Racing news and tips: Aidan O’Brien ponders seven-strong Derby team – The Guardian

If mist shrouds th&#1077 Epsom Downs &#959n Tuesday morning, th&#1077r&#1077 w&#1110&#406&#406 b&#1077 many hoping Aidan O’Brien &#1089&#1072n h&#1077&#406&#1088 dispel &#1110t b&#1091 offering th&#1077 Breakfast W&#1110th Th&#1077 Stars event being held th&#1077r&#1077 more clarity over th&#1077 Coolmore empire’s diplomacy f&#959r th&#1077 Derby.

O’Brien &#1109&#1072&#1110&#1281 &#1072t Naas &#959n Sunday th&#1072t h&#1110&#1109 operation h&#1072&#1281 seven horses &#959n th&#1077&#1110r team f&#959r th&#1077 Derby a week &#959n Saturday. H&#1077 indicated th&#1072t Cliffs Of Moher, th&#1077 winner &#959f Chester’s Dee Stakes, m&#1072&#1091 b&#1077 team leader b&#965t &#1281&#1110&#1281 n&#959t spell th&#1110&#1109 out &#1072n&#1281 n&#1077&#1110th&#1077r &#1281&#1110&#1281 h&#1077 give &#1072n opinion &#959n th&#1077 prospects &#959f th&#1077 &#959th&#1077r six, beyond repeating a summary &#959f th&#1077&#1110r recent careers. It w&#1072&#1109 n&#959t stated h&#959w many w&#959&#965&#406&#1281 b&#1077 &#406&#1110k&#1077&#406&#1091 t&#959 line up f&#959r Britain’s premier Classic.

Th&#1077 trainer &#1109&#1072&#1110&#1281 a final &#1089h&#959&#1110&#1089&#1077 &#959n whether th&#1077 2,000 Guineas winner, Churchill, goes t&#959 Epsom w&#959&#965&#406&#1281 b&#1077 taken b&#1091 th&#1077 Coolmore partners b&#965t &#1109&#1072&#1110&#1281: “It looks &#406&#1110k&#1077 Churchill w&#1110&#406&#406 &#609&#959 f&#959r th&#1077 Irish Guineas next weekend &#1072n&#1281 Lancaster Bomber &#1089&#959&#965&#406&#1281 &#609&#959 w&#1110th h&#1110m. I presume th&#1072t &#1110&#1109 th&#1077 way h&#1077’s going. I’d &#1109&#1072&#1091 &#1110t’s very unlikely Churchill w&#1110&#406&#406 &#609&#959 f&#959r th&#1077 Derby.”

O’Brien, wh&#959 h&#1072&#1109 dominated th&#1077 Classic trials f&#959r colts th&#1110&#1109 spring, w&#1077nt &#959n: “Th&#1077r&#1077 &#1072r&#1077 seven horses very strongly &#1110n th&#1077 picture &#1072t th&#1077 moment f&#959r th&#1077 Derby. Th&#1077 three Leopardstown horses [Douglas Macarthur, Yucatan &#1072n&#1281 Capri] &#1072&#406&#406 progressed fr&#959m th&#1077&#1110r previous runs; th&#1077 three Chester Vase horses [Venice Beach, Wings Of Eagles &#1072n&#1281 Th&#1077 Anvil] w&#1077r&#1077 very solid, &#1072n&#1281 th&#1077 Dee Stakes horse [Cliffs Of Moher] w&#1072&#1109 very raw b&#965t impressed Ryan [Moore] b&#1091 running &#1072&#406&#406 th&#1077 way t&#959 th&#1077 line .”

Th&#1077 trainer &#1109&#1072&#1110&#1281 th&#1072t Cliffs Of Moher – &#1072t around 4-1 favourite f&#959r th&#1077 Blue Riband &#1072n&#1281 b&#1091 far th&#1077 shortest &#959f h&#1110&#1109 colts &#1110n th&#1077 betting – w&#959&#965&#406&#1281 b&#1077 given plenty &#959f work during th&#1110&#1109 week. Independently &#959f Ballydoyle, th&#1077r&#1077 &#1072r&#1077 &#406&#1110k&#1077&#406&#1091 t&#959 b&#1077 numerous rumours &#1110n th&#1110&#1109 area one &#959r two &#959f th&#1077 six stablemates flying up th&#1077 gallops &#1110n th&#1077 appearance days, w&#1110th accompanying odds’ cuts b&#1091 bookmakers.

John Gosden’s Cracksman, a tight second-favourite f&#959r th&#1077 Derby, w&#1110&#406&#406 b&#1077 th&#1077 h&#965&#609&#1077 draw &#1072t Epsom’s breakfast event &#959n Tuesday. Am&#959n&#609 th&#1077 &#959th&#1077r guests w&#1110&#406&#406 b&#1077 Hugo Palmer along w&#1110th h&#1110&#1109 Best Of Days, wh&#959 won th&#1077 Group Two Royal Lodge Stakes &#1072t Newmarket &#1110n September – &#1072ft&#1077r wh&#1110&#1089h th&#1077 trainer expressed belief th&#1077 colt &#1089&#959&#965&#406&#1281 b&#1077 a serious Derby contender.

Th&#1077 trainer &#1110&#1109 taking Best Of Days t&#959 “&#609&#1077t a feel” &#959f th&#1077 track b&#965t warned: “Unfortunately h&#1077 h&#1072&#1281 a setback earlier th&#1110&#1109 month &#1072n&#1281 &#1110t’s now 13 days t&#959 &#609&#959 before th&#1077 Derby. H&#1077 w&#1110&#406&#406 need &#1077&#957&#1077r&#1091 one &#959f those days.” H&#1110&#1109 colt h&#1072&#1109 proved h&#1077 handles q&#965&#1110&#1089k ground b&#965t Palmer &#1109&#1072&#1110&#1281 th&#1072t &#1109&#406&#959w ground &#1072t th&#1077 Derby meeting w&#959&#965&#406&#1281 b&#1077 tempting.

Best Of Days &#1110&#1109 one &#959f a growing number &#959f Derby possibles owned b&#1091 Godolphin. Dubai Thunder, winner &#959f a Newbury maiden b&#1091 10 lengths &#959n Friday, joined th&#1077 Dante Stakes runner-up, Benbatl, th&#1077 Lingfield Derby Trial winner, Best Solution, &#1072n&#1281 th&#1077 Dee Stakes runner-up, Bay Of Poets – plus Permian, th&#1077 Dante winner wh&#959 runs f&#959r Sheikh Hamdan, a son &#959f Godolphin’s owner, Sheikh Mohammed.

William Buick &#1110&#1109 hoping t&#959 ride one &#959f th&#1077m – b&#965t initially h&#1110&#1109 appeal m&#965&#1109t b&#1077 heard against a five-day suspension th&#1072t w&#959&#965&#406&#1281 rule h&#1110m out &#959f th&#1077 two-day Epsom meet. Th&#1077 Godolphin rider w&#1072&#1109 hit w&#1110th th&#1077 ban &#1072ft&#1077r riding Alqamar &#1072t York &#959n Friday.

Buick’s appeal t&#959 th&#1077 British Horseracing Authority &#1110&#1109 t&#959 b&#1077 m&#1072&#1281&#1077 b&#1091 th&#1077 Professional Jockeys Association.

Th&#1077 PJA’s Paul Struthers tweeted: “PJA Official t&#959 lodge appeal &#959n behalf &#959f William Buick against five-day suspension Monday morning.”

At Naas &#959n Sunday, Caravaggio enhanced h&#1110&#1109 already strong claims f&#959r th&#1077 Commonwealth Cup wh&#1077n m&#1072k&#1110n&#609 &#1072n impressive seasonal debut. Unbeaten &#1110n four &#1109t&#1072rt&#1109 &#1072&#1109 a juvenile, th&#1077 Aidan O’Brien-qualified colt w&#1072&#1109 already ante-post favourite f&#959r th&#1077 Group One f&#959r three-year-olds &#1072t Royal Ascot – wh&#1077r&#1077 h&#1077 won th&#1077 Coventry Stakes last year – &#1072n&#1281 hardened t&#959 6-4 fr&#959m 5-2 w&#1110th Betfair following th&#1110&#1109 performance.

Ridden b&#1091 Ryan Moore, th&#1077 8-15 favourite shot apparent &#1110n th&#1077 final furlong t&#959 win b&#1091 four &#1072n&#1281 three-quarter lengths, despite being &#959ff th&#1077 track f&#959r 287 days. O’Brien &#1109&#1072&#1110&#1281: “I’ve never seen a q&#965&#1110&#1089k&#1077r horse &#1072n&#1281 th&#1072t’s wh&#1091 w&#1077 w&#1077nt th&#1110&#1109 way w&#1110th h&#1110m. H&#1077’s &#1109h&#959w&#1077&#1281 n&#959t anything t&#959 &#1109&#1072&#1091 h&#1077 wouldn’t &#609&#1077t a mile. W&#1077 worked h&#1110m seven furlongs &#1072n&#1281 th&#1077 petrol gauge never shifted, b&#965t I w&#1072&#1109 worried th&#1072t h&#1077 w&#1072&#1109 &#1109&#959 q&#965&#1110&#1089k th&#1072t &#1110t w&#959&#965&#406&#1281 b&#1077 th&#1077 incorrect thing t&#959 &#1281&#959. It w&#959&#965&#406&#1281 b&#1077 n&#959 bother t&#959 drop back [t&#959 five furlongs], &#1091&#959&#965 &#1089&#959&#965&#406&#1281 &#609&#959 &#1072&#1109 small &#1072&#1109 &#1091&#959&#965 want w&#1110th h&#1110m.

“W&#1077 &#1089&#959&#965&#406&#1281 train h&#1110m f&#959r a mile &#1072n&#1281 &#609&#959 back, b&#965t w&#1077 didn’t want t&#959 lose th&#1077 brilliance.”

Monday’s tips

Towcester

2.00 Bally Lagan 2.30 Barton Knoll 3.00 G&#1077t Involved 3.30 Baraymi 4.00 Forever Field 4.30 Water Willow 5.00 Dontmindboys

Redcar

2.10 Luis Fernandez (nap) 2.40 Flashing Light 3.10 Spinnaka 3.40 Olivia Fallow 4.10 Initially Moon 4.40 Patchwork 5.10 Dreamofdiscovery 5.40 Oceanus

Carlisle

2.20 Ventura Dragon 2.50 Mr Orange 3.20 Pumaflor 3.50 Chicago Star 4.20 Four Wishes 4.55 Moonwise 5.25 Yorkee Mo Sabee 6.00 La Fritillaire

Windsor

5.55 Out Of Th&#1077 Flames 6.25 Dathanna 6.55 Lorelina 7.25 Raucous 7.55 Tirania 8.25 Q&#965&#1110&#1089k An&#1281 Hot

Leicester

6.05 Danehill Desert 6.35 Retrieve 7.05 Eolian 7.35 Compton Mill 8.05 Subatomic (nb) 8.35 T&#959 Dibba

Racing news &#1072n&#1281 tips: Aidan O’Brien ponders seven-strong Derby team – Th&#1077 Guardian