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Saturday 25 November 2017

O'Brien ponders Champion options

Aidan O'Brien. Photo: Getty Images
Aidan O'Brien. Photo: Getty Images

Aidan O'Brien is keen to take a hand in the Tattersalls Millions Irish Champion Stakes, with three stable stars still under consideration.

The Ballydoyle handler has been out of luck in the 10-furlong heat for the last couple of years but he has five previous wins to his credit, including back-to-back victories with Dylan Thomas in 2006 and 2007.

That means he is tied with the great Vincent O'Brien as leading trainer in the race.

Fame And Glory has already bagged two Group One wins this term and returned to action with a win at the Curragh last time, while Rip Van Winkle won the Juddmonte International at York last week.

His trio of leading hopes for the September 4 showpiece at Leopardstown is completed by Irish Derby hero Cape Blanco, who was a distant second behind Harbinger at Ascot on his latest outing.

"This race has provided racing with great champions over the years. It is a race we always eagerly look forward to at Ballydoyle," said O'Brien.

"We are actively considering between Fame And Glory, Cape Blanco and Rip Van Winkle.

"It is highly likely that two of the three will most definitely run."

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