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Aidan O’Brien dominates on flat at Naas


Aidan O'Brien, who had a treble at Naas on Sunday.

Aidan O'Brien, who had a treble at Naas on Sunday.

Aidan O'Brien, who had a treble at Naas on Sunday.


AIDAN O’BRIEN has tried out most of his big guns and his challenge at the prestigious York May meeting last week was rather limited. Just three runners represented Ballydoyle with little success, and some of the major races were not contested.

I thought the most promising show was by Bluegrass (7/1) in the Group 2 £175,000 Dubai Dante Stakes which often throws up a star or two. Bluegrass under Moore was outpaced with nearly three furlongs to go and dropped back to the rear.

However, he showed good heart and stamina to finish quite strongly in third of eight. He might be a St. Leger prospect.

The winner was Desert Crown for Michael Stoute and Richard Kingscote, and this one could put one of the most decorated trainers in Britain back into the limelight. O’Brien’s The Algarve in the Musidora and King of Bavaria in a sprint made no impact.

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O’Brien and Moore were in action with a team of three at Newbury on Saturday where the £350,000 Group 1 Lockinge Stakes was the feature which was won most impressively by Baaeed (4/9) for William Haggas and Jim Crowley. He is unbeaten in seven races and regarded by many as the new Frankel.

Ballydoyle’s Mother Earth (10/1) weakened towards the end and faded back to seventh. Enniscorthy’s Pat Dobbs was third on Richard Hannon’s Chindit (20/1) and picked up a tidy £37,600 for his efforts.

O’Brien’s Sierra Blanco trailed in nine lengths last of three in a two-year-old six furlongs contest, and Cadamasto (7/1) was outpaced into fifth in the Listed Carnarvon Stakes.

Dobbs has been busy during May and has had 25 rides for four winners, two for Richard Harris and two for Milton Harris.

The luck was little better at Navan where Aidan sent out a team of six. Best was Newfoundland (5/2), beaten over three lengths into second of twelve in a three-year old maiden.

Arbutus (4/6f) under Seamie Heffernan in the featured €52k Yeats Stakes, was sadly badly injured three furlongs out and had to be put down.

O’Brien and Moore skipped York on Friday (including the Yorkshire Cup won by Stradivarius and 51-years-old Frankie Dettori, who set a European record by winning 18 Group races) to concentrate on two runners at Leopardstown, and they came away with a very short-priced double.

Kyprios (1/10) showed he will be a force in the major Cup races over the summer when outclassing the field by 14 lengths in the one mile six furlongs Group 3 Saval Beg Levmoss Stakes, and Alfred Munnings (8/11) won the opening two-mile two-year-old maiden.

At Roscommon on Monday they staged a valuable €25k maiden which also carried a €10k bonus, and Jim Bolger’s bred and trained Comhra (4/5) romped in under Kevin Manning in the colours of Jackie Bolger, seeming to revel in the testing ground. They spoiled a gamble on the second, McCauley’s Tavern, backed from 40/1 into 14s.

There was a valuable card at Naas on Sunday with over €300k on offer including two Group 3 contests.

Aidan O’Brien had a treble including the featured Coolmore-sponsored €68k six-furlong sprint, with Wayne Lordan steeering home Mediate (2/1f) from Jim Bolger’s Roscommon winner the previous Monday, Comhra (7/2). Mediate is Royal Ascot bound.

Aidan opened with Seamie Heffernan taking home more of the Coolmore money by winning their €40k sponsored five-furlong sprint with the Antarctic (4/9f), and he completed the treble with Galleria Borghese (6/1) in a mile maiden.

They almost had a four-timer with New York City (6/5f) beaten into second in the Group 3 €55k sprint by Michael O’Callaghan’s Twighlight Jet (9/2).

Aidan had no luck in the two French Guineas Classics at Longchamp, with both Toy and the Acropolis down the field. His son Joseph emphasised the family dominance with a double on the card, including the €50k Sole Power sprint with his mother Annemarie’s Brostaigh (10/1).