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July 26, 2014 - Asc
King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes
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June 18, 2014 -Asc
Prince of Wales's Stakes
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May 25, 2014 - Cur
Tattersalls Gold Cup
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Nov. 2, 2013 - SA
Breeders' Cup Turf
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Aiden O'Brien was born 16 October 1969 in County Wexford, Ireland. Since 1996, he has been the private trainer at Ballydoyle Stables near Cashel in County Tipperary for John Magnier and his Coolmore Stud associates. O'Brien first started working professionally with horses at P.J. Finn's racing stables at the Curragh, Co. Kildare, and then with Jim Bolger at Coolcullen, Co. Carlow.
Joseph O’Brien was born May 23, 1993. He is the eldest son of Irish champion trainers Aidan and Annemarie. He has established himself as an integral part of the Ballydoyle operation. O’Brien enjoyed his first winner on board Johann Zoffany, trained by his father, at Leopardstown on May 28, 2009, and was joint champion apprentice in a three-way tie with Ben Curtis and Gary Carroll in 2010.
Michael Tabor was born Oct. 28, 1941 in the East End of London and resides in Monte Carlo, Monaco and Barbados. When he reached his mid-20s, he decided to purchase two betting shops of his own in High Wycombe. These two shops grew into a chain of 113 under the Arthur Prince banner. On Sept. 29, 1995 he sold the entire chain to Coral.
Magician is by the world-renowned Galileo, a champion on the racecourse who has developed into a supersire. Bred in the purple as a son of Sadler's Wells and 1993 Arc heroine Urban Sea (later the dam of the great Sea the Stars), Galileo turned the Epsom/Irish Derby double in 2001 and defeated his elders in the King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Diamond Stakes.
But his record at stud is even more impressive, with an extensive honor roll led by Frankel. Unbeatable in 14 career starts from seven furlongs to about 1 5/16 miles, Frankel conquered 10 Group 1 events, highlighted by the 2,000 Guineas and Queen Elizabeth II in 2011 and the 2012 Queen Anne, Juddmonte International and Champion Stakes. Galileo has sired a trio of Epsom Derby winners in New Approach (2008), Ruler of the World (2013) and Australia (2014), who went on to become his sire's fourth winner of the Irish Derby on June 28. Two other Irish Derby-winning sons of Galileo scored at Arlington's International Festival of Racing in 2011 for Aidan O'Brien: the four-year-old Cape Blanco captured the Million en route to an Eclipse Award as champion turf horse, and Treasure Beach won the Secretariat. Galileo could pull off a similar coup on Saturday's card. The Coolmore stallion is double-handed in the Secretariat with fellow O'Brien trainee Adelaide and Glen Hill Farm's Global View. Furthermore, he also sends out Eye of the Storm, another from O'Brien's Ballydoyle yard, in the American St Leger.
Magician inherits an extra dash of speed from his dam, the Group 3-placed sprinter Absolutelyfabulous, who won the Cork Stakes and finished third in the Ballyogan in 2007. She was from the only crop sired by Mozart, Europe's champion sprinter of 2001 after victories in the July Cup and Nunthorpe. A royally-bred son of Danehill, Mozart sadly died of colitis in the midst of his first season at stud. He was an undoubted loss to breeding, considering that his single crop featured such high-class runners as Irish highweight sprinter Dandy Man (now a promising young sire himself), 2005 Middle Park hero Amadeus Wolf and Grade 2 victor Rebellion.
Absolutelyfabulous descends from a fabulous family. Among her relatives are 2008 English/Irish 2,000 Guineas winner Henrythenavigator; his dam, Irish highweight juvenile filly Sequoyah, who is herself a full sister to another Irish highweight juvenile filly in Listen; and 1999 Irish 2,000 Guineas victor Saffron Walden. That all-star foursome was all trained by O'Brien.
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Winner of last year's Breeders' Cup Turf disappointed in his latest when finishing a non-threatening six of eight in the twelve furlong King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Ascot in late July when perhaps not suited to the soft going. Two back the son of world's leading turf sire put in a fine performance when splitting two leading fillies, The Fugue and Treve, in the Prince of Wales Stakes, also at Ascot, on faster ground at this distance. While his win in the Breeders' Cup was achieved over a mile and a half that was at Santa Anita on firm turf which is suitable to European runners best over ten furlongs and, with no rain expected, the ten furlong trip at the more European style at Arlington should be perfect for this four-year-old. Trainer Aidan O'Brien is no stranger to winning this event having saddled Cape Blanco to win three years ago and with Powerscourt in 2005 with the latter unlucky to not also win when disqualified in 2004. Dark bay (who interestingly was similarily coming off a poor effort before his BC triumph) is ranked first on BRIS Current and Average Class Last 3 and, having shown some tactical speed in his career, can be in good position running just off the pace under Joseph O'Brien to give O'Brien a third win in this race, a feat only achieved before by Ron McAnally and Charlie Whittingham.