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O'Brien's magic'

The racing public will hang on Aidan O'Brien's every word over the coming days as we wait for confirmation of Australia's participation at York and then on who will ride the stable's flag bearer.

But first attention turns to the far side of the Atlantic Ocean and Arlington Park Racecourse where O'Brien will look to win a third Arlington Million having won it in the past with Powerscourt in 2005 and Cape Blanco in 2011.

This year the Ballydoyle maestro relies on last year's Breeders' Cup Turf winner Magician who has been handed stall three for his quest to win the lion's share of the $1million pot.

The Irish raider is the current favourite and probably a worthy one at that if ignoring his last run but the opposition is well proven with the globe-trotting Side Glance there for Andrew Balding and Ryan Moore has landed the ride on course and distance winner Finnegans Wake.

In 2011, O'Brien enjoyed an Arlington double as not only did he land the million with Cape Blanco but Treasure Beach landed the Secretariat Stakes, which he had previously won in 2000 with Ciro.

This year he is double-handed in the Secretariat Stakes and Colm O'Donoghue is aboard Belisarius, while Ryan Moore partners Adelaide, who holds some entries at the Spring Carnival meeting in Australia.

The well-travelled three-year-old has been to Longchamp, Ascot and Belmont already this season and lost little in defeat on his travels, while he won at the Curragh in between and it wouldn't be the biggest surprise in the world if he could get the ball rolling here.

O'Brien is represented by Eye Of The Storm in the American St Leger but having only won at Leopardstown last Thursday, the four-year-old may find this run coming a bit quick.

Kingman is a warm odds-on favourite for the Prix Jacques Le Marois with Boylesports chalking him up as a 1/3 shot and it's hard to argue with that, despite the presence of some decent Group performers, John Gosden's three-year-old is quite simply in a league of his own.

At Ripon, the Great St Wilfrid is the big race of the day and the bookmakers are going 10/1 the field with Declan McDonogh after picking up a good spare ride on the Richard Fahey-trained Tatlisu who is one of the 10/1 co favourites with Boylesports but it is the six-year-old Spinatrix who is picked to oblige for Michael Dods and Connor Beasley as he reverts back from listed company.


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