Saturday 1 October 2016

O'Brien bids to land Million with Deauville

Thomas Kelly

Published 13/08/2016 | 02:30

Aidan O'Brien Deauville is aiming to become just the second three-year-old to land the Arlington Million in Chicago. Picture Credit: AFP/Getty
Aidan O'Brien Deauville is aiming to become just the second three-year-old to land the Arlington Million in Chicago. Picture Credit: AFP/Getty

Aidan O'Brien Deauville is aiming to become just the second three-year-old to land the Arlington Million in Chicago this evening.

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Run since 1981, with a two-year hiatus in 1998-99 when Arlington Park was closed, the last horse from the Classic generation to be successful was Luca Cumani's Tolomeo in 1983.

O'Brien bids for his third win after Powerscourt, which would have been a dual winner but for being disqualified in 2004, and Cape Blanco. Deauville is already a winner in America after he overcame a wide draw under Jamie Spencer in the Belmont Derby.

He spearheads a strong raid on the meeting for the Ballydoyle supremo. "Deauville won nicely the last day," said O'Brien. "He's drawn wide again but is in good form. He would have had a penalty in the Secretariat so he's running in this."

David O'Meara's Mondialiste, second to Tepin in the Breeders' Cup Mile and back to form last time, is joined by the Charlie Appleby-trained Tryster and Decorated Knight, from Roger Charlton's yard.

O'Brien will also have high hopes in the Beverly D Stakes with the market dominated by his duo Ballydoyle and Coolmore.

Long Island Sound flies the Ballydoyle flag in the Secretariat Stakes, while the Willie Mullins-trained Galway Hurdle hero Clondaw Warrior runs in the Grade Three American St Leger.

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