Sunday 22 April 2018

'Houses' could join St Leger team after Bahrain triumph

Trainer Aidan O'Brien. Photo: Cody Glenn/Sportsfile
Trainer Aidan O'Brien. Photo: Cody Glenn/Sportsfile
Richard Forristal

Richard Forristal

Housesofparliament thrust himself into the St Leger picture by forging home late in yesterday's Bahrain Trophy at Newmarket.

Aidan O'Brien already has three of the first four in the betting for the Classic, but Housesofparliament earned quotes of as low as 10/1 after knuckling down for Ryan Moore to deny Platitude by a length and a half in yesterday's Group Three.

With his entries including the Goodwood Cup, the Great Voltigeur and the Ebor, the son of Galileo has a variety of forthcoming options.

"Aidan's horses all take their racing very well," Moore said after winning on the 9/2 shot.

"This horse has run on soft ground all year and it's the first time he has had decent ground and he has relished it. He saw it out well and the ground has made a difference to him today."

Housesofparliament also relished the extended trip, but Coolmore's Kevin Buckley confirmed that plans are fluid.

Ballydoyle's Intelligence Cross fell just short when second to Mehmas in the July Stakes, although John Gosden's Frankie Dettori-ridden winner still paid a compliment to the stable's Caravaggio, which beat him into second in the Coventry Stakes.

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Today, O'Brien's Alice Springs vies to plunder a first Irish win in the Falmouth Stakes since it gained Group One status in 2004. She has a definite chance, although odds-on French raider Usherette will be hard to beat.

If there is one worth taking her on with, it might be David O'Meara's Amazing Maria. Last year's winner had Usherette's measure in the Prix Rothschild. She was held by her at Newmarket in May, but the winner was race-fit, while at Ascot Amazing Maria ran well on slow ground in the Queen Anne.

There will be lots right for her now, so she has a life under Olivier Peslier. O'Brien and Moore are tipped to take the Cherry Hinton with Roly Poly.

Irish Independent

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