Adelaide set for Australia after Chicago trip


Adelaide: set to run in Saturday’s Secretariat Stakes

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THE Aidan O’Brien-trained Adelaide, who will form part of a strong European challenge for Saturday’s big day at Arlington Park in Chicago, could be set for a prolonged spell abroad after clients of Australian trainer Chris Waller reportedly bought into the son of Galileo.

The Coolmore-owned colt, last seen finishing second in the Belmont Derby, is one of four Ballydoyle contenders due to arrive in the States on Tuesday evening for Arlington Park’s star-studded Grade 1 card.

Aidan O'Brien - Newmarket 2011

Aidan O’Brien: trains Adelaide
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He is also among O’Brien’s nominated horses for Melbourne’s Spring Racing Carnival with connections eyeing a run in the A$3 million Sportingbet Cox Plate at Moonee Valley in October, after which he could stay in Australia with Sydney’s champion trainer Waller.

Speaking to, Coolmore’s James Bester revealed a 50 per cent share in Adelaide had been sold to owners with Waller.

“Should the horse remain in Australia after the Cox Plate then that’s where he would go,” Bester said.

“Whether he remains in Australia after the Cox Plate is the question. We are hoping he runs well in America, we’re hoping that justifies a trip to the Cox Plate and then depending on what unfolds there’s a possibility he may remain in Australia.”

Adelaide and stablemate Belisarius are set to run in Saturday’s Secretariat Stakes, a race O’Brien has won twice, while Magician and Eye Of The Storm will contest the Arlington Million and American St Leger.

The globetrotting pair Dandino and Side Glance will also be in action in Chicago on Saturday, along with last year’s Irish 1,000 Guineas winner Just The Judge and recent Ascot winner Euro Charlene. They have already arrived in the States, along with the David Simcock-trained Moment In Time and French pair Sparkling Beam and Smoking Sun.


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