Thursday 23 November 2017

O’Brien’s Wings can do double

Wings of Eagles with Pádraig Beggy on board. Pic: Cranhamphoto.com
Wings of Eagles with Pádraig Beggy on board. Pic: Cranhamphoto.com

After five days of Royal Ascot, Aidan O'Brien will turn his attentions to the the Curragh next weekend where the Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby will be top of his agenda.

Already sold out of it's 6,000 capacity, O'Brien will attempt to once again do the Epsom/Curragh Derby double, this time with Wings Of Eagles and after Benbatl and Periman did that Epsom form no harm at all during Ascot, O'Brien has told The Herald that it is "so far so good" with the 40/1 Epsom hero.

The Ballydoyle maestro, who is expected to have multiple runners in the race said; "At the moment it is so far so good with Wings Of Eagles and the plan would be to bring him back to the Curragh and go for the Irish Derby with him.

"We've been happy with him since Epsom and we are looking forward to the race. We have other horses in the race and we'll take a look at it closer to the weekend."

The Irish Derby is set to see a clash of Wings Of Eagles and John Gosden's Cracksman in what is sure to be a mouthwatering rematch.

Today, Royal Ascot will again take centre stage but racing returns to BBC television this afternoon with the Ulster National taking place at Down Royal and being shown live on terrestrial television.

Aidan O'Brien, Jim Bolger, Dermot Weld, Ger Lyons and Jessica Harrington are all represented in the €100,000 contest in which Harrington's Tilli's Chilli is the likely favourite as she bids to win her fourth race on the bounce.

At Royal Ascot today Limato is likely to go off favourite for the Diamond Jubilee Stakes, the race which Caravaggio would have run in had it not been for the creation of the Commonwealth Cup a few years ago.

It was interesting to hear Ryan Moore, who rides Limato today, say after yesterday's Commonwealth Cup success that he'll get some indication as to just how good Caravaggio is when comparing the two.

That will surely prove a very interesting conversation between Moore and the Coolmore powers, although one we are unfortunately will never be privy to!

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