Friday 20 April 2018

Wrote should stick to the script for O'Brien

RONAN GROOME

It was another successful visit to Chester for Aidan O'Brien last week. Of the six hopefuls sent over, three emerged victorious and will now be aimed at bigger prizes.

As ever, the question about what exactly is happening next is relevant. Astrology might have been the most impressive winner of the week and when asked about the Derby, the St Leger and other big races afterwards, O'Brien replied: "All those races are open to him."

Memphis Tennessee also made a winning return to action. Again, what next? O'Brien reported: "I'm delighted, he has all the options, he is in all the races."

At this stage of the season it's not about establishing a pecking order at Ballydoyle. It's about acquiring as many arrows in the quiver as possible for each of the big races.

In saying that, there are certain races from which a pattern has emerged over the years for the Ballydoyle horses. Wrote takes his chance in the Derrinstown Stud Derby Trial under the guidance of Ryan Moore today, and this is significant.

Fame And Glory won this for O'Brien in 2009, Dylan Thomas in 2006, Yeats in 2004, High Chaparral in 2002, Galileo in 2001. We can assume then that Wrote is near the top of the pecking order of this season's Classic generation.

A son of High Chaparral, by winning at the Breeders' Cup as a two-year-old last season he is a horse which has succeeded where many Ballydoyle recruits have failed and that in itself marks him down as exciting. A third-place finish to stablemate Daddy Long Legs on Dubai World Cup day at Meydan -- another rarity for O'Brien -- confirmed his promise.

He will have to face the Ballysax winner Light Heavy today and that augurs well for the lesson we will learn with regard to Epsom. Jim Bolger's horse was impressive in winning here last month, and although both Call To Battle and David Livingston failed to spice that form up during the week, the son of Teofilo is to be respected; five of the last 10 winners of this trial came from the Ballysax Stakes.

Tower Rock was third in the same race last month and is worth his place in the line-up here with Seamie Heffernan assisting.

You only have to look to Bethrah's win in the 1,000 Guineas Trial here two seasons ago to find the last filly from the race to go on to Irish Guineas success. However, previous winners Carribean Sunset (2008), Alexander Tango (2007), Queen Cleopatra (2006) and Alexander Goldrun (2004) all went on to run highly respectable races at The Curragh.

Today Patrick Prendergast's Coral Wave should go close; she beat Homecoming Queen in a Group Three last season and looks like a tough filly. Soon is to be respected as well representing Aidan O'Brien again; however Princess Sinead is more interesting.

The daughter of Jeremy showed her well-being when she finished third to Chrysanthemum on her seasonal debut at The Curragh and it is significant that Fran Berry has opted to ride her instead of Jessica Harrington's other horse Remember Alexander.

In the other Group race on the card, yet again Famous Name looks unopposable at Leopardstown, bidding for his 11th course win and a hat-trick in the Amethyst Stakes.

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