Epsom Derby History Beckons for Aidan Coolmore & Galileo

Written by Paul Rhodes with Anne Alston for Rhodes Reports 29th of May 2018

Epsom Derby history beckons for Aidan O’Brien on Saturday and should the record breaking trainer saddle the winner it will give the Irishman a seventh success in racing’s “Blue Riband” event and he will join the other illustrious names that of Fred Darling, Robert Robson & John Porter who each saddled seven Derby winners in their careers, O'Brien will join them as the races most successful trainers.

Image result for fred darling trainer

Image result for Robert Robson trainer

Image result for john porter trainer

Image result for aidan o'brien

Fred Darling (7 Derby Victories in 19 Years) – Captain Cuttle (1922), Manna (1925), Coronach (1926), Cameronian (1931), Bois Roussel (1938), Pont l'Eveque (1940), Owen Tudor (1941)

Robert Robson (7 Derby Victories in 30 Years) – Waxy (1793), Tyrant (1802), Pope (1809), Whalebone (1810), Whisker (1815), Azor (1817), Emilius (1823)

John Porter (7 Derby Victories in 31 Years) – Blue Gown (1868), Shotover (1882), St. Blaise (1883), Ormonde (1886), Sainfoin (1890), Common (1891), Flying Fox (1899)

Aidan O'Brien - (6 Derby Victories in 16 years) - Galileo (2001), High Chaparral (2002), Camelot (2012), Ruler Of The World (2013), Australia (2014), Wings of Eagles (2017)

If he is successful on Saturday Aidan will have reached the milestone of 7 Epsom Derby Victories the quickest of the four taking just 17 years to amass that total. 

Image result for galileo derby

AIdan's maiden Derby Winner Galileo in 2001 Galileo has gone on to sire 3 winners of the great race.

Coolmore partners Mrs John Magnier & Michael Tabor already hold the owners record of Epsom Derby winners and another victory in the race will put them on 8 victories just one victory behind the legendary jockey Lester Piggott who finished his career with 9 Epsom Derby victories to his name, he remains the most successful person connected with the Epsom Derby. This is something that the Coolmore partners could emulate in 2019  

Image result for lester piggottLester Piggot 

All Time Leading Epsom Derby Jockey - Lester Piggott – Never Say Die (1954), Crepello (1957), St. Paddy (1960), Sir Ivor (1968), Nijinsky (1970), Roberto (1972), Empery (1976), The Minstrel (1977), Teenoso (1983).

Image result for sue magnier

                      Sue Magnier (Mrs John Magnier)

Image result for michael taborMichael Tabor (Centre) 

All-time record Epsom Derby leading owners - Mrs John Magnier & Michael Tabor - (7) - Galileo (2001), High Chaparral (2002), Pour Moi (2011), Camelot (2012), Ruler Of The World (2013), Australia (2014), Wings of Eagles (2017)

Image result for saxon warrior 2000 guineas Ballydoyle's leading contender for the Epsom Derby Saxon Warrior winning the 2000 Guineas 

So, should Ballydoyle unleash another Epsom Derby victor it will be an historic occasion in and around the racing community and I for one look forward to seeing another unique piece of history created by the master of Ballydoyle.

Image result for aidan o'brien

Galileo can join Montjeu & Waxy as the leading sires of the great race this year by being the sire of 4 Epsom Derby Winners

 Montjeu & Galileo

Galileo Epsom Derby Winning Progeny -(3)- New Approach (2008), Ruler Of The World (2013), Australia (2014) 

Montjeu Epsom Derby Winning Progeny -(4)- Motivator (2005), Authorised (2007), Pour Moi (2011), Camelot (2012)

Waxy Epsom Derby Winning Progeny -(4)- Waxy Pope (1809), Whalebone (1810), Blucher (1814) and Whisker (1815).


My Thoughts on the Ballydoyle Battalion heading to 

Meydan for World Cup Night on Saturday 31st of March

Paul Rhodes for Rhodes Reports 30th of March 2018

Image result for meydan

UAE Derby - G2

Mendelssohn - Scat Daddy x Leslie's Lady - Ryan Moore 

The half brother to Beholder was a $3,000,000 purchase at Keeneland in 2016. His early juvenile form was a little patchy but showed real promise when finishing runner up to US Navy Flag in the Group 1 Dewhurst Stakes after which he was to run out an impressive winner of the Grade 1 Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf at Del Mar. Mendelssohn began his classic campaign with a trip to Dundalk to run in the Listed Patton Stakes on March 9th in order to gain Kentucky Derby qualifying points which remains his immediate target. He put in a solid display to see off stablemate Threeandfourpence it looked as though he won with a little in hand. Next comes a trip to Meydan for the Group 2 UAE Derby in order to gain yet more points and I think he has outstanding claims he holds his stablemate on all know form and will come on alot for the run and I Believe he is Ballydoyle's best chance of a winner on World Cup Night. 

Seahenge - Scat Daddy x Fools in Love - Donacha O'Brien 

Seahenge was the smart winner of the Group 2 Champagne Stakes at Doncaster in 2017. This remains his career highlight to date. Seahenge finished strongly after a tardy start to gain 3rd place in the Listed Patton Stakes at Dundalk. Out of the 3 Ballydoyle horses who took part in the race Seahenge looked like he need the run most having said that he has the best part of 4 lengths to make up on Mendelssohn. In my opinion he has place claims but I can't imagine him turning the form on Mendelssohn. 

Threeandfourpence - War Front x Liscanna - Seamie Heffernan 

The full Brother to Hit It A Bomb & Brave Anna's career highlight to date came at Newmarket when he was a promising fourth in the Group 1 Dewhurst Stakes behind stablemate US Navy Flag. Out of the 3 Ballydoyle residents who contested the Listed Patton Stakes he looked the most ready to race and the market supported that theory he was very well supported going off the 5/2 second favourite. He bounced out well and took the lead until he was worn down in the final furlong by Mendelssohn who was giving him 5 pounds on the night. In the UAE Derby he will run off level weights with his stablemates and that will be a big ask, another who has place claims he may fill the Ballydoyle 1 2 3. 

Al Quoz Sprint - G1

Washington DC - Zoffany - How'´s She Cuttin´ - Ryan Moore 

Washington DC is a decent horse but so far has found it difficult to break through at the highest level although has run with credit in Group One in company in the past.  I just feel maybe in terms of ability he is just a level below Group One. He has won 6 races in his career 4 of them at Listed level and his Group 3 Phoenix Sprint Stakes remains his sole Group race victory. He loves fast ground and his best perfromances have come at 5 furlongs. The worry is this will be his first run of the season and sometimes in his races he can find himself adrift off the pace which is difficult to come back from over the shortest distance. He maybe be best watched on Saturday but hopefully he can break through later in the season he is 5 now so is in his prime.  

Dubai Turf - G1

Lancaster Bomber - War Front x Sun Shower - Ryan Moore 

Lancaster Bomber became somewhat of a bridesmaid in 2016 and 2017, he however did run with great credit especially with his second place behind Barney Roy in the Group 1 St James’s Palace Stakes at Royal Ascot. He also put in positive desplays in the Grade 1 Woodbine Mile in Canada and the Grade 1 Breeders’ Cup Mile at Del Mar again finishing second on both occassions. Lancaster Bomber has been to Meydan before he ran a solid 4th behind Thunder Snow in last years UAE Derby. If ever a horse deserved to win a Group One its this fella I see him showing alot of improvement as a 4 year old, he will have his day I'm just not too sure and can't be confident it will be on Saturday. I am hopeful he can follow in the footsteps of Declaration Of War by coming good at 4 and who knows could he be the horse that can break Aidan's duck in the Gerade 1 Breeders' Cup Classic. 

War Decree - War Front x Royal Decree - Seamie Heffernan 

Lightly raced 4 year old who has only had 8 career starts to date . He was put away after his Group 2 Vintage Stakes victory at Goodwood as a juvenile. He came back as a 3 year old in the Group 3 Craven Stakes but put in a disappointing display just beating one home. He put in a decent performance when 5th behind Brametot in the Group 1 Prix du Jockey Club. He ran out a impressive winner of the Group 3  Diamond Stakes at Dundalk booking his place in the Grade 1 Breeders' Cup Classic where he looked a little out of his depth when beating only 2 home finishing 9th behind Gun Runner, he was again a little disappointing when finishing 10th behind Time Warp in the Group 1 Hong Kong Vase in December. He now looks a little exposed in Group One company and I'd have to favour Lancaster Bomber's chances out of the 2 Ballydoyle runners. 

Sheema Classic - G1

Idaho - Galileo x Hveger - Ryan Moore 

As a 4 year old Idaho failed to hit heights that we might have expected after his 3 year old campaign, his fall in the St Leger still hurts. I certainly expected the full brother to Highland Reel to have scored at the highest level by now BUT he did give us a golden moment in 2017 when winning the group 2 Hardwicke Stakes at Royal Ascot. Idaho also was a solid 3rd behind 5 time Group 1 winning filly Enable in the Group 1 King George VI And Queen Elizabeth Stakes. His poorest performances have come the further abroad he has travelled, he seems to react badly to travelling long distances. He is a hard horse to trust, on his day there is no doubt he is a top class horse and it all depends on Saturday which Idaho turns up. He will get plenty of opportunities in 2018 to break his Group One hoodoo.

O'Brien's Epsom Derby Ammunition in 2018

Paul Rhodes for Rhodes Reports 24th January 2018

Image result for aidan o'brien

Saxon Warrior

This colt had an impressive juvenile campaign winning all 3 of his starts including the Group One Racing Post Trophy. While I'm not keen to write him off for the Derby I do see him as more of a Guineas type and can see him running in all of the top mile races throughout the season. By Japanese sire Deep Impact out of the Multiple Group One winning Galileo daughter Maybe. We have not seen enough of the Deep Impact's over here in Europe to properly evaluate his progeny but Maybe was a very classy filly and looks to have passed on her talent to her son. He is not one to write off but he does not make my shortlist.

The Pentagon

The Pentagon does not have a stand out pedigree on paper compared to some of his stablemates. He is the brother to 3 winners including Group Two winner Vadamar. He had 4 starts as a Juvenile with 2 victories to his name at Maiden level and at Group 3 level when landing the Tyros Stakes. He was also Group One placed behind Saxon Warrior when finishing 3rd in the Racing Post Trophy. He will be high up in the Derby pecking order but does not make my top 3.

Amedeo Modigliani

Amedeo Modigliani has a fascinating pedigree his dam Gooseberry Fool is a Group winning daughter of Danehill Dancer. He had only 2 starts as a Juvenile and he shaped with real promise on debut when finishing 3rd at the Curragh in July behind Gustav Klimt. Next time out at Galway in August he could not have won more easily or be more impressive, he shaped like a very very special colt that day. I think he is the one stand out horse when it comes to the Derby, he is most definitely my pick and at 16 to 1 offers incredible value.

Gustav Klimt

A very classy colt who but for injury in my opinion would now already be a multiple Group One winner. Gustav Klimt has a lovely pedigree he is the sibling to some very good horses including Mars, Wonderfully, Toscanelli and Cuff who maybe never reached their full potential for one reason or another. I think Gustav Klimt will break the mould and I can see him becoming a multiple Group One winner. However I see him following the Churchill and Gleneagles route, I think he will be more of a miler and I think will be a leading player in the 2000 Guineas, Irish 2000 Guineas, St James Palace Stakes and Sussex Stakes which would rule him out of the Derby.


He does not have a pedigree that screams classic winner. His dam Tender Morn is a daughter of champion sprinter Dayjur and she never raced past 6 furlongs, there is a huge amount of speed on the dam's side. Kenya raced 3 times as a Juvenile all over 7 furlongs winning 2 of them including the Group 3 Killavullan Stakes. Looking closely at his pedigree you would have to be concerned about him getting the trip and for this reason he does not make my shortlist. 

Kew Gardens

Kew Gardens has a decent pedigree, he is a half brother to Group 3 winner Thawaany. He had 5 starts as a Juvenile finishing up winning the Listed Zetland Stakes over 10 furlongs which he won very impressively. Kew Gardens could turn out to be a very smart stayer this season and I see him more of a Leger type, he has all the credentials to be a contender at 1 mile 4 furlongs but does not make my shortlist. 

Delano Roosevelt

Delano has a fantastic pedigree by Galileo out of Again who is a Group One winning Daughter of Danehill Dancer. Delano had 3 starts as a Juvenile winning one of them. He was one of only a handful of Ballydoyle Juveniles to win on debut in 2017. He followed that with 2 solid runs in the Group 3 Juvenile Stakes when 3rd behind Nelson and finishing 2nd to Group One winner Saxon Warrior in the Group 2 Beresford stakes. I really like Delano I think he will flourish over the winter and look forward to seeing him in a Derby trial early this season he makes my shortlist.


A stoutly bred staying son of Frankel, he was given such an eye catching name, a future sires name. He is the half brother to Epsom Derby runner up US Army Ranger. His dam won the Irish Oaks in 2008. Nelson had 5 starts as a Juvenile with victories at Maiden level and went on to win the Group 3 Juvenile Stakes where he beat home Delano Roosevelt and Kew Gardens that day. He gave me the impression in 2017 that he could be a very classy stayer another who I have pencilled in as a Leger type and for that reason he misses out on the shortlist but he is a smart colt. 

Family Tree

Unbeaten as a Juvenile winning his only start, Aidan must have seen enough to put him away for the winter. He broke his Maiden in September over 7 furlongs at Gowran Park. Family Tree has the most incredible pedigree he is half brother Reckless Abandon who was an unbeaten Juvenile he won the Group One Middle Park Stakes and the Group One Prix Morny Stakes in 2012. The only worry would be there is a lot of speed on the dam's side. He really could be anything and I could be kicking myself for ruling him out of the shortlist.  

James Cook

Full Brother to multiple Group One winner Found need I say more, yes James Cook has a serious pedigree and was give a great name, he was named after the famous British explorer who "Found" a lot of places. James Cook took 2 attempts to break his Maiden tag which he did so at Leopardstown in October. He shaped very well on both of his career starts and like his sister I can see him getting better with age I just hope the classic does not come too soon for him but he makes the shortlist. 

Flag Of Honour

Half brother to Group 3 winner Air Chief Marshal. His dam Halawa is a race winning daughter of Warning. Flag Of Honour made 4 starts as a Juvenile winning 2 from 4 starts including in Maiden company, he then went on to win the Group Eyrefield Stakes. He is another who looks more of a staying/Leger type to me and for that reason he too misses out on the shortlist. 

Shortlist Verdict and best prices for the Derby

1) Amedeo Modigliani 16/1

2) Delano Roosevelt 33/1

3) James Cook 33/1


In 2017 O'Brien Has the Ammunition to smash the world record that has so far eluded him  

By Paul Rhodes 21st March 2017 

Image result for aidan o'brienImage result for Bobby Frankel

                                                                             A.P.O'Brien & Bobby Frankel R.I.P 

In 2017 Aidan finally has the ammunition to smash the one remaining  world records that has so far eluded him that of training the most Group 1 winners in a season.

During  the 2016 season Aidan broke the world record to become the most successful Group/Grade One trainer in the long History of the sport. His accomplishments taking him past Australia's legendary trainer Tommy J Smith's tally of 279 Group One Victories. Aidan is now well on his way to bring his tally up to towards the 300 mark.

The Brooklyn born but California-based trainer Bobby Frankel set the World Record of 25 Flat Group/Grade One's in a calendar year during his unbelievable season in 2003. He won 25 Group/Grade One's with 15 different horses.

Aidan has come very close to achieving the record twice before  once in 2008, when he notched up 23 Group One wins and again last year in 2016  when he achieved 22 Group One Victories. 

However In 2017 Aidan has the greatest  team of older horses ever to represent the historic and iconic Ballydoyle Stables to go to war with. Aidan has 25 horses in training from the older division, the numbers, the likes of we have never seen before include 9 mares. 

The headline acts returning are headed by the brilliant 7 time Group One winner Minding and 4 time Group One winner Highland Reel. Highland Reel is the highest earning horse Aidan has ever trained and he could go on to become the leading earning European horse of all time during the 2017 season.

Multiple Group One Winner Alice Springs Returns and will be a serious player in the mile division where she is joined by Group 2 Winner Cougar Mountain

Multiple Group One Winner and classic winner Seventh Heaven also returns to bolster the middle distance ranks along with Group 3 winner Somehow and Battle of Marengo's lightly raced Sister Like a Star

You can add in Group One Winners Deauville and Johannes Vermeer to that list. Last seasons Epsom Derby runner up US Army Ranger is back and Aidan has always thought this would be his year. 

Other smart 3 year olds from the 2016 season returning are Idaho who would probably have  won the St Leger had he not put his foot in a divet on the Doncaster track and Multiple Race winner Long Island Sound is another. 

Several unexposed types also return Bay of Biscay, Cenotaph, Claudio Monteverdi, De Coronado, and Painted Cliffs , also there is the unraced full Brother of multiple Group One Winner Maybe who is named Celtic Chieftain

Kingfisher is another horse of interest returning he has spent more than a year off the track but is back to bolster Aidan's staying division ranks which will be spearheaded by Ascot Gold Cup winner and multiple Group One Winner Order of St George.

Also returning is potential Group One Sprinter Washington DC. Aidan boasts the Strongest team of Sprinters he has had in a long time with new Additions in the form of smart mares Acapulco and Easton Angel adding serious firepower to the sprint division. 

There are a few more new additions Clear Skies and the unbeaten Love Potion who have transferred from the David Wachman yard. 

Added to that a serious team of 3 year olds including Group One Winners Churchill, Cravaggio, Brave Anna, and Rhododendron. All of which will have classic ambitions in 2017 as will Sir John Lavery, Exemplar, Capri, Promise to be True, War Decree and many many more. 

Aidan also has several fillies who have transferred from the Wachman Yard the unbeaten Rain Goddess and Winter could be the ones to watch.

And then we add to the mix the best bred bunch of Juveniles to ever be homed at Ballydoyle. Galileo x Atlantic Jewell is just one to pick out and mention, both parents are multiple G1 Winners and the Galileo/Fastnet Rock cross has already paid great dividends with very low numbers Epsom Oaks heroine Qualify being one. I really could have picked and mentioned 50 or more superbred juveniles.  

As you can see in 2017 Aidan really has an embarrassment of riches and i'd be surprised if he was not able to surpass the record set by Bobby Frankel. Aidan has already set out his intentions by assembling a squad of 9 for the season opening Dubai World Cup Night.

I can see him targeting many more races around the World in 2017 with the numbers of quality older horses he has at his disposal. 

I hope this small piece has got your fires burning for whats sure to be an exceptional season.

Many thanks to Red for proof reading & Corrections. 


Epsom Derby Preview of Ballydoyle runners 

US Army Ranger - Ryan Moore Owner details

Image result for us army ranger horse

Highly Regarded Galileo Colt whose Pedigree screams Derby. He is a Half Brother to Classy Filly Words, Lingfield Derby Trial winner Nevis & Listed Winner Stubbs. His Dam Moonstone was the Irish oaks winner in 2008. Made his debut on horrible ground at the Curragh on the 3rd of April and Travelled very strongly to break his maiden at the first attempt. Followed the same route as former Derby Winner Ruler of the World and was sent to the Chester Vase he made hard work of beating his stable mate Port Douglas but that was only his second start PD is a hardy horse and I like how Ranger travelled again in the race just maybe got a bit tired towards the end. No doubt we will see a completely different Animal on Saturday he is open to huge improvement and I honestly think he will be the one to beat it is a wide open Derby though and all of his stable mates have a chance but Ryan picking ranger has to be seen as a big positive its the Derby and Ryan will pick the one he believes will give him the best chance of winning. 5*****

Aidan "We knew going to Chester that it wasn’t going to be easy for him, but he had to go there and learn if he was going to have a chance of winning the Derby. He was unraced as a two-year-old, so he had to learn in one race what he would have learned in two or three races. He was still so raw, he didn’t change his legs at all in the straight. He was whinnying before the race and after he pulled up, he was whinnying again, he didn’t know what was after happening.

What I liked the most about his performance was how well he travelled, as at no stage were they ever going quick enough for him. With hindsight, it would have been better for him if there was more pace in front of him, but he probably learned more the way the race panned out.

Of mine, he’s the one that’s open to the most improvement and I’m just going to have to hope that he’s not too babyish and is able to take the test that the Derby presents. I’ll be very happy if we end up with a better one than him.”

Deauville - Jamie Spencer Owner details

Image result for Deauville curragh

Galileo Colt who runs in the Fitri Hay Colours. He is a Full brother to multiple race winner The Corsican & his Dam was placed in graded company in USA. He got his career off to a Flyer winning his first 2 starts. He was then sent for 2 races in England the first being the Group 2 Royal Lodge Stakes he did well finishing 2nd just behind Foundation. He then represented Team Ballydoyle in the Group One racing Post Trophy where he ran a shade disappointingly behind Marcel and future Group One winner Johannes Vermeer. Came back in 2016 at Yorks Dante Stakes Group 2 and what a performance he put in he maybe got to the front too soon and was JUST Nailed on the line. Considering it was the starting point to his 3YO career it was a great performance. The owners are very excited by him and his chances I Just about see him as the teams number 2 he has every chance 4****

Aidan "He’s a solid horse that stays well and will improve from the run in the dante. We are happy with him.”

Idaho - Seamie Heffernan Owner details

Image result for Idaho Curragh

Well thought of Galileo Colt who was a 750,000 GNS Purchase He is a Full brother to Multiple Group One  winner Highland Reel. Got his career of to a mighty impressive start winning on debut by over 3 lengths at the Curragh in October. He was then sent straight into Group One Company in France when he ran in the Criterium De St Cloud the ground was pretty desperate and he just did not look quite ready for the step up in class and distance. Came back in 2016 in the Group 3 Ballysax and was just beaten by a smart horse in the form of Harzand was then sent on to the Group 2 Derrinstown Stakes and really did not get the credit he deserved for me it was a real eyecacthing performance he was flying home late and an extra 2 furlongs here is bound to suit He is a big player in this 4****

Aidan“I was very happy with him on Sunday considering how the race went. It was a race run in two halves as while Kevin Manning obviously didn’t lead on the eventual winner, he was the one dictating and controlling the race. Our two were left a bit out of their ground and finished well. I could definitely imagine a scenario where that result could be different. There will be no hiding place in the Derby and he deserves his chance.”

Port Douglas - Colm O'Donnoghue Owner details

Image result for Port Douglas Beresford stakes

Galileo Colt His Dam was a multiple Group race winner in Italy & France, she was also Group One placed. Half Brother to multiple Group One winner In Germany Wiener Walzer. Given a Canny ride by Emmet McNamara in the 2015 Beresford Stakes Group 2 a Race which he won from the front he was then sent to Doncaster to run in the Racing Post Trophy and was deservedly again partnered by Emmet he ran ok in 4th this was his final run as a juvenile. He made his comeback at the Chester Vase where he gave stable mate US Army Ranger a real scare. it was a great performance a race maybe he could've. won but Im not opening that can of worms. Port Douglas is under priced on that performance you could back much much worse 20/1 shots he surely has a chance on the Chester run 3***

Aidan “He’s likely to run in the Derby, as it was a very good run at Chester considering he had to give 4lb to US Army Ranger. We left the blinkers off him on the day as he was making a big step up in trip, but they definitely seemed to sharpen him last year, so they might be back on him next time.”

Shogun - Donnach O'Brien Owner details

Image result for Shogun curragh

Well Regarded Fastnet Rock Colt who cost 400,000 EUR at Goffs 2014 and is Co Owned By Annmarie O'Brien. He is a full Brother to Epsom Oaks Heroine Qualify. It was a bit of a mixed bag to his juvenile career. He is ground dependent and wants proper fast summer ground. Did not show himself at his best last time out when finishing 10th behind Hit it a Bomb at the Breeders Cup. Has already had a busy 3yo campaign with 3 runs to date put in solid performances in the Craven and the Derrinstown looked a little bit out paced in the Irish Guineas 2 weeks ago.He has always been very well thought of and it would be foolish to write him off in the Derby but there are a few things against him he only ran 2 weeks ago & I think if there is any soft in the going its going to make it difficult for him. He will give young Donnacha a good spin a nice first derby ride if there was any firm in the going i would fancy his chances far more he is best watched for me. 2** Just a quick footnote his sister pulled off an almighty shock in last years Oaks the only one I did not have an antepost bet or a bet on the day and its the same this year I have nothing on Shogun will history repeat itself.

Aidan “Like with Idaho, we were happy with him at Leopardstown on Sunday as he was just left with a bit to do in a race that turned a bit tactical. We brought his sister straight from a mile to a mile-and-a-half and we didn’t think it was fair to do that with him, so that’s why we gave him his chance at a mile-and-a-quarter. We decided to ride him patiently given it was his first start at the trip, but looking at that run, we wouldn’t have any problem riding him handier next time and stepping up to a mile-and-a-half should be fine too. He’s a big rangy horse that is a work in progress and there should be more to come from him.”


1 US Army Ranger

2 Deauville

3 Idaho 

Yes of course im Biased 


AOBFS Epsom Derby Festival Day One Selections

Woodcote Stakes - Hyperfocus

Wealth & Investment Stakes - Dark Red (NB)

Diomed Stakes - Arod

Investec Mile - Dutch Uncle

Investec Oaks - Minding (Nap)

Surrey Stakes - Haalick

Specialist Bank Stakes - Storm Rising 


Paul Rhodes for aidanobrienfansite - Thursday 2nd June 2016 


Third Year Curse of the Euro War Fronts

- Paul Rhodes for aidanobrienfansite - Saturday 28th May 2016 ------

War front During his race career in America

WAR FRONT stands at Claiborne Farm, Kentucky (USA) for a fee of around $200,000. He's already a proven sire of precocious Juveniles but are his 3 year olds really cursed? In this article we look at his best progeny and how they did as 3 Year olds Obviously this can not include this years 3 year olds. 

Declaration of War came into his 3 year old campaign unbeaten he won 2 from 2 starts when based with J C Rouget in France. He was Transferred to Ballydoyle for his 3 Year old campaign which did not start until September. He made 3 starts in his 3YO career winning 2 of them. The Diamond Stakes Gr3 was his highest level race win at 3. 


War Command A brilliant Juvenile who Blitzed the field in the Coventry Stakes at Royal Ascot and going onto winning a Dewhurst Stakes winning 4 of his 5 starts at 2. He came back at 3 Finished 9th of 14 in the Guineas & only had 2 more starts where he never made the frame he was then retired to Coolmore.

Lines of Battle Won the UAE Derby as a 3 year old. he only had 2 more starts as a 3 year old and failed to win again.

Giovanni Boldini Finished 2nd in the Breeders Cup Juvenile & only ran 5 times as a 3 year old winning one of them which was a Listed contest at the Curragh.

Guerre made an Impressive start to his 3 year old career winning a listed contest at Navan But never was to even make the placings again at 3.

Battle of Marathon was 3rd in a Beresford only had 1 start at 3 and finished last in that race

Eisenhower Broke his maiden at 3 but never won again 

War Envoy won the Britannia Handicap at Royal Ascot his only win from his 7 starts as a 3 year old.

Due Diligence won a listed contest and was placed in the Group One Diamond Jubilee Stakes He won 2 of his 4 starts at 3. 

Albert The Bold, Cenotaph, Warofindependence, Treaty Of Rome, The Great War, Royal Navy Ship, General Marshall, & Siege Of Orleans never won a Race at 3

So to date Declaration of War & Lines of Battle are the only Group winning 3 year old sons of War Front I Guess til one bags a Group one the Curse will live on.

Thanks for Reading.



          Ballydoyle Royal Ascot Entries        


McManus Coolmore & Mum's Ammunition could Fire Joseph straight to the top 

- Paul Rhodes for aidanobrienfansite - Tuesday 2nd February 2016

As one incredibility successful chapter draws to a close another is about to begin for Joseph O'Brien & he could quite possibly eclipse any of the great heights he achieved on the track as a jockey. 

Joseph was born into Irish horse racing Royalty both Parents have a rich history in the sport and have both been hugely successful. His Father Aidan is regarded as one of the greatest trainers of all time. His mother Annmarie who was a successful trainer in her own right before Aidan took over the licence. Annmarie has since become a very successful breeder & owner.

There is no doubt Joseph has been blessed by who his parents are with the career path he naturally took but don't be fooled into thinking this young man was born with a silver spoon in his mouth far from it. The Ballydoyle Jockey's job is regarded as the biggest & most sought after job in the sport.

Supremo John Magnier could have had his pick of any Jockey in the world and any jockey would find that offer very hard to turn down that said person would be rewarded financially & all but be guaranteed group one success with the ability to travel and race on the worlds biggest stages and more importantly with the chance to win.

In 2009 John Magnier selected Joseph for that such job, with that job comes huge pressure very few understand the massive amount of pressure that comes with it some handle it some don't some survive.and some flourish 

I have no doubt 100% Joseph was awarded this role due to his talent not due to who his father is, again as stated John Magnier could have his pick. Its obvious that John and Aidan are very close but certainly not close enough for him to loose his business sense or cloud his judgement and with Coolmore & John Magnier Business comes first.

In my opinion Joseph handled the pressure of the job well and I would go as far to say that he flourished in the role I cant imagine how a man in his early 20's could handle the pressure of riding the best horse his father had ever trained AUSTRALIA in the biggest race in the world The Epsom Derby a race Australia just HAD to win but the youngster took it all in his stride and did it with class and dignity something that will never leave my memory I cant remember a jockey being under that much pressure.

There is no doubt Joseph has his lovers & haters and like most children who follow in a successful parents footsteps recognition & respect always seems harder to come by. 

As Joseph winds down his successful career as a Jockey a career that bought him 30 victories at the highest level and a total of 83 group wins he is now about to embark on an exciting new venture as a trainer. 

Already in place a fabulous state of the art training facility at Piltown in Killkenny with capacity for over 200 horses.

Joseph will be supported by J.P.McManus a close Family friend of the O'Brien's and the Coolmore partners. For Now the majority of JP's Big guns are homed else where but no doubt Joseph string of JP McManus owned horses will grow. 

Coolmore will also support Joseph's efforts, a recent change of policy in sending horses to Dubai seems to have coincided with the start of Joseph's Training career Hoses such as Triumph Hurdle Favorite Ivanovich Gorbatov who in the past may have gone to Mike De Koch to race in the carnival the policy now seems to sell them onto JP for Joseph to train something that i find very exciting, I hear Coolmore are also likely to send Joseph 2 Year olds.

His mother will also be firmly behind him Annmarie has been busy at the sales several well bred horses are ready to begin their national hunt careers 10 were named just last week added to that a fair few of Annmarie's former flat horses such as Cradle Mountain will or have gone Jumping.

All in all it should be an enthralling start to Joseph's training career and should he receive his licence before the Cheltenham Festival he will be the Responsible for 2 of the current Favorites the already mentioned Ivanovich Gorbatov & Champion Bumper favorite Aspen Colorado who is an exciting prospect and these two horses could give Joseph a fairytail start to his Career.

I have always admired how Joseph handled the pressure and any criticism sent his way with grace and dignity and always took it on the chin and carried on regardless something very difficult to do, when it comes down to it he is a chip off the old block and an absolute gentleman to boot.

I wish him every success in his new venture and have little doubt he will become a huge success watch out Willie Mullins. We will be keeping more than a keen eye on his progress here on AOBFS we have already made a start.

Thanks for reading writing really is not my bag but thought Joseph deserved this write up and hope he will enjoy it and hope you did too. Thanks to Red Hrafan for Proof reading the Article. 

       Aspen Colorado and Sarah O'BrienIvanovich gorbatov 360

                                                                Fine prospects Aspen Colorado & Ivanovich Gorbatov 



The Horse who could not live up to the name But I still love him. 

- Paul Rhodes for aidanobrienfansite - Thursday 14th January 2016

Not every horse can live up to the name bestowed upon them they all can't be Champions like Galileo or High Chaparral. 

In 2014 I Heard that the Brother of Tapestry was to be homed and trained at Ballydoyle he jumped right off the list of Juveniles I had in front of me. 

A Few Months Later Our Researcher Imelda Tweeted to me that he had been Called JOHN F KENNEDY to say the least a very exciting name to be given.

It was really from then that I grew a real soft spot for him for a Juvenile to be given such an illustrious name well the Dream had started thoughts came to mind like how good could he be could he be the next superstar of International Racing Clearly for Sue to bestow such a name on him he must have shown sollid signs of being incredibly special.

We were made to wait until late July to see the son of Galileo who was to start his career at Leopardstown. I remember it was probably the most eagerly anticipated debuts of a Ballydoyle Juvenile that I can remember.

He was defeated by Hall of Fame by 2 and a half lengths I remember at the time feeling Incredibly Disappointed which is a natural emotion when you build yourself up to something he did show Promise and he did finish ahead of Order of St George wonder what happened to him. Amazing just after one race I came over with the feeling the dream is over such high expectations I had placed on the poor horse which was not his problem but mine but I am a very positive person I Dusted myself down and said keep the faith. 

In Mid August John F Kennedy reappeared for a second crack at breaking the maiden tag at the Curragh and BANG we were back in business the dream is alive he flew home dispatching his rivals with ease crossing the line under a hands and heels ride by Joseph oh how impressive it was winning by 5 Lengths.

Next up came his final run as a Juvenile in the John Deere Juvenile stakes A Group 3 contest at Leopardstown a Race the mighty Australia took in as a Juvenile. At The 2 furlong pole John F Kennedy pounced down the outside and went away from the field again crossing the line with Joseph aboard motionless it was a solid Performance and sent us into the winter wondering what might come in 2015. 

As History will tell you not much went to plan for John F Kennedy in 2015. He opened his campaign finishing last in the Ballysax leaving me completely shell shocked he was then given a break and bought back to face eventual Epsom Derby winner Golden Horn he again finished last leaving Aidan Perplexed as to what has happened to his star the horse that followed the same route as a Juvenile that Australia Followed the horse that was given the name of a lifetime. I remember at the time thinking that's not him something must be wrong there has to be. 

JFK was to have one final run as a Ballydoyle Resident in the Group 3 Enterprise stakes at Leopardstown in September it had the feel of last chance saloon about it JFK finished 3rd 10 lengths behind the winner Fascinating Rock I Felt at the time that there was not much to take out of it I hoped JFK would be kept in training as a 4 year old but remember thinking after the race that I could see no future for him at Ballydoyle.

It always saddens me when we get to late October and we see most of the horses leaving some placed in the horses in training sale some sold Privately some join the National Hunt ranks & the lucky ones go off to stud and some just disappear. 

I Knew by early December that JFK was no longer at Ballydoyle he had become one of those horses that just disappear.

I did everything to track him down as I really had grown a soft spot for JFK and that will never leave me I will always want to know where he is and how he is doing and that he is Ok.

At the end of the day I put huge expectations on him and undoubtedly unfairly and his name became a bit of a milestone around his neck not every horse can live up to their name/pedigree/hype if it was that straight forward it would become boring very quickly sometimes the beauty is not knowing. 

Thankfully I Have now found him I learned that he was exported to America There are no details of where he is or who he is with or even if he is in training or if he has moved for breeding purposes something I Hope we will hear about in the near future.

Will keep you Posted when we hear anything & thanks for reading. 



Galileo has the tools at his disposal to carve out another sires title in 2016  - - Paul Rhodes for aidanobrienfansite - Saturday 9th January 2016 

Coolmore stalwart & super sire Galileo faced a season long tussle with Darley stallion Dubawi for the champion stallion title in 2015.

Image result for DUBAWI stallion


2016 you'd imagine it should be far more straight forward for the champion sire of 2008, 2010, 11, 12, 13, 14 & 15 as he has more than just his juveniles to go to war with this season. 2015 was one of the toughest battles of his career, certainly the toughest he has faced since he was defeated by Danehill Dancer in 2009, a battle that went right down to the wire, down to the final few weekends of the season in fact, but the champ Prevailed. 

Image result for Danehill dancer stallion

Danehill Dancer


Galileo boasts a far superior team of older horses than he did 2015. Group One winners Highland Reel, Found, & Order of St George all return, and Kingfisher, Bondi Beach & Sir Isaac Newton are also set to remain in training also. 

     Image result for highland reelImage result for found breeders cupImage result for order of st george horse 

                               Highland Reel                                               Found                                                             Order of St George 

                          Image result for kingfisher dee stakesImage result for bondi beach st legerImage result for sir isaac newton horse

                                             Kingfisher                                                Bondi Beach                                        Sir Isaac Newton 

You also can't forget the three-year-olds who can also be thrown in the pot, particularly Group 1 winners Johannes Vermeer, Minding & Ballydoyle, who all look capable of adding more Group 1's to their ever-growing CV's. 

        Image result for johannes vermeer  horseImage result for minding horseImage result for ballydoyle marcel boussac

                                 Johannes Vermeer                                           Minding                                                       Ballydoyle 

A whole host of unexposed types like Cook Islands, Beacon Rock, Bravery, Pietro Testa, Best in the World, & Pretty Perfect also come into the reckoning for big prizes this season, I could go on and on and on. 

                                                  Bravery - David Betts Photography 

There are also plenty of unraced three-year-old Galileo's, such as Tapestry's full-brother San Francisco, Celtic Chieftain, a full brother to Maybe & Fluff, The Gurkha, a full-brother to smart filly Queen Nefertiti, Monarch, a full-brother to dual Group 1 winner Roderic O'Connor and Listed winner Dazzling, Big Ben, a 750,000 GNS Purchase at Tatts 2014, Hibiscus, the filly who is the first foal of Jacqueline's Quest who cost 650,000 GNS & was purchased at Tatts 2014 and many many more.

The final ingredient will be the juveniles. Galileo will be represented by a barrage of regally bred two-year-olds in 2016 including Gleneagles, Marvellous & Coolmore's full-brother who is still yet to be named. 



There are also full brother's to Was, Battle Of Marengo, Ruler of the World, Kingfisher, & Pietro Testa to name but a few.



                                                                                          Ruler of the World

It looks a formidable package and a winning one too. It should be a far less stressful year for us Galileonians and 2016 is going to be a year to remember.



BATED BREATH - High-class sprinter winner of the Group 2 Temple Stakes also Group One Placed on several occasions Should produce Flashy early types and is a Dark horse for the title. 

Image result for BATED BREATH HORSE

2 YEAR OLD TO WATCH IN 2016 - Bated Breath x Condition (Colt) A 230,000 GNS Purchase at Tatts 2015 by Al Shaqab Racing Half brother to French Listed winner Dreamt


SIR PRANCEALOT - A precocious & fast 2yo, won The Flying Childers Group 2. The son of Tamayuz retired at the end of his juvenile campaign another who should produce early starters an outsider for the title but to be respected even though it would be a surprise for him to be in contention.

2 YEAR OLD TO WATCH IN 2016 - Sir Prancealot x Fuerta Ventura (Filly) A 100,000 GNS Purchase at Tatts 2015 by David Redvers Half Sister to Conditions winner The Gold Cheongsam 


FOXWEDGE - A Son of Fastnet Rock A High-class Australian sprinter at 2 & 3, wins including Group 1 William Reid Stakes Not sure he will have the number of runners needed to be a danger to the rest.

Image result for FOXWEDGE HORSE

2 YEAR OLD TO WATCH IN 2016 - Foxwedge x Foot Of Pride (Filly) A 100,000 GNS Purchase at Tatts 2015 by Donald Sackville from the family of Gordon Lord Byron


SO YOU THINK - Magnificent 10 time Group One winning son of High Chaparral. will only have a maximum of 40 2YO in europe next term which will almost rule him out of title contention

Image result for SO YOU THINK HORSE

2 YEAR OLD TO WATCH IN 2016 - So You Think x Fabulous Speed (Colt)  A 100,000 GNS Purchase at Tatts 2015 by Coleman Bloodstock Half Brither to Listed Placed Facoltoso


ELZAAM -The son of Redoute´s Choice  was Runner-up in the Coventry Stakes as a 2yo, 6f Listed winner as a 3yo He is a longshot.

Image result for ELZAAM HORSE

2 YEAR OLD TO WATCH IN 2016 - B, C, y, Elzaam Midnight Oasis (Colt)  A 120,000 GNS Purchase at Tatts 2015 by Ross & Peter Doyle Bloodstock Half Brother to 4 time race winner Mr Win 


POWER - Group One winning Juvenile who went on to bag classic honors in the Irish 2000 Guineas. The son of Oasis Dream is Part of a 3 Pronged Coolmore attack on the first season sire title in 2016 won by Zoffany in 2015 he is bound to produce precocious early types Don't be surprised if we see a Royal Ascot winner in his first crop.

Image result for POWER IRISH GUINEAS

2 YEAR OLD TO WATCH IN 2016 - Power x Amber Nectar (Colt) A 150,000 Euro purchase by M.V.Magnier at Goffs Orby 2015 A Half Brother to Race Winner Koybig 


REQUINTO -  Speedy son of Dansili. Only raced as a Juvenile and sent straight to stud afterwards. He may not have got the same quality book as some of his rivals but he is a Dark horse in the First season Sires title. I can see him producing Speedy early types and could take an early lead.

Image result for REQUINTO HORSE

2 YEAR OLD TO WATCH IN 2016 - Requinto x Sandbox Two (Colt) a 100,000 GNS Purchase at Tatts 2015 a Half Brother to Glory Awaits 


EXCELEBRATION - Wonderful son of Exceed and Excel who spent most of his Career chasing home Frankel this could be Coolmore's Biggest hope and I can see him producing Group race Performers through out the season although maybe not as early as the Other Coolmore Duo.

Image result for EXCELEBRATION

2 YEAR OLD TO WATCH IN 2016 - Excelebration x Lady Miletrian (Colt) A 450,000 Purchase at Tatts 2015 by M.V Magnier Out of the Listed winner Lady Miletrian, dam of G3 winner Himalya 


NATHANIEL -  Classy son of Galileo who won the Coral Eclipse and King George during his race career. There was alot of positive talk about his yearlings and they sold very well. I see him charging late in the season doubt he will have many early types but no doubt will finish the season off strongly and is a big danger.

Image result for NATHANIEL HORSE

2 YEAR OLD TO WATCH IN 2016 - Nathaniel x Our Queen of Kings (Filly) a 600,000 GNS Purchase by Juddmonte Farms at Tatts 2015 Half Sister to Group one Winner Spinning Queen 


FRANKEL - Most probably got the best first book of mares of all time. The son of Galileo's Yearlings did not sell anywhere near as well as thought but with the book of mares he covered only a fraction of them need to pay off for him to be champion First season sire he is the worthy favorite in my opinion and SHOULD End the season the Champion.

Image result for FRANKEL HORSE

2 YEAR OLD TO WATCH IN 2016 - Frankel x Dar Re Mi (Colt) a 750,000 GNS Purchase at Tatts 2015 by Al Shaqab Racing Sire & Dam Multiple Group One winners Dams 3rd Foal Half brother of French Condition Stakes winner De Treville 


BORN TO SEA -  Maybe did not have the race career that some of his rivals did but when it comes to Breeding that really means little he is a Half Brother to Galileo and a Full Brother to Sea The Stars Nuff said. Only concern is did he get a strong first book he could be a dark horse but i would think his 3 year olds will fair better than his Juveniles.

Image result for BORN TO SEA HORSE

2 YEAR OLD TO WATCH IN 2016 - Born To Sea x Maskaya (Colt) a 320,000 Purchase at Goffs Orby 2015 Half brother to Drumbeat 


MAYSON - 2012 July cup winner a son of Invincible Spirit no doubt will produce plenty of early types not sure he will produce 2 Year olds with the range of distances needed to capture the title.

Image result for MAYSON JULY CUP HORSE

2 YEAR OLD TO WATCH IN 2016 - Mayson x Hypnotize (Colt) A 115,000 Purchase at Tatts 2015 By Al Shaqab Racing Half Brother to Group One Winner Hooray 


HARBOUR WATCH - Sent to stud an Unbeaten Juvenile in 3 starts Including the G2 Richmond Stakes due to injury. The son of Acclamation has the mystery factor about him what may he have achieved in his career. No doubt a dark horse in the first season Sire title. 

Image result for HARBOUR WATCH horse

2 YEAR OLD TO WATCH IN 2016 - Harbour Watch x Rock Lily (Colt) A 110,000 GNS Purchase at Tatts 2015 by David Redvers Bloodstock Half Brother to Botanic Garden who won 8 races in his career


CASAMENTO - 2010 Racing Post Trophy & Berresford Stakes winning son of Shamardal. Maybe did not hit the heights expected as as 3 year old. His best performers may come late in the season undoubtedly an outsider for the title but could surprise us. 

Image result for CASAMENTO horse 

2 YEAR OLD TO WATCH IN 2016 - Casamento x Ashirah (Filly) A 200,000 GNS Purchase at Tatts 2015 By John Ferguson A Half Sister to Multiple Group Race winner Hot Streak 


DRAGON PULSE - The son of Kyllachy was Lightly raced as a Juvenile won the Group 2 futurity Stakes at the Curragh beating home Parish Hall Astrology & David Livingstone Bagged a French Group 3 as 3yo. The rank outsider for the title.

2 YEAR OLD TO WATCH IN 2016 - Dragon Pulse X Belle Watling (Colt) A 100,000 GNS Purchase at Tatts 2015 by  John & Jake Warren Half Brother to 3 time Group One Placed Questing

Verdict - No doubt Frankel will be the one to beat with the quality first book he got but no doubt Nathaniel Excelebration & Power will be there to pounce should the son of Galileo fail to hit the heights with his first crop. Requinto could be a real dark horse. 

4 (Non Coolmore) Dark horses for your notebook for 2016 Could there be a classic winner amongst them. 


Paul Rhodes Monday 25th May 2015 For AIDANOBRIENFANSITE 

Gleneagles Profile

Owner: Michael Tabor, Mrs John Magnier & Derrick Smith

Breeder: You'resothrilling Syndicate

Winnings: 8 Starts: 6 - 0 - 1, £689,496 in Ire/GB

At 2:

1st Vincent O'Brien National Stakes (Ire-G1,7fT,Cur), 

1st Futurity Stakes (Ire-G2,7fT,Cur), 

1st Tyros Stakes (Ire-G3,7fT.Leo)

3rd Prix Jean-Luc Lagardere (Fr-G1,C&F,7fT,Lon) finished first, disqualified

At 3:

1st 2000 Guineas (GB-G1,C&F,8fT,Nmk), 

1st Irish 2000 Guineas (Ire-G1,8fT,Cur)

Gleneagles is sure to be hugely popular with Breeders when he goes to Coolmore at the end of the 2015 flat season But What Makes him so Unique.

His Pedigree


Mariah's Storm

Gleneagles Second Dam Mariah's Storm was a 10 time race winner from 1993 to 1995 Winning several Graded Races Including The Arlington Oaks, She was also Grade One Placed. She has made a massive impact on the sport as a Broodmare Producing one of the most influential Sires In North America Giants Causeway, 

Giants Causeway Gleneagles Uncle (In Human Terms)

On The Other side of his pedigree Comes the Northern Dancer Sadler's Wells Galileo line That has produced decades of success & Champion Sire after Champion Sire. 

His Sire Galileo Offspring have won 89 Group/Grade One Races 114 Group/Graded Races & Is Undoubtedly Currently the Worlds Premier Sire.

Gleneagles is bred on the same Galileo/Storm Cat cross as Misty For Me a 4 Times Group One winner & Importantly is not out of the Galileo/Danehill Cross line That produced the Likes Of Frankel. 

His Dam You'resothrilling A Full Sister to Giants Causeway Won the 2007 Cherry Hinton Gr2 (A Career Highlight) Gleneagles was her 2nd Foal, 

Her First Marvellous like her full brother a Classic winner winning the Irish 1000 Guineas impressively in 2014 Notabley she was sent to Epsom for a crack at the Oaks but did not appear to stay the 1 mile 4 furlong trip . 

 The 2 also have a 2YO Full Sister You'resothrilling's 3rd Foal who has been Given the eye Catching name Coolmore suggesting that Her 3rd Foal could follow the trend and capture a Classic in 2016 Coolmore has some nice entries including the Group One Keeneland Phoenix Stakes in August. .

Marvellous, with Ryan Moore

Mariah's Storm's Sire Was The 1987 Sirenia Stakes Winner Gr3 Rahy who went on to win 6 Races from 13 Starts Including In America where he won the Bel Air Handicap.


The Big Derby Question

In terms of percentages I would go 10% Yes 90% No to the Derby. 

What makes Gleneagles So appealing is that he is potentially a champion Miler by Galileo Something Coolmore don't Currently have Their hands on In Any of their Farms at Fethard Ashford Or Hunter Valley. In Fact In terms of Galileo and Champion Milers there really is only one available to The Market FRANKEL

So Which Would be the main Priority to Coolmore when it comes to the Future of Gleneagles

                         Image result for epsom derby logoImage result for epsom derby logo

1)The Derby is the most important race of the year and must be won at all costs 


2)Continue to add to Gleneagles CV as a Champion Miler Taking in The St James Palace Stakes The Sussex Stakes & The QEII Stakes.

                     Image result for Roayl ascot logo    Image result for Roayl ascot

It also needs be considered that his Full Sister Marvellous did not Stay in the oaks last term no doubt her older brother Has More Talent and Ability but there are no guarantees that he has been blessed with more stamina. 

Also Coolmore have 5 Derby Winners At their disposal Galileo Pour Moi Camelot Ruler Of The World & Australia. So do they really need another to add to their 2016 Roster Or Commercially would it not make sense to add a Champion Miler by Galileo In My Opinion I think the later appeals more greatly and would be indeed  Unique  it's a no brainier really hence i doubt we will see Gleneagles at Epsom. 


No Doubt the allure of the Derby is Strong with Coolmore but at the end of the day they are exceptional businessmen & The Business always comes first There is certainly plenty of room for another Champion Miler By Galileo and i Think Gleneagles will be hugely popular with breeders and has the makings of a fantastic Sire he is something Different.

Thanks For Reading.



Aidan Introduces 3 Potential Stars

Unbeaten & Promising By Paul Rhodes Tuesday 21st April 2015

Over the past few days Aidan O'Brien has sent out 3 unraced Three Year Olds Who All got off the mark at the first attempt All 3 now Unbeaten and look Promising Types. 

First up came Fluff who was sent to Navan on Saturday to make her debut in a One mile Maiden and there is no doubt her performance was the more eyecatching out of the 3 horses featured in this Article, She Powered away from her field to score by more than 4 lengths a hugely promising debut.

Its Amazing the Dam Samora Has produced one hugely precocious  Filly who Dominated as a Juvenile and One Filly who was unraced as a Juvenile and seems to be more of a late Bloomer.

Fluff A Full Sister to Maybe who was one of the best Juvenile Fillies ever to be Homed at Ballydoyle she won 5 races from 5 starts Winning The Chesham Stakes (Listed) at Royal Ascot & The Futurity Stakes G2 Followed by The Moyglare Stakes G1 at the Curragh Finishing her Juvenile Campaign Unbeaten in 2011. Unfortunately Maybe did not appear to have trained on in her Classic Year Having said that she did Finish 3rd in the 1000 Guineas behind stable mate Homecoming Queen & Finished 5th in the Epsom Oaks behind Stable mate Was.

Ryan Moore and Maybe win The Chesham Stakes at Royal Ascot

Fluff's Debut was full of Promise and she could be one out of the top drawer her time for the mile at Navan was quick but i see her more of an Oaks type would love to see her step up in trip in an Oaks trial but she possibly could go for the Irish 1000 Guineas. After the race her pilot Seamie Heffernan said "Joseph told me she would be hard to beat and she could not have done it any easier it was easy she has a superb pedigree.


Next Up Came Sandro Botticelli A full brother to Dee Stakes G3 Winner and Epsom Derby 3rd in 2012 Astrology.

 Astrology Winning the Dee Stakes 

Sandro was sent to The Curragh on Sunday for a one mile two furlong Maiden and stable mate Los Barbados was all the rage in the market & went off the 5/4 favorite But it was the stables second string who went off at 11/1 who would go on to prevail staying on strongly to the line winning by 3 quarters of a length.

I Thought it was a taking debut i can see him staying much further could potentially be a Queens Vase - St Leger type. 

His Trainer Aidan O'Brien said: "It's grand that he's won first time and hopefully he'll come forward. He's sleeping at home but is obviously better on the track.

And Lastly came The Highly regarded Father Frost who was sent to Cork for a seven furlong Maiden on Monday evening. He looked to be carrying a bit of condition and did not have the kindest of Draws but coped with everything well and was given a peach of a ride by his partner Joseph O'Brien who timed his move to perfection just getting him up in the final few strides.

Father Frost a son of Rip Van Winkle has been held in high regard for some time and went into many peoples notebooks after Aidan said "I have a Better Rip Van Winkle at home" Shortly after Dick Whittington's Success in the Group One Pheonix Stakes who is another son out of Rip Van Winkle's First Crop high praise considering Dick Whittington was already a G1 winner.

  Rip Van Winkle Winning The Sussex Stakes  

Aidan also took time to Mention Father Frost in His Media Stable Tour This Spring Saying “We always liked him a lot and he just had a few setbacks last year that kept him off the track. He was probably our favorite Rip Van Winkle all along, but he just didn’t get his chance to run. He isn’t short of speed and could be a miler in the making. 

Joseph O'Brien said afterwards: "He has always been a nice horse and has shown a lot of speed. He can be free but settled real nice and I think six or seven furlongs is his optimum trip.

"I was conscious of not giving him too hard a race but always felt he was going to get there. He has a lot of speed and could be a horse for the Jersey Stakes at Royal Ascot."

He is also entered in both the Irish 2000 Guineas and the Irish Derby.

To me he looks a proper horse in the making i think he could turn out to be a high class miler and a Group One Victory would not surprise me, I think they will take it easy with him and bring him on slowly and also would not be surprised to see him kept at 4.

All in all the 3 have promising futures & For different reasons really. Thanks for spending time to read my Thought all the best.



O'Brien Set to Break World Record of Career Group One Race Wins Before The decade Is Out 

Paul Rhodes Monday 20th March 2015 For AIDANOBRIENFANSITE 

Aidan O'Brien Is Under 50 Group One Wins From becoming the most successful Trainer in the History of the sport.


 Image result for TJ. Smith horse trainer

 T.J.Smith Won 279 G1 Races

Aidan O'Brien Has already enjoyed decades of success. He is already the most successful European based trainer in Racing History and is starting to close the gap on the 2 World Leading trainers. 

The Current World Record Holder For most Group/Grade One Wins in a Career is Australian Legend T.J. (Tommy) Smith who leads the way with an incredible 279 successes at the highest level.  

Tommy Smith dominated Australian Racing from the 1950s up to the late 1980s.

Tommy's notable feats as a horse trainer included two Melbourne Cups, four Caulfield Cups, seven Cox Plates, six Golden Slippers and thirty five Australian derbies.

Smith was inducted into the Australian Racing Museum & Hall of Fame in 2001 and elevated to Legend status in 2012, T.J Passed away on 2 September 1998 (aged 81)

Tommy is also the Father of one of Australia's Current Top trainers Gai Waterhouse.

Currently in second spot with an Impressive 268 Wins at Group/Grade One Level is another Australian Legend Mr Bart Cummings. 

(born 14 November 1927) Cummings is one of the most successful racehorse trainers. He is known as the Cups King,

Cummings received his trainer licence in 1953, and set up stables at Glenelg in South Australia. His first significant win came in 1958, when he won the South Australian Derby, 

Cummings had a record total of 89 runners in the Melbourne Cup A Race he has won a Record 12 times. His debut win came in 1965 with Light Fingers and his final win Came in 2008 With Viewed 

In the late 1980s, Cummings spent millions of dollars purchasing racehorses, much of the money spent on behalf of a tax minimisation syndicate. Unfortunately, like many other trainers Cummings was hit hard by the recession of the early 1990s. With help from Reg Inglis' organisation, however, he avoided bankruptcy and continued training.

Cummings has achieved 268 Group 1 victories and more than 762 stakes victories, . In addition to his 12 Melbourne Cups, he has won the Caulfield Cup seven times, the Golden Slipper Stakes four times, the Cox Plate five times, the VRC Oaks nine times and the Newmarket Handicap eight times. 

Cummings is still active in Horse training in partnership with his Grandson James Cummings .The 2 as a partnership have won 2 Group One Races which took Bats Tally from 266 to 268.


 Bart Cummings Has Won 268 G1 Races to date

 O'Brien's Dominance could continue to grow

Aidan's Current Tally Of 232 Wins at Group/Grade One puts him just 47 Behind TJ Smith And 36 Behind Bart Cummings. Going By His average Seasonal Group One wins Aidan should get there before the end of this decade.

It will surely be regarded as one of the greatest achievements by a Racehorse Trainer & One i am sure he will Savor, But no Doubt the Perfectionist that he is he will reset his targets and will look to become the first trainer to 300 Group One Wins soon after breaking the record.

By The Time Aidan Calls time on his glittering Career its hard to imagine just how many he will notch up if anything the team continues to get stronger and stronger and you can see his dominance even growing to new heights something his rivals wont want to here. 

Thanks For Reading 


                                                                      Monday 2nd February 2015 For AIDANOBRIENFANSITE

Flat Season 2015 Preview 

The 2015 Flat season is only a matter of 8 weeks away. The season kicks into action on Opening day at the Curragh on Sunday 29th of March & No doubting the interest will not just be based around the days races. It has become part of the norm to see a battalion of Ballydoyle horses working after racing. In previous years we have seen superstars like Camelot & Australia strut there stuff on the hallowed Curragh turf & no doubt this year will be the same.  

Classic generation

3YO Filly

Putting It simply AIdan has Found a Real gem In Galileo's Daughter Found. Already the ante post favorite for both English Classics this term. She showed a magnificent turn of foot to secure G1 status in Paris taking the Marcel Boussac on Arc day. Found has all the credentials to add to her G1 CV and i strongly fancy her for the Oaks. Alot of Aidans hopes for classic glory will be pinned on this little lady she could be a real superstar.

Anther Group One Winning Juvenile coming into 2015 is Together Forever who grinded out victory in the Fillies Mile at Newmarket in October another Daughter of the Mighty Galileo. She maybe better suited to the mile than stable mate Found who beat her in a maiden at the Curragh back in August at the Curragh. I Think Aidan will send both Found & Together forever to the 1000 Guineas.

Qualify a Daughter of Fastnet Rock who is already a Group 3 winner when she won the Weld Stakes at the Cuuragh in September also ran with credit at the Breeders Cup Finishing 8th in the Breeders Cup Juvenile Turf For Fillies Having said that Not sure she is in the same league as Found or Together forever.

Words made a Perfect start o her career winning her maiden at The Curragh on the 27th of June beating 2 group winner in Raydara & Qualify.  That form took a huge boost when Raydara won the Group 2 Debutant Stakes and Qualify Winning The Group 3 Weld Stakes. After her maiden win Words was put away for the winter and is clearly well thought of. She is a Daughter of Dansili & Moonstone. I think she could be a real Dark horse for the English Guineas.

Easter Looks a Nice filly took 2 attempts to break her maiden she ran twice in October and got off the Mark at the Curragh on the 28th. She is a Daughter of Galileo out of a Stravinsky Mare fascinating cross could be another Guineas Dark Horse.

Easter striding out at Leopardstown

There are plenty of unraced 3yo Fillies to put in your notebooks Diamond Bangle A Full Sister of 3 times Group One Winner Rip Van Winkle. Fluff A Full Sister of 4 time G1 Winner Maybe . Kissed By Angels - Galileo x Lillie Langtry Sire & Dam are Multiple Group One Winners This 3 Year Old really does have an impeccable Pedigree. Truth A Daughter of Galileo Half Sister to 2013 Irish Oaks Winner Chiquita Truth Cost 1 million euro in August 2013. Loved a Full Sister to Battle of Marrengo And Perhaps Unbelievable Half Sister of Peeping Fawn & Thewayyouare. As you can see some really nice looking maidens.

3YO Colts

Gleneagles is the Favorite with many firms for the 2000 Guineas and already a Group One winner and in many peoples opinion (Including Mine) should be regarded if not officially as a multiple G1 winner. The son of Galleo a Full Brother of Classic winning Filly Marvelllous seems to have the tools & the pedigree to win a Guineas. He was a top class Juvenile and if he has wintered well and trained on he will be at the top of many peoples list for the Guineas.  

Ol'Man River has a superb pedigree and a few weeks ago Aidan took time to eemphasize that he had concerns over Ol'Man River staying the Derby Trip but said he has plenty of speed for a Guineas. I have personally always though of Ol'Man River as a Derby horse I have little doubts that he will stay the derby trip in my opinon if you get a mile at the Curragh as a Juvenile it usually means you will get 1 mile 4 furlongs as a 3 year old It looks possible that he could well run in Both My Gut feeling is that he will fair better at the Derby Trip.

Highland Reel (My pick for the Guineas) Looked a very smart Juvenile and even though the form of his Vintage Stakes does not look too hot i really fancy him to be a big player in the miile group ones at Newmarket The Curragh & Royal Ascot.  Also Described by Joseph as a machine in October. The Son of Galileo Looks an out and out miler that maybe could stretch to 10 furlongs later in the season I would be Doubting that we will see him at Epsom more likely to see him at Royal Ascot in The St James Place stakes a week later.

John F Kennedy Looks a real star of the future and as site visitors and twitter followers will tell you im a huge fan of JFK. He has an amazing Pedigree not only a full Brother to Group One winner Tapestry but also a full brother to Theatre who sadly passed away as a 2 year old he looked special too and also a full Brother of Why who finished 12th in the Epsom Oaks of 2011. I would Imagine that JFK is right at the top of the Derby pecking order i would think he will go the Ballsax Derrinstown route I think he has huge potential.

Dick Whittington a First Crop Group one winner for Rip Van Winkle may not be involved in the classics he could stick to the shorter trips and may be a sprinter to follow. There is a new 3 year old Group One Sprint at Royal Ascot in 2015 and he could be aimed at that but then again they may try and test his stamina in the Guineas another Unraced Rip Van Winkle to keep a close eye on is Father Frost put him in your notebooks.

Giovanni Canaletto Looked to have progressed Hugely from his maiden run when demolishing his rivals at Leopardstown on his second start in October.  He is the Full Brother to Epsom Derby winner Ruler of the World and could follow in his brothers footsteps by runing in the Chester Vase en route to Epsom The Dee Stakes could be an option too. 

Sir Isaac Newton came with a huge price tag costing 3.6 million Guineas. On the face of it many would have been disapointed with his debut but he was beaten by a very smart horse on the day Zawraq who is trained By DK Weld. I thought it was a decent start to his career yes idealy you want them to win but he was looked after on the day by Seami who knows well that there are much bigger days ahead, I really like this horse and i feel he will be a group one performer in 2015 write this fella off at your peril. Hopefully he will be out early to break his maiden then onto a derby trial.

There are a host of unraced 3 year olds that could try to emmulate Ruler Of the World. Prospector could be one to watch Cost $1.4 Million September 2013 at Keeneland Sales Half Brother of former Ballydoyle Colt Famous Former Ballydoyle Filly Queen of Spain & USA Grade 3 Winner Genuine Devotion. Imperial Palace & Red Cardinal Look like real stayers in the making My Early Picks for the Leger. Another one of the unraced horses for the notebook is Sherlock Holmes a Half Brother To Breeders Cup Classic Winner Drosselmeyer. Sandro Botticelli a Full Brother to Astrology could be yet another unraced 3yo of interest as is Giant Redwood a Half Brother of Epsom Derby Winner Pour Moi. No Doubt i have left out someone.



Silly to go into the Juveniles at any great depth yet besides we don't have them all but I will wet your appetite with a few that catch the eye based on Pedigree alone.

Galileo x Hveger a Full Brother to Highland Reel 

Galileo x Penang Pearl Cost a hefty 2,600,000 GNS  & Is Half Brother to King George winner Harbinger 

Galileo x Rumplestiltskin Full Borther to JFK & Tapestry 

War Front x Gold Vault Cost 2.2 Million Dollars He looks a beast could be a very early sharp type  

War Front x Treasure Trail Dam is half sister of Superstar Mare Zenyatta.

Galileo x You'resothrilling Full Sister to Gleneagles and Marvellous

I really cant wait to see the Zoffany 2 year olds I hear they are speedy sharp early types. Aidan has 5 Zofanny 2yo colts and has picked out Zoffany x American Queen &  Zoffany x Miss Childrey as the ones to watch I don't think we will have to wait to long to see them this season. I really think Zoffany will be a big hit and i think he will produce very precocious group winning Juveniles

Zoffany can make it big as a Sire his first crop are out in 2015 


Older Generation

Its Fantastic News to hear that Tapestry has been kept in training for a 4 year old campaign this is not the norm in fact its quite rare to see a Group One Winning Mare kept in training Epsom Oaks winner WAS was also kept in training as a 4 year old a few years back i cant think of many more G1 winning mares kept in training they usually are sent off to become Mothers. Tapestry is a very good racehorse and very adaptable distance wise there are plenty of options for her in 2015 i do doubt we will see her running at a mile again but there are plenty of 1m2 & 1m4 races out there for her and i do see her adding to her Yorkshire Oaks Victory.

Tapestry back to weave more G1 Magic in 2015 

In the sprint division we have 2 very very exciting 4 year olds coming back Cougar Mountain a son of Fastnet rock who finished 5th in the July Cup & Due Diligence a Son of War Front who Ran a mighty race finishing 2nd in the Diamond Jubilee. Unfortunately his season came to an early end when suffering a setback but both of these 4 year old sprinters are very exciting prospects.

                                                           Aidan has plenty of sprint options in 2015 DUE DILIGENCE & COUGAR MOUNTAIN

Nothing and i Mean nothing went right for Geoffrey Chaucer in 2014 but he is back in 2015 in a bid to rebuild his reputation lets not forget he was an unbeaten group 2 winning Juvenile this time last year he was been talked as the major opposition to Australia in the Epsom Derby. Leading Light leaves a huge hole in the staying division and Geoffrey Chaucer & Kingfisher have been kept in training to try and fill the gap left by the Ascot Gold Cup winner. Kingfisher has several entries on world cup night so it looks like we will see him early in the season.

                                                              Aidan's Stayer Options in 2015 GEOFFREY CHAUCER & KINGFISHER

Adelaide is also Coming back once he finishes his mission in Australia. it looks like Aidan will get him back in time ready for Royal Ascot with the Prince Of Wales Stakes being the main early target. I Think Adelaide can achieve a huge amount in 2015 I think he could end up being one of Aidan's most successful horses he is so exciting.

                                                                      Globetrotting Superstar ADELAIDE

Oklahoma City spent the whole of 2014 off the track but it appears he is back in 2015. The son of Oasis Dream could well be aimed at races like the lockinge & Queen Anne certainly interesting to see him back and worth keeping an eye on.


                                                                                                                      OKLAHOMA CITY winning the Tattersalls Millions in 2013


Thanks for reading

Paul (AOBFS)




Real Time Web Analytics