Aidan O’Brien Stable Tour

Nijinsky statue at Ballydoyle

For the powerful Ballydoyle-Coolmore operation, Qipco Guineas weekend annually provides the first big examination of the season, and with the colts’ Classic only eight days away Gleneagles, the ante-post favourite, is on course to head up Aidan O’Brien’s bid for a seventh victory in the race.

O’Brien has trained 232 Group or Grade 1 winners worldwide during his career, 13 of them in the 2014 season when the 45-year-old made history by becoming the first trainer to send out three consecutive Investec Derby winners, with Australia his star performer. It was also a year in which Adelaide gave him a first win in Australia in the Cox Plate.

This season he is looking to the three-year-old division as the main source from which further top-level success for Ballydoyle is likely to come. Gleneagles was a Group 1 winner at two but there are high hopes, too, for other less-experienced second-season performers with Classic entries.

O’Brien says: “Gleneagles was our front-line two-year-old last season and he kept performing through the year. We’re very happy with him but there are others including Highland Reel, Ol’ Man River, Giovanni Canaletto and Sir Isaac Newton whom we’re hoping will prosper this season after light campaigns last year.

“Highland Reel and Ol’ Man River are still in the 2,000 Guineas picture, although we haven’t finalised plans. Those who don’t go to Newmarket will be running in some of the Derby trials.

“We decided to be easy on them with this year in mind and another reason for not being hard on them was that we were aware we’d be weak enough in the older-horse division this year.

“Bad ground is far from ideal for the better three-year-olds in the spring, so we’ve been waiting for better conditions before starting them off.”

Tapestry, who landed the Yorkshire Oaks, and sprinter Due Diligence, who finished second in the Diamond Jubilee Stakes at Royal Ascot, look the pick of the older group. Tapestry is likely to start her campaign in the Group 3 Mooresbridge Stakes at the Curragh a week on Monday before heading for either the Tattersalls Gold Cup or the Coronation Cup, while Due Diligence will prep for Royal Ascot in the Group 2 Greenlands Stakes at the Curragh on Irish Guineas weekend.

OLDER HORSES

Bishan Bedi
Four-year-old gelding Intikhab (sire) – Knockatotaun (dam)
Owner: Annemarie O’Brien
Form figures: 53-1421
Racing Post Rating: 91
Official Rating: 94
He’s in his first year with us and has done all his racing at Dundalk over the past few months. He’s progressed well, winning over 7f and a mile, and should continue to do so. He has pace but could get a bit further than a mile on fast ground.

Cougar Mountain
4c Fastnet Rock – Descant
Michael Tabor, Derrick Smith, Sue Magnier and Annemarie O’Brien
1590-4
RPR 112, OR 111
He showed last season he had plenty of speed and we took a chance with him first time out this year by trying him over a mile in the Heritage Stakes at Leopardstown. We were happy with what we saw considering the soft ground was against him. We might send him for the Lockinge Stakes and if he runs at Newbury it should tell us more about what route to take with him – whether to stick to around a mile or go back sprinting. We pitched him in at the deep end after he won first time out at Naas in June and ran him in three Group 1 sprints. It was a big ask although he ran quite well for an inexperienced horse in a couple of them.

Due Diligence
4c War Front – Bema
Michael Tabor, Derrick Smith and Sue Magnier
/3112-7
RPR 116, OR 115
We discovered he had a hairline fracture after he finished second in the Diamond Jubilee Stakes at Royal Ascot and he didn’t run again last season. When he recovered, he lacked confidence in his work for a long time and we had to take things gently with him. He started back in the Gladness Stakes at the Curragh on Sunday when the ground was slower than he likes and he got tired. He should come on nicely and the plan is to go back sprinting, with the Greenlands Stakes at the Curragh on Irish Guineas weekend his next likely target.

Geoffrey Chaucer
4c Montjeu – Helsinki
Sue Magnier, Michael Tabor and Derrick Smith
1/300-7
RPR 109, OR 109
We were looking forward to him last season after he won both his races at two, but after being unlucky in running when third in the Derrinstown Derby Trial he proved disappointing over 1m4f in the Derby and again in the German Derby. Going to the Curragh on Sunday we weren’t sure about the 1m2f trip of the Alleged Stakes as he’d started to get quite pacey in his work, and after the way he ran we’re planning to drop him down to a mile, with the Group 3 Amethyst Stakes at Leopardstown [May 10] likely to be his next race.

Kingfisher
4c Galileo – Mystical Lady
Derrick Smith, Sue Magnier, Michael Tabor and Annemarie O’Brien
510266-
RPR 113, OR 111
He ran some good races last year, winning the Dee Stakes and finishing second in the Irish Derby. We might ask him to go further this season and he could start off in the Saval Beg Stakes at Leopardstown [June 5]. We’ll see how he gets on and whether it might be worth considering him for the Ascot Gold Cup.

Tapestry
4f Galileo – Rumplestiltskin
Sue Magnier, Michael Tabor, Derrick Smith and Flaxman Stables
062190-
RPR 121, OR 120
She’s in good shape and is ready to start off, probably in the Group 3 Moorsbridge Stakes at the Curragh a week on Monday. If all goes well it will be on to either the Tattersalls Gold Cup back at the Curragh or the Coronation Cup at Epsom. After being unlucky in the Irish Oaks last year when she lost out by only a neck to Bracelet, despite her saddle slipping early in the race, she went on to beat Taghrooda in the Yorkshire Oaks. She loves fast ground.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

THREE-YEAR-OLDS

Aloft
c Galileo – Dietrich
Derrick Smith, Sue Magnier and Michael Tabor
212-
RPR 112, OR 110
He had to work hard to win his maiden at Newmarket before finishing second in the Racing Post Trophy on soft ground, which was far from ideal for him. He’s almost ready to start and will go for one of the Derby trials. It could be Chester, Leopardstown or York, although there’s a 1m2f Listed race at Newmarket on Guineas weekend that might suit.

Archangel Raphael
c Montjeu – La Sylvia
Derrick Smith, Sue Magnier, Michael Tabor and T Ah Khing
21-
RPR 86, OR 94
He got beaten in a photo finish at Killarney before winning his maiden over a mile at Galway in September. He’s been going nicely on the gallops and should get 1m2f-plus. He’ll be running quite soon and could be one for Chester.

Bantry Bay
c Galileo – Play Misty For Me
Sue Magnier
Unraced
A fine big colt, he was backward last season and needed time. He’ll be starting off quite soon and will go for a maiden over 1m2f or 1m4f. His siblings got those sort of trips well.

Battle Of Marathon
c War Front – Sayedah
Derrick Smith, Sue Magnier and Michael Tabor
7163-
RPR 103, OR 106
He finished third in the Group 2 Beresford Stakes after winning a 6f maiden at Leopardstown. He’s had a setback and probably won’t appear until the second half of the season. He likes fast ground and might get 1m2f.

Belong
f Fastnet Rock – Leonia
Sue Magnier and Annemarie O’Brien
-5
RPR 60
She started off in a 1m2f maiden at Leopardstown this month and ran okay on ground that wouldn’t have suited. We’ll be in no hurry with her and she should have no problem winning a maiden. She could get 1m4f.

Bondi Beach
c Galileo – One Moment In Time
Derrick Smith, Sue Magnier and Michael Tabor
Unraced
A big colt who took time, he wasn’t up to racing last year. He’s almost ready to start off and will be racing over 1m2f and further.

Cape Clear Island
c Fastnet Rock – Kushnarenkovo
Derrick Smith, Sue Magnier and Michael Tabor
2214-1
RPR 99, OR 89
He never raced beyond 6f last season and had a little setback early this year that meant we weren’t sure about how he’d fare over the trip when he went to Newmarket for the Tattersalls sales race over 1m2f last week. As it turned out he loved the fast ground and handled the trip and the track well. He’s going back to Britain for the bet365 Classic Trial at Sandown [today].

Cenotaph
c War Front – Sanserif
Doreen Tabor
2-2
RPR 79
He’s run quite well in his two races, finishing second over 6f on his debut before filling the same position over a mile at Navan on Saturday. He’ll go for another maiden and we’ll see if he can progress.

Cocoon
f Galileo – Mystical Lady
Sue Magnier, Michael Tabor and Annemarie O’Brien
1723-06
RPR 94, OR 91
She earned some black type in a busy campaign last year. The ground was all against her at the Curragh on her first start this season and she was a bit disappointing when she ran over 1m2f at Navan on Saturday. She appeared not to stay, so she’ll be dropping back in trip and, hopefully, she’ll pick up some more black type.

Diamondsandrubies
f Fastnet Rock – Quarter Moon
Mrs Richard Henry and Sue Magnier
6-13
RPR 96, OR 98
She won her maiden over 1m1f at Tipperary and ran well in the Salsabil Stakes at Navan on Saturday when Seamie [Heffernan] said she didn’t get the run of the race. She finished well for third place and she’s a possible for the Cheshire Oaks.

Dick Whittington
c Rip Van Winkle – Sahara Sky
Michael Tabor, Derrick Smith and Sue Magnier
21311-4
RPR 114, OR 115
We sent him to the Greenham Stakes last weekend in an attempt to find out whether it might be worth trying him over a mile or whether a return to sprinting would be the better option. We’re not quite certain yet what we’ll do. He won the Group 1 Phoenix Stakes over 6f last year, beating Kool Kompany, and the new Group 1 for three-year-olds – the Commonwealth Cup – over 6f at Royal Ascot looks an obvious target. However, we haven’t ruled out the possibility of giving him a chance over a mile in the French Guineas.

Easter
f Galileo – Missvinski
Sue Magnier, Michael Tabor and Derrick Smith
21-5
RPR 87, OR 96
She won her maiden over 7f at Leopardstown towards the end of the season but when we started her back on heavy ground at the Curragh last month the race took a lot out of her. That’s why she hasn’t run since. She should get 1m2f well.

Eisenhower
c War Front – Volga
Joseph Allen Llc, Sue Magnier, Michael Tabor and Derrick Smith
-41
RPR 84
He was green over 7f on his debut at Gowran Park. The soft ground was against him and on top of that he appeared not to handle the track. We dropped him to 5f at Cork on Monday and he showed plenty of pace on the quicker ground to win. It looks as if he will be campaigned from 5f to 7f.

Facade
f Galileo – Charlotte Bronte
Derrick Smith, Sue Magnier and Michael Tabor
44-
RPR 79
She showed promise on her two starts last year and was ready to start back before meeting with a setback. It will be another while before she’s ready to run and she should be well capable of winning a maiden over a mile or 1m2f.

Father Christmas
c Bernardini – Christmas Kid
Michael Tabor, Derrick Smith and Sue Magnier
8-2
RPR 82
He showed nice improvement from his first run to finish second over a mile at Leopardstown this month. Both his runs were on soft ground and I’d expect he should improve on better ground. He should get 1m2f well.

Father Frost
c Rip Van Winkle – Yaria
Derrick Smith, Sue Magnier and Michael Tabor
-1
RPR 83
He’s shown us a lot of speed at home and made a winning start over 7f at Cork on Monday when he overcame a poor draw. We ran him in a hood to help get him settled and it worked out well. While he got the trip, he’ll have no problem dropping down to 6f.

Fluff
f Galileo – Sumora
Derrick Smith, Sue Magnier and Michael Tabor
-1
RPR 85
She’s a sister to Maybe, who won the Moyglare Stud Stakes and was placed in the 1,000 Guineas. We were very pleased with her debut win over a mile at Navan on Saturday. She won the race really well and could be very smart. She has plenty of big entries and we’re not sure yet where she’ll go next although the Group 3 Athasi Stakes at the Curragh a week on Monday is a possible target. I’d imagine her distance range will be 7f to 1m2f.

Found
f Galileo – Red Evie
Michael Tabor, Derrick Smith and Sue Magnier
131-
RPR 116, OR 117
She had a temperature a few weeks before we brought a team of horses to work after racing at the Curragh last month, so she did less than others that day. But she’s been back in full work for the past few weeks and we’re hoping she’ll make the 1,000 Guineas. She’ll work on Saturday morning and we’ll make a decision afterwards. She’s a fine big filly and an exciting one as she showed when winning the Prix Marcel Boussac last year. She should be adaptable in terms of distance – both Ryan and Joseph think she’ll get 1m4f – and if she doesn’t make Newmarket then she’s in the Irish Guineas and the Epsom Oaks.

Giovanni Canaletto
c Galileo – Love Me True
Michael Tabor, Derrick Smith and Sue Magnier
31-
RPR 91, OR 99
He’s done very well since last year and is in the Derby picture. He’ll start off in one of the trials, possibly the Chester Vase or if not the Derrinstown Stud Derby Trial. He was very green first time out at Navan but was very good when winning his maiden at Leopardstown by six and a half lengths. He’s in very good form and we’re looking forward to getting him started.

Giovanni Canaletto

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gleneagles
c Galileo – You’resothrilling
Michael Tabor, Sue Magnier and Derrick Smith
411111d-
RPR 116, OR 116
We’re very happy with him and, as has been the case with most of our Qipco 2,000 Guineas runners in recent years, it was always the plan to send him straight to Newmarket. Joseph rides him all the time at home and is very pleased with the way things are going. He’s a colt with a very good temperament. He shows a lot of speed in his work and cruises very well although he doesn’t do a whole lot when he gets to the front. From the first day we worked him he always showed us 6f pace and that’s usually a very good sign. A mile will suit him well and we think, and hope, he’ll get 1m2f. He did very well last year, finishing first past the post in two Group 1s although he lost one of them – the Prix Jean-Luc Lagardere – in the stewards’ room. He’s giving us all the right signals with the Guineas only eight days away.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hans Holbein
c Montjeu – Llia
Michael Tabor, Derrick Smith, Sue Magnier and T Ah Khing
4-21
RPR 85
He came on well from finishing second at Cork to win a 1m2f maiden at Leopardstown this month. He should stay 1m4f and possibly a bit further. We’ll see how he progresses and maybe have a look at the Queen’s Vase.

Highland Reel
c Galileo – Hveger
Derrick Smith, Sue Magnier and Michael Tabor
211-
RPR 110, OR 109
He’s very forward and fit and ready to go. A real natural, he does all his work very easily and we’re looking at either the Newmarket Guineas or the French Guineas as his starting point. A strong traveller with a high cruising speed, he won his maiden by 12 lengths over a mile at Gowran Park before landing the Vintage Stakes over 7f at Goodwood. We didn’t run him again as we thought he’d learned enough in three starts to stand him in good stead for this year. He’s in the Derby and we’re very happy with him.

Hobart
c Galileo – Mythical Echo
Michael Tabor, Derrick Smith and Sue Magnier
0-
RPR 52
He’s a nice type of maiden and is ready to run. He’s been working quite nicely and he’ll start off in a maiden over a mile or 1m2f in the very near future.

Ivanovich Gorbatov
c Montjeu – Northern Gulch
Derrick Smith, Sue Magnier and Michael Tabor
3-
RPR 77
He stayed on well for third over 1m1f at Tipperary late last season and will want 1m2f or further. He’s working nicely and will be ready to start off soon.

Jacobean
c High Chaparral – Civility Cat
Derrick Smith, Sue Magnier and Michael Tabor
24-43
RPR 100, OR 94
He showed ability in his two races last year before disappointing on bad ground at the Curragh first time out this season. He ran a bit better when we tried him over 1m1f last time at Tipperary and, hopefully, he can improve again. We might step him up a bit more in trip.

Jamaica
c Galileo – Dialafara
Sue Magnier, Michael Tabor and Derrick Smith
314-5
RPR 101, OR 102
He ran well in the Acomb at York after winning his maiden at the Galway festival but struggled on bad ground on his return in the Guineas Trial at Leopardstown. We like him and he has plenty of big-race entries including the Derby and the Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby. He’ll run in a Derby trial – it could be the Dee Stakes at Chester – and we’ll see how he gets on. We think he’ll have no problem getting 1m2f and he might get 1m4f.

Jinsha Lake
c Galileo – Al Ihsas
Michael Tabor, Derrick Smith and Sue Magnier
2-
RPR 78
He finished second over a mile at Navan on his only run last year and is ready to start his season, probably over 1m2f quite soon.

John F Kennedy
c Galileo – Rumplestiltskin
Sue Magnier, Michael Tabor and Flaxman Stables Ireland
211-3
RPR 113, OR 113
He was disappointing when last of three on his reappearance in the Ballysax Stakes. Ryan said he wasn’t at all happy on the testing ground and, in hindsight, it was probably wrong to run him. We took things easy with him after Leopardstown and, hopefully, we’ll see a much better performance from him when he goes back there for the Derrinstown Stud Derby Trial. He disappointed on his first start last season when he was very green and immature but he progressed and won his next two races well. He whinnied before and after the Ballysax and we’re hoping he’ll be more relaxed next time and that he’ll show his true ability.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kilimanjaro
c High Chaparral – Middle Persia
Michael Tabor, Derrick Smith and Sue Magnier
96-
RPR 67
We’ve always thought he was a good bit better than he showed on his two starts last season and, hopefully, he’ll show that this year. We think he’ll get 1m2f and further and we’ll learn more about him when he runs in a maiden over just short of 1m3f at Dundalk tonight, with a hood on for the first time.

King Of Aragon
c Montjeu – Crazy Volume
Sue Magnier, Michael Tabor and Derrick Smith
9-2
RPR 86
His brother Gallante won the Grand Prix de Paris last year. He had just the one run last season and did well to be second over 1m4f at Gowran Park on his first start this year. He looked a stayer and we ran him in a maiden over an extended 1m4f at Tipperary last night. Hopefully he’ll progress through the season.

Kissed By Angels
f Galileo – Lillie Langtry
Michael Tabor, Sue Magnier and Derrick Smith
Unraced
She’s the first produce of Lillie Langtry, who won the Coronation Stakes and the Matron Stakes for us. She’s been working nicely and is entered up this weekend, at Limerick tomorrow and at Gowran Park on Sunday. She’s in the Irish 1,000 Guineas, the Investec Oaks and the Darley Irish Oaks.

Los Barbados
c Galileo – Milanova
Michael Tabor, Derrick Smith and Sue Magnier
3-3
RPR 71
Third behind Giovanni Canaletto at Leopardstown on his only start last season, he finished third in a 1m2f maiden at the Curragh on Sunday when he got a bump and became unbalanced. A step up to 1m4f will suit and he should be winning a maiden over that trip.

Loved
f Galileo – Anna Karenina
Sue Magnier, Michael Tabor and Derrick Smith
Unraced
Her brother Battle Of Marengo won the Beresford Stakes, the Ballysax and the Derrinstown Derby Trial for us before finishing fourth to Ruler Of The World in the Derby. She should have no problem winning a maiden over 1m2f or 1m4f and hopefully she’ll progress through the year.

Ol’ Man River
c Montjeu – Finsceal Beo
Sue Magnier, Michael Tabor and Derrick Smith
11-
RPR 114, OR 114
A real good-looker, he was quite mature last year and has done very well physically. He won the Group 2 Beresford Stakes over a mile on his second start and has been doing everything right on the gallops so far. He’s in the picture for the 2,000 Guineas but isn’t certain to go to Newmarket and could go for one of the Derby trials instead. We’re very happy with him although it isn’t certain he’ll get the Derby trip. A strong traveller with plenty of pace, 1m2f should be right up his alley.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Order Of St George
c Galileo – Another Storm
Michael Tabor, Derrick Smith and Sue Magnier
42152-
RPR 102, OR 106
He showed last season he handles easy ground well. Such conditions are probably not essential for him but we know he goes on soft. He’ll go for one of the Derby trials and we’ll see how he gets on. Royal Ascot might also be on the agenda and he should get 1m4f well and probably a bit further. He could turn into a St Leger horse.

Outstanding
f Galileo – Absolutelyfabulous
Derrick Smith, Sue Magnier and Michael Tabor
65-
RPR 74
A sister to Magician, we expect her to improve on what she showed on her two starts last year. She’s ready to start her campaign and should have no problem winning a maiden over a mile or a bit further.

Prospector
c Galileo – Starlight Dreams
Sue Magnier, Michael Tabor, Derrick Smith and Sheikh Mohammed Bin Khalifa Al Thani
Unraced
A half-brother to Mastercraftsman, who won four Group 1s for us, he’s a nice prospect although he’s quite a lazy worker. We think he should stay well and he’s ready to start off in a maiden over 1m2f or a bit further.

Qualify
f Fastnet Rock – Perihelion
Mrs CC Regalado-Gonzalez
315618-
RPR 105, OR 107
We hoped to start her off in the Leopardstown 1,000 Guineas Trial but decided against it because of the testing ground. The Qipco 1,000 Guineas is the plan and she’s doing everything right at home. She was a different filly when we changed tactics and decided to drop her in last season. She won a Group 3 at the Curragh and had no luck in running when she went to Santa Anita for the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf.

Royal Navy Ship
c War Front – Indy Punch
Michael Tabor, Derrick Smith and Sue Magnier
12-
RPR 103
We had him entered for Sandown [today] but he’ll probably start off in the Tetrarch Stakes at the Curragh a week on Monday. He should get at least a mile. He won a 7f maiden at the Curragh on his debut and then got beaten when long odds-on for a four-runner Group 3 at Leopardstown. He had to make the running on soft ground and there’s a good chance he’s better than he ran that day.

Sandro Botticelli
c Galileo – Ask For The Moon
Michael Tabor, Derrick Smith and Sue Magnier
-1
RPR 75
He’s always been a lazy worker so it was a bit of a surprise when he won well on his debut at the Curragh on Sunday, beating his work companion Los Barbados, who usually works better than him, into third place in a 1m2f maiden. He’s obviously one who keeps his best for the track, which is no bad thing. He could be one for Royal Ascot where he might run over 1m4f or maybe in the Queen’s Vase.

Shark Island
c Fastnet Rock – Lady Lupus
Michael Tabor, Sue Magnier and Annemarie O’Brien
-070
RPR 64
We’ve always liked him but he’s been disappointing. We dropped him down to 7f at Cork on Monday but it was his first time racing on fast ground. He might need to go back up in distance.

Sir Isaac Newton
c Galileo – Shastye
Derrick Smith, Sue Magnier and Michael Tabor
2-
RPR 90
A 3,600,000gns yearling and a brother to Secret Gesture, who was placed in several Group 1s, he wasn’t fully tuned for his only run last season when he lost out narrowly to Zawraq, who won the Guineas Trial at Leopardstown a few weeks ago, at that track in October. We’ve always liked him and wanted to get a run into him to help educate him for this season. We’ve been waiting for decent ground before running him and we’re very happy with him. He’s in the Irish 2,000 Guineas or he could go for one of the Derby Trials. We like him and on breeding 1m2f and 1m4f should suit him well.

Smuggler’s Cove
c Fastnet Rock – Chenchikova
Derrick Smith, Sue Magnier and Michael Tabor
5113-6
RPR 109, OR 109
He ran quite well against the older horses in the Gladness Stakes at the Curragh on Sunday and you imagine he should progress from it. He was a Listed winner over 7f last year and also finished third in the Dewhurst. He’s a possible for the French Guineas.

Song Of Love
g Fastnet Rock – Delicate Charm
Annemarie O’Brien
-221510
RPR 88, OR 86
A big, hardy and sound horse who has progressed nicely since last year. He has two wins at Dundalk this year, over 7f and a mile, and loves fast ground. He should prove adaptable in terms of trip and will be running from 7f up to maybe 1m4f.

St Patrick’s Day
c Fastnet Rock – Race For The Stars
Sue Magnier
27-
RPR 77
He showed promise when second on his debut over 6f at Naas but disappointed on his only other start. A big colt, he should be well capable of winning a maiden over a mile or 1m2f.

Terracotta
f Fastnet Rock – Sacrosanct
Sue Magnier, PJ Magnier and
Annemarie O’Brien
0-3
RPR 65
She made an encouraging start to the season when finishing third behind another of ours, Fluff, in a mile maiden at Navan on Saturday. She should get 1m2f and might even stay 1m4f.

The Happy Prince
c Rip Van Winkle – Maid To Dream
Sue Magnier, Michael Tabor and Derrick Smith
5-1
RPR 83
He showed plenty of speed to win over an extended 6f at Limerick last week and you’d have to think he should be capable of winning more races, from 5f up to maybe a mile. He’s due to run in a conditions race over a mile at Dundalk tonight.

The Warrior
c Exceed And Excel – Aymara
Michael Tabor, Derrick Smith and Sue Magnier
2396-13
RPR 107, OR 103
He won his maiden nicely over 6f on testing ground at the Curragh in March before running well on quicker ground when third in the Tattersalls Millions 3YO Sprint over the same trip at Newmarket last week. He’ll probably have another run before heading for Royal Ascot where we might go up a furlong in distance and run him in the Jersey Stakes.

Timbuktu
f Fastnet Rock – Flashing Green
Derrick Smith, Sue Magnier and Michael Tabor
24-
RPR 83
She showed promise on her two starts early last season and was ready to run in the spring when she picked up an injury. She’s back in full work and I’d imagine she’ll be one for races from 6f to a mile. We’ve always liked her.

Together Forever
f Galileo – Green Room
Sue Magnier, Michael Tabor and Derrick Smith
423111-
RPR 110, OR 110
We have our eyes on the 1,000 Guineas for her. She’s been working nicely and we think she definitely has the pace for the Newmarket Classic, although we expect her to get 1m2f, and maybe even 1m4f, later on. She’s already a Group 1 winner having won the Fillies’ Mile and we’re happy with the way she’s going.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Toogoodtobetrue
f Oasis Dream – All For Glory
Michael Tabor, Sue Magnier and Derrick Smith
2173-
RPR 104, OR 105
She won a 6f maiden last year and finished third in the Group 2 Debutante Stakes. The plan was to start her back in the 1,000 Guineas Trial at Leopardstown but we decided against it because of the soft ground. She’s had a slight setback and it will be the middle to second half of the season before she runs. She should be a stakes filly.

Truth
f Galileo – Prudenzia
Al Shaqab Racing, Sue Magnier, Michael Tabor and Derrick Smith
Unraced
She’s closely related to Chicquita and has been going nicely. She should get 1m4f well and seems to handle easy ground. She’s almost ready to start and is entered for the Group 3 Blue Wind Stakes at Naas [May 13]. She’s also in the Oaks at Epsom and the Darley Irish Oaks, but we’ll wait and see how she gets on when she makes her debut.

War Envoy
c War Front – La Conseillante
Sue Magnier, Michael Tabor, Derrick Smith and Joseph Allen
3250-24
RPR 111, OR 111
He won at Naas first time out last season but hasn’t added to that success in nine attempts. He’s been placed at Group level a few times but has never produced on the track the level of ability he displays at home. We haven’t got it right with him yet. He ran okay when fourth in the Craven Stakes, in which the ordinary pace didn’t suit. A fast-run race on fast ground at around a mile is what he needs.

Wedding Vow
f Galileo – Remember When
Michael Tabor, Sue Magnier and Derrick Smith
0-2
RPR 81
Her dam never won but was a good second to Snow Fairy in the Oaks. She ran well when second in a 1m2f maiden Leopardstown on her first start of the year and has plenty of big-race entries if she progresses along the right lines. There’s a chance we might send her for the Cheshire Oaks but otherwise we’ll go for a maiden with her and take if from there.

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f Dansili – Moonstone
Derrick Smith, Sue Magnier and Michael Tabor
1-
RPR 89
Her dam won the Irish Oaks after finishing second at Epsom. This filly came from behind after being slowly away to win a good-class 7f maiden at the Curragh on her only start last season. She’s had a few setbacks but is back in full work. We’re still taking things a little gently with her and hoping to get her right. She might be ready to run before the end of next month but whether she’ll make the Oaks remains to be seen. We might have to wait a bit longer.

TWO-YEAR-OLDS

It’s very early days and we’re still learning about them.

Many of our two-year-olds haven’t been named yet but we’ve had a few runners, with Washington DC (c Zoffany – How’s She Cuttin’) finishing second on his debut at Dundalk before going on to win emphatically at Tipperary last night, Californiadreaming (f Fastnet Rock – Descant) finishing third first time out and Waterloo Bridge (c Zoffany – Miss Childrey), who should come on from his first run at the Curragh on Sunday.

Painted Cliffs (c Canford Cliffs – Lulawin), General Macarthur (c War Front – Imagine), Coolmore (f Galileo – You’resothrilling), who is a sister of Gleneagles, and Stone Mountain (c Fastnet Rock – Delphinium) will be among those running in the near future.

Interview by Tony O’Hehir
Racing Post, 24 April 2015

 

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