O'Brien on course for Group-race double

Aidan O'Brien looks to have very strong claims of winning both Group races at Leopardstown on Thursday night.

Aidan O'Brien looks to have very strong claims of winning both Group races at Leopardstown on Thursday night.

O'Brien saddles the two main fancies in the four-runner Korean Racing Authority Tyros Stakes as well as the smart Steinbeck in the Jockey Club Of Turkey Meld Stakes.

The Tyros has been taken by Ballydoyle inmates Cape Blanco and Rip Van Winkle in the last two years, with Jim Bolger's top-class New Approach and Teofilo the earlier pair on the roll of honour.

This time O'Brien relies on Zoffany - who was sixth in the Coventry Stakes before winning a Listed race - and High Ruler.

The latter beat Jolie Jioconde by three-quarters of a length at Roscommon last time and the runner-up's trainer Eddie Lynam would be happy for a repeat of that form for his charge.

"She's in good form and there is a very small field so we decided to take our chance," said Lynam.

"We won black type with her dam and we'd like to do that again before winning a maiden."

Just six line up for the Meld Stakes and Steinbeck may take some beating after finishing fourth on his belated seasonal reappearance in the Irish 2000 Guineas before managing an unlucky-looking eighth behind the same horse at Royal Ascot.

His main opponent should be Dermot Weld's consistent Famous Name while Jim Bolger's dark horse Vita Venturi also lines up.

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