Here's what Aidan O'Brien thinks of this year's Ballydoyle brigade

Aidan O’Brien shares his thoughts on some of his stable stars...
Here's what Aidan O'Brien thinks of this year's Ballydoyle brigade


“If Minding went to the Oaks, Ballydoyle wouldn’t go there. I suppose you would like to split them at this stage. She could go to the Curragh, but we’ve not had a runner in the French Oaks for a while. I thought she would maybe a mile to a 10-furlong filly.


“She will go to France (for Sunday’s 1,000 Guineas). If that went well, she would have the option of coming back to the Coronation Stakes.”


“I thought Somehow struggled at Chester and usually if they struggle at Chester, they might find Epsom tough. Something like the Ribblesdale could be for her.”


“Talking to Ryan (Moore) he said that Seventh Heaven didn’t handle the ground or the undulations at Lingfield. If she struggled there, she might struggle at Epsom. That is the pure fact of it.”


“We worried about the ground at Newmarket (when second in a sales race last month). Ryan wanted to follow a path but he got caught in no man’s land. He never got into a rhythm and there is a good chance you can put a line through that last run. I am thinking and hoping he will improve for that run. Hopefully we will go to the Commonwealth Cup.”


“I left off the headgear at Leopardstown, which I probably shouldn’t have done as he just got caught out. He was only beaten a short distance by Solow last year. He is a good horse but just not very straightforward to get ready on the day. I imagine he could go for the Queen Anne (at Royal Ascot).”


“He had a bit of a setback and he probably won’t make the Gold Cup. I’d say he would be back in the second half of the season.”


“We are looking at the Coronation Cup with him. It was a bit of mess the last day (in the QEII Cup at Sha Tin) as it didn’t work out for him. He probably likes a mile and a quarter plus.”


“He does all his work with Air Force Blue and I would imagine that the Irish 2,000 Guineas is where we will go with him. He ran a very good race at Newmarket. You imagine he should progress from it. I think he is very much a miler. His best run was at Newmarket last year. He has physically done well.”


“He won’t make any of the Classics so he is off. He will be out in the second half of the year.”


“I am pushing Hit It A Bomb a little bit for Ascot as if he was to turn out, that is where I hope he would turn out.”

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