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The Ballydoyle Breeders Cup Horses left this morning here they are at the start of there Journey - Many thanks to Elizabeth for the pictures



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Lloyd Williams Audio Interview as the legendary owner talks about his Melbourne Cup Runners including BONDI BEACH 





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Aidan & Donnacha O'Brien Audio Interviews about winning the Irish flat Trainers Championships  & Irish Champion Apprentice rider awards 









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 Bondi Beach to surf the heights at the Melbourne Cup by Red


Australian sport isn’t renowned for measured “on one hand, and on the other” coverage, usually preferring extremes of either world beater or bum. So, should Bondi Beach win the Melbourne Cup in the early hours of Tuesday morning, his trainer Aidan can ready himself for adulation.

Renowned as the world’s most successful trainer, Ireland’s perennial champion is used to global acclaim, but a mostly unhappy history in the race that famously “stops a nation” feeds a sense that some Aussies need convincing in their own backyard before buying fully into that reputation.

Much of that links back to 2008, when a three-pronged Ballydoyle raid was anticipated with trepidation by locals, only for it to fizzle out disastrously in circumstances which produced a controversial steward’s enquiry over the riding tactics employed on Aidan’s horses.

Summoned back to Flemington from his city hotel, the famously low-key Irishman was brought as close to publicly losing his cool as he ever has by what he regarded as hostile questioning. This ultimately resulted in no action being taken, but left some down under wondering what all the ballyhoo about this guy was about.

Although Adelaide’s 2014 Cox Plate victory subsequently provided evidence about what the ballyhoo is all about, success in Australian sport’s most coveted prize will be regarded as irrefutable proof.

Mahler’s third in 2007 is the closest Aidan has got to landing the Cup, and Bondi Beach hardly set Flemington on fire last year when finishing only 16th. However this time the $6 million highlight is getting the full attention of a team famous for getting it right when it counts.

This is a handicap and Bondi Beach actually comes into this Cup more leniently treated than a year ago, while having given every indication in four runs in Ireland this season that he could be on the verge of producing his best ever form. He has been trained specifically for this and, crucially, has a good draw in stall five.



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Alice set for Breeder's cup mile by Red
31.10.16

Alice Springs looks bound for the Breeders' Cup Mile on Saturday after winning the Group One Matron Stakes and the Sun Chariot Stakes.

As big as 5-1 with Paddy Power and from Aidan's crack three-year-old fillies' team, she is likely to be joined in the race by Cougar Mountain.

Aidan said: "Alice Springs is a very good filly and seems to be getting quicker as the year goes on. She seems to love fast ground and is a strong traveller. She seems to be in good form. The filly has progressed with every run and obviously we were very happy with her at Newmarket in the Sun Chariot. Cougar Mountain will probably go as well. He is a very tough, consistent horse who just wants fast ground and a good pace on. That's when he is seen at his best."

Washington DC is on course for the Turf Sprint after finishing second in the Prix de l'Abbaye at Chantilly. Seventh Heaven and first reserve Pretty Perfect could leave Aidan double-handed in the Filly & Mare Turf.

And from the powerful Ballydoyle two-year-old team, 6-1 shots Hydrangea and Roly Poly will probably represent Aidan in the Juvenile Fillies. Hydrangea was second to stablemate Rhododendron in the Fillies' Mile, while Roly Poly was short-headed last month in the Cheveley Park Stakes.

Aidan said: "Hydrangea gets a mile well - we saw that in the Fillies' Mile. She's in good form and it's very possible she'll go. Roly Poly would be stepping up in trip but it's possible that she'll go. She'll love the fast ground and we'll find out about the mile."

Intelligence Cross (4-1) and Lancaster Bomber (9-2) head the market for the Juvenile Turf. Intelligence Cross was fourth in the Middle Park Stakes and Lancaster Bomber chased home Churchill in the Dewhurst Stakes.

Aidan said: "The plan at the moment is for the two of them to go to the Juvenile Turf. Intelligence Cross would love fast ground and going round the bend. The other horse would love the ground, it looks like that he would appreciate going a mile."

Coral have a market on how many winners Aidan will have at the two-day meeting. They are 6-4 about one success, 5-2 that he will notch two and 13-2 for a record three-plus. They also have him at 5-2 to return home winless.


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Aidan O’Brien relentless in quest to break record
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Trainer’s trip to Paris vital as he homes in on Frankel’s tally of top-flight victories
Aidan O’Brien will be crowned Ireland’s champion trainer for the 19th time when this country’s 2016 turf season winds up at Leopardstown on Saturday but his global reach means O’Brien will be doing anything but putting his feet up.
On Sunday he will be in Paris to try to win both Group One races on a Saint-Cloud card that could prove vital if Bobby Frankel’s world-record tally of 25 top-flight victories in a single year is to be overhauled.

O’Brien has notched 21 on the flat so far in 2016, although many bookmakers who rate him a 5/2 shot to beat Frankel’s tally continue to count Ivanovich Gorbatov’s Triumph Hurdle victory too.

With Bondi Beach due to line up in Tuesday morning’s Melbourne Cup, and a strong team travelling to next week’s Breeders Cup in Santa Anita, O’Brien’s hopes of breaking the record are still alive; however, success in both the Criterium International and Criterium de Saint-Cloud tomorrow may be pivotal.

The Beresford winner, Capri, leads a team of four in the 10-furlong race, which is due off 2.45pm Irish time, while the filly Promise To Be True is O’Brien’s hope in the International at 1.35pm.

O’Brien has won both races on four occasions each, including the seven-furlong International last year with Johannes Vermeer. With Ryan Moore heading to Australia for Bondi Beach, Seamus Heffernan – an International winner 10 years ago on Mount Nelson – rides Promise To Be True.

The Prix Marcel Boussac runner-up was initially installed an even-money favourite in some lists and is one of two fillies in the nine-runner event, which also includes Andrew Balding’s South Seas, sixth to Churchill in the Dewhurst Stakes.

O’Brien’s 18-year-old son, Donnacha, will be crowned champion apprentice at Leopardstown before having a first ride in France a day later aboard Douglas Macarthur in the mile-and-a-quarter event. Heffernan is on Capri, also an ante-post favourite in a race last won by the trainer with Recital in 2010.

Taj Mahal (Padraig Beggy) and Wings Of Eagles (Colm O’Donoghue) line up for Ballydoyle too, while Rekindling will be the final runner in the career of classic-winning trainer David Wachman, who hands in his licence at the end of this campaign.

There is no sign of O’Brien easing up his remorseless momentum, though, and 2016 has already proved a vintage campaign, however his pursuit of the world Group One record unfolds.

A prizemoney haul of over €5.1 million in Ireland is trumped by over €9 million secured in Britain, where the Irishman has already been confirmed champion trainer for a fifth time.

With his famous Arc 1-2-3 netting €3.8 million in prizemoney alone, and Deauville’s Belmont Derby another lucrative pay-day during the summer, O’Brien-trained horses are approaching €20 million in total prizemoney for 2016, and with the prospect of significantly more to come. With 14 declarations for the final day of a memorable turf campaign in Ireland the Ballydoyle team look likely to visit the winner’s enclosure more than once and Donnacha O’Brien can put a seal on a domestic season before heading to France and on to the US for Friday night’s Breeders Cup ride on Intricately.

The teenager will become the youngest ever Breeders Cup winning jockey, beating his brother, Joseph, if the Moyglare winner lands the $1 million Juvenile Turf Fillies race. In the shorter term he can score for his brother on Jaqen H’ghar at Leopardstown.


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Confidence growing in Bondi Beach’s Melbourne Cup prospects
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O’Brien charge has been targeted at €4.15m handicap all year
Bondi Beach finished out of the money in last year’s Melbourne Cup but confidence appears to be growing in Australia that the Irish star could prove a big winner in Tuesday morning’s renewal of the “Race that stops a Nation.”

The final make-up of the $6 million (€4.15m) handicap will be completed after Saturday’s racing at Flemington with the fate of the three Irish horses in the draw being of particular interest to connections. A stall in the middle of the field is usually regarded as an advantage.

The Tony Martin-trained Heartbreak City has been popular in ante-post betting for the big race, with the booking of Hong Kong’s champion jockey, Joao Moreira, attracting punter support.

Frankie Dettori will be on board Willie Mullins’s shock Irish Leger winner Wicklow Brave but it is the combination of Bondi Beach and the 2014 winning jockey, Ryan Moore, which appears to have caught the attention of the official handicapper.
Racing Victoria’s Greg Carpenter formulated the original Cup weights and has predicted a much better show from Bondi Beach compared to his 16th in 2015. “This year he won his first two races in pretty soft company well and then in my view had obvious reasons why he wasn’t able to win at his last two.

“He’s obviously had a preparation this year that has only been targeted at this race. He’s a horse that is not garnering as much attention as he probably deserves,” Carpenter told local media in Australia.



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Lizzy shakes the Maiden tag at Leopardstown 

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Champion Trainer Aidan O’Brien and jockey Seamus Heffernan completed a double at Leopardstown today as their Elizabeth Browning gained an elusive maiden win, arriving from off the pace to win the TheTote.com EBF Fillies Nursery.

The daughter of Galileo and sister to Criterium International Stakes Group 1 winner Johannes Vermeer was today winning at the tenth attempt and in the end benefitted from a well judged Heffernan ride to edge to the front close home for a three parts of a length win over Althiba.

Afterwards O’Brien stated “we always thought she was a Group filly as he has an awful lot of ability but has been a little bit hard to get right. Seamus gave her a peach today and it looks like she should get a mile. We might put her away for the winter now and hopefully can get some black-print next year.”

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Cliffs looks a Bright prospect for Ballydoyle 

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Ballydoyle’s Cliffs Of Moher entered the Classic picture with an impressive win in the Tote EBF (C&G) Maiden at Leopardstown today, winning well under jockey Seamie Heffernan.

The son of Galileo is, appropriately, out of a mare callled Wave, and today went clear of his rivals in the straight and in the end the 7/2 chance (from 6/1 on track) scored an easy five and a half lengths win over another well backed stablemate Orderofthegarter (11/4 - 9/4f).

Winning trainer Aidan O’Brien was pleased with the performance and later stated “he came on nicely from Cork where he was very green and suffered from stage-fright there.

“Today he jumped, got a position, travelled well and won nicely. He’s a nice colt and you’d have to be very happy with him.”

“We’ve always thought he’s a really nice colt and he stretched out well and finished well. He has plenty speed and could go for a Guineas Trial next spring.”< Cliffs Of Moher has some racing to do to compete and win at Group 1 level but, perhaps notably, follows in the hoofprints of similarly named top class Ballydoyle colts Rock Of Gibraltar and Giant’s Causeway.

By Tom Weekes, quotes from Gary Carson




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New Poster - International Official ratings update top 20 Euro juves Ballydoyle are well represented




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Capri leads Ballydoyle Criterium raiding party
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October 28th

Aidan O'Brien has four runners in the Criterium de Saint-Cloud on Sunday.
Leading Derby contender Capri, who missed an engagement in the Racing Post Trophy at Doncaster last Saturday, heads a team that also includes Taj Mahal, Wings Of Eagles and Douglas Macarthur. 

Aidan has won the Critérium de Saint-Cloud 4 times Ballingarry (2001), Alberto Giacometti (2002), Fame and Glory (2008), Recital (2010)

Aidan O'Brien, who was successful in the Criterium International 12 months ago with Johannes Vermeer, will be represented by Marcel Boussac runner-up Promise To Be True.

Aidan has won the Critérium International 4 times Mount Nelson (2006), Jan Vermeer (2009), Roderic O'Connor (2010) Johannes Vermeer (2015)


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Aidan wins another trainer's championship by Red
28.10.16



Aidan will once again be crowned champion trainer as the 2016 Irish Flat season draws to a close at Leopardstown this Saturday.

His fillies Minding and Found were his big prize-money winners during another tremendous season for Ballydoyle, Found the highlight leading home a fabulous one-two-three for the stable in the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe.

Minding's Pretty Polly Stakes win at the Curragh was one of five domestic Group Ones for Aidan, who saddled Seventh Heaven to land the Darley Irish Oaks, plus two-year-old stars Churchill in the National Stakes and Caravaggio in the Phoenix Stakes.

His other domestic Group One triumph was Alice Springs in the Matron Stakes on Longines Irish Champions Weekend.

Aidan said: "We've been lucky the horses have run well through the year and we've been very lucky to have some very good horses. There's been so many big days, but it's very hard to get away from the Arc with Found. It was a massive day, the filly was great and the other two Highland Reel and Order Of St George ran great races. It was a very special day.

Aidan added "There's a big team of horses for next year, the likes of Churchill, Caravaggio and Rhododendron, they're all horses to look forward to."

Aidan's son, Donnacha, was crowned champion apprentice at the age of 18 in just his third season riding, finishing clear of Gary Halpin, Killian Leonard and his sister, Ana, in the table.

His stand-out moment was undoubtedly his first Group One success which came at the Curragh where he won the Moyglare Stud Stakes on Intricately, trained by his brother, Joseph.

For good measure, the filly was bred by their mother, Annemarie. Donnacha also won a Listed race and a Group Three race on Order Of St George during the season.

Donacha said: "It was always the aim to get as close  the apprentice title as possible. I think this year has exceeded expectations. Realistically I've been riding the best horses, but I've been working as hard as I can to improve my riding and making sure I'm at a place where I'm not a disadvantage to have on them. I very rarely ride under 9st. Next season 9st will probably be my mark and I won't kill myself to get underneath that. Winning the Moyglare was the highlight. We thought she had an each-way chance, but it was a pleasant surprise and it was a fantastic day, especially with mum breeding her and Joseph training her."


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Galileo Battalions out in force at Melbourne and Santa Anita By Red
28.10.16



In the very early hours of Tuesday morning (4 am GMT)  the "race that stops a nation"  the Emirates Melbourne Cup is being run over 2 miles. The first of the Galileo Battalions line up  in the race with the Colts Bondi Beach and Grey Lion bidding  to give their sire a first success in the Group 1 Handicap.

Then super sire Galileo looks set to crown a brilliant season  in style at Santa Anita in the Breeder's Cup.

He is well represented in the turf events with the Colts Highland Reel, Mondialiste and Ulysses and the fillies Hydrangea, Alice Springs, Photo Call, Seventh Heaven and Pretty Perfect. 

His other daughter the Arc winner Found will attempt to do what her sire couldn't and that is to win the Breeders' Cup Classic on dirt.

His daughters are also responsible for Intricately (Inner Realm) and Roly Poly (Misty for Me).

From there it will be on to Hong Kong in the season's finale.


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Promise to be True & Spirit of Valor left in Criterium International 

Capri Wings of Eagles Taj Mahal Douglas Mac Galilean left in Criterium De St Cloud


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Found By Paul Rhodes



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Ballydoyle Breeders Cup 2016 squad




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Man On A Mission


 



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BREEDERS CUP PRE ENTRY RESULTS 

Alice Springs and Seventh Heaven Pre entered for the Breeders Cup Filly & Mares - Pretty Perfect did not get into to the BC Filly & Mares.

Washington DC successfully Pre Entered in Breeders Cup Turf Sprint

Found Highland Reel Pretty Perfect & Seventh Heaven all successfully Pre entered in the Breeders Cup Turf 

Alice Springs successfully Pre entered in the Breeders Cup Mile  - Cougar Mountain & Hit it a Bomb not successful 

Found & Highland Reel successfully Pre entered in the Breeders Cup Classic 

Intelligence Cross & Lancaster bomber successfully Pre entered in the Breeders Cup Colts Juvenile 

Hydrangea Promise to be True & Roly Poly successfully Pre entered in the Breeders Cup Fillies Juvenile 

Aidan will have no runners in the Colts Juvenile Dirt or the Fillies Juvenile Dirt


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Secretary declares war on Dundalk rivals
 
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Ballydoyle's War Secretary had the know how, after a debut run 157 days back, and that was instrumental as he beat his stable companion Homesman in the Irish Stallion Farms European Breeders Fund Maiden (Plus 10 Race) at Dundalk.

Both these are sons of War Front, and Donnacha O'Brien's mount was always on the gallop and he asserted from the furlong pole in his first-time tongue-strap.

Meanwhile Homesman was too green to do himself justice having his first taster of racecourse action under Seamie Heffernan.

There was no disguising the promise he showed from over a furlong out though, as he stayed on to be three and a quarter lengths off War Secretary at the line.

"He's a gorgeous looking big horse. On his homework he was probably very similar to Seamus' horse but he had that bit of experience which probably paid," reported the winning rider.

"Their first run is all about education, especially him as he's a big gross horse. The form has worked out very well.

"There is plenty of size and scope with him and he should improve with every run. I got a grand lead into the race, a nice target, and he quickened up nicely when I asked him to go about his business. He won't have any trouble getting further."


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Aidan has eyes on Hong Kong Prizes
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October 26th
The four winners of last year's Longines Hong Kong International races are all on course to defend their titles in December.

The races comprise the Longines Hong Kong Cup (2000m), the Longines Hong Kong Mile, the Longines Hong Kong Sprint (1200m) and the Longines Hong Kong Vase (2400m).

A total of 135 of this year's entries are overseas nominations, against 49 from Hong Kong. In all, 69 of the nominated horses are Group One winners and include all four of last year's victors, Japan's subsequent Horse of the Year, Maurice, compatriot A Shin Hikari, Highland Reel and local hero Peniaphobia.

The entries for the HK83 million dollar end-of-year showcase at Sha Tin on Sunday, 11 December come from across four continents and 13 jurisdictions.

Highland Reel gave Aidan O'Brien a first Hong Kong win in last year's Vase and the master of Ballydoyle has a stellar hand among his eight nominations this year.

As well as the aforementioned King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes winner, O'Brien's Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe heroine Found holds entries for Sha Tin in December, in both the Cup and the Vase; Alice Springs, with three Group One wins already on the board, could start in either the Mile or the Cup; classic heroine Seventh Heaven, winner of the Irish Oaks and Yorkshire Oaks has Cup and Vase entries; and last year's Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf winner Hit It A Bomb is engaged in the Mile and Cup.

Another international heavyweight, Japan's Maurice triumphed in the Longines Hong Kong Mile last year but this time trainer Noriyuki Hori is favouring a tilt at the showpiece Longines Hong Kong Cup, although the four-time Group One winner does hold a mile entry, too.

The Cup's Japanese bloc is prodigious. As well as Maurice, the entries feature Dubai Turf hero Real Steel, last year's runner-up Nuovo Record, one-time JRA 2000m champion Lovely Day, Maurice's recent Sapporo Kinen conqueror Neorealism and returning champion A Shin Hikari, the world's top-rated turf horse according to the official Longines World's Best Racehorse Rankings, thanks to his spring demolition of European rivals in the G1 Prix d'Ispahan.

All told, the early Cup candidates offer the potential of a vintage renewal with Pleascach engaged for trainer Jim Bolger, who lifted the prize in 2004 with another filly, Alexander Goldrun. Australia's exciting Caulfield Cup heroine Jameka is also entered for the Cup and holds a Vase entry as well.

Mr. Anthony Kelly, Executive Director, Racing and Business Operations at the Hong Kong Jockey Club, said: ""After Highland Reel's win last year, his first in open Group 1 company, it is pleasing to see Aidan O'Brien nominate such strong candidates.

"It is also fantastic to have such a mass of Japan's stars entered on the back of last year's successes, and with so many top-class horses entered from four continents, it looks a certainty that the second Sunday in December will deliver an afternoon of exceptional horse racing."


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Found Classic Bound + Aidan's Breeders Cup Squad plans

October 26th
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Aidan O'Brien confirmed Arc heroine Found's first preference at the Breeders' Cup will be the Classic - a race that has tantalisingly eluded the Ballydoyle trainer in the past.

Highland Reel was also included in the 14-strong pre-entry for the $6million dirt contest, but the King George winner looks bound for the Longines Breeders' Cup Turf.

O'Brien has finished second in the Classic with Giant's Causeway and Henrythenavigator, while Declaration Of War was third in the mile-and-a-quarter showpiece that will be staged on November 5.

He reported it is "very possible" Found's Coolmore owners will send her to Santa Anita for which she is a 16/1 chance with Sky Bet (NRNB) for the Classic. Her sire Galileo finished sixth in the same race in 2001.

O'Brien said: "It's a bit (of an) unknown that she hasn't raced on the dirt before. Galileo ran well in the Classic himself on dirt after a long gruelling season as a three-year-old. Anything is possible with Galileos.

"Found is an incredible mare. She handles fast ground and soft ground. She seems very versatile, really.

"She is a filly with a lot of tactical speed, but we know she stays a mile and a half. She has been very competitive in Group Ones from a mile up to a mile and a half."

O'Brien has registered 10 Breeders' Cup winners to date and a strong raiding party will depart for California on Monday.

Highland Reel is the 9/4 second-favourite for the Turf after finishing second to Found in the Arc.

O'Brien confirmed that race is the plan for Highand Reel and said: "So far, so good.

"He is a great horse; tough, consistent and runs at an unbelievably high level all the time. He handles all kinds of ground - very happy with fast ground - stays a mile and half well and has plenty of tactical speed."

Alice Springs, from O'Brien's crack three-year-old fillies' team, looks bound for the Mile after winning the Group One Matron Stakes and the Sun Chariot Stakes.

A 4/1 shot with Sky Bet, she is likely to be joined in it by Cougar Mountain.

O'Brien said: "Alice Springs is a very good filly and seems to be getting quicker as the year goes on. She seems to love fast ground and is a strong traveller.

"She seems to be in good form. The filly has progressed with every run and obviously we were very happy with her at Newmarket (Sun Chariot).

"Cougar Mountain will probably go as well. He is a very tough, consistent horse who just wants fast ground and a good pace on. That's when he is seen at his best."

Washington DC is on course for the Turf Sprint after finishing second in the Prix de l'Abbaye at Chantilly. Seventh Heaven and first reserve Pretty Perfect could leave O'Brien double-handed in the Filly & Mare Turf.

And from the powerful Ballydoyle two-year-old team, 6/1 shots Hydrangea and Roly Poly will probably represent O'Brien in the Juvenile Fillies.

Hydrangea was second to stablemate Rhododendron in the Fillies' Mile, while Roly Poly was short-headed last month in the Cheveley Park Stakes.

O'Brien said: "Hydrangea gets a mile well - we saw that in the Fillies' Mile. She's in good form and it's very possible she'll go. Roly Poly would be stepping up in trip but it's possible that she'll go. She'll love the fast ground and we'll find out about the mile."

Intelligence Cross (9/2) and Lancaster Bomber (7/1) are in the mix for the Juvenile Turf. Intelligence Cross was fourth in the Middle Park Stakes and Lancaster Bomber chased home Churchill in the Dewhurst Stakes.

O'Brien said: "The plan at the moment is for the two of them to go to the Juvenile Turf.

"Intelligence Cross would love fast ground and going round the bend. The other horse would love the ground, it looks like that he would appreciate going a mile."


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Bondi Beach all set for the Melbourne Cup 
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October 25th 
Aidan O'Brien's Bondi Beach has arrived in Australia ahead of the Emirates Melbourne Cup at Flemington next week.

The Galileo colt, who finished 16th in last year's renewal, is owned in partnership with Lloyd Williams who has won the Cup on four occasions.

'Team Williams' could run four runners next week with Almandin, Gallante and Assign joining Bondi Beach in the 'race that stops a nation' and part-owner Nick Williams is happy with their team.

"Bondi Beach has arrived in Australia in great order, we are very happy with him," Williams told www.racing.com.

"Aidan O'Brien is the best trainer in the world, there are no negatives with him and the Irish are eternal optimists. Ryan Moore will be flying in to ride him and his form this year has been very good.

"Our three local runners are in great order, Robert Hickmott is very happy with how they are a week out. Almandin will be ridden by Kerrin McEvoy in the Cup and he is spot on at the moment.

"He has progressed so well since winning The Bart Cummings at Flemington and will have one more piece of work to top him off.

"Gallante will be ridden by Blake Shinn who used to ride for the stable when he was an apprentice in Melbourne, circumstances were against him in the Moonee Valley Cup and it was unfortunate that the race ended up the way that it did.

"Completely forget that run, he has come through it well and I would be staggered if he is not right in the finish.

"Assign will be ridden by Katelyn Mallyon and he has come through his win in the Herbert Power Stakes in tremendous order.

"He is a really tough horse and still on the up, I think that he will run a lot better than the odds suggest. Katelyn comes from a great racing family and has had a brilliant education as a jockey.

"She understands pace and time so well, which is so important with these international horses that need to be rated to perfection, she rides Assign so well."

Williams is looking forward to former Ballydoyle resident (Century) now named Our Century. He's running in the Bendigo Cup on Wednesday and feels that the lightly-raced stayer is one to keep an eye on over the next year.

"Our Century is a good horse but he lacks experience," Williams said. 

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Minding Idaho & US Army Ranger part of O'Brien's 4YO Team next season
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October 25th

Minding appears likely to star in a strong four-year-old team for Aidan O'Brien next year.

The brilliant filly finished her Classic year with victory against the colts in the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes on Champions Day at Ascot, recording what was the seventh Group One success of her career.

Other highlights this season have been achieved in the Qipco 1000 Guineas at Newmarket and the Investec Oaks at Epsom.

O'Brien said: "I think that's the plan (stay in training), I think that's what the lads are thinking of at the moment.

"Nothing is written in stone, but she would be one to look forward to."

Idaho was third in the Derby at Epsom and second in the Irish equivalent, before winning the Great St Voltigeur at York and going off the hot favourite for the Ladbrokes St Leger.

It all went awry at Doncaster, however, as he unseated Seamie Heffernan and was last seen finishing fifth to Erupt in the Canadian International.

O'Brien said: "It didn't really work in Canada. We're looking forward to him next year.

"We think he's something to look forward to as a four-year-old."

Joining Idaho in the big middle-distance events will be Derby runner-up US Army Ranger.

He was forced to miss the Curragh version and, after a break, was without a win in three starts.

But O'Brien has not lost the faith and told At The Races: "He will stay in training, we rushed him a little bit for the Derby.

"He had a break and none of his races really worked, but we were very happy with him on his last run (eighth in the Champion Stakes).

"He didn't get the run of the race and we felt he would have been right there.

"We think he's going to be a four-year-old to look forward to as well."


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Final Tattersalls Horses in training sales results

Lot - Horse - Sale Price - Purchaser

92 London - 30,000 GNS - Bobby O'Ryan

95 Schubert - 40,000 GNS - Th Nanos Epe

96 Circus Ring - 25,000 GNS - Joseph O'Brien

192 Monarch - 35,000 GNS - Joseph O'Brien

193 Dick Whittington - 150,000  GNS - Luke Comer

194 Sugarloaf Mountain - UNSOLD

195 Candel Rocks - UNSOLD

196 Bravery - 44,000 GNS Bradley/Kelly Bloodstock

199 Perfect Storm - 65,000  GNS - Abdulatif Hussain Al-Emadi

200 Family Crest - 13,000  GNS - Joseph O'Brien

202 Sao Paulo - 40,000  GNS - Charles Byrnes 

289 The Happy Prince - Withdrawn

291 Santa Anita - 8,500 GNS  - Luke Comer

294 Land of the Free - 8,000 GNS Bader Saffah Sahoud

296 Istan - 60,000 GNS -  Kjeldsbjerggard

300 The Statesman - 90,000 GNS - Richard Knight Bloodstock 

301 Edgar Allan Poe- 15,000 GNS -  Rebecca Bastiman


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Churchill Form Rock Solid 
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October 24th 

Aidan O'Brien met with a rare reverse at Group One level at Doncaster on Saturday but still had the satisfaction of seeing the form of Churchill boosted by the victory of Rivet in the Racing Post Trophy.

Yucatan was sent off favourite to give the master of Ballydoyle an eighth success in the Town Moor showpiece and 22nd on the Flat this year, but Ryan Moore's mount had to give best to the William Haggas-trained Rivet - only fifth to O'Brien's Guineas and Derby market leader Churchill in the Dewhurst.

O'Brien told At The Races: "Rivet is a very good horse and he showed it at Doncaster, that was the Dewhurst form. The reality of it going into the race was he was the form horse - he was handy all the way and kept going. He's a very good horse, I'd say."
Assessing Churchill, O'Brien said: "We always thought he was very good, before he ran everything he did was always very easy and he took all the steps very easy. He's never disappointed us in any way. He's a big, solid horse."

Caravaggio also promises to take high rank in the three-year-old division next season and is reported to be doing well having not been seen since winning the Phoenix Stakes at the Curragh in August, following a minor setback.

O'Brien said: "He's cantering and everything seems fine with him.


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Found Could run in Classic & other Breeders' Cup plans
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Sunday 23 October 2016
Found is set to receive an entry in the Breeders' Cup Classic as well as the Turf event she won 12 months ago, according to Aidan O'Brien.

A decision has yet to be taken on whether the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe heroine will run at Santa Anita next month, but the master of Ballydoyle has raised the intriguing possibility of a clash with the likes of California Chrome in the 10-furlong Classic on dirt.

Found was last seen losing little in defeat behind Jean-Claude Rouget's Almanzor in the Champion Stakes at Ascot, a run which came just 13 days after her victory at Chantilly.

She followed a similar path 12 months ago, and lowered the colours of Derby hero Golden Horn in the Turf at Keeneland.

O'Brien told At The Races: "I'm not sure she'll be entered in the Filly & Mare, she might be entered in the Turf and she might be entered in the Classic. The lads will decide when the dust settles, see how she is and how everything is, I think.
"She's a great mare, she travels strongly and she stays well. She is gutsy and determined and she's brave.

"Obviously it (Classic) is totally into the unknown, but the lads will talk about that and see what they want to do. But she is a great mare, really.

"She might retire after this year anyway, so it's getting to the end of her runs, but we'll see how she is during the week, she seems to be in good form."

Aidan Added we are sending Intelligence Cross & Lancaster Bomber for the Juvenile race Washington Dc for the sprint Seventh Heaven in the Filly & Mare Hydrangea for the Fillies Juvenile Highland Reel for the Turf.


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Ballydoyle Breeders Cup Contenders 2016



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Congratulations Aidan (The British Championship not official yet but you can't be caught)



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2 champions 2 Hemispheres 



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Galileo Fastnet Rock is the cross of the future & You'd Imagine there is going to be alot more success to come yet 




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Great win for former Ballydoyle Resident THE UNITED STATES (Galileo) In The Crystal mile (Group 2) at Moonee Valley Australia Looked very very classy 



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London gets up to chin Schubert at Dundalk 


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London pipped stablemate Schubert in a head-bobbing finish to the end of the mile maiden in Dundalk. London and Seamie Heffernan travelled strongly into the lead entering the home straight but Schubert and Ana O'Brien threw down their challenge a furlong and a half out.

The two horses were locked together in the final furlong but it wasLondon who dropped his head on the line at just the right time.

The 7/4 favourite prevailed by a nose from the 7/2 runner-up. Both were trained by Ana O'Brien.

Live Twice (25/1) gave her supporters a place dividend, a length and a quarter off the battle for first place.

Seamie Heffernan said: "Donnacha told me that he’d be hard to beat and Aidan said that Ana was my danger.

“It was nice to be on the right side of the photo. He’s a fresh horse that has only come right the last couple of weeks.”

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Bondi in fine fettle ahead of Melbourne Cup 
October 21
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Bondi Beach continues to please connections ahead of his second attempt at the Melbourne Cup. Aidan O’Brien’s charge was 16th last year but is currently a 10-1 third-favourite for the ‘Race that stops a Nation’ behind only Hartnell and the Caulfield Cup winner Jameka.

Bondi Beach’s part owner, Nick Williams, told media in Australia: “He looks like he’s travelled really well. He only lost a kilo and that’s a great sign. He obviously had a long trip on the plane but he was bucking his brands off there. He seems very fresh.”

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New Excelebration Coolmore Poster 



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Market Proves right as Yucatan leads O'Brien's Trophy Team 
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October 20th
Ryan Moore rides Galileo colt Yucatan in the Racing Post Trophy.

O'Brien has dominated the whole season, especially in the top juvenile races, but at the start of the week Capri was an odds-on favourite.

However, by Wednesday Yucatan, behind Capri in the Beresford Stakes, had replaced his stablemate at the head of the betting.

Yucatan, out of Six Perfections, will be joined by stable companions Finn McCool and The Anvil.

Capri maybe sent to France for the Group One Critérium International at 8 furlongs or the Critérium de Saint-Cloud over 10 furlongs at St Cloud next weekend. It's highly unlikely that Capri will be a part of the Ballydoyle Breeders Cup team other than that he may have been put away for the season.


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66 OF AIDAN O'BRIEN'S 270 G1 WINS HAVE BEEN PRODUCED BY GALILEO Interesting Numbers about 24.44% of all his G1 wins - 124 G1 Victories for Galileo heres how they are split - Ballydoyle Galileo's 66 V Other Galileo's 58 



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The Gurkha NEW FOR 2017 



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Ana The PERFECT partner for Storm at Navan 

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The Aidan O’Brien trained Perfect Storm made it fifth time lucky in the Navan Welcomes Owners (C&G) Median Auction Maiden at Navan today, winning under the Champion Trainer’s daughter Ana O’Brien.

The son of Excelebration made all and kept going well to the winning line for a half length win over staying on even money favourite Harbour Beacon.

O’Brien senior wasn’t present but the winning jockey later commented “I got into a nice easy lead on him and he did it well and galloped to the line well.

“He keeps pulling out a little bit and he’s improving all the time.”

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Aidan Reports on his Racing Post Trophy Team 
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Aidan "Yucatan is progressing nicely he took a big step forward from his debut to win his maiden at the Curragh at the end of August and then he took another big step forward to finish second in the Beresford.

He has come forward with every run and I think he has progressed again since the Beresford. I have been very happy with him.

I could have four runners in the race and as I have said already, Yucatan is progressing nicely, while Capri could join him in it. The Anvil and Finn McCool are likely runners too. We have yet to decide for definite about Douglas Macarthur and whether he will show up or not.

When asked about jockey bookings: "I'm not 100 per cent sure about jockey bookings yet and we have not made any final plans but it is certainly a possibility that Ryan will ride Yucatan.


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Strong market support for Yucatan Trophy Bid 
October 19 2016

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Capri beats Yucatan in the Beresford Stakes - which of the pair will we be seeing at Doncaster?
Backers of Racing Post Trophy favourite Capri will have been alarmed to see strong support for stablemate Yucatan on Wednesday morning.
Three-quarters of a length separated the pair when they finished first and second respectively in the Juddmonte Beresford Stakes at The Curragh last month.

The pair were among a total entry of six horses left in by Aidan O'Brien at Monday's five-day stage and Capri, having previously been earmarked for the race, was installed as favourite across the board.

However, bookmakers reported support for Yucatan on Wednesday and by 0930(BST), he was available at no bigger than 3/1, with Capri drifting out to a best-priced 6/4 with Sky Bet, whose spokesman Michael Shinners said: "It is possible sometimes to read too much into these kind of market moves, but what I can say is that there certainly seems an expectation that Yucatan will line up on Saturday and will run very well."

By Galileo out of Breeders' Cup Mile winner Six Perfections, Yucatan certainly has a pedigree to suggest he can perform to Group One standards.


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A.P.O'Brien 270 Flat Group Ones wins split by Nations Updated



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Timeform Global Rankings European Division Ballydoyle Spotlight & News Update




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Sir John Paints Pretty picture in Gowran opener 

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Sir John Lavery strode clear inside the final furlong to open his account in impressive fashion in the opening mile maiden at Gowran Park this afternoon.

The Ballydoyle colt had shaped with plenty of promise when third on his debut at the Curragh eight days ago and confirmed that with an authoritative display.

Despite missing the kick slightly the 8/13 shot was soon in mid-division under Seamus Heffernan.

He was asked to take closer order passing two pole and went on over a furlong out. The son of Galileo pulled clear in the closing stages to score by seven lengths from newcomer Haripour.

“He'd a lovely run the last day, and he didn't mind the ground. He gave me a nice feel, and it's what you would want him to be doing on his second run,” said the winning rider.
Boylesports introduced the winner at 33/1 for next year's Derby


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Found remains in contention for Breeders Cup Trip 
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The Aidan O'Brien-trained filly was running just 13 days after winning the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe, and lost little in defeat against Jean-Claude Rouget's colt, who also had her back in second in the Irish Champion Stakes.

Found followed a similar path 12 months ago, and lowered the colours of Derby hero Golden Horn in the Breeders' Cup Turf at Keeneland.

O'Brien said of his Ascot runners: "They are all fine and all seemed to come out of it good.

"Don't rule any of them in or out of America, even Found, and we'll decide in seven or 10 days' time."
Headlining the afternoon for O'Brien on British Champions Day was his brilliant three-year-old filly Minding, who beat the colts in the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes, adding to her top-level victories this year in the 1000 Guineas, Oaks and Nassau Stakes.

O'Brien said: "I'm hoping she's going to stay in training so she probably won't be going again."
Gold Cup victor Order Of St George had to settle for fourth in the Long Distance Cup, having been third in the Arc.
His trainer said: "If he was going to go back again he would have to go back for the race this week in France (Prix Royal-Oak at Saint-Cloud) and that's probably too quick so I'd imagine he'll be let off for the year."

Derby runner-up US Army Ranger was eighth in the Champion, with Seventh Heaven fifth to the impressive Journey in the Fillies & Mares Stakes.

O'Brien added: "We might leave him (US Army Ranger) to next year now. He ran better than his placing looked."

And of Seventh Heaven: "The race was a bit messy. She might go to America for the Filly & Mare (Turf)."reopens Meanwhile, O'Brien is set to saddle a strong team in the Racing Post Trophy at Doncaster on Saturday, as he seeks an eighth triumph in the final Group One of the season in Britain.O'Brien said: "We've got Capri, Yucatan and Finn McCool there. They are the possibles."


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Spirit of Valor off the mark at Naas


Spirit Of Valor justified odds-on favouritism in the opener at Naas, the Tifrums EBF Maiden, scoring under Donnacha O'Brien for his father Aidan. An eye-catching third on his debut at the Curragh last Sunday, the son of War Front was briefly available at evens last night.
That price didn't last long, and he opened on-course at 8/11, before going off the clear favourite at 8/13.
Settled in second, the bay victor was ridden under two furlongs out, and he hit the front with a furlong left to race.
He briefly edged right inside the final furlong but maintained his lead, going on to score by three parts of a length.
The front-running Imagine If finished second under Colin Keane for Ger Lyons at 7/2 (touched 13/2 this morning), while newcomer Invincible Ryker (14's to 10/1) ran a fine race to take third, a head back under Shane Foley for Mick Halford.
Aidan O'Brien said afterwards: "It's tough going out there and the ground is softer than we thought. "It's good for him to do it in that. He works well with an ease but that's a good bit more than an ease. I think he'll prefer much better ground.
"I had thought he'd handle the ground better and had thought about looking at the Killavullan at Leopardstown but now I don't know.
"He struggled a bit and I thought he would have won easier. It's possible he may be finished now."

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In A League of their own


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Aidan O'Brien trained multiple G1 winners by number of G1 wins - Minding top of the tree as she has potential to win more





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Mindings Magnificent 7 G1s





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                                                How time flies Happy Birthday Aidan 

      



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Minding the Queen of Ballydoyle what a CV this is.



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A.P.O'Brien Career Stats Updated - Aidan O'Brien Champion Trainer in Britain & Ireland in 2016




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A.P.O'Brien All time top earning horses & Top Earning horses in training 2016 updated



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Aidan & Michael Tabor Reaction to Mindings win

Minding wins the QEII under Ryan Moore

Aidan O'Brien "It's unbelievable, she's an incredible filly.

"The last day she worked, Seamus (Heffernan) got off her and we couldn't believe it. It's a big team effort, as you can imagine.

"I can't say how delighted I am for everybody but she's an incredible filly - a mile, a mile and a half then bring her back to a mile in an all-aged Group One against the boys, they have to be special to do those things.

"I'd imagine that would be it for this year and the lads have talked about bringing her back next year, hopefully.

"To stay a mile and a half and then do that over a mile, they have to be very special."

O'Brien added: "We were always happy enough but we were a bit concerned we might have to make the running.

"She got left in the lead a little bit earlier than he wanted and ideally we'd have taken a bit more of a lead into the race.

"To beat the colts is unbelievable."

Co-owner Michael Tabor said: "She's just a super special filly, it's absolute euphoria. Aidan has kept her going all year which is an incredible piece of training.

"To keep her going from winning the Guineas to winning all the races in between is something special."



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Galilean off the Mark at Cork 

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Fresh from Minding's brilliant win at Ascot, Aidan O'Brien completed a quick cross the card double as top-weight Galilean led home a 1, 2 for Ballydoyle in the Annual Ticket 2017 Nursery Handicap.

Third on his debut at Naas last month, the son of Galileo could only manage third and fourth respectively when sent off favourite on his next two starts.

Making his debut in handicap company today, the bay colt was available at 3/1 last night, opening on-course at 2's, before going off the 13/8 market leader.

Prominent throughout on the inner, the winner was pushed along with under three furlongs to race.

He soon came under pressure and eventually got the upper hand on stable mate Tang Dynasty with over a furlong to go. He extended his advantage inside the final furlong, going on to score by two and a half lengths.

The aforementioned Tang Dynasty had to settle for second under Aidan O'Brien at 12/1, while Cleona was another half a length back in third under Kevin Manning for Jim Bolger at 16/1.

Donnacha O'Brien said afterwards: "He's tough, stays well and horses aren't making up a whole lot of ground here today so I said I'd ride him confidently from the front and he kept going.

"He'll make a stayer next year."

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Minding the Queen of British Champions day 

Minding showed the boys a clean pair of heels to notch another Group One triumph in the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes at Ascot.

On the go all season, Aidan O'Brien's brilliant filly already had the 1000 Guineas, Oaks and Nassau Stakes in the bag and had run well in the Irish Champion Stakes behind Almanzor and Found.

Dropped back to a mile for the first time since her surprise reverse in the Irish Guineas, she was not inconvenienced in the slightest, travelling strongly throughout for Ryan Moore.

Jet Setting led the group on the near side with Galileo Gold racing keenly behind her, while on the far side Barchan, making the pace for Ribchester, was giving the perfect lead to Minding with Ribchester behind her.

Approaching the final furlong Moore kicked clear and gained a decisive two-length advantage, which his mount needed in the end as several closed her down.

Ribchester made good late gains to close to within half a length of the 7-4 favourite, with a further length back to Lightning Spear.

Moore, bagging the first Champions Day meeting success of his career, said: "Really delighted with her today. She's had a hard season and to bring her back to a mile is some achievement really.

"She was too good for them, too strong. She has lots of pace and masses of talent."


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Aidan hopes Found can take him closer to a record haul by Red
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Aidan could surpassed Bobby Frankel’s longstanding record of 25 Group One victories. Starting this weekend.

Aidan has a powerful team for three of the four Qipco British Champions Day Group One contests at Ascot on Saturday. Should he saddle the winner of each, he will move  to within one of drawing level with Frankel. His focus will  then switch to Woodbine on Sunday, with Idaho trading at 7-4 to win the Canadian International and Best In The World the 11-2 favourite for the EP Taylor Stakes.

Aidan has plenty more opportunities ahead of him. There is the Racing Post Trophy at Doncaster (his runners have won it seven times since 1997) and then the Breeders’ Cup, the two Criteriums in France and Hong Kong in December to follow.

Aidan will saddle Found alongside US Army Ranger for her re-match against Almanzor in the Qipco Champion Stakes at Ascot. It will be the mare’s ninth race this season, one more than last year in her Classic campaign, and it remains a subject of debate whether she can maintain her form just 13 days after her Chantilly triumph.

No horse has won the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe and augmented victory by successfully dropping down to ten furlongs in what is now Europe’s most valuable race over the distance at £1.3m. None of the 13 Arc winners since All Along in 1983 even went on to win another race in the same season, with the trip to Paris the focus for most connections. Aidan has still to win the Champion Stakes either at Ascot, or at Newmarket where it was staged before 2011.

Found, however, ran in the Irish Champion Stakes, Arc and Champion Stakes last season before she outpointed Golden Horn at the Breeders’ Cup 12 months ago. Aidan has shown many times before with horses such as Johannesburg, Rock Of Gibraltar and Fame And Glory that two Group One races within a fortnight is possible and Aidan does not believe she is a candidate for the bounce, where horses recoil off a big performance.

“The Arc was always her target,” he said. “All the other races were on the way to the Arc. She takes her races so well. We did it last year [run in the Irish Champion Stakes, Arc and Champion Stakes] and she’s been fine since France. It’s the way she is. We all knew a long time ago that there’s something different about her. She’s incredible, really, the most genuine horse I’ve ever seen. She empties the tank every time. The problem is not to let her empty too quick - she goes right to the bottom of herself. It’s very unusual.”

While Found is clearly the centerpiece, there are other Ballydoyle jewels that are set to sparkle on Champions Day.

The supremely talented Minding is tasked with dropping down to a mile to take on Godolphin’s Ribchester with stablemate Hit It A Bomb, while Order Of St George is odds-on to emerge victorious in the shadow of the statue of former Ballydoyle flag-bearer Yeats in the Long Distance Cup.

With a trio of fillies in Seventh Heaven, the 2-1 favourite, Pretty Perfect and Even Song making the Qipco Filly & Mares contest look in Aidan's grip, the stage is set.
Aidan’s assault on Frankel’s 13-year-old benchmark has been fuelled by the power of Galileo.

Of Aidan's 20 Group One winners on the Flat this season (his 21st top level win was achieved at the Cheltenham Festival), 18 can claim the Coolmoore super sire as their father. Only Middle Park Stakes winner Caravaggio, who is by Scat Daddy, and Brave Anna, the Chevelely Park heroine who boasts War Front as her sire, stand apart.

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AOBFS Hits 4,000 Twitter followers
Aidanobrienfansites twitter feed opened for business in January 2012 and after 55,000 tweets over 12,000 likes we have now hit the milestone of reaching 4,000 twitter followers. We would like to thank all of our followers.






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Landofhopeandglory Transfers to the Hill
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By Paul Rhodes for AOBFS & JOBFS October 15th

The High Chaparral 3 year old out of German mare Wurfklinge has transferred from Ballydoyle to Owning Hill.

He was rated 102 & made 10 starts for Joseph's Father Aidan during the 2016 flat season winning one and placing in 4 races including 2nd spot in the Curragh Cup Group 2 behind stable mate Sword fighter.

He was last seen at Hamburg on the 10th of July were he only managed to beat one home in the German Derby. Landofhopeandglory has since been gelded and will be a nice addition to Joseph's National Hunt team.

Joseph “He has been gelded and is with me now. The plan is to go juvenile hurdling with him. His schooling over hurdles has gone well. He seems to like it, which is the main thing. I’m looking forward to getting him on the track.”


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Not to be for Newt at Caufield


Sir Isaac Newton finished 7th in the Caufield cup. The Galileo 4 year old was up near the pace early & struggled to settle but was in contention turning in but weakened in the final furlong.

Jockey Colm O'Donnoghue said "Sir Isaac Newton hated the slow gallop and was too keen he needed a stronger gallop to run at he resented the slow pace"

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Legendary Australian Owner Lloyd Williams buys into Sir Isaac Newton

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By Paul Rhodes October 14th

Lloyd Williams already a Part owner of Bondi Beach & Order of St George has now purchased a share in Saturdays Caufield Cup Contender Sir Isaac Newton.

Sir Isaac Newton was the sales topping purchase by the Coolmore partners costing a cool 3.6 Million guineas at Tattersalls Book one yearling sale in 2013.

The 4 year old Galileo stallion has won 3 of his 12 starts for trainer Aidan O'Brien.

Sir Isaac Newton will now carry the famous Williams colours (navy blue, white armbands with a white cap) in the Caufield Cup.


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AIdan " Found is the most genuine I've ever seen"
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October 14th

Aidan O'Brien hailed Found "the most genuine horse I've ever seen" ahead of a sensational renewal of the Qipco Champion Stakes at Ascot.

Runner-up to Fascinating Rock 12 months ago, the daughter of Galileo went on to claim the scalp of the brilliant Golden Horn in the Breeders' Cup Turf on her final start at three and hopes were high she could establish herself among the middle-distance elite this season.

Overall Found has endured a frustrating campaign, filling the runner-up spot in five consecutive Group One events in the space of five months.

But she enjoyed the big-race victory her consistency deserved after producing a stunning performance in the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe and returns to Ascot less than a fortnight later in a bid to follow up.

O'Brien said: " The Arc was always her (principal) target. All the other races were on the way to the Arc.

"She takes her races so well. We did it last year (ran in the Irish Champion Stakes, Arc and Champion Stakes) and she's been fine since France. It's the way she is.

"We all knew a long time ago that there's something different about her. She's incredible, really, the most genuine horse I've ever seen.

"She empties the tank every time. The problem is not to let her empty too quick - she goes right to the bottom of herself It's very unusual."

If Found is to emerge triumphant, she will need to reverse previous form with French challenger Almanzor.


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Idaho & Best in the World at Woodbine from our Friends Woodbine Racetrack



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Aidan's Girl Power 



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Longines World Rankings Update By Red





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Champion Juvenile Vancouver to shuttle to Coolmore America 

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Unbeaten Champion juvenile Vancouver will reverse shuttle from Coolmore Australia to Coolmore America’s Ashford Stud for the 2017 breeding season. The best juvenile by world-class sire Medaglia d’Oro out of a very fast daughter of Danehill, Vancouver won a stakes race first time out early in the season before adding three straight Group wins. In the G2 Todman Stakes be broke the two-year-old track record at Randwick before adding the G1 Golden Slipper, the world’s richest race for two-year-olds.

“I saw Vancouver in Australia last week and he’s an exceptionally good-looking individual who should sire both racehorses and sales horses. I think US breeders will be very impressed when they see him,” said Ashford manager Dermot Ryan. “He’s by a very good sire in Medaglia d’Oro and is proving extremely fertile with nearly 50 mares already scanned in foal. Our sire sensation Uncle Mo was also an unbeaten Champion juvenile at two, as was Shanghai Bobby whose first yearlings were very well received this fall and who Vancouver very much reminds me of. It all bodes very well for the future!”




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New Coolmore Owned horse from Chris Palmer 

2014 Filly -  So You Think x Star Ruby Named  BUTTON UP

Usually owned soley by Michael Tabor & all of her offspring have been trained by Sir Michael Stoute. So i would imagine that's where this filly is headed.

Dam is by Rock Of Gibraltar this is her 3rd foal her other 2 foals are Stargazer & Stravagante 


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Minding: Takes on the colts in the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes
October 13th
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The Galileo filly had three options, but the all-conquering Aidan O'Brien has decided to drop her back down to a mile, a distance over which she has not run since being beaten by the re-opposing Jet Setting in the Irish Guineas.

Kevin Buckley, UK Representative for Coolmore Stud, said of the dual Classic winner: 

"Minding will appreciate the little break that she's had since the Irish Champion and she's very versatile when it comes to distance."


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Seventh Heaven heads for the Fillies & Mares Stakes
October 13th
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The Irish Oaks heroine beat Arc-winning stable companion Found in the Yorkshire Oaks in August and with the stable in scintillating form, she will be well fancied to complete the hat-trick.

O'Brien is also responsible for Ribblesdale Stakes winner Even Song and Park Hill runner-up Pretty Perfect.

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George set for Long Distance Cup 
October 13th
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Aidan O'Brien's Arc third Order Of St George is likely to be a warm favourite for the QIPCO British Champions Long Distance Cup at Ascot on Saturday.

The Gold Cup winner was surprisingly turned over at prohibitive odds of 1-7 in the Irish St Leger but ran out of his skin in Chantilly, beaten only by stablemates Found and Highland Reel.

Simple Verse, winner of the Fillies & Mares race on Champions Day last season, steps up in trip after returning to winning ways in the Park Hill Stakes at Doncaster for Ralph Beckett.
Quest For More, who landed the first Group One success of his career in the Prix du Cadran, represents Roger Charlton, with Litigant making a belated first appearance of the season.
Forgotten Rules has been declared by Dermot Weld, while David Simcock runs Doncaster Cup winner Sheikhzayedroad.

Nearly Caught, Sandro Botticelli, Suegioo and Gold Prince make up the field of 10.


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Coolmore Moore O'Brien & Galileo Dominate New TRC Global Rankings

Ryan Moore & the retired Joseph O'Brien lead the way in the Jockey Rankings. Coolmore have a Healthy lead in the owners Rankings. Aidan O'Brien leads the Trainers list and Colmore's Champion Sire GALILEO leads the Sires table 

The evolution of the TRC Global Rankings began on January 5, 2014. Since then they have produced and archived weekly rankings internally, providing us with a rich set of data for tracing the career trajectory of the world’s best jockeys, owners, trainers and sires over the last three years.

 

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One horse race - British Trainers Championship updated



 

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Perfect team lets hope she makes it 7 G1s on Saturday






British Champions Day Saturday - Ballydoyle Runners & Riders QEII - Minding (Ryan) Hit it a Bomb (Heff) Fillies & Mares - Seventh Heaven (Ryan) - Pretty Perfect (Heff) - Evensong (TBC)Champions Stakes Found (Ryan) - US Army Ranger (Heff) - Long Distance Cup Order Of St George (Ryan) 

Washington DC & Alice Springs Miss out on Champions day and could head straight to the Breeders Cup.

Aidan "All the horses who are running are in good form since their last runs and we wouldn't want much more rain at Ascot."

The fields for Ascot's will be finalized this morning.

 

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IDAHO & BEST IN THE WORLD ARRIVE IN CANADA FOR SUNDAYS GROUP ONE RACES AS AIDAN CHASES WORLD RECORD. Thanks to Woodbine racetrack for sending the pictures much appreciated.

Ryan Moore booked for both rides

Idaho has Arrived for the Canadian International at Woodbine on Sunday


Picture Courtesy of Karl Lagerborg

Best in the World has arrived for the E.P. Taylor at Woodbine on Sunday



Picture Courtesy of Karl Lagerborg


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Timeform Global Rankings European Division Ballydoyle Spotlight & News Update 12/10




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Aidan O'Brien Trained Multiple G1 winners By Number won Updated



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Aidan's Flat Group One Winners by Nation Updated





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Having being contacted by several people who are struggling to find the news section on our home page we have decided to start a new page exlsuively for the Latest News.

Our news articles will now be homed here instead of the home page. Headlines will continue be hosted on the home page with prompting links to the full Stories which will bring you here also makes the home page a bit more tidy.


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BRITISH CHAMPIONS DAY SATURDAY - Highland Reel Found Long Island Sound US Army Ranger & Minding all remain in the Champion Stakes - Cougar Mountain Minding Hit it A Bomb & Alice Springs all remain in QEII - Washington DC remains in the British Champions Sprint - Order of st George remains in the British Long Distance Cup 



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Hail the new king of Ballydoyle


Colm O'Donnoghue booked for Sir Isaac Newton in Saturday's Caulfield Cup


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Leading Sires Tables Updated - Galileo is just Ridiculous he is taking the mick now hahaha




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WATCH: Caulfield Cup contender Sir Isaac Newton work at Werribee this morning >




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Can't Mind many better seasons TBH





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Murtagh in Awe of Aidan 

09.10.16


Johnny Murtagh hailed Aidan  as a "genius" after Ireland's champion trainer monopolised a Group One race for the third time in a week.

Murtagh, the former Irish champion jockey and now a successful trainer, saluted the achievements over the past week, but was not surprised as Aidan has been such a king of the sport for years.

From 2008 to 2010, Murtagh was retained by Coolmore as Aidan 's stable jockey and because of that was able to chalk up 19 Group One winners in that first season and 10 the following year.

The Ballydoyle maestro has, however, lifted the bar even higher this month after dominating the sport, not just in his own country, but in England and France in particular.

Instead of basking in the unprecedented achievement of saddling the first three home in the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe, courtesy of Found, Highland Reel and Order Of St George, Aidan mopped up the two major prizes for two-year-olds at Newmarket.

Earlier in the year he had the first three home in the Qipco 1000 Guineas with Minding, Ballydoyle and Alice Springs at the headquarters of British Flat racing.

Only Aidan could back up a one-two with Rhododendron and Hydrangea in the Dubai Fillies' Mile on Friday by repeating the trick with Churchill and Lancaster Bomber in the Dubai Dewhurst Stakes on Saturday to give him a 20th Flat success at the top level this year.

"It's not just yesterday or today or this year, he's been doing it for a long time," said Murtagh.

"He's just a genius at what he does and I suppose all those Galileo's are a huge help."


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Galileo goes from strength to strength in 2016 By Red 

09.10.16



Super sire Galileo has had a great 2016 so far with 13 individual Group 1 winners and 21 Group 1 races in total. The season is not yet over for his progeny and I can see those totals being added to.

The Fillies Minding and Alice Springs have given him 7 Group 1's between them. including the 1000 Guineas and the Oaks. He has also sired a French 2000 Guineas winner in the Gurkha.

His Progeny have won over various trips from 7 furlongs with the exciting Churchill to 2m 4f with Order of St George and all other distances in between.

We are only 9 days into October and Galileo has sired 1 Graded stakes winner and 4 Group 1 winners.  Having a 1-2-3 in the arc followed up by a double in the Fillies' mile. He may add to that impressive haul this weekend coming in the Caulfield cup with Sir Isaac Newton.

Minding, Seventh Heaven, Best In The World, US Army Ranger, Alice Springs and Found may appear on British Champions day final decisions on their participation will be made later in the week .



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Former Ballydoyle resident Adjusted was renamed Assign won a G2 in Australia this morning great for his sire Montjeu 


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A.P.O'Brien Year By Year stats updated 


Top Earning horses in training 2016 updated



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Aidan reveals Champions Day plans

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Aidan O'Brien says no decisions about his QIPCO Champions Day team are to be made until next week - but that Found remains in the mix.

The Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe winner last year took the same route via the QIPCO Champion Stakes, in which she finished second to Fascinating Rock, on her way to winning the Breeders' Cup Turf and O'Brien is looking at the same route 12 months on.

"Last year she ran in all of those races. That's the way she is, you know," he told Sportinglife.com.

"We've all known a long time that she is incredible. She is the most genuine horse I have ever, ever seen. When you drop her down, she empties the tank, you know, and the problem is not to let her empty too quick, you know. She gives everything. She goes right to the bottom. Very, very unusual.

"The Arc was always her plan and all of the rest of the races on the way to the Arc."

Found could still run in either the Champion Stakes or the British Champion Fillies & Mares Stakes, depending upon how O'Brien decides to play his other cards at the meeting.

"Found has two options," he said. "US Army Ranger has one option in the Champion. Seventh Heaven has one option in the Fillies and Mares, Minding could go in one of three races.

"They'll do a little bit early in the week and the lads will decide what they want to do on Wednesday evening I would imagine.

"I don't think dropping back to a mile [in the QEII] would bother Minding. She ran a mile and a quarter last time so if the lads want to do that it won't be a problem."

Plans remain less certain though for the two horses that chased Found home at Chantilly.

"With Order Of St George, we haven't really looked at anything with him since he ran so it will probably be late weekend before we see where we are," said the trainer. "I think Highland Reel might go straight to the Breeders' Cup Turf."



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Another War won by Churchill


The 8/11 favourite was held up in mid-division in the early stages under Ryan Moore as his stablemate and 66/1 outsider Lancaster Bomber cut out the early gallop hard on the stands' rail.

Two furlongs out, the field fanned across the course to try and throw down their challenge and Moore briefly had to work, with the strong-travelling Blue Point on the outside and Thunder Snow also ready to get involved.

But Churchill answered his jockey's call, as he has kept doing this season, made some space and went on to score with something in hand, Lancaster Bomber rallying back past rivals for second place - the second day running that O'Brien had bagged a one-two in a juvenile Group One.

Sky Bet cut the winner from 5/2 to 6/4 for next year's QIPCO 2000 Guineas, with spokesman Michael Shinners saying: "The Dewhurst looked the best two-year-old race run this season and we've been forced to go 6/4 Churchill to win the Guineas after once again showing guts to match his class on the Rowley Mile."

       





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Oh my look at them ADELAIDE's first foals looking sharp



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War 2 from 2 at Limerick


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The Aidan O’Brien trained Black Hawk War (11/10) maintained his unbeaten record at Limerick today when following up his debut win at the venue on Monday with a second course win in the Irishinjuredjockeys.com Anglo Race.

Ridden again by the trainer’s son Donnacha O’Brien, the son of War Front chased even money favourite Sharliyna for much of today’s race but quickened past inside the final furlong before scoring a three parts of a length win.

Following the race jockey O’Brien stated “he learned plenty from his first run and has a good attitude and is clear winded which helps.

“Being by War Front, you’d imagine he’d want better ground but it doesn’t feel like that to ride him. You’d hope he’ll continue to improve now.”

By Tom Weekes


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A.P.O'Brien career stats updated



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A.P.O'Brien Year By Year stats updated




           

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Taj Stepping in the right direction


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October 7th 

Taj Mahal got off the mark at the sixth time of asking in the seven furlong nursery at Dundalk.

Donnacha O'Brien's mount was driven in third approaching the straight and was ridden over two furlongs out in pursuit of clear leader Twist Of Magic.<Taj Mahal made steady headway to challenge the leader at the furlong pole. Twist Of Magic was edging left at this stage.<Taj Mahal kept up the forward momentum to grab a narrow lead in the final 150 yards and strode on to win by a length.

The winner, trained by Aidan O'Brien, was returned the 9/4 favourite. He carried top weight of 9st 8lbs.

There was a major gamble on Noble Intention - 25/1 to 8/1 - and his backers got a place dividend as he kept on for third, a short head behind Twist Of Magic (7/1).

Donnacha O'Brien said: "He's still a big baby but it's a step in the right direction. He's a horse that we have always thought plenty of and the trip was a bit sharp but he got away with it as it was a drop in class."

The winner is a full brother to last year's English and Irish 2,000 Guineas hero Gleneagles, who went on to land the St James's Palace Stakes at Royal Ascot.


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Classy Rhododendron slams Fillies mile field 

October 7th 


Rhododendron and Hydrangea: First and second in the Fillies' Mile

Ryan Moore was sat motionless aboard the 5/2 joint-favourite for much of the contest and brought his partner to lead approaching the final furlong.

Only stablemate Hydrangea (4/1) could offer even the hint of a threat from that point and she was soon brushed aside, the winner hitting the line two-and-a-quarter lengths in front despite her tongue lolling out.

Urban Fox (40/1) was six lengths further away in third with Sobetsu and Spatial both proving very disappointing.

Moore said: "She travelled beautifully into the race. She's won very easily. She's done that with a real lot of class. The last time I rode her was at Goodwood, she impressed me that day. She was disappointing the last day - she hung a bit - but she's back to her best. She's an awful lot of class."

O'Brien said of the winner: "She's a very good filly. She's a filly that's really progressed. We were a little bit confused with her (Rhododendron's) Moyglare run.

"We thought she was a little bit better than the other filly (Hydrangea). It just goes to show the Moyglare was a very good race. We thought she would like to go up to a mile, which she did today. They're two very high-class fillies and we knew they were progressing. That might be it for the year, but the lads will talk about that and see what they want to do. Both fillies are in a good place at the moment, so it (Breeders' Cup) is an option if the lads want to do that."

Sky Bet make the Rhododendron 7/1 for both next year's QIPCO 1000 Guineas and Investec Oaks from 16/1 and 14/1 respectively.

Spokesman Michael Shinners said: "You had to be impressed with that performance. She clearly appreciated both the step up in trip and fast ground and goes into a winter quarters as a leading player for next year's Classics."







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Galileo has produced G1 winners at 7 8 10 12 & 20 furlongs in 2016 Awesome



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Highland Reel & Order of st George been considered for the Hong Kong Vase 


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Newmarket Sat, 8th Oct, 2016  - The Anvil - Autumn Stakes (Group 3) (Ryan)  - Churchill (Ryan) Lancaster Bomber (Colm) - Dubai Dewhurst Stakes (Group 1)  - Wings Of Eagles (Ryan) - Zetland Stakes (Listed) - Johannes Vermeer (Ryan) - Darley Stakes (Group 3)


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Sir Isaac Newton 1 of 18 left in the Caulfield Cup & He is 5th Favorite for the race on October 15, 2016


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Aidan's G1 wins split by Nation Updated 


 

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Churchill Leads Aidan's Attempt to land a fifth Dewhurst 

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6th October

Churchill heads a field of seven for the Dubai Dewhurst Stakes at Newmarket on Saturday.

Aidan O'Brien's star colt is odds-on to claim his fifth successive win after progressing from the Listed Chesham Stakes at Royal Ascot to the Group One National Stakes at the Curragh.

Lancaster Bomber, who has acted as pacemaker for his illustrious stable companion in his last two starts, has again been recruited from the Ballydoyle team.

The two Irish raiders face a strong home contingent led by the William Haggas-trained Rivet, winner of the Champagne Stakes at Doncaster last month.

There are two unbeaten colts in this seven-furlong feature.

South Seas made it three from three for trainer Andrew Balding when defeating subsequent Prix Jean-Luc Lagardere runner-up Salouen in the Solario Stakes at Sandown in August, while t he John Gosden-trained Seven Heavens, a son of Frankel, is the unknown quantity in the line-up. He is stepping up considerably in class having won an Ascot maiden and a two-runner conditions event at Goodwood.

Godolphin are represented by Charlie Appleby's Gimcrack winner Blue Point, who was runner-up in the Middle Park Stakes a fortnight ago, and the Saeed bin Suroor-trained Thunder Snow, who was only beaten a head by Rivet in the Champagne.

Aidan O'Brien Dewhurst Stakes Winners  – (4) – Rock of Gibraltar (2001), Beethoven (2009), War Command (2013) Air Force Blue (2015)



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Newmarket Friday Cornwallis Stakes (Group 3) Courage Under Fire (Ryan) - Challenge Stakes (Group 2) Cougar Mountain (Ryan) Fillies Mile (Group One) Rhododendron (Ryan) Hydrangea (TBC) 


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14 Ballydoyle Juveniles in the top 50 rated Juveniles including 5 of the top 10 2 for Owning Hill 



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Our twitter poll result is in wow thanks to all who voted will be doing more of them with that reaction 





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Finn off the mark at Navan 


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Finn McCool provided welcome relief for favourite backers at Navan when taking the Irish Stallion Farms EBF (C & G) Maiden for the father and son team of Aidan and Donnacha O’Brien.

The Galileo full-brother to Kingfisher, runner-up in both the Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby and the Ascot Gold Cup, showed stamina should also be his forte by staying on gamely to deny promising newcomer Harbour Beacon.

The pair set down to fight out the finish of this mile event from well over a furlong out, and the 10/11 favourite showed the benefit of his three previous runs to prevail by half a length.

Clongowes was another four and a half lengths back in third.

Donnacha O'Brien said, “He's still babyish but I think he has a big engine. The second horse probably isn't too bad and it was a nice performance.”


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Cougar Mountain up for the Challenge

 by Red

05.10.16.


Aidan O'Brien relies on Cougar Mountain to give him a first victory in the Group 2 Dubai 100 Challenge Stakes on Friday at Newmarket.

The five-year-old entire by Fasnet Rock has already made a successful visit to the course this year, when  picking up the  Group 2 Joel Stakes a couple of weeks ago when beating Gifted Master by 3 and a quarter lengths.

Currently 7/2 with Paddy Power.


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Aidan's duo for the Fillies' mile by Red

05.10.16


Aidan will rely on Rhododendron and Hydrangea to give him a fifth victory in the Group 1 Dubai Fillies' Mile at Newmarket on Friday.

Aidan is going for a third win in succession, having sent out Minding and Together Forever to claim the last two runnings.

Rhododendron pipped Hydrangea in the Debutante Stakes, although the form was reversed when they were then second and third in the Moyglare Stud Stakes.

Aidan has won this race in the past in 1998 with Sunspangled, 2007 with Listen, 2014 with Together Forever and 2015 with Minding.

Rhododendron currently 3/1 with Paddy Power, Hydrangea currently 11/2 with Paddy Power.



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  Found a champions day prospect? by Red

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Aidan has given raise to the prospect of Found running at Ascot on Champions Day on Saturday 15th October.

The filly was an Impressive winner of the Group 1 Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe at Chantilly on Sunday , most talk afterwards was of her defending her Breeders’ Cup Turf crown at Santa Anita on November 5.

However, Aidan has not ruled out Found running in either the  Group 1 QIPCO Champion Stakes where again she would come up against Almanzor, who beat her in the Irish version last month, or the Group 1 QIPCO British Champions Filles & Mares Stakes run earlier on in the card.

Aidan said: “Our three Arc runners came home on Sunday night and all of them seemed fine this morning. We’ll wait until later in the week when we see how they are before making plans, but Found ran in the Arc last year before going on to finish second in the Champion Stakes at Ascot and then winning the Breeders’ Cup Turf, and it’s possible that we might do something similar with her. Nothing is being ruled in or out. We have always thought the world of her and she again proved herself a very good filly on Sunday.”

Found has contested five QIPCO British Champions Series races in the past 16 months and finished runner-up on each occasion.

Opposition in the Fillies and Mares could include Zhukova, as well as Simple Verse and Journey.

Both the Champion stakes and the Fillies and Mares are races that have so far eluded Aidan. 




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Churchill tops the Dewhurst team, Michael Dickinson adds his congratulations to Aidan and Joseph reflects on Aidan's 1-2-3 in the Arc full stories by Red in news section



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Nice Debut for War At Limerick and there is more to come.


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03.10.16

Ballydoyle newcomer Black Hawk War (5/1), and eventual second, Creme De La, came together and bumped over a furlong out. However in the end the Donnacha O'Brien-ridden Black Hawk War proved much the best in the Patrickswell Maiden at Limerick, scoring by three and a quarter lengths.

Black Hawk War was equipped with a tongue-strap, and the American-bred son of War Front is out of a Lost Code mare named Lasting Code.

"He's a nice horse but being by War Front, we were worried about the ground and he'd like better," suggested Donnacha O'Brien.

"We were hopeful he'd run a nice race and I'd say we'll try and run again before the end of the year."



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Churchill leads Dewhurst team by Red

03.10.16


Aidan's Churchill is one of 14 remaining juveniles in contention for Saturday's Group 1 Dubai Dewhurst Stakes at Newmarket. it is regularly seen as the race which defines the champion two-year-old, the winner is usually propelled towards the head of the betting for the 2000 Guineas.

Churchill already holds that position - as well as in the Derby - due to his wins at Royal Ascot and in the National Stakes, and is likely to be a warm order at the weekend.

Aidan could also run the classy Capri, Intelligence Cross, Lancaster Bomber, Pennsylvania or Finn McCool.

Aidan has won the race in the past in 2001 with Rock of Gibraltar, 2009  with Beethoven, 2013 with War Command and 2015 with Air Force Blue


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Michael Dickinson on Aidan's Arc 1-2-3. by Red

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Michael Dickinson who himself made history when responsible for the first five in the Cheltenham Gold Cup on Thursday, March 17 in 1983. His team were  Bregawn, Captain John, Wayward Lad, Silver Buck and Ashley House  it is seen as feat that will never be repeated.

It was also never thought that one trainer would have a one-two-three in Europe's premier middle-distance Flat race.

But that is just what Aidan did with Found, Highland Reel and Order Of St George at Chantilly as he added yet another record to his impressive list of achievements in an incredible career that took off when he moved to Ballydoyle in 1996.

Speaking from his home in America, Michael Dickinson said: "Congratulations to Aidan, it's a fantastic achievement. It's great to have the power of Coolmore behind him, but he does a brilliant job training them."



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Joseph reflects on Aidan's Arc 1-2-3. by Red

03/10/16


Joseph has hailed Aidan's "unbelievable" achievement in saddling the first three home in Sunday's  Group 1 Qatar Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe at Chantilly.

Found, who was partnered by Ryan Moore, led home Highland Reel and Order Of St George in a clean sweep of the 12-furlong showpiece for the Ballydoyle handler.

Joseph was not surprised to see Found triumph as he felt she had been unlucky when down the field in 2015, but he was amazed to see her two stablemates claim minor honours.

Joseph said : "It was unbelievable and you couldn't imagine it could happen. It's a funny track and the three of them were drawn all over the place and for it to happen for the three of them was just unbelievable. Found has been second in nine Group Ones and when things fall right for her she is unbelievable - Ryan gave her a great ride. She was a bit unlucky last year, but it was an Arc and every year there seems to be some unlucky ones. That's the reason Found was kept in training and that's the race she was kept for all along."



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Arc win seals a great weekend for Galileo by Red

3/10/16



Alice Spring's win in the Group 1 Sun Chariot stakes at Newmarket on Saturday set the ball rolling on a unique weekend for her sire the great Galileo.

24 hours later Found leads home Highland Reel and Order of St George in the Group 1 Qatar Prix de l'arc de triomphe all 4 horses are trained by one man Aidan O'Brien.

This is the second time this year that Galileo's offspring have filled the first 3 places in a major race the other being in the Qipco 1000 Guineas at Newmarket where Minding led home Alice Springs and Ballydoyle .

He also sired the first 3 home in the G2 Beresford Stakes at the Curragh where Capri held off Yucatan and Exemplar.

The Arc is one race that had so far eluded Galileo as a sire until Found's win. His Dam Urban Sea and his half brother Sea the Stars both won it.

Whatever the next few months hold for Galileo none will top his achievement of this past weekend.



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Fabulous Found Leads home Ballydoyle 1,2,3 in Arc




Ohhhhhh La la la Ryan gets a smacker right on the lips from Lanfranco priceless




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Fabulous Found Leads home Ballydoyle 1,2,3 in Arc

Ryan Moore celebrates after riding Found to win the Qatar Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe

Found led home an incredible one-two-three for Aidan O'Brien in the Qatar Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe at Chantilly.

Last year's Breeders' Cup Turf heroine arrived in Paris having filled the runner-up spot in five consecutive Group One events, most recently chasing home Almanzor in last month's Irish Champion Stakes at Leopardstown.

Unlucky in running 12 months ago, the 6-1 chance was always well positioned by Ryan Moore and was angled off the rail to mount her challenge in the straight.

Found quickened brilliantly heading inside the final two furlongs to claim the pacesetting Vedevani and never looked like being caught, keeping up the gallop for an emphatic success.

Highland Reel, winner of the King George VI And Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Ascot during the summer, took second spot under Seamie Heffernan.

Gold Cup hero Order Of St George rounded off the Ballydoyle-dominated finish in third for Frankie Dettori.

Roger Varian's Postponed was the 15-8 favourite to continue his unbeaten campaign, but while he travelled well into the straight alongside Found, he could not pick up and was ultimately well-beaten.

Big Japanese hope Makahiki never threatened, while dual Derby hero Harzand could not get in a blow.

Part-owner Michael Tabor said: "I can't believe it. First, second and third in the Arc, it's unbelievable.

"It's just incredible. Words can't describe it. It's just amazing."

He added of Found: "This is the time of year for her. We knew we had a chance, but this is the Arc and it's a tough race. It's unreal.

"She's a hardy, tough filly. I don't have to say anything because her results speak for themselves, so it's fantastic.

"It's the race that all of America watches and obviously Europe does, too, so the whole world is watching. It's a special race to say the least."

O'Brien said: "I'm so delighted for everyone. It's a big team effort.

"It's a privilege to be here and be part of it. How can you see anything higher (in his career) than this?

"I couldn't dream this would happen. You know how difficult the Arc is."

He went on: "She's only run over a mile and a half four times before and she was unlucky in the Arc last year

"Epsom (Coronation Cup) was also a falsely-run mile and a half, and we came here very hopeful after a good run last time.

"We've had our eye on this for a long time. When Ryan rode her as a two-year-old and said she could win an Arc - he was obviously right."

O'Brien added: "It's a great feeling to saddle the first three home in an Arc, there's not much to beat it, but it's all down to a fantastic team effort and I'm delighted for John (Magnier), Michael (Tabor), Derrick (Smith) and their families.

"And what makes it amazing is that they are all by Galileo...it's a privilege to be here."

Meanwhile, Varian said of the beaten Postponed, who had to settle for fifth: "Andrea (Atzeni) said he felt great going to the post, but after breaking well he was trapped three wide early on and couldn't get in.

"It meant he met the big bend on the wrong lead and then he didn't quicken up like he can.

"It's a feeling of disappointment as we went in hoping we would win, but the main thing is we still have a horse to go to war with and we can take him home and see how he comes out of it."

It's a great feeling to saddle the first three home in an Arc, there's not much to beat it, but it's all down to a fantastic team effort and I'm delighted for John (Magnier), Michael (Tabor), Derrick (Smith) and their families."

Aidan O'Brien






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Whitecliffsofdover 3rd & Utah unplaced in Prix Jean Luc Lagardere





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Promise to be true 2nd in the Marcel Boussac 




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Alice Springs Wins The Kingdom of Bahrain Sun Chariot Stakes her 3rd group One victory




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A.P.O'Brien Career Stats Updated





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Year By Year Stats updated




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Top Earning horses in training 2016 updated 




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Alice storms to 3rd Group One win in Sun Chariot 

Alice Springs: Newmarket winner

Sent off the 13-8 favourite after blitzing a good field in the Matron Stakes on Irish Champions Weekend, Aidan O'Brien's filly was not as impressive on this occasion.

Arabian Queen tried to make all, but Always Smile and then Alice Springs swooped past.

It initially looked as if Ryan Moore was going to run out an easy winner on the market leader, but Saeed bin Suroor's four-year-old made her pull out all the stops.

Three-quarters of a length separated them at the line, with Ervedya staying on strongly but too late in the day to claim third.

Moore said: "She picked up very well and she was just dossing a little bit when I got serious with her but she found a bit more. She is a very good filly.

"She is very well balanced. She won here as a two-year-old, was fourth in the Cheveley Park and third in a Guineas. She has had plenty of racing and is very professional."

Having already proved she is adept at long distance travelling when running well at the Breeders' Cup last year, that meeting is once again on her agenda and a clash with Royal Ascot winner Tepin.

"She was second in the juvenile fillies' race last year when the ground went soft," said Moore.

"It was not ideal for her. Santa Anita will suit her but Tepin will be hard to beat."

O'Brien said: "She is an unbelievable filly. She is a real big powerhouse now. She has gone very pacey and has a lot of speed. She is a very exciting filly.

"Deauville (when well beaten) that's the past. She travels very strong and quickens very well. She might go to America for the Breeders' Cup Mile.

"She ran very well at Keeneland last year and is a very professional filly.

"She got there travelling very well. Ryan seemed to be very happy. His body language looked happy. We were delighted with her really.

"She is a very good filly."







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Aidan on some of his big guns 

War Decree is finished for the Year and is been trained for the Guineas. - Deauville is finished for the year and will come back as a 4YO - Idaho could go for the Canadian International and will be kept in training as a 4YO - US Army Ranger could have 1 last run this season in the Champion Stakes - Churchill could have his last run of the season in the Dewhurst - Aidan says Caravaggio looks a pure sprinter the fastest we have trained - Johannes Vermeer did some work at the Curragh on Sunday but is 2 or 3 weeks away from a return. On The Future - Aidan is Keen to carry on "Whether it is another 10 or 20 years or one will be someone else’s decision that’s not in our hands.


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