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Anthony Van Dyck Gives O’Brien Seventh, Heffernan First Investec Derby Successes

Aidan O’Brien became the joint winning-most trainer in Investec Derby history after 13/2 shot Anthony Van Dyck provided the master of Ballydoyle with a seventh success in Britain’s premier Classic and richest race. Ridden by Seamie Heffernan, enjoying his first win on his 12th Derby ride, the three-year-old son of Galileo ran on gamely in […]

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Hermosa Fills Out Classic Double For Ballydoyle In QIPCO 1000 Guineas

Aidan O’Brien celebrated yet another QIPCO Guineas Festival success on Sunday as Hermosa completed a Classic double for the trainer on the weekend with victory in the QIPCO 1000 Guineas. Runner-up in the bet365 Fillies’ Mile over course and distance last year, Hermosa was having her first start of the season and was brave under […]

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The Other O’Brien, Magna Grecia, Prevails In QIPCO 2,000 Guineas

Magna Grecia provided trainer Aidan O’Brien with a record-breaking tenth victory in the QIPCO 2,000 Guineas. The Ballydoyle maestro saddled the first two in the betting but it was the lesser fancied Magna Gracia, rather than market leader Ten Sovereigns, who stole the show with a dominant display under Donnacha O’Brien. In a fractured contest, […]

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Magical, Magic Wand Lead Ballydoyle Brigade For Dubai World Cup Card

Last year’s Dubai World Cup night saw a procession from the hugely talented Mendelssohn in the UAE Derby sponsored by The Saeed & Mohammed Al Naboodah Group (G2) before targeting big races in America through his 3-year-old campaign. Such was just another example of the powerful reach that Coolmore and Aidan O’Brien-led Ballydoyle have and […]

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Longines/IFHA International Award Of Merit To Magnier Family, Aidan O’Brien

The Magnier family and trainer Aidan O’Brien, the driving forces behind Coolmore and the Ballydoyle Racing Stable, have been selected as the recipients of the 2018 Longines and IFHA International Award of Merit, which recognizes distinguished horsemen and horsewomen for lifelong contributions to Thoroughbred racing. They will be honored on Tuesday Aug. 14, in Dublin, […]

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Moore Crowned Leading Rider At Royal Ascot For Eighth Of Past Nine Seasons

Ryan Moore rode a Saturday double to leapfrog old rival Frankie Dettori in the race to finish top rider at Royal Ascot 2018 and receive the QIPCO Leading Jockey Award. Moore enjoyed a short head victory aboard Merchant Navy in the G1 Diamond Jubilee Stakes and also partnered Crystal Ocean to success in the G2 Hardwicke […]

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Rhododendron Hits The Line First In Thrilling Lockinge Stakes

Coolmore’s Rhododendron enjoyed a drop back in trip in Saturday’s Group 1 Lockinge Stakes at Newbury, scoring a thrilling victory for the Ballydoyle crew when denying last year’s runner-up Lightning Spear. The 4-year-old daughter of Galileo and jockey Ryan Moore were a head in front at the line, earning her second Group 1 victory at […]

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Mendelssohn Headed Back Stateside: O’Brien Plans U.S. Prep For Classic Contender

UAE Derby winner and the celebrated half-brother to Beholder and Into Mischief, Coolmore’s Mendelssohn is now being pointed for a U.S.-based prep race before the Breeders’ Cup Classic, reports Racenews on Twitter. “He’ll have one run on the dirt in America two months before the Classic at somewhere like Saratoga,” said trainer Aidan O’Brien, who invited […]

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Moore ‘Fascinated’ By Kentucky Derby, Likely To Choose Mendelssohn Over A 2000 Guineas Mount

Aidan O’Brien expects Ryan Moore to partner Mendelssohn in the Kentucky Derby over riding in the Qipco 2000 Guineas. Moore has had a long-held ambition to win the Churchill Downs spectacular, and appears to have every chance after Mendelssohn put up a breathtaking performance in running away with the UAE Derby at Meydan last month. […]

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Newmarket or Churchill Downs? A Classic Choice For Ryan Moore

British bookmakers are taking bets on where jockey Ryan Moore will be on the first Saturday in May: at Churchill Downs to ride Mendelssohn in the Kentucky Derby or at Newmarket aboard Saxon Warrior in the English classic, the 2000 Guineas. So far, the Racing Post reports, bettors are favoring Kentucky for Moore, who rode […]

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