Saturday 1 October 2016

O'Brien's high hopes

Michael Verney

Published 12/04/2016 | 02:30

The Aidan O’Brien-trained colt Air Force Blue. Photo: Cody Glenn/Sportsfile
The Aidan O’Brien-trained colt Air Force Blue. Photo: Cody Glenn/Sportsfile

Air Force Blue is reported to have thrived over the winter as his date with the English 2,000 Guineas edges closer.

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The Aidan O'Brien-trained colt met with defeat just once last season, when second in the Coventry Stakes at Royal Ascot, and finished his campaign with three straight Group One successes, the last of which came in the Dewhurst at Newmarket.

He is set to head straight to the Rowley Mile on April 30, and O'Brien's son and assistant Joseph said: "Air Force Blue is very exciting and was an exceptional two-year-old.

"He's done very well over the winter and size-wise he's a 16.2 monster."

Meanwhile, yesterday's jumps fixture at Tramore had to be cancelled due to a waterlogged course following heavy overnight rain - the fifth consecutive meeting the track has lost to weather.

The early signs for Cork's card on Saturday don't look encouraging. In the wake of yesterday's deluge, the Mallow track is currently unfit for racing due to waterlogging. However, officials are hopeful the situation will improve in the coming days.

Irish Independent

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