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Ballydoyle News - April 20, 2014


Racing Post – Aidan O’Brien Stable Tour

NOT for the first time the dominant force that is Ballydoyle has been slow off the blocks in the early weeks of the season, but with a team of approximately 160 horses and plenty of quality in all divisions the Aidan O’Brien army will be on the march as we head towards the Classics and the other major races.

Australia, the Investec Derby favourite, received rave reviews from his trainer after his six-length Group 3 win at Leopardstown in September and is set to make his reappearance in the Qipco 2,000 Guineas, while Dewhurst winner War Command and Geoffrey Chaucer are also set to play big roles in the Classics.

Ballydoyle houses the first three in the betting for the Investec Oaks – Bracelet, Tapestry and Dazzling, who won the Salsabil Stakes at Navan on Saturday – and their trainer has high hopes for an unraced three-year-old son of Fastnet Rock named Cougar Mountain.

Verrazano, a dual Grade 1 winner in the US last season, is a fascinating addition to a strong team of older horses which also includes another recent acquisition, Chicquita, winner of last year’s Irish Oaks, Irish 2,000 Guineas and Breeders’ Cup Turf winner Magician, Derby winner Ruler Of The World, St Leger hero Leading Light – who has the Ascot Gold Cup as his target – and Kingsbarns, a colt O’Brien retains plenty of faith in despite the frustrations of last season and a reappearance defeat at Leopardstown.

O’Brien says: “It’s been the same as most years in that it has taken us a while to get going. Our horses usually need a run or two to come forward and most of them will appreciate and improve on better ground when we get it.

“It’s early days but we have some very smart older horses, some very promising three-year-olds headed by Australia, War Command, Geoffrey Chaucer, Giovanni Boldini and Cougar Mountain, who at one stage last year was working like our best two-year-old before meeting with a setback.”

Throw in a big team of juveniles – including many Galileos, War Fronts, Rip Van Winkles and Fastnet Rocks – and expectations are high that fancy pedigrees will translate into track success. “Our two-year-olds are coming along nicely, says O’Brien. “We worked some of them at the Curragh on Sunday and are ready to have our first runners. We have a promising lot and, hopefully, we’ll have a group of them heading to Royal Ascot.”

Interview by Tony O’Hehir

OLDER HORSES

Afonso De Sousa
4c Henrythenavigator – Mien
Owners: Derrick Smith, Mrs John Magnier and Michael Tabor
Form figures: 13/133-0 Racing Post Rating: 109 Official rating: 107

He hasn’t many miles on the clock so there’s every chance he can progress this season. He didn’t handle the heavy ground when he ran in the Irish Lincoln and we’re waiting for better ground before running him again. There will be plenty of options and I’d imagine we’ll be looking at races from 7f to 1m2f.

Chicquita
4f Montjeu – Prudenzia
Derrick Smith, Mrs John Magnier and Michael Tabor
3/F21- RPR 114 OR 115

She’s a good addition to our team having won the Irish Oaks last year. We were originally looking at the second half of the season for her with a prep run before the Yorkshire Oaks. However, she’s starting to come forward and there is a chance she might begin her campaign in either the Group 3 Mooresbridge Stakes at the Curragh [on May 5] or in the Betfred Middleton Stakes at York. She’s doing everything nicely and we’re looking forward to getting her started.

Cristoforo Colombo
4c Henrythenavigator – La Traviata
Michael Tabor, Derrick Smith and Mrs John Magnier
58177-4 RPR 111 OR 107

We think he’s better than he showed last season. He hasn’t always had the best of luck in his races but, considering the ground was slow at the Curragh last Sunday, he ran a good race when fourth in the Gladness Stakes. He hasn’t had a lot of racing and we think he’ll show more of his true ability when he gets nicer ground.

Darwin
4c Big Brown – Cool Ghoul
Derrick Smith, Mrs John Magnier and Michael Tabor
14/113- RPR 114 OR 114

He won over 1m and 7f (a Group 3) last year after joining us from the US. He worked after racing at the Curragh on Sunday and we’re probably going to shorten him up in distance this season. He’s not just ready yet but we’re thinking of trying him over 6f to see if his future this year might be as a sprinter.

El Salvador
5h Galileo – Balisada
Mrs A M O’Brien
3642P-1 RPR 109 OR 106

He could be a horse for some of the Cup races and he did run what was probably his best race when sixth in the Ascot Gold Cup last year. He was beaten only six lengths by the winner and could go back to try to improve on that performance. He’s adaptable in terms of ground – he won on testing at Limerick recently – but is probably best suited by quick conditions.

Ernest Hemingway
5h Galileo – Cassydora
Mrs John Magnier, Michael Tabor and Derrick Smith
41136-8 RPR 116 OR 116

He wasn’t beaten far although only eighth in the Dubai Gold Cup, which turned out a messy race pace-wise. He’s a solid, consistent stayer who appreciates good or faster ground and a good gallop. He has entries next month in the Vintage Crop Stakes at Navan and the Yorkshire Cup, and will probably run in one of those races.

Exotic
4f Galileo – Ice Queen
Michael Tabor, Derrick Smith and Mrs John Magnier
1- RPR 75

She didn’t make the track until August when she won a 1m4f fillies’ maiden at the Galway festival quite easily. It was an encouraging performance with this year in mind and we’re hoping she’ll make an impact at Listed and Group level. She might start off in the Listed Victor McCalmont Memorial Stakes at Gowran Park a week on Sunday.

Eye Of The Storm
4c Galileo – Mohican Princess
Michael Tabor, Derrick Smith and Mrs John Magnier
3/22113- RPR 114 OR 112

He had a good campaign last year, winning Listed races over 1m4f and 2m before ending his season by finishing a close third in the Long Distance Cup at Ascot. Although he has no left eye, he has won going left-handed but going the other way obviously suits him better. He’s back in work after meeting with a little setback and we’ll be looking at some of the Cup races for him as the season progresses.

Festive Cheer
4c Montjeu – Bold Classic
Michael Tabor, Derrick Smith and Mrs John Magnier
51/303-0 RPR 115 OR 114

He was a bit disappointing in the Sheema Classic last month and was a bit sick when he came home. He went on a short break and should be back in action in time for Royal Ascot, where the Hardwicke Stakes could be his target. We’d expect him to leave his Dubai run behind him during the summer.

Kingsbarns
4c Galileo – Beltisaal
Mrs John Magnier, Michael Tabor and Derrick Smith
11/63-3 RPR 120 OR 116

Maybe it was wrong to give him his first run of the season on heavy ground in the Heritage Stakes at Leopardstown. We had been thinking of the Lockinge Stakes for him but he came back a bit stiff from Leopardstown and we might put that plan on hold and give him a good break with a view to the second half of the season. The Irish Champion Stakes and the Arc might be targets. He’s a very good horse who had only two races last season due to an injury he picked up early in the year and, in the circumstances, his third in the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes was a very good effort.

Leading Light
4c Montjeu – Dance Parade
Derrick Smith, Mrs John Magnier and Michael Tabor
1/11110- RPR 118 OR 118

He did very well last year and had his big day at Doncaster where he won the St Leger.

He has done well since last season and has been to the Curragh a couple of times to work after racing. The Ascot Gold Cup is his first main target and we have the Vintage Crop Stakes at Navan [on May 18] and the Saval Beg Stakes at Leopardstown [on June 6] pencilled in for him.

STAR QUALITY
Magician
4c Galileo – Absolutelyfabulous
Michael Tabor, Derrick Smith and Mrs John Magnier

7/1191-6 RPR 123 OR 124

He was just ready to start off when he went to Dubai last month. He ran very well when sixth in the Sheema Classic and didn’t get the clearest of runs. Joseph [O’Brien] was very happy with him. The Tattersalls Gold Cup at the Curragh on Irish Guineas weekend is the immediate plan, with the Prince of Wales’s Stakes at Royal Ascot also on the agenda. He showed himself to be versatile in terms of distance last year when he won the Irish 2,000 Guineas and the Breeders’ Cup Turf (1m4f). He could go back over 1m4f at some stage during the year but he doesn’t have to as there are plenty of top races for him over 1m2f and 1m.

Peace Burg
4f Sageburg – Peace Talk
Mrs Paul Shanahan
5/41565- RPR 111 OR 111

We got her from France where she won a Group 2 and a Group 3 over 1m at Chantilly. She’s in good form and was at the Curragh on Sunday to work after racing. She could start off her campaign in the Group 3 Athasi Stakes at the Curragh on May 5.

Ruler Of The World
4c Galileo – Love Me True
Al Shaqab Racing, Mrs John Magnier, Michael Tabor and Derrick Smith
15273-0 RPR 125 OR 122

We took a chance on running him on Tapeta in the Dubai World Cup and it didn’t seem to suit him. He’s had a little break since he came home and depending on his progress we’ll be looking at maybe sending him back to Epsom to see if he could add a Coronation Cup to his Derby triumph there last year.

Venus De Milo
4f Duke Of Marmalade – Inchmahome
Mrs John Magnier, Michael Tabor and Derrick Smith
112128- RPR 115 OR 113

Like her sire, we’re expecting she will show improvement from three to four. She’s a fine, big filly and showed plenty of ability last season when she finished second in the Irish Oaks and the Yorkshire Oaks in addition to winning a Group 3 at Cork. We haven’t settled on a plan for her yet, but there is a good chance she will be aimed at the Yorkshire Oaks, with a prep race slotted in somewhere.

Verrazano
4c More Than Ready – Enchanted Rock
Mrs John Magnier
011743- RPR 124

He’s an exciting addition to our team. He did very well in the US, where his six wins included two Grade 1s over 1m1f – the Wood Memorial and the Haskell Invitational. All his runs have been on dirt. We’ve had him at the Curragh to work a couple of times in recent weeks and were very pleased with the way he worked there on Sunday. We’re aiming him at the Queen Anne at Royal Ascot and whether he has a prep run will be determined by ground conditions – he won’t be running on soft ground. He’s entered for two Group 1s next month – the Lockinge and the Tattersalls Gold Cup and he’s also in the Group 3 Ardglen Amethyst Stakes at Leopardstown [on May 11].

THREE-YEAR-OLDS

Adelaide
c Galileo – Elletelle
Derrick Smith, Mrs John Magnier and Michael Tabor
1- RPR 91

He coped with testing ground when winning a 1m maiden at Leopardstown in October. He’ll appreciate better ground. We’ll probably start him off over 1m2f.

Adjusted
c Montjeu – Belesta
Michael Tabor, Derrick Smith and Mrs John Magnier
4-23 RPR 82

He’s run well on his two starts over 1m2f this season, finishing second to Fascinating Rock – who went on to win the Ballysax Stakes on Saturday – before running third in what looked a good maiden at the Curragh. He should get 1m4f.

Agena
c Galileo – Dietrich
Derrick Smith, Mrs John Magnier and Michael Tabor
1- RPR 86

He was very green when he won a 7f maiden at Leopardstown in September on his only outing last season and we think he’ll progress and be more effective when he tackles longer trips. I’m not sure when he’ll start off but we’re in no panic with him.

STAR QUALITY
Australia
c Galileo – Ouija Board
Derrick Smith, Mrs John Magnier, Michael Tabor and T Ah Khing
211- RPR 118 OR 117

The plan is to start his season in the Qipco 2,000 Guineas. He has done well since last year and has a very relaxed way about him and a very high cruising speed. Everything is good with him and while his breeding suggests 1m2f and 1m4f will suit him well, he shows plenty of speed at home and we think he has plenty of pace for a mile. He was unlucky first time out at the Curragh when he lost a lot of ground out of the stalls, but he showed good improvement to win his next two races and we weren’t surprised when he finished his season by winning a Group 3 at Leopardstown impressively by six lengths. I’ve said a lot about him, probably too much, and he has to go and prove himself now. But we think the world of him and we’re looking forward to getting his campaign started at Newmarket. (Australia pictured below at Ballydoyle)

Blue Hussar
c Montjeu – Metaphor
Derrick Smith
1- RPR 80

He won a 7f maiden on soft ground at Leopardstown on the last day of the season. He’ll be suited by middle distances and is almost ready to start off. We will probably run him in one of the Derby trials and take it from there.

Bracelet
f Montjeu – Cherry Hinton
Michael Tabor, Derrick Smith and Mrs John Magnier
81-1 RPR 105 OR 106

She won the Leopardstown 1,000 Guineas trial quite nicely on her reappearance and the plan is to send her for the Qipco 1,000 Guineas. She came out of the race well and will appreciate better ground than she had at Leopardstown. Hopefully, she’ll make into an Oaks filly, although Joseph [O’Brien] isn’t sure she’ll get 1m4f. That doubt might not be a bad thing.

Carlo Bugatti
c Montjeu – Marquesa
Michael Tabor, Derrick Smith and Mrs John Magnier
1-4 RPR 103 OR -

He’s a nice colt who won a 1m maiden at Galway in September on his only start last year. We started him off at Navan on Saturday when he ran fourth in the Ballysax Stakes. He should come on for the run and we’ll probably aim him at another of the Derby trials.

Century
c Montjeu – Mixed Blessing
Mrs John Magnier, Michael Tabor and Derrick Smith
10- RPR 87

He won a 1m maiden on good ground at the Curragh in October before going on to Doncaster for the Racing Post Trophy in which things didn’t work out for him. He was slowly away and wasn’t suited by the soft ground. He’ll appreciate better conditions and we’ll probably run him in one of the Derby trials to see where he might slot in.

Coach House
c Oasis Dream – Lesson In Humility
Mrs John Magnier, Michael Tabor and Derrick Smith
21123- RPR 104 OR 105

He showed plenty of speed last year, twice winning over 5f. He won the Marble Hill Stakes at the Curragh before being placed in the Norfolk at Royal Ascot and the Railway Stakes at the Curragh. He’s fast and appreciates fast ground and will be running in races from 5f to 7f or 1m.

Cougar Mountain
c Fastnet Rock – Descant
Michael Tabor, Derrick Smith and Mrs John Magnier
Unraced RPR – OR -

He’s a colt we like a lot. At one stage last season we thought he was our best juvenile but he had a setback and we were unable to get a run into him. Unfortunately, he had another hold-up early this year but he’s coming along nicely and we’re hoping to get a run into him before Royal Ascot. He’s very smart and we’ll probably be looking at races from 5f up to 1m for him. We’ve no definite plans for him yet but he could be one for the Jersey Stakes.

STAR QUALITY
Dazzling
f Galileo – Secret Garden
Mrs John Magnier, Michael Tabor and Derrick Smith
163-1 RPR 102 OR 103

She’s a sister of Roderic O’Connor who won an Irish 2,000 Guineas for us. She got 1m2f well when winning the Salsabil Stakes at Navan on Saturday and should get 1m4f and possibly a bit further. We see her as an Oaks filly and she will have a run before Epsom, possibly in the Musidora at York where the track should suit her. She seems adaptable in terms of ground, having won on good to firm and on soft. She wasn’t fully tuned for Navan, so you’d imagine she should improve.

Due Diligence
c War Front – Bema
Michael Tabor, Derrick Smith and Mrs John Magnier
14-3 RPR 95

He won a 6f maiden at Saratoga in August when trained by Todd Pletcher and is a recent addition to our team. He shows us plenty of speed on the gallops and we started him off over 7f in the Listed Patton Stakes at Dundalk on Wednesday night. He finished third and should come on nicely for the run.

Felix Mendelssohn
c Galileo – Ice Queen
Mrs John Magnier, Michael Tabor and Derrick Smith
Unraced RPR – OR -

He’s a fine, big colt who worked very well when we brought a team to work after racing at the Curragh last Sunday. He’s almost ready to start off and we’ll probably run him first in a 1m2f maiden. He should get 1m4f well and progress as the season goes on.

Fountain Of Youth
c Oasis Dream – Attraction
Michael Tabor
214- RPR 98 OR 102

A big colt who won his maiden on fast ground over 5f at Tipperary. He worked at the Curragh on Sunday and we’re looking at possibly starting him off in the Tetrarch Stakes over 7f at the Curragh on May 5. We’ll see how he goes before deciding what distances we’ll concentrate on.

Geoffrey Chaucer
c Montjeu – Helsinki
Mrs John Magnier, Michael Tabor and Derrick Smith
11- RPR 108 OR 112

We’re very happy with the way he’s progressing. His two wins last year, including the Group 2 Beresford Stakes, were over 1m and for a Montjeu he’s showing us plenty of speed. We were thinking of starting his season in the Derrinstown Stud Derby Trial at Leopardstown next month but there’s a chance we might give him a shot at the Poule d’Essai des Poulains instead. We decided against running him in the Ballysax Stakes at Navan on Saturday but he would have had a penalty to carry, so we took him to the Curragh to work on Sunday instead.

Giovanni Boldini
c War Front – Dancing Trieste
Mrs John Magnier, Michael Tabor and Derrick Smith
1312-4 RPR 115 OR 115

He ran quite well when fourth in the UAE Derby at Meydan last month and we’re looking at running him next in either the 2,000 Guineas at Newmarket or the French Guineas. Both his wins last season were over 7f at Dundalk, where he won the Listed Star Appeal Stakes before running a good second in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf at Santa Anita. He’s good and we’ll probably campaign him over 1m or thereabouts.

Great White Eagle
c Elusive Quality – Gender Dance
Michael Tabor, Derrick Smith and Mrs John Magnier
118- RPR 107 OR 106

The ground was probably too slow for him when he ran below expectations in the Middle Park after his two wins, including a Group 3, over 6f. He has plenty of speed and we’ll probably start him off in the Listed Tetrarch Stakes over 7f at the Curragh on May 5 and decide after that whether we will drop him back in distance.

Guerre
c War Front – Golden Toast
Derrick Smith, Mrs John Magnier and Michael Tabor
12- RPR 98 OR 102

He showed ability over 6f on his two starts last year. He’s entered for the Tattersalls Irish 2,000 Guineas but we’re not sure whether he’ll get a mile and we could be looking at races from 5f to 7f for him. We’ll play it by ear.

Indian Maharaja
c Galileo -Again
Michael Tabor, Derrick Smith and Mrs John Magnier
11-8 RPR1020R99

He’s the first foal of a dual Group 1winner and his two wins last year were on quick ground. We started him off on testing ground in the Leopardstown 2,000 Guineas Trial last month and he came back quite stiff. We’ll wait until he comes right before running him again. If all goes well I’d imagine he’ll go for another Classic trial.

Johann Strauss
c High Chaparral – Inchmina
Derrick Smith, Mrs John Magnier and Michael Tabor
422-36 RPR 110 OR 108

We’ve always liked him and while he hasn’t yet won a race he showed ability last season and ran a good race when second in the Racing Post Trophy. The testing ground and the fact he hadn’t had a run counted against him when he ran third on his reappearance at Leopardstown. We stepped him up to 1m2f at Newmarket but he’s naturally nervous and when the horse alongside him in the stalls burst out and they had to be taken out and reloaded, it upset him. I’m prepared to put a line through his run.

John Constable
c Montjeu – Dance Parade
Michael Tabor, Derrick Smith and Mrs John Magnier
432-2 RPR980R90

A brother of St Leger winner Leading Light, he was only touched off in a lm2fhandicap at Navan on Saturday and you’d have to think that he’ll get further. He seems adaptable ground-wise and, hopefully, he’ll be able to get off the mark before too long.

Marvellous
f Galileo- You’resothrilling
Derrick Smith, Mrs John Magnier and Michael Tabor
1-6 RPR94

She won over lm at Navan late last season and we were quite pleased with her run behind Bracelet in the 1,000Guineas Trial at Leopardstown last month. We thought about the Nell Gwyn for her but decided not to send her. She has plenty of big entries and she gives the impression she’ll get a bit further than a mile.

Mekong River
c Galileo – Simply Perfect
Mrs John Magnier, Michael Tabor and Derrick Smith
11114- RPR 104 OR 110

He had a good first season, winning a maiden and two nurseries before landing the Listed Eyrefield Stakes over lmlf at Leopardstown. He went to France six days later and made most of the running before finishing fourth in the Criterium de Saint-Cloud on heavy ground. He’ll stay middle distances well and we’re getting him ready to run in one of the Derby trials.

Michaelmas
c Elusive Quality- Christmas Kid
Mrs John Magnier, Michael Tabor and Derrick Smith
212- RPR 102 OR 108

He missed a good part of last year after winning over 5f at the Curragh in May and didn’t run again until finishing second in a 7f Group 3at Leopardstown at the backend. He had a slight setback early this year but is back in fast work. He could go for the Irish 2,000 Guineas and then Royal Ascot.

Oklahoma City
c Oasis Dream- Galaxy Highfiyer
Derrick Smith, Mrs John Magnier and Michael Tabor
612212- RPR 106 OR 109

He progressed through last season and won the Tattersalls Millions Trophy over 7f at Newmarket and went back there to finish second in the Group 3Autumn Stakes over lm. He’s in full work and in good form. We’ll wait for drier ground before starting him off.

Orchestra
c Galileo – Bywayofthestars
Mrs John Magnier, Michael Tabor and Derrick Smith
21- RPR840R95

A fine big colt who won his maiden over 7f at Tipperary after finishing second to Free Eagle at Leopardstown first time out. He’ll go for one of the Derby trials and, hopefully, will progress through the year.

Palace
f Fastnet Rock – Lady Icarus
Michael Tabor, Derrick Smith and Mrs John Magnier
-41 RPR86

She was our best filly last year but had a bit of a setback and we couldn’t get her to the track. She’s coming forward well and improved nicely from her first run at Leopardstown to win well over 1m at Navan on Saturday. She’ll probably have a run before the Irish 1,000 Guineas. We’ve always thought she was very smart. She’s a big filly who reminds me of Peeping Fawn.

Red Row Point
c Fastnet Rock- My Emma
Mrs John Magnier, Michael Tabor and Derrick Smith
1- RPR85

He won a lm maiden at Dundalk and we’ll probably give him a shot at one of the upcoming Derby trials and see how things go. He’s entered for the Irish Derby.

Ruby Tuesday
f Galileo – Jude
Mrs John Magnier and Mrs Richard Henry
-40 RPR74

Her dam has produced several winners including Quarter Moon and Yesterday, both of whom won at the top level. She’s a filly for middle distances and she ran well on her debut at Leopardstown, where she finished fourth. We had been thinking of the Cheshire Oaks as a possible target but she disappointed when finishing in rear at Dundalk on Wednesday night and plans are on hold.

Sir John Hawkins
c Henrythenavigator- Peeping Fawn
Michael Tabor, Derrick Smith and Mrs John Magnier
1343-0 RPR 104 OR 104

He ran well in good company after winning on his debut at the Curragh and finished in the frame in the Coventry, the July Stakes and the Tyros Stakes. Fast ground is very important for him and I’d imagine he’s probably a miler. He didn’t perform in the UAE Derby last month and, in hindsight, running him there might have been the wrong thing to do so early in the season.

Table Rock
c Fastnet Rock- Small Sacrifice
Michael Tabor, Derrick Smith and Mrs John Magnier
2- RPRBB

He was beaten only a head on his debut over 7f at the Curragh in October and will be ready to go once the ground dries out. He’ll probably start off in a maiden and is in the Dante, Irish 2,000 Guineas and Irish Derby.

STAR QUALITY
Tapestry
f Galilee – Rumplestiltskin
Mrs John Magnier, Michael Tabor, Derrick Smith and Flaxman Stables
112- RPR 111 OR 112

She won the Group 2 Debutante Stakes and was unlucky when she went back to the Curragh for the Group 1 Moyglare Stud Stakes in which she was promoted to second after a stewards’ inquiry. She’s done well since last season and came to hand quite early. We backed off her for a while but she’s been going well and will be ready for the 1,000 Guineas. She goes straight to Newmarket and we think she’ll go on and stay further than a mile. (pictured below at Ballydoyle)

Terrific
f Galilee – Shadow Song
Derrick Smith
011-3 RPR980R 99

She won twice over 7f last year and we started her off in the Salsabil Stakes at Navan on Saturday with cheekpieces instead of blinkers. She finished well for third and appeared to get the lm2f well, something we were uncertain about before the race. She’s in the Guineas at Newmarket and the Curragh and is also in the Irish Oaks.

War Command
c War Front -Wandering Star
J Allen, Mrs John Magnier, Michael Tabor and Derrick Smith
11311- RPR 118 OR 119

He’s being trained for the 2,000 Guineas at Newmarket, although we have the Poule d’Essai des Poulains as a possible alternative. The boys will decide where he goes. He wintered well and is in good form. He’s a very solid horse – big and powerful- and seems adaptable in terms of ground, although good or quicker conditions are ideal for him. He showed a lot of speed when winning the Coventry so well and then battled well to win the Dewhurst, so we think 1m is going to suit him. (War Command pictured below enjoying a roll)

Wonderfully
f Galileo – Massarra
Michael Tabor, Derrick Smith and Mrs John Magnier
171646- RPR 105 OR 106

She ran in three Group 1s after winning the Group 3 Silver Flash Stakes over 7f at Leopardstown in July and ran quite well in the Shadwell Fillies’ Mile and the Prix Marcel Boussac. She’s in the Guineas at Newmarket and Irish Guineas and is entered for the Investec Oaks and Darley Irish Oaks. She’ll probably start off in a Classic trial.

TWO-YEAR-OLDS

WE HAVE a big team and we’re very happy with how they’re progressing. We’re ready to get some of them started and we might have our first juvenile runners this weekend. We have a couple of colts entered at Cork tomorrow- The Great War (War Front-Guide) and The Warrior (Exceed And Excel-Aymara). There is a very nice colt named John F Kennedy (Galileo-Rumplestiltskin) who might be aimed at the Chesham at Royal Ascot. Other colts we like include Gleneagles (Galileo-You’resothrilling), an unnamed brother to Ruler Of The World, a very nice type called The Happy Prince (Rip Van Winkle-Made To Dream) and the War Front colt out of Blading Gold Ring who cost US$2.5m at Keeneland in September.

Among the fillies we have a very smart sort in Timbuktu (Fastnet Rock-Flashing Green), I Am Beautiful (Rip Van Winkle-Monevassia), Sea Of Blue (Fastnet Rock-Song Of The Sea) and Simply A Star (Giant’s Causeway-Cherry Hinton).

Pictured: The two-year-olds are put through their paces

Reporter’s choice

Class horse Magician
A Group 1 winner over lm and 1m4f last year, he can add to his tally with lm2f races planned for him in the next few months

Surefire winner Cougar Mountain
Unraced but very highly regarded last season before a setback intervened

Dark horse Felix Mendelssohn
Worked well at the Curragh on Sunday and one to watch for when he makes his debut, probably in a 1m2f maiden

Trainer’s choice
Australia

‘We think the world of him and we’re looking forward to him proving himself a very special colt’

Racing Post 18th April 2014
Pictures by Annemarie O’Brien