October 1st, 2018

FAIRYLAND SATURDAY FOR O’BRIEN

A big race treble for Aidan O’Brien at Newmarket on Saturday completes a dream September

It was the Aidan O’Brien show at Newmarket after he landed the first 3 on the card with Mohawk, Fairyland and Ten Sovereigns winning valuable races.

 

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In fact, it was  1-2-3 for the magician trainer in the opener, the Royal Lodge Stakes with Mohawk winning impressively at 8/1 and subsequently shortening to 28/1 for the Dewhurst Stakes

Stable companions Sydney Opera House (20/1 outsider) and Cape of Good Hope chased him home, but Kadar, who was my fancy was a non-runner with market principles Beatboxer and Arthur Kitt very disappointing.

 

Fairyland had not been without support for the Cheveley Park Stakes and made it 4 wins from 5 starts after fending off brace resistance from 25/1 shot The Mackem Bullet. If that wasn’t enough for O’Brien, he had the 3rd as well, the popular 6/1 shot So Perfect. Fairyland has an entry for The Fillies Mile on Friday week and is priced the same, at 6/1.

 

The O’Brien train continued with odds-on favourite Ten Sovereigns landing a hat-trick of wins and a hat-trick wins on the day for the Irish trainer. The horse looks a top 2-yo and Jash is the only horse to give him a race, going down by half a length. I think Ten Sovereigns is the real deal and a huge Dewhurst and 2000 Guineas contender.

 

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The Cambridgeshire followed and the O’Brien trained Kenya went off 8/1 favourite, which was no surprise given the form of his horses in the earlier races, with Kenya also landing the Irish Cambridgeshire this season. However, it wasn’t to be with the horse finishing last of 34 runners. One of the hardest races of the Flat season when it comes to picking the winner, Wissahickon won it very very cosily for the dream team of Gosden and Dettori making fools of us all on the day. The Irish money horse Mordin was 2nd who was backed from 50s into 16s, justifying the each-way support.

 

Feature race this week domestically is the Sun Chariot Stakes with one of my faves Laurens heading the betting. Then, of course, all eyes turn to Longchamp with the Arc Weekend and keep an eye later on in the week for my selections and analysis for what should be a cracker!

But for now, the weekend and moment belongs once again to Aidan O’Brien.