Tuesday 15 October 2019

Magical times ahead as O'Brien targets fifth straight Ascot title

Aidan O’Brien is bidding for a fifth straight leading trainer award at Royal Ascot next week – and with a powerful array of talent once again this year he is odds-on favourite for a 10th title in all. (stock photo)
Aidan O’Brien is bidding for a fifth straight leading trainer award at Royal Ascot next week – and with a powerful array of talent once again this year he is odds-on favourite for a 10th title in all. (stock photo)

Nick Robson

Aidan O'Brien is bidding for a fifth straight leading trainer award at Royal Ascot next week - and with a powerful array of talent once again this year he is odds-on favourite for a 10th title in all.

The Ballydoyle trainer enjoyed his first Royal meeting success with Harbour Master in the Coventry Stakes of 1997, and his current total of 65 winners is bettered only by Michael Stoute of those still training.

O'Brien has leading contenders in the Queen Anne Stakes, Prince of Wales's Stakes, Coronation Stakes, Commonwealth Cup and Gold Cup - all forming part of the Qipco British Champions Series, which has eight races under its umbrella during the week with each carrying at least £500,000 in prize money.

The Prince of Wales's Stakes is the highlight of Wednesday's action and is shaping up to arguably be the best contest of the entire meeting, with Magical lining up for Ballydoyle.

The Galileo filly pushed Enable close at the Breeders' Cup and has won three times this season - without being extended.

"Magical has done everything right so far this season and has won three races - we're looking forward to running her," said O'Brien. "Last year we were getting her ready for the Investec Oaks, but she had a setback... then she went to America where she was just beaten by Enable."

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