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Aidan O’Brien could saddle a three-pronged assault in his bid for a sixth victory in the Qatar Sussex Stakes at Goodwood.
It is 21 years since the popular Giant’s Causeway provided the Ballydoyle handler with his first win in the prestigious Group One contest, a success he still recalls fondly two decades on.
The record-breaking Rock Of Gibraltar (2002), Henrythenavigator (2008), Rip Van Winkle (2009) and The Gurkha (2016) have all since added their names to the roll of honour in a race O’Brien ranks highly in the Flat racing calendar.
“Giant’s Causeway is a horse that would come to mind when you think of the Sussex. It’s a very difficult race to win,” said the trainer.
“It’s a very prestigious mile race. It’s the ultimate test really – it’s up and it’s down and it’s left and right. They have to have speed and stamina and they have to be very versatile.
“It can be the ultimate test of a miler, physically and mentally. It’s a very important race in the pedigree of a horse going to stud.”
O’Brien has Lope Y Fernandez, Order Of Australia and Battleground pencilled in as a potential runners in this year’s renewal.
Lope Y Fernandez was last seen filling the runner-up spot behind Palace Pier in the Queen Anne at Royal Ascot, while Breeders’ Cup Mile hero Order Of Australia opened his account for the campaign in the Minstrel Stakes at the Curragh last weekend.
O’Brien said: “Order Of Australia has come out of the race (on Sunday) well. He cantered today and yesterday and he’s very well.
“It’s very possible that he could go. Obviously when he only ran at the weekend, we’d like to get him back in full work for four or five days and do the right thing for the horse.
“We’re looking forward to Lope Y Fernandez. We have the choice of running here or going to the Lennox Stakes, but at the moment we’re thinking of the Sussex. He worked this morning and we were very happy with him.”
Battleground, who won the Vintage Stakes at the Qatar Goodwood Festival last summer, is a much bigger price than his two stablemates, having been well beaten on his latest outing in the Prix Jean Prat Deauville.
However, O’Brien feels he is better judged on his third place in the St James’s Palace Stakes at the Royal meeting last month.
He added: “He ran a very big race in Ascot. He was a little bit disappointing the last day, but he was drawn out on a wing and he’s a horse that likes to get cover.
“We’ve been very happy with him since and we think Goodwood will suit him – we think he’ll leave that run behind him and come right back to his Ascot run and better.
“It’s very possible that he could go to the Sussex as well.”
O’Brien is also set to be well represented in Tuesday’s Al Shaqab Goodwood Cup, a Group One contest he won twice with the legendary stayer Yeats in 2006 and 2008.
Earmarked as possible runners next week are last year’s third Santiago, last season’s Derby winner Serpentine and Amhran Na Bhfiann. All three finished down the field in the Gold Cup last month, although the latter has since bounced back with victory in the Curragh Cup.
“We think coming back to two miles will help Santiago and Amhran Na Bhfiann the same,” said O’Brien.
“There’s a chance that Serpentine will run as well. We were thinking two of the three, we just haven’t decided yet which two.”
Thursday’s Group One feature at Goodwood is the Qatar Nassau Stakes.
With 1000 Guineas heroine Mother Earth set to wait for the Prix Rothschild at Deauville, in the mix from Ballydoyle are Irish 1,000 Guineas one-two Empress Josephine and Joan Of Arc. The latter has since won the Prix de Diane and appears the team’s chief hope.
O’Brien added: “The two fillies we were training for it (Nassau) are Joan Of Arc, who won the Diane, and Empress Josephine.
“Joan Of Arc has been progressing lovely all season and we’ve been looking at this with her for a good while.
“Empress Josephine could step up to a mile and a quarter to run it as well. That’s not definite, but it’s very possible.”
Robbie Power has confirmed he will not be riding at next week’s Galway festival due to upcoming surgery on an old back injury. A former Grand National winning jockey, Power tweeted on Monday that he hoped to be back riding for the Listowel Festival in September.
“Unfortunately I have to undergo surgery this week on an old back injury and won’t be fit for next week’s Galway Festival. Disappointing but hopefully will be back in September in time for Listowel,” wrote Power.
The Meath jockey has enjoyed numerous Group 1 successes over the years, winning the Aintree Grand National aboard Silver Birch in his second ride in the race in 2007.
He enjoyed a bumper year in 2017, winning the Cheltenham Gold Cup and the Punchestown Gold Cup on the Jessica Harrington-trained Sizing John.
We hope that followers of Yeowsa took our advice and stuck with Collin Morikawa, who is the new Open Champion and he intends to take a breather and drink in the history of his achievement – but he will let his caddie choose what gets put in the Claret Jug. We advised him at 33/1 pre-tournament start.
The American, who won the 2020 US PGA Championship on just his second major start, held his nerve to keep compatriot Jordan Spieth at bay on the closing stretch and become the first player to win two different majors on debut.
He eventually finished two shots clear of Spieth on 15 under and became only the second person after Tiger Woods to win the Open and US PGA before the age of 25.
And having restrained himself all week, he is planning a celebration before heading home.
“I think when you make history – and I’m 24 years old – it’s hard to grasp, and it’s hard to really take it in,” he said.
“At 24 it’s so hard to look back at the two short years that I have been a pro and see what I’ve done because I want more.
“I enjoy these moments and I love it and I want to teach myself to embrace it a little more.
“We’ve been staying at the hotel right by the course. Every night I see all the caddies drink, and I’m like ‘Man, I really want to drink, but I hold back. I hold back on tournament week’.
“It’s JJ’s (caddie JJ Jakovac) birthday. I’m going to let him decide (what drink to put in the Claret Jug).”
While Morikawa may have been staying away from the alcohol this week, his success seems to have been partly fuelled by fast food.
“The secret? Well, I never do this, but I had a burger for four straight days, so my body is probably feeling it. I know my body’s feeling it,” he added.
“I think I just enjoy these moments and I talk about it so much that we love what we do.”
When Morikawa recorded his breakthrough major win at the US PGA at Harding Park in San Francisco it was in front of no fans as Covid-19 restrictions were still in full force.
So to do it in front of full grandstands – 30,000 people were allowed into Royal St George’s every day this week – was a delight for the American and he was also able to use that fact to answer those who questioned his ability to perform under pressure.
“The nerves are definitely up there, but you channel these nerves into excitement and energy, and that puts you away from like a fear factor into ‘This is something I want’,” he added.
“I had nothing to prove. It’s just to you guys (the media). I’m just answering it for you guys that we can play in front of fans.
“They are some of the best fans I’ve ever seen. They truly understand the game. They appreciate the game. We owe them a huge thank you.”
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Hurricane Lane backed up his Irish Derby victory with a majestic display to win the Grand Prix de Paris at ParisLongchamp.
The Charlie Appleby-trained colt may only have got up close home to deny Lone Eagle at the Curragh, but there was no doubting his superiority in the Group One on Bastille Day.
William Buick had Hurricane Lane in the perfect position from the start behind pacesetter The Mediterranean, one of three runners from Aidan O’Brien’s stable.
He led into the straight but Buick was always confident on Hurricane Lane and eased him into the lead a furlong and a half out.
The Frankel colt put the race to bed in a matter of strides and cruised clear to score with ease by six lengths.
Wordsworth, another O’Brien inmate, was second with Alenquer staying on well from the rear to grab third place, another length away. William Haggas’ King Edward VII Stakes victor could not get into a challenging position from his wide draw.
Hurricane Lane was cut to 8-1 from 12-1 for the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe by Paddy Power and to 6-1 from 14-1 with Coral, who trimmed him to evens favourite from 5-2 for the St Leger.
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The Galway Races Summer Festival will be limited to a crowd of 1,000 spectators a day.
The track had hoped to welcome up to 5,000 racegoers on each day of the week-long fixture from Monday 26 July to Sunday 1 August, which includes the Tote Galway Plate and Guinness Galway Hurdle, having submitted a detailed proposal to the Government in late June.
The Irish Derby meeting at the Curragh was run in front of a 1,000-strong attendance as part of a Government pilot, and that is the figure Galway will also have to adhere to at the end of this month following the response to their submission.
Racecourse crowds are still generally capped at 500, despite the success of the Curragh trial.
“We got news last night that we will be able to host 1,000 spectators on each day of the summer festival,” said Galway chief executive Michael Moloney.
“We know, given the support that we’ve got over the last couple of weeks, that this will be extremely disappointing news to all our fans who had been looking forward to the opportunity maybe of coming back to Ballybrit this year.
“In terms of our sponsors and everyone looking forward to a larger crowd this year, it is disappointing.
“On the upside it is 7,000 more people than we had this time last year – and for those that do manage to get to come to Ballybrit this year, we’re delighted we’ll have owners back and now a small amount of public on top of that.
“We certainly look forward to making it an event that will be worth being at.”
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Lucas Herbert was exceptional in last week’s Irish Open, helping Australia claim an impressive double victory as Cam Davies captured the Rocket Mortgage Classic in Detroit.
The tour will now receive a healthy dose of razzmatazz ahead of next week’s Open Championship, with many of the world’s best players angling to finesse their links skills in this Rolex Series event.
The Scottish Open was first staged in 1935 but it only became a regular tour fixture in 1986. Now one of the tour’s richest tournaments, the Scottish Open is the traditional preceding event to the Open Championship.
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With the score currently standing at one each, Alcohol Free and Mother Earth will clash for the third time this season in the Tattersalls Falmouth Stakes at Newmarket.
Aidan O’Brien’s Mother Earth came out on top when winning the 1000 Guineas, but Andrew Balding’s Alcohol Free levelled up in the Coronation Stakes at Royal Ascot.
Mother Earth was third that day, and splitting the pair was Richard Hannon’s Snow Lantern – who will also face the Group One winners again on Friday.
Ed Walker’s Primo Bacio was a late absentee from the Ascot race because of the softening ground but had earlier looked top class when winning at York.
Before that, she was not far behind Alcohol Free in the Fred Darling at Newbury.
“I’m massively excited about this step up in class – and more so after Ascot when the form was franked so much,” said Walker.
“The second at York (Creative Flair) has gone on to win a Listed race, and the third (Snow Lantern) has gone on to finish second in a Group One, so I can’t wait to see where this filly will end up.”
Another form line from Ascot is the Duke of Cambridge Stakes, which saw Indie Angel beat Lady Bowthorpe, and that pair also clash again.
John and Thady Gosden’s Indie Angel needed to be supplemented by her owners Cheveley Park Stud.
“We think it worth the supplementary entry,” said Cheveley’s Chris Richardson.
“My only concern would be the ground. It was rock hard on the Wednesday (at Royal Ascot), and we think she bounces off the ground, so hopefully it is no worse than good.”
Saffron Beach is back at a mile, ridden by David Egan with Adam Kirby unable to do 8st 12lb. Johnny Murtagh runs Champers Elysees – with Joseph O’Brien also sending Pretty Gorgeous, last year’s Fillies’ Mile winner.
Queen Power, Lavender’s Blue, Illykato and Just Beautiful complete the field.
Elsewhere on the card, nine will line up in the Duchess of Cambridge Stakes – headed by Albany Stakes one-two Sandrine and Hello You.
Balding’s Sandrine appeared to relish the testing ground at Ascot, winning by a length and a half, while Hello You had really impressed on her debut with a six-and-a-half-length victory on the all-weather.
Nick Bradley Racing have three fillies sporting their colours – Oscula, Honey Sweet and Shouldavbeenmore.
Simon and Ed Crisford’s Flotus, well fancied for the Albany but a big disappointment, and Stuart Williams’ Desert Dreamer also line up.
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Broome sealed a fine weekend for Aidan O’Brien as he secured a first Group One victory with an all-the-way success in the Grand Prix de Saint-Cloud at the Parisian track.
Fourth in the 2019 Derby at Epsom, Broome was limited to just two outings last year but has undergone a renaissance this term, winning three of his five starts before today.
Edged out in Group One company on his penultimate start and second to Wonderful Tonight in the Hardwicke at Royal Ascot, the son of Australia faced seven rivals over 12 furlongs in France, as O’Brien sought to add further top-level success after St Mark’s Basilica in the Eclipse on Saturday.
Partnered by Colin Keane, Broome was soon at the head of affairs and while the prolific Baron Samedi, trained by O’Brien’s son Joseph settled on his heels, the winner was still travelling much the best at the top of the straight.
Baron Samedi started to drop back as Broome forged on, with Ebaiyra launching a late challenge, but Broome was a length too good. Gold Trip took third with Arc runner-up In Swoop only fourth.
Broome was sent off a well-backed 3-1 shot on the UK and Ireland industry market, returning at 39-10 on the PMU.
Keane was notching his first top-level success in France, in what was also his first ride at Saint-Cloud.
He told Sky Sports Racing: “It’s my first time being here, but it’s a lovely track and I had a nice, willing partner, so hopefully it’s the first of many here.
“Speaking to Aidan beforehand, he said to keep it pretty simple and if nothing was happy to go, to make your own way. He’s a very uncomplicated horse, very genuine and stays well. Nothing was really going on, so I was happy to let my lad roll along, he pricked his ears and was taking me the whole way.
“He galloped right to the line and was very deserving of it to be fair. He’s been very consistent this year, so it’s nice to get the Group One beside his name.
“He was just denied at the Curragh and he ran well at Ascot the last day.”
Asked if Broome – who is part-owned with Coolmore by Japanese connections – could be a Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe contender in the autumn, Keane added: “I wouldn’t put them off anyway!
“He is very uncomplicated, acts on most grounds and gets the trip well, so I’m sure they’ll have plenty of fun with him for the rest of the year.”
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