O'Brien admits Gleneagles 'worry'
Published 23/08/2015 | 21:13
Aidan O'Brien has his fingers firmly crossed the weather will be kind enough to allow Gleneagles to run in the Qipco Irish Champion Stakes at Leopardstown next month.
The Ballydoyle trainer has already pulled the dual 2000 Guineas hero out of three races because of unsuitable ground, the latest being the Juddmonte International, since he won the St James's Palace Stakes at Royal Ascot in June.
O'Brien is now preparing to step Gleneagles up to a mile and quarter if conditions are agreeable.
"It's a bit of a worry that we haven't been able to run him three times now," he said.
"We'll look at Leopardstown and hopefully they will get quick ground. We'll have to wait and see."
O'Brien is looking to the Moyglare Stud Stakes at the Curragh on September 13 for Ballyodyle after her impressive win in the Debutante Stakes on Saturday.
"Joseph (son and jockey) was very happy with her, and obviously we'll look at the Moyglare next. It looks like she will get further than seven furlongs. She is very well bred and a good mover," he said.
The trainer also has high hopes for Gleneagles' full sister Coolmore, who showed plenty of promise despite being beaten into third place on her debut in a maiden over a mile on the same card.
"I was very happy with Coolmore considering she was slowly away," said O'Brien.
"She is a lovely individual and should come on a lot from the run. Her brother (Gleneagles) got beaten first time out."