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Category: Aidan O’Brien

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Derby favourites are reminded that shock results are all part of the game

Serpentine’s unexpected success in Saturday’s Derby shows punters everywhere that results like this are part of racingTricky things, pacemakers. In theory, they sacrifice themselves for the good of everyone else, setting an even tempo through the first…

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Serpentine pulls off huge shock for O’Brien with all-the-way win in Derby

Emmet McNamara rides 25-1 shot to success at EpsomAidan O’Brien breaks record with eighth winner of ClassicSerpentine has made all the running to win the Derby, just a week after recording the first victory of his career. Fancied horses like English Ki…

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Team tactics never part of racing strategy, promises Aidan O’Brien | Chris Cook

Talking exclusively to Chris Cook, the trainer addresses concerns raised by two owners of Saturday’s Derby fanciesTeam tactics form no part of pre-race preparations at Ballydoyle, Aidan O’Brien insisted on Monday. “I promise you, never ever,” the train…

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Talking Horses: Aidan O’Brien outlines plans for quick Derby double

Record-seeking trainer could rely on Russian Emperor, Mogul and Vatican City at Epsom, but Mogul’s prep has been rushedRussian Emperor, Mogul and possibly Vatican City look like forming the core of Aidan O’Brien’s challenge for the Derby a week on Satu…

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Talking Horses: Flat trainers show their support as Ireland keeps racing

There are double-figure fields for all but one of the eight races at Dundalk, as horse racing continues behind closed doorsIreland’s Flat trainers have come out in force to support the first meeting in the country since Horse Racing Ireland decided to …

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Another O’Brien joins training ranks as Donnacha hangs up riding boots

• Donnacha to train, like father Aidan and brother Joseph• ‘I look forward to training a small group of horses next year’Donnacha O’Brien, the multiple Group One-winning jockey, has announced his retirement from the saddle to embark on a training caree…

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Magical retired and out of Breeders’ Cup in blow for Aidan O’Brien squad

• Second favourite out of Filly & Mare Turf with temperature• Filly retires having won nine of her of her 21 career startsAidan O’Brien must travel to this year’s Breeders’ Cup without the animal he recently described as “the ultimate racehorse”, M…

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‘As wet as I’ve known it’: racing hit by rain as new homes for big races sought

• Doncaster and Newbury cards abandoned on Saturday • Group-level races could be saved if new homes foundHeavy overnight rain has caused the abandonment of Saturday’s race-meetings at both Doncaster and Newbury, leaving a jump-racing card at Cheltenham…

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Talking Horses: Magical heads strong Breeders’ Cup squad for O’Brien

Magical is expected to make the final start of her career in the Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf at Santa Anita on Saturday weekMagical, who was hailed as the “ultimate racehorse” after winning the Champion Stakes at Ascot last Saturday, is expecte…

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Magical battles home to win first Champion Stakes for Aidan O’Brien

• Hot favourite holds off Addeybb in gruelling ground• Trainer celebrates Champions Day successes at AscotMagical stamped her class on the Champion Stakes at Ascot. Aidan O’Brien’s ultra-consistent four-year-old won the Fillies And Mares Stakes on the …

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Courageous Innisfree gives Aidan O’Brien 19th Beresford Stakes success

• Donnacha O’Brien at his best to get father’s colt up on the line• Curragh winner 33-1 to prevail in the 2020 Epsom DerbyAidan O’Brien extended his remarkable dominance of the Beresford Stakes at The Curragh on Sunday when Innisfree got up in the fina…

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Frankie Dettori takes sixth St Leger aboard impressive winner Logician

• Dettori: ‘From two-and-a-half out I knew that I had won’• Unbeaten grey provides John Gosden with fifth St Leger successFrankie Dettori won his first St Leger in 1995, three years before Donnacha O’Brien, who rode the second-favourite in the latest r…

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Aidan O’Brien and Ryan Moore face Longchamp victory being thrown out

• Shock as wayward Circus Maximus keeps Prix du Moulin• Ken Condon, trainer of narrow runner-up Romanised, to appealCircus Maximus was sensationally allowed to keep the Prix du Moulin on Sunday despite having given a significant shove to the runner-up,…

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Aidan O’Brien considers taking Japan straight to Longchamp

• Trainer says riding Irish Champion Stakes could ‘overtax’ horse• Colt is second-favourite for October’s Prix de l’Arc de TriompheJapan, the second-favourite behind Enable for the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe next month, could miss the Irish Champion Sta…

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Talking Horses: Madhmoon ‘in great shape’ for Champion Stakes trial run | Tony Paley

The Derby runner-up reappears at Leopardstown on Thursday night in a prep run for the Irish Champion Stakes next monthThe theory that Madhmoon – runner?up at Epsom – may eventually prove the best horse who ran in the Derby, will get another examination…

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Talking Horses: Aidan O’Brien baffled by Hermosa flop at Goodwood

Ballydoyle trainer went 0-18 at Glorious Goodwood and is in danger of going a month between Group One winsAidan O’Brien has been unable to discover an explanation for Hermosa’s dismal display at Glorious Goodwood last week, when the winner of the 1,000…

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Moore pain for bookies as Aidan O’Brien’s Ten Sovereigns wins July Cup

• Ryan Moore lands July Cup after ride is backed from 10-1 to 9-2• Victory is huge boost to stud value of Ten SovereignsThe bookmakers have spent the past few weeks dodging Frankie Dettori’s mounts whenever possible. On Saturday, they ran into Ryan Moo…

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Circus Maximus rewards late entry in St James’s Palace at Royal Ascot

• Aidan O’Brien sends out double on opening day• Blue Point scores repeat win in King’s StandCircus Maximus was a surprise winner of the St James’s Palace Stakes on a rewarding first day at Royal Ascot for his trainer, Aidan O’Brien, and his jockey, Ry…

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Talking Horses: Fleeting added to O’Brien’s strong team at Royal Ascot

Irish trainer has the horse power to dominate at Britain’s premier Flat meeting next weekAs if nine favourites for Royal Ascot were not enough, Aidan O’Brien added another big-race contender to his team for next week’s meeting on Friday when Fleeting, …

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Magna Grecia hopeful for Royal Ascot after reason found for Guineas flop

• Colt pulled hamstring when disappointing at The Curragh• Hermosa being switched to Ascot target from French Oaks Magna Grecia, one of the first horses beaten in last month’s Irish 2,000 Guineas, remains among the possible runners for an outstanding …