Royal Ascot plan finalised by Aidan O’Brien
We all are aware that Aidan O’Brien has a huge army of juveniles under his belt, but it was a secret as to whom will he select for Royal Ascot. Aidan is an eight-time Coventry Stakes winner, more times than any other in the history of the game. Recently the Ballydoyle winner revealed his plans for the Royal Ascot. Aidan has planned to run the Scat Daddy colt Murillo along with easy Dundalk scorer Declaration of Peace for the race on Tuesday. Dual Guineas winner Churchill’s sister Clemmie along with September, a filly courtesy the outcome from the Japanese hit Deep Impact and the brilliant Peeping Fawn are set to race for Berkshire. It is uncertain if Aidan will like to have a runner in the Queen Mary. Sioux Nation can be expected in the Windsor Castle or Norfolk as the experienced trainer meticulously prepares for the Royal Ascot.
Churchill hot favorite at the Royal Ascot
It looks like Churchill will have a maximum of 10 opponents in the St James’ Palace Stakes at Royal Ascot. Aidan O’Brien trained Churchill is a dual 2000 Guineas winner and will be hoping to add more to his legacy with another victory at the Group One. The other four candidates are trained by Aidan in the form of Orderofthegarter, Lancaster Bomber, Peace Envoy and Whitecliffsofdover. Barney Roy, trained by Richard Hannon finished second to Churchill at Newmarket and should be fresh given he skipped the Irish Guineas. William Haggas will see Rivet participating for him while Saeed bin Suroor will have Thunder Snow participate in the race. Richard Fahey’s Forest Ranger and Michael Dods’ Kings Gift stand two possible northern raiders for the race. Mr. Scaramanga trained by Simon Dow should complete the list for Group One.
Vazirabad out of the Gold Cup at the Royal Ascot
At the Prix Vicomtesse Vigier last month, Vazirabad was injured during the Group Two and has failed to recover in time for the Royal Ascot. He was hit by another horse during his last race and hurt his leg as stated by his trainer Alain de Royer-Dupre. The injury is not career ending, but it looks likely that he will miss both the Ascot and the Gold Cup. He may be ready to come back for the Goodwood Cup, but nothing can be confirmed as of now. Aga Khan owns the six-year-old who had a sensational time last season after securing a victory in the Prix Royal Oak at Saint Cloud and also in the Dubai Gold Cup in March. Vazirabad was the second favorite after Order of St George to win the Gold Cup.