Tuesday 27 September 2016

Watching Brief...

Published 04/06/2016 | 02:30

Aidan O'Brien last year came the closest he has ever done to winning the Prix du Jockey Club with runner-up Highland Reel. Photo credit: Steve Parsons/PA Wire.
Aidan O'Brien last year came the closest he has ever done to winning the Prix du Jockey Club with runner-up Highland Reel. Photo credit: Steve Parsons/PA Wire.

Aidan O'Brien last year came the closest he has ever done to winning the Prix du Jockey Club with runner-up Highland Reel.

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At Chantilly tomorrow, he relies on the Ryan Moore-ridden Bravery, with Seamie Heffernan aboard Black Sea.

You can never write off O'Brien, but it's hard to make a strong case for either horse securing him a first French Derby.

It might be worth taking a chance on Robin Of Navan prevailing for Harry Dunlop and Tony Piccone.

Over this 10-furlong trip at Saint-cloud in November, Robin Of Navan slammed the Derby-bound Cloth Of Stars to give his Lambourn trainer a first Group One victory in the Criterium.

Achieved on very soft ground, that was his fourth win in five starts, and a penchant for mud will be a serious attribute at a sodden Chantilly.

On his sole outing this year at Saint-cloud, Robin Of Navan tired late on when second to a race-fit Cloth Of Stars. He should come on for that, so he looks overpriced at odds of 10/1.

Irish Independent

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