Wednesday 28 January 2015

O'Brien goes to war in Coventry

Published 15/06/2014 | 11:40

EPSOM, ENGLAND - JUNE 06: Aidan O'Brien (L) and his son Donncha O'Brien walk the course at Epsom racecourse on June 06, 2014 in Epsom, England. (Photo by Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images)
Aidan O'Brien and his son Donncha O'Brien walk the course at Epsom racecourse in Epsom, England.

War Envoy is Aidan O'Brien's only representative as the trainer looks to win Tuesday's big Royal Ascot two-year-old event, the Coventry Stakes, for the third time in four years.

Stablemate The Great War is likely to run instead in the Norfolk Stakes, but there are 15 other horses lining up against War Envoy, who was third in the Listed Rochestown Stakes at Naas last time.

They include the winner of that event, Richard Hannon's Kool Kompany and his stablemate Dr No plus a host of other juveniles to have impressed already.

Ryan Moore has been snapped up by David Elsworth for the prolific Justice Good, William Haggas has declared Adaay, who looked smart in beating Mind Of Madness at Yarmouth, while John Quinn's runaway Ayr winner The Wow Signal, a new purchase of Al Shaqab Racing, is also in the mix.

Irish interest is also held by Ger Lyons' triple scorer Cappella Sansevero and Case Statement for Michael O'Callaghan but other unknown quantities include Kasb, Portamento and Jungle Cat.

Coventry Stakes - Coral bet: 4-1 War Envoy, 5-1 Adaay, 6-1 The Wow Signal, 8-1 Kool Kompany, 9-1 Cappella Sansevero, Justice Good, 12-1 Portamento, 20-1 Cock Of The North, Dr No, Kasb, Kodi Bear, 22-1 bar

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