O’Brien Outlines Plans for Stable Stars

Trainer Aidan O’Brien outlined plans for several big names in his stable Tuesday, as he attempts to break U.S. trainer Bobby Frankel’s record of 25 top-shelf victories. The Ballydoyle maestro currently sits at 22 Group 1 victories.

Both ‘TDN Rising Star’ Roly Poly (War Front), a winner of Newmarket’s G1 Falmouth S. and Deauville’s G1 Prix Rothschild, and listed heroine Alluringly (Fastnet Rock {Aus}) are in the mix for G1 Kingdom of Bahrain Sun Chariot S. at Newmarket on Oct. 7. The former was last seen running sixth in the G1 Coolmore Fastnet Rock Matron S. behind Rosegreen stablemate Hydrangea (Ire) (Galileo {Ire}) on Sept. 10.

Dual Guineas winners Winter (Ire) (Galileo {Ire}) and Churchill (Ire) (Galileo {Ire}), as well as globetrotting MG1SW Highland Reel (Ire) (Galileo {Ire}), top-notch MG1SW stayer and this year’s G1 Prix de ‘Arc de Triomphe fourth Order Of St George (Ire) (Galileo {Ire}), grey speedball and MG1SW Caravaggio (Scat Daddy), recent G1 Juddmonte Cheveley Park S. heroine Clemmie (Ire) (Galileo {Ire}), a full-sister to Churchill; and Happily (Ire) (Galileo {Ire}), who saluted versus males at Chantilly in the G1 Qatar Prix Jean-Luc Lagardere on Arc Day, could turn out again before the end of the year.

O’Brien has a handful of options for the Oct. 14 G1 Darley Dewhurst S., but G2 Superlative S. winner and ‘TDN Rising Star’ Gustav Klimt (Ire) (Galileo {Ire}) will not take his chance.

O’Brien told the Irish Independent, “Gustav Klimt is done for the year and, while we are not sure what we will run, it’s possible [G1 Juddmonte Middle Park S. hero] U S Navy Flag (War Front) and Threeandfourpence (War Front)could go there, and perhaps [Group 2 scorer] Seahenge (Scat Daddy). We have [Group 3 winner] The Pentagon (Ire) (Galileo {Ire}) and [G2 Juddmonte Beresford S. hero and ‘Rising Star’] Saxon Warrior (Jpn) (Deep Impact {Jpn}), they could go for the [G1] Racing Post Trophy [at Doncaster on Oct. 28].”

“Order Of St George ran a fine race in the Arc; we’ll look at the two-miler at Ascot, [the G2 QIPCO British Champions Long Distance Cup on Oct. 21],” O’Brien continued. “We’ll chat to [Coolmore’s partners] about Winter. She could go to the [G1 QIPCO] Champion S. [that same day]. I’m not sure about the mile and a half, she won’t run over it again this season, I’d have thought. Highland Reel has options in the Champion and America [with the Breeders’ Cup]. With Churchill we’re favouring him going over a mile at Ascot [in the G1 Queen Elizabeth II S. on Oct. 21], but he has the chance of the Champion S. too. Likely both he and Caravaggio will be retired at the end of the season, but Caravaggio should run in the sprint at Ascot [G1 QIPCO British Champions Sprint S.]”

O’Brien’s juvenile fillies’ prowess this season offers him a host of options, among them the GI Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf at Del Mar in early November and closer to home in the G1 Fillies’ Mile at Newmarket on Oct. 13.

“I’d say [‘TDN Rising Star] September (Ire) (Deep Impact {Jpn}) will be a middle-distance horse next season and she is in the mix for the Fillies’ Mile. The Juvenile Fillies’ race at the Breeders’ Cup could suit Happily and Clemmie and we will see about [G2 Debutante S. heroine] Magical (Ire) (Galileo {Ire}).”

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