Wednesday 13 December 2017

Five of Aidan O'Brien's horses enters quarantine

Order Of St George
Order Of St George

Five horses from Aidan O'Brien's Ballydoyle yard have been placed into quarantine with a view to competing at the Melbourne Spring Carnival in Australia.

Respective Irish and English St Leger winners Order Of St George and Bondi Beach have been entered in the Emirates Melbourne Cup alongside Kingfisher.

Leigh Jordon, international chief scout for Racing Victoria, said Highland Reel was set for the Cox Plate at Moonee Valley - a race O'Brien won last year with Adelaide - while stablemate Ol' Man River was likely to run in the Mackinnon Stakes at Flemington the following week.

Jordon told www.racing.com: "Aidan has notified me that he is going to put five horses into quarantine at Ballydoyle.

"The only thing I would temper that with is that they still have to get on the plane.

"Albeit by putting them into quarantine, he (O'Brien) misses the Arc weekend with any of those horses.

"He's one of the world's leading trainers. He won the Cox Plate last year and I know he hasn't been back since 2008 (in the Melbourne Cup), and obviously his experience last year was very good."

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