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O’Brien seeking seventh Racing Post Trophy
It is no secret that leading international trainer Aidan O’Brien has a soft spot for the one mile Group 1 Racing Post Trophy having landed the race six times in the last 15 years with some outstanding horses, some of whom have gone on to be top-class performers as three-year-olds in their classic season.

Last year it was the turn of the lauded Camelot, winning the feature Doncaster contest as he pleased to mark himself out as a potential superstar, something his wins in both the Qipco 2000 Guineas, Investec Derby and Irish Derby confirmed before he failed narrowly to become the first horse since the mighty Nijinsky in 1970 to win the British Triple Crown when beaten at long racing odds on by Encke in the Ladbrokes St Leger back at the Town Moor track in September.

With other famous Ballydoyle names such as St Nicholas Abbey and High Chaparral having also triumphed in the Racing Post Trophy it doesn’t take a racing genius to figure out that O’Brien targets his best colts at the last major juvenile Group 1 of the British Flat racing season.

This year the softly spoken Irishman is responsible for 13 of the 35 entries at this stage of proceedings and the horse most commentators and punters looking at the horse racing betting offers are focusing on is his Battle of Marengo, winner of three of his four starts including a recent hattrick, capped by a tremendously impressive three-and-a-half length defeat of Origlio in the Group 2 Juddmonte Beresford Stakes at the Curragh last month that left most observers in little doubt that they had seen a rising star in the racing firmament.

The previous form of the son of Galileo was recently given a highly significant boost when Jim Bolger’s smart colt Trading Leather (who could re-oppose at Doncaster), beaten comfortably by Battle of Marengo in the listed ICON Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf Stakes at Leopardstown in September, came out at Newmarket’s big Dewhurst fixture and proved too good for the home defenders in beating Montiridge by three-quarters-of-a-length to claim the Group 3 Autumn Stakes after making just about all the running in difficult conditions.

Of course O’Brien may well have other runners in the race and a decision as to who will actually represent the yard at Doncaster has yet to be made public, with the yard’s Kingdom and Eye of the Storm other possible contenders for the big event scheduled for October 27.
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