prix Marcel Boussac (Group 1):

Found

Together Forever


Prix Jean-Luc Lagardere (Group 1):

Gleneagles

War Envoy


Prix de l’Opera (Group 1):

Chicquita

Tapestry


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Scintillula Leopardstown 25.07.2013

Scintillula: another Group-winning sibling to Tuesday's top lot

 PICTURE: Patrick McCann (racingpost.com/photos)

Cuis Ghaire sibling tops Orby sale day one

A SON of Galileo who hails from one of Jim Bolger's finest families lit up the opening session of the Goffs Orby Yearling Sale at Kildare Paddocks on Tuesday when selling to MV Magnier for €1.5 million.

The opening day of the sale was at its strongest in the higher echelons of the market. The number of lots to make at least €300,000 jumped from five to 11, while the number of six-figure transactions improved from 57 to 61.Magnier had to go to €2.85m for leading Classic hope Ol' Man River here 12 months ago and, while that price was out of reach, the session-topper was still the second-highest priced colt to come under the hammer at this sale since 2005.

The turnover of almost €19m was an improvement of 22 per cent, while the average of €106,050 grew by the same amount. The €72,000 median was up by 38 per cent, although the clearance rate did fall by four points to 86 per cent.

As a brother to the Classic-placed fillies Cuis Ghaire and Gile Na Greine and Moyglare Stakes second Scintillula, the top lot had obvious appeal and it didn't take long for the bidding to near the landmark seven-figure barrier.

The battle for the colt came down to Magnier and agent Mick Flanagan, who entered the fray at €600,000. When Flanagan brought the price to €1.45m it briefly looked as though he might carry the day, but Magnier succeeded when rounding the price up to €1.5m.

"He's a very good colt from a good and fast family," said Magnier.
"Jim [Bolger] is an outstanding trainer and breeder and in fairness to him he supported Galileo from the beginning and helped make the horse what he is today."

The seven-figure mark came close to being breached as the sale neared its conclusion, when a Sea The Stars colt from Bobby and Honora Donworth's Roundhill Stud fetched €850,000.

When the hammer came down it was Michael Wallace acting for the China Horse Club who saw off the attentions of Hugo Merry.

"We rated him the best colt in the sale and we were keen to secure him for our members," reported Wallace.

"He's by an exciting young sire whose progress we have been following closely and the intention is for him to be trained in Ireland."

The first lot to reach six figures at this year's sale had the distinction of being one of the highest priced lots on offer, as Tony Nerses and Shadwell's Stephen Collins did battle for a Lawman filly from the Irish National Stud. A three-parts sister to last year's Dewhurst Stakes second Cable Bay, the filly fell to Nerses when he brought the price to €520,000.

"What a filly," said Nerses, whose purchase will carry the colours of Saleh Al Homaizi and Imad Al Sagar. "She's a real beauty and a great walker. We thought at first that we would go to around €300,000 for her, but after discussing it we felt that wouldn't buy her."

Although he missed out on the Lawman filly, Stephen Collins did secure an Exceed And Excel brother to Nunthorpe Stakes heroine Margot Did for €400,000.

"He's a very good colt with a stallion's pedigree and he's a nice, racy type who was well liked by all the team," said Collins, whose purchase will carry the colours of Hamdan Al Maktoum.

Several of the day's high-profile lots are destined to carry the colours of Jim and Fitri Hay, including a €350,000 Tamayuz filly from David and Diane Nagle's Barronstown Stud.

Stephen Hillen signed for the sister to the high-class Thawaany, who is out of Moyglare Stud Stakes winner Chelsea Rose. The dam was bought carrying this filly for €450,000 at the 2012 Goffs November Sale.

"She will always have residual value as a sister to a Group 1 performer who can hopefully win at the highest level," said Hillen. "A trainer for her will be decided later on."

Hillen also parted with €280,000 for a son of Rip Van Winkle.


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Dettori to ride Ruler in Prix de l'Arc

Wed 1st Oct 2014, 15:51
Frankie Dettori
Frankie Dettori 
(Healy Racing Photos)
Frankie Dettori has been confirmed as the rider of Ruler Of The World in Sunday's Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe at Longchamp.

There was speculation over which jockey would get the nod on Aidan O'Brien's 2013 Investec Derby winner, although the Italian had been in the saddle when he registered his victory in the Prix Foy.

Al Shaqab Racing, which retains Dettori, is a part-owner of the Galileo colt along with the Coolmore partners, and O'Brien's son, Joseph, had ridden him on his previous start in the Dubai World Cup.

Dettori's agent, Ray Cochrane, said: "Frankie told me this afternoon he's riding the horse, and hopefully he'll have plenty more rides through the day."



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Lot 340 Canford Cliffs x Lulawin


Colt Half Brother to Rockaroundtheclock Dam was Unraced dam half sister to Excellent Art. Family of Chief's Crown

Sold To M V Magnier €200,000



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Australia heads Champions acceptors

Wed 1st Oct 2014, 13:35
Australia
Australia
(Healy Racing Photos)
Dual Derby hero Australia remains in contention for both the Qipco Champion Stakes and the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes following the latest acceptance stage for the major events on Champions Day at Ascot later this month.

Following his runaway victories at Epsom and the Curragh, Aidan O'Brien's colt beat his elders in the Juddmonte International at York before suffering a shock reverse at the hands of old foe The Grey Gatsby in the Irish Champion Stakes at Leopardstown.

The Grey Gatsby could reoppose on October 18, while O'Brien also has the likes of Magician, Ruler Of The World and Adelaide in contention.

Other possible Champion Stakes hopefuls include Dermot Weld's Free Eagle, the William Haggas-trained Mukhadram and Corine Barande-Barbe's pride and joy Cirrus Des Aigles.

Winner of the race in 2011 and runner-up behind Frankel and Farhh respectively the last two years, Cirrus Des Aigles will warm up for another trip to Berkshire in this weekend's Prix Dollar at Longchamp.

"I am very proud about him appearing at every Champions Day. It will be another record for him and he loves records," said Barande-Barbe.

Australia features among 21 entries for the QEII, with Freddy Head's Charm Spirit, Sir Michael Stoute's mare Integral and Richard Hannon's trio of milers Olympic Glory, Toronado and Night Of Thunder in contention.

Hannon said: "I will probably run Toronado and Night Of Thunder in the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes.

"Olympic Glory goes for the Prix de la Foret at Longchamp this coming Sunday."

In the QIPCO British Champions Fillies & Mares Stakes, O'Brien's Chicquita, last year's winner Seal of Approval, Taghrooda, Tapestry and Tarfasha are among 21 fillies and mares in the mix.

There are 37 horses going forward for the British Champions Sprint including the likes of Gordon Lord Byron, Aljamaaheer and Eddie Lynam's pair of top-class sprinters Sole Power and Slade Power.

Cavalryman, Estimate, Brown Panther, Leading Light and Pale Mimosa are familiar names among 25 still in the British Champions Long Distance Cup.


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                   Autumn Horses in Training Sale 2014  BALLYDOYLE Horses catalogued 


 


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