Abbey heads O'Brien Guineas team

Aidan O’Brien has moved to outline his StanJames.com Guineas plans – with a few notable exceptions.

Aidan O’Brien has moved to outline his StanJames.com Guineas plans – with a few notable exceptions.

O’Brien has nominated the brilliant St Nicholas Abbey, Dewhurst one-two Beethoven and Fencing Master and Viscount Nelson as possibles for the 2000 Guineas.

However, the unbeaten Cape Blanco, impressive Criterium International winner Jan Vermeer and Phoenix Stakes winner Alfred Nobel are all likely to miss the race, along with Steinbeck.

O’Brien told his website, www.aidanobrien.ie: “Our most likely runners for the StanJames.com 2000 Guineas at Newmarket on Saturday May 1 will hopefully come from the following horses; St Nicholas Abbey, Viscount Nelson, Fencing Master and Beethoven.

“It is unfortunate that Steinbeck is going to miss the StanJames.com 2000 Guineas.

“He has done really well and we are very excited about him. Hopefully he will restart in the Abu Dhabi Irish 2000 Guineas on Saturday May 22 at the Curragh.”

O’Brien was obviously not too disheartened by the recent Leopardstown performances of Famous and You’ll Be Mine as along with Devoted To You they comprise of his team for the fillies’ Classic.

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