The Next Little Big Bear? Aidan O’Brien Reveals His Two-Year-Old To Follow

Aidan O’Brien opened the gates of Ballydoyle to the Irish press on Monday morning. It was at this event 12 months ago where the trainer nominated Little Big Bear as being his two-year-old to follow for the year ahead.

Without major prompting, O’Brien selected another No Nay Never colt, a brother to Sioux Nation who goes by the name of Alabama, as being the one to keep the right side of this season.

He also went into detail about his main Classic contenders and older horses, all of which can be read below. 

Older horses
We plan to start him off in the Prix Ganay. We’re very happy with him at the moment. He was at the Curragh at the weekend and we’re very happy with what he did. Physically, he has done very well since last year. We’re thinking of the Ganay, the Tattersalls Gold Cup, the Prince of Wales’s S. at Royal Ascot and then on we go from there.
Last season, he came back and won at the Curragh and then at Leopardstown and then went to France, but the ground got bad. He had a tough race in the Irish Champion S. It was a good, competitive race, but because he had the time off in the middle, I think it probably took its toll on him a little bit. We’re looking forward to him now.

He’s a horse that’s going to get a-mile-and-a-half well, and further. We’re going to look at the Coronation Cup for him, and we might give him a run before that. He could get a-mile-and-six and could even get further.

Delighted with him. He’ll probably be trained for the Gold Cup. Obviously, we’re not sure about the two-and-a-half miles, but we’ll see. He could go to Goodwood and then to the Irish St Leger and then to the Melbourne Cup, those types of races.

Alfred Munnings
We’re looking at the weekend Guineas trial with him. He could be an Irish or French Guineas type. He chipped his splint bone in the Chesham last year, and that’s what put him out, but he has done well since.

He might start in a Derby trial somewhere. He was at the Curragh the weekend and is going to get a-mile-and-a-quarter plus.

Adelaide River
He worked very well at the Curragh over the weekend. He’s going to go to a Derby trial–he could go to one of the trials in France.

The Antarctic
He could be a very good sprinter this year. He will handle an ease in the ground. He gets six furlongs well and could even get a little further. Physically, he has done very well.

King Leodegrance
He runs in a maiden at Navan on Wednesday. We think he’s a nice maiden. He will improve plenty for it, and he could be a nice middle-distance horse.

He has done well. He handles soft ground. He was at the Curragh and will go to a Derby trial.

A staying type. He’s going to get a mile and six, and even further.

He’s working very well and could go to the Ballysax at the weekend. He handles an ease in the ground and we’re very happy with what he’s doing at the moment.

He goes to a mile maiden at the weekend. He’s a little bit laidback, but he worked well the other morning.

He’s another maiden, a brother to Saxon Warrior, and is going to a maiden the weekend. He’s just ready to start, and will improve plenty, but is working nicely.

Victoria Road
He’ll probably go to the French Guineas and then we may look at the French Derby afterwards.

She’s a Dubawi filly who was placed in a maiden. She’s a mile-and-a-quarter plus filly. We’ll start her in a maiden and see where we’ll go from there.

Hans Andersen
He might go to a Derby trial. We’ll have a look at the weekend, but it depends on the ground as he wants nice ground. He’s a Frankel, a middle-distance horse, and could be a nice one.

He’s a horse that’s going to stay well–a mile and a half plus, probably. He could turn into a Leger horse.

He has won a maiden and is being trained for a Guineas trial, but we’ll decide in the middle of the week.

Bolshoi Ballet
He’s back in full work again and we’ll probably go up in trip with him.

Boogie Woogie
She’s a good maiden and could be a Group filly, maybe going a mile and a half.

He had a run last year. He’s a middle-distance horse and is working nicely.

Tower Of London
He worked nicely at the Curragh at the weekend, and we think he could be a nice middle-distance horse.

“Alabama is a No Nay Never horse out of Dream The Blues (Ire) (Oasis Dream {GB}), making him a brother to Sioux Nation–he’s one to watch,” Aidan O’Brien on his two-year-old to follow.

Good filly, listed/Group filly at a-mile-and-a-quarter, maybe even a-mile-and-a-half.

He’s working nicely and is in the weekend as well. He had a little bit of a stone bruise this morning, so it will depend how that is, but he’s going nicely.

All Time Great
She hasn’t run yet. She’s a big, strong-galloping, staying type of filly.

Just got beaten the other day, but hopefully she’ll go back and win her maiden and then get some black print.

Aesop’s Fables
A sprinter. He has done very well over the winter.

A bit disappointing (in the Park S. at the Curragh) but we think she will leave that run behind her. We’ll go back to a stakes race with her.

Be Happy
She runs on Saturday in Saint Cloud, in a fillies’ trial over a-mile-and-a-quarter. She could turn into an Oaks filly.

Warm Heart
She’s working like a nice maiden. She’ll start in a fillies’ maiden over seven furlongs or a mile.

She came out of the Curragh well, so I’m looking forward to her.

Diamonds Are Forever
She’s a big, Justify filly. She’ll start in one of those Oaks trials, and we’ll see where we go from there.

Water Nymph
She was a bit disappointing the weekend, but we think she’ll leave that run behind.

Thoughts Of June
She was a listed winner over a-mile-and-a-quarter, so hopefully she’ll go into a Group 3 this year.

She’s a filly who won in Dundalk late in the year, and she’ll go to a Guineas trial.

Red Carpet
She’s a grand filly. She’ll start in a maiden, over seven furlongs or a mile, and we’ll see where we go from there.

He’s a middle-distance horse and could be a group or listed horse.

Tender Kiss
She’s going nicely and will start off in a fillies’ maiden over seven furlongs or a mile.


He’s having a bit of an easy time. He was just beaten in a Group race last year, so he’ll go into a trial in about a month’s time.

Congo River
We’ll take our time with him and go sprinting in the middle of the summer.

Starry Eyed
She was beaten in maidens last year, but we think she’s come forward. She’ll step up to a mile and a quarter and might run the weekend.

Point Lonsdale
He might go to the Mooresbridge. He was away the weekend and went very well.

Time To Boogie
She had a nice run in a maiden at the backend of last year. She’ll start in a maiden probably over a mile or a-mile-and-a-quarter, and we’ll see where we’ll go.

He’s a Saxon Warrior horse and we might go to a Derby trial in France.

Age Of Kings
He’s going grand. He was getting ready for the Guineas trials but is probably going to get a couple of easy weeks.

Never Ending Story
We always thought she was nice last year, and we’ll start her in one of the trials and see from there.

Dame Kiri
She won a maiden very easily and will start in a trial at the weekend.

Alabama is a No Nay Never horse out of Dream The Blues (Ire) (Oasis Dream {GB}), making him a brother to Sioux Nation–he’s one to watch.

Battle Cry [No Nay Never colt out of I’ll Have Another (Ire) (Dragon Pulse {Ire})], Emperor Of Rome [No Nay Never colt out of Coral Shell (Ire) (High Chaparral {Ire})] and a Ten Sovereigns (Ire) filly called Brighter are also there.

The Liffey [No Nay Never colt out of Rain Goddess (Ire) (Galileo {Ire})] is another one. His Majesty, who is another No Nay Never [out of Czabo (GB) (Sixties Icon {GB})], and Carnegie Hall [No Nay Never colt out of Compression (First Defence)] are all working well.

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