Unbeaten O’Brien stars out to bag Nobel prize

Aidan O’Brien has entered his unbeaten juvenile pair The Great War and War Envoy in Monday’s Alfred Nobel Rochestown Stakes at Naas.

Unbeaten O’Brien stars out to bag Nobel prize

As their names would suggest, both are by the increasingly influential stallion War Front, and the former has already scored at Tipperary and the Curragh, while the latter won his only start over this course and distance.

The Great War was taken out of the Marble Hill Stakes at the Curragh last weekend because of the ground.

Richard Hannon picked up the Naas Listed event in 2011 with Lilbourne Lad and has entered Kool Kompany, Wild Tobacco and Dr No, who are all maiden winners.

Jim Bolger used the Rochestown as a springboard to the Coventry Stakes win of Dawn Approach two years ago, and the County Carlow trainer can choose from Intense Style and the unraced Letter Focus.

Andrew Slatter is looking to run Sors, a maiden who found only long odds-on favourite Cappella Sansevero too strong in the Marble Hill.

“I was actually a bit disappointed,” said Slattery.

“He was a bit green early on and stayed on stronger than any of them at the end.

“He’s a big lazy and backwards, but he’s absolutely super after the race and it seems to have brought him a lot.

“He’s entered in the Phoenix Stakes, but he’s that well that I want to get him out quick enough.

“There’s a race over six furlongs at Naas next Monday and that’s where we’ll be going, I think.”

Cappella Sansevero’s trainer Ger Lyons can choose from Dandyleekie and Convergence.

Meanwhile leading Investec Derby candidate Geoffrey Chaucer has been taken out of Sunday’s Prix du Jockey Club at Chantilly.

The Aidan O’Brien-trained colt attracted plenty of Epsom support last week and he has now been ruled out of the French Classic, but Dante hero The Grey Gatsby still remains for Kevin Ryan while Roger Varian has Ayrad in the mix.

Prince Gibraltar, a Group One-winning juvenile and Prix Greffulhe hero, heads the field for Jean-Claude Rouget, who won the Classic with Le Havre back in 2009. The trainer also has Gonna Run under consideration.

French 2000 Guineas Karakontie remains on course for trainer Jonathan Pease, with Longchamp runner-up Prestige Vendome a possible to reoppose along with fifth-placed Galiway.

Stillman and Wild Chief could add a German flavour to the 10-furlong showpiece.

Shamkiyr is the Aga Khan’s only contender.

Craig Williams will be returning to Britain this summer for a short stint riding for trainer Marco Botti and owner Sheikh Fahad.

The decorated Australian rider was stable jockey to Mick Channon many years ago and is currently on a contract in Japan.

“My last meeting here is the Takarazuka Kinen on June 29 and then I come home for a week before I head over to Europe to ride for Sheikh Fahad and Marco Botti during July,” Williams said. “My first meeting will be at Newmarket from the 10th through to the 12th (July).”

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