Horse Racing: MAYBE Aiden O’Brien has the POWER to Land Guineas Double

May 5, 2012
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Aiden O’Brien will be looking to score a Guineas double across Saturday and Sunday. He may do as well, but perhaps not in the most obvious fashion.

All eyes and expectation falls onto the shoulders of Montjeu’s son CAMELOT to write a fitting tribute to the classic producing sire who died just a few weeks ago. Trained at Ballydoyle by Aiden O’Brien he is a short priced favourite to add to his Racing Post Trophy win at Doncaster last season. Many would suggest that through his breeding perhaps further might be better for him. Montjeu is more likely to produce winners over 1m4f than the Guineas 1m trip. O’Brien is double handed coming into the race with POWER his other representative. Power is partnered by Ryan Moore today and has had a fair amount of racecourse time already with six outings. Winning four of those, the two defeats came only by a neck when getting caught close home by La Collina in the 6f Phoenix stakes at the Curragh, and in the Dewhurst when he couldn’t quite get to Parish Hall who had sprung to the front here. Winner of the Goffs National Stakes in Ireland and the Coventry at Royal Ascot previously, he can play just as big a part in this first classic of the season.

John Oxx rarely comes to the UK for a runner without purpose and BORN TO SEA receives utmost respect and consideration as the very biggest danger to my selection today. A close relative of Sea The Stars, he easily won a listed event on debut and then when finishing second in a group 3 race at Leopardstown, he was found later to have been lame. Not a bad run in that case! He could be something very special but remains a bit of an unknown quantity to be backing.

We shold not ignore the fact that there is even a chance the prize could be taken back to France by Jean Claude Rouget’s ABTAAL. He made a mockery of French Fifteen when sluicing up at Saint Cloud and alhough the form was reversed at the beginning of this month at Maison Laffite, (claims of a mid race stumble are justified), he will surely come on for the run and steps up to a stiff mile today. Another to consider.

On Sunday O’Brien will be holding all, if not most of the Aces with the girls 1000 Guineas when MAYBE looks to continue her two year old form and bring classic winning three year old form to the table. She has beaten La Collina twice last season in winning five events with relative ease and improvement at each stage. She is a daughter of Gallileo and will be suited by the step up in trip, her last four wins have come over seven furlongs, and one thing she will not mind, is whatever state the ground comes up in. She has form across all conditions and was very impressive on her final outing winning the Moyglare Stud Stakes at the Curragh. LYRIC OF LIGHT and DISCOURSE represent Godolphins interest in the race. The former is unbeaten in three and did win twice at the trip at two, whilst the latter was more than impressive in winning the Sweet Solera Stakes.

Both races are intensely interesting and I for now can not wait to see hat happens. My money is on the O’Brien double, but I think we may have to wait for the Derby for Camelot, with POWER taking the 2000 and MAYBE the 1000

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