Aidan O’Brien expects to have strong team on Sunday
September 10, 2015
Looking ahead to the Curragh on Sunday and Aidan O’Brien looks set to be well represented in the three Group One races on day two of Longines Irish Champions Weekend.
O’Brien is looking for a third win in the Palmerstown House Irish St Leger, the final Classic of the Irish season.
“At the moment it looks like both Kingfisher and Order Of St George will be declared for the Irish St Leger. Order Of St George also has the option of Doncaster and it will just depend on where the ground is more suitable for him.
“Kingfisher had a nice break after the Ascot Gold Cup prior to running in the St Leger Trial at the Curragh last month and we hope, and think, that he has come forward a good bit for that last run.”
A strong team of juveniles is also being assembled by the champion trainer to contest both the Moyglare Stud Stakes and the Goffs Vincent O’Brien National Stakes.
“It looks like we will run the three fillies that ran in the Debutante Stakes in the Moyglare Stakes on Sunday, Ballydoyle, Minding and Alice Springs.
“Ballydoyle had a lot of options following that win but this looked the natural progression for her. It was always the plan to go to Newmarket and then come back for the Debutante and while we haven’t done much with her at home since that race, anything she has done we’ve been happy with.”
O’Brien’s goes in search of a 10th National Stakes winner on Sunday and Group One Keeneland Phoenix Stakes winner Air Force Blue looks like leading his challenge this weekend.
“The plan at the moment is to run both Air Force Blue and Air Vice Marshal in the National Stakes. We were delighted with how Air Force Blue came forward from Royal Ascot to win the Phoenix Stakes and we’ve been happy with him since that. Air Vice Marshal won his maiden at Gowran Park and went to Newmarket for a Group Two and probably just ran a little green and babyish so we’ll hope that he’ll have learnt from that and come forward for Sunday.