‘He’s very good’ – Aidan O’Brien talks raceless 33-1 Derby dark horse | Horse Breeding News

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Aidan O’Brien: expected to field some unsung donkeys in Classic trials in the coming weeks

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By Brian Sheerin

Ballydoyle were unable to flex their muscles in the youth department last season according to Aidan O’Brien, who named the undrafted Waterville as a possible Derby lad. by what he showed at home in the gallops.

O’Brien has a number of unrevealed colts ready to start Classic trials in the coming weeks, including Glounthaune, who was forced to play the ball after suffering a setback last year French Guineas hopeful Star Of India and Derrinstown Derby Trial- bound Bluegrass. However, it was reported that the Derby for the unraced Waterville received a lot of interest.

Ruler Of The World won the Derby for O’Brien in 2013 despite not improving the track as a two-year-old and Waterville, a huge 33-1 chance for Derby glory, showed the trainer thinks he can be that. normally.

O’Brien said: “We have a horse there called Waterville who has never raced before. He could be better than a maiden or a Derby horse. Camelot is a half-brother to Sea. Of Class, it was the only stroke in the Arc for William Haggas.

“He’s a Derby horse and he’s very good going. He’s a very big horse and runs the maiden before the season.”

Waterville wasn’t the only unscathed boy O’Brien put forward during the media morning in Ballydoyle on Monday when the legendary trainer said he had not cut the skin with his size. three-year-old children and their keys.

He explained: “Middlemarch and Samuel Pepys are good three-year-olds who have never raced before. Snowfall’s sister Newfoundland is another good girl. There are many girls out there who can be very smart.

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Glounthaune: set for Leopardstown 2,000 Guineas trial

Glounthaune: set for Leopardstown 2,000 Guineas trial

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“For the fillies, Perotan is a Churchill who is going well and is the only first foal out of Winter, by Deep Impact, who we like. Champagne is a sister to Found and also going well. “

Glounthaune, Star Of India, Bluegrass and River Thames all showed talent in both and O’Brien added: “Glounthaune will go for the 2,000 Guineas Trial at Leopardstown on Saturday. He is a great horse and we have been playing with him in the past seasons. He can be a French Guinea horse.

“River Thames is doing well and we’re very happy with him but he had a stone injury a few days ago. We were going for the Ballysax but he won’t do it now.

“Bluegrass will probably go in the Derrinstown Derby Trial. He won his maiden at the Curragh and is good.”

He added: “Star Of India went to the Curragh on Saturday. We wanted to know if we should start him over a mile or if he wanted a mile and a quarter. He went well.

“We took him there to see if he was a Derby or a Guinea horse. He had a slow walk but there was plenty left in the box. that kind of horse, Colm [O’Donoghue] drive him and he can become something. “

O’Brien did not show the two-year-old maiden of the season at the Curragh on Saturday but he brought out a number of youngsters who have progressed in their careers to say they will improve the track before the long.

He said: “Big Bear is a No Nay Never filly and Mediate is a No Nay Never filly that is coming out soon.

Sioux Nation, who was trained by O’Brien to win the Norfolk and Phoenix Stakes, hit the ground running with Ocean Quest to get him off the mark as sire to that Curragh girl.

O’Brien described the Sioux Nation kids as “very fast horses” and said Tiger Paw, one of two colts he had in the first year, was interesting.

He said: “There are only two Sioux Nations – one is on a small retreat – but they are very fast.

“Black Angel is a colt out of Anna Law, so he’s a brother to Battaash, and he’s a smart breed and there’s a No Nay Never colt called Aesop’s Fables that went well. They were the first ones. “

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