Friday 15 December 2017

Kingsbarns heads O'Brien assault

Richard Forristal

Richard Forristal

Aidan O'Brien is likely to be three-handed in his bid to claim the final English Group One of the season at Doncaster on Saturday, with his once-raced Kingsbarns backed from as big as 6/1 on Monday into outright 2/1 favouritism to come out on top.

Supplemented for the one-mile juvenile contest at a cost of £17,500, the Galileo colt, co-second favourite for next year's Epsom Derby at odds of 14/1, was a ready seven-length winner at Navan two weeks ago.

Of O'Brien's five other entries, Battle Of Marengo and Magician are expected to be his other starters.

Jim Bolger's Newmarket scorer Trading Leather is as low as 5/2 to deliver his Coolcullen handler further two-year-old glory on Saturday, with Battle Of Marengo next best at 4/1. First Cornerstone is available at up to 12/1 to supply Tyrone-based Andy Oliver and jockey Chris Hayes with a debut victory at the highest level.

Ballydoyle's St Nicholas Abbey has a share of the market lead ahead of his bid to secure back-to-back Breeders' Cup Turfs at Santa Anita on Saturday week. Trimmed a point to 3/1, he is vying for favouritism with Point Of Entry.

The locally trained colt beat O'Brien's Treasure Beach into second when completing a Grade One hat-trick in the Joe Hirsch Turf Classic at Belmont Park last month, and Treasure Beach is also among the Turf entries. O'Brien has nine entered for the two-day fixture, with Saturday's QE II hero Excelebration the 15/8 favourite for the Mile.

Philip Fenton, meanwhile, has revealed that his 2009 Champion Bumper winner Dunguib has succumbed to injury for a second season in a row. "He'll need another season off," Fenton said of the nine-year-old that was last seen finishing eighth in the 2011 Champion Hurdle at Cheltenham.

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