WITH a staggering 200 horses in training – 100 of them being two-year-olds – Aidan O’Brien is priming his team for the Flat season.
The Irish maestro has plenty of top contenders for the Classics and looks to be in for yet another big year. Here, O’Brien runs through plans for a few of his star names.
Ten Sovereigns: Big-race target – 2000 Guineas
“Ten Sovereigns physically has done well and is a very relaxed horse. Nothing would suggest he wouldn’t get a mile.
“We will skip the Greenham Stakes at Newbury (on Saturday) as there is no point taking on Too Darn Hot when he isn’t fully ready and he will go straight to the 2000 Guineas.”
U S S Michigan: Big-race target – Kentucky Derby
“U S S Michigan will run at Chelmsford. If we were to have a horse for the Kentucky Derby, U S S Michigan would be the only one.
“I’m not yet sure if a win at Chelmsford would be enough to get him in to Kentucky, but he is a big, long-striding cruiser and we always thought he would get a mile and further.”
Sergei Prokofiev: Big-race target – Commonwealth Cup
“Sergei Prokofiev is a very fast horse – as fast a horse as I’ve ever had. He was a three-year-old running against older horses with a penalty at Naas and won.
“It’s the way he comes through his race – he is very fast, but is a six-furlong horse, not five furlongs.”
Hermosa, So Perfect, Just Wonderful & Fairyland: Big-race – 1000 Guineas
“Hermosa will go straight to the Guineas and along with So Perfect both have physically done very well. Just Wonderful and Fairyland will also go straight to the Guineas and I’m very happy with both.”
Japan, Mount Everest, Broome, Anthony Van Dyck, Old Glory & Norway: Big-race target – The Derby
“I’m very happy with Japan and Mt Everest – a beautiful-moving horse who has done extremely well physically.
“I was very pleased with Broome winning at Leopardstown the other day and Anthony Van Dyck is another Derby horse and will run in a trial first. Old Glory and Norway are other horses who will run in Derby trials.”
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