Sunday 18 August 2019

O'Brien: It could not have gone any worse

Both Aidan and Joseph O'Brien yesterday reflected on Australia's shock QIPCO Irish Champions Stakes defeat on Saturday, with the naturally disappointed trainer suggesting: "The long and the short of it is, everything that could go wrong did go wrong."

Leopardstown was stunned to silence as the 1/3 favourite was reeled in by The Grey Gatsby in the closing stages of the feature race of the opening day on what has been deemed a very successful inaugural Irish Champions Weekend.

"He jumped and he was handy and the pace was on," Aidan O'Brien continued.


"The next thing, the pace came back to him and he ended up having to go around Jack Doyle's horse (Al Kazeem) and then he couldn't get in behind him or in front of him and then he ended up having to go early so everything went wrong.

"It's a great game - you have your ups and your downs," jockey Joseph O'Brien said.

"Things just couldn't have gone much worse for me or things couldn't have gone much better for the winner and Australia ran a good race and was just touched off.

"I was very wide and you'd love to ride every race again when it doesn't go right but you live and learn and I look forward to wherever he goes next."

As regards future plans for Australia, Aidan said: "We'll look at Champions Day at Ascot next and the lads will decide whether we go for the mile race or the mile-and-a-quarter. I'm not sure, they'll decide. He travels so well through his races so I wouldn't think he'll go to France."

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