Coach Aidan O’Brien reviews that Auguste Rodin is firmly on track for what’s shaping as much as be a top-class version of the Breeders’ Cup Turf.
The twin Derby and Irish Champion Stakes winner has loved a break since his victory at Leopardstown, with O’Brien reporting the Deep Affect colt is in good coronary heart forward of his date at Santa Anita on Saturday week.
The mile-and-a-half contest can be the vacation spot for Juddmonte Worldwide winner Mostahdaf, in addition to Champion Stakes victor King Of Metal.
Talking on a Breeders’ Cup teleconference, O’Brien mentioned: “We’re very proud of him, every little thing has gone properly. He is had a pleasant lengthy lead up into this race and it is a race we at all times thought would actually go well with for the reason that final day.
“Clearly Leopardstown is a flat, left-handed monitor and we thought and hoped it might set him up properly for the Breeders’ Cup given we have had our eye on all of it 12 months. Hopefully every little thing goes properly for the subsequent few days.”
Regardless of disappointing within the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes at Ascot on Champions Day, Paddington, a a number of Group One winner this season, is heading for the Mile.
“Paddington has had a really busy season, he turned up time after time and he wasn’t having an enormous break between them however he saved producing in all the highest races,” mentioned O’Brien.
“He went from the Irish Guineas and on from there. The final day at Ascot he was only a bit contemporary and ran too eager in very deep, heavy floor and Ryan (Moore) simply taken care of him so it was a kind of races you possibly can put a line by way of.
“He appears to have come out of the race very properly. He is quick, he is powerful, he is hardy and tactical as properly, so we’re trying ahead to him.”
The Ballydoyle handler might be properly represented in California, with Cherry Blossom and Pearls And Rubies within the Juvenile Turf Dash, Content material (Juvenile Fillies Turf), Johannes Brahms (Juvenile/Juvenile Turf), Mountain Bear (Juvenile Turf), River Tiber (Juvenile Turf), Unquestionable (Juvenile Turf), Heat Coronary heart (Filly & Mare Turf), Bolshoi Ballet (Turf), Broome (Turf) and Aesop’s Fables (Turf Dash) all nominated.
Opera Singer to overlook Breeders’ Cup
One who won’t be travelling, nonetheless, is 1000 Guineas fancy Opera Singer, winner of the Prix Marcel Boussac.
“Opera Singer had a busy sufficient season right here,” defined O’Brien.
“After her final piece of labor she labored very properly however was a bit of bit quiet after it. The season was lengthy right here. We simply felt to be truthful to her, with a number of to return subsequent 12 months, it was the most effective factor to do to not ask her to journey.”