Ballydoyle weekend runners – Aidan O’Brien’s comments

YORK – SATURDAY

Cristoforo Colombo (3yo colt by Henrythenavigator ex La Traviata)
City of York Stakes-L.R.
“He hasn’t run since the 2,000 Guineas due to pulling a muscle high-up in his quarters. He has strengthened up well and is just ready to start back.”

Wilshire Boulevard (2yo colt by Holy Roman Emperor ex Tyranny)
Gimcrack Stakes-Gr.2
“We’ve been happy with him since he won the Anglesey Stakes last month. His work has improved and he’s thriving physically.”

CURRAGH – SATURDAY

War Command (2yo colt by War Front ex Wandering Star)
Futurity Stakes-Gr.2
“War Command was coming back from a break in the Phoenix Stakes and the race should have brought him on. We’re happy with him. The original plan was to wait and step him up to 7f in the Vincent O’Brien National Stakes next month, but he came out of his last race very well and we decided to try him over the distance in this race before going to the National Stakes.”

Friendship (2yo colt by Galileo ex Squeak)
Futurity Stakes-Gr.2
“The faster the ground, the better Friendship will like it. We’re running him back very soon but he seems to have taken Thursday night’s race well.”

Ernest Hemingway (4yo colt by Galileo ex Cassydora)
Irish St Leger Trial Stakes-Gr.3
“Ernest Hemingway is in good form but he is a horse who needs good or faster ground, so we don’t want any more rain. If the ground turns slow we will have to think about whether he will take his place in the line-up.”

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