Aidan O’Brien Stable tour: Derby favourite Stone Age is hard for Ryan Moore to turn down after Leopardstown win

Aidan O'Brien

Stone Age right into 5/2 much-loved for Derby after success at Leopardstown on Sunday; Oaks much-loved Tuesday going to Irish 1000 Guineas before Epsom; Kyprios has Ascot Gold Cup in his sights after Leopardstown on Friday.

It has been a remarkable few days for instructor Aidan O’Brien, the master of Ballydoyle, with a setback for his ante-post Derby favourites while seeing other Traditional challenges progress right into the limelight.

On Sunday, O’Brien confirmed Luxembourg would miss his designated run in the Derby after enduring a setback, with Stone Age rapidly replacing his stablemate at the top of the marketplace following an impressive victory in the Leopardstown Derby Test.

The Irish instructor has been in fine form of late, winning both Derby trials at Chester via Changing of the guard in the Flower Holder as well as Star of India in the Dee Stakes and also preceded his dominance when United Nations beat Charlie Appleby’s well-touted Stroll of Stars at Lingfield.

Older Horses-


He will go with the Saval Beg at Leopardstown on Friday and all being well it will be onto the Gold Mug at Royal Ascot after that. He is a fair equine, I would certainly say. He enhanced over the wintertime and went over on his return at Navan.

Mother Earth-

She will certainly run in the Locking Stakes at Newbury. If all works out there, she will certainly go to Royal Ascot. I am hoping that with her winning return at Curragh she will improve well.


We were not stressed that he did not win a race last season. We treat their two-year-old period as education and learning for their three-year-old year. In the tests, we like them to be a real test and also if nothing else is going on, we are typically satisfied to make the running ourselves which is what he did at Chester. He won very well, and also he is qualified to head to the Derby currently.

Concert Hall

She is a sturdy woman. The Salsabil Stakes was a steadily-run race and she got away with it on the day. She could return to a mile for the Irish 1,000 Guineas. I could not make certain that she will stay a mile-and-a-half, yet if all goes well at the Curragh, she could be one to go onto the Oaks.


History made a great go back to action at Leopardstown over the weekend break. We were delighted with her. We will certainly send her to the Irish 1,000 Guineas next. I am not sure if she will certainly remain a mile-and-a-half, however, we will see just how she goes at the Curragh.


What he performed in the 2000 Guineas, he should not have actually had the ability to do. For a horse that is mosting likely to be much better over longer journeys, he wound up entirely on the back foot after clipping a heel early and also still handled to work his means into the race. I believed it was a really serious run.

We are dissatisfied that he’s going to miss out on the Derby, but these things take place. We will certainly do our ideal to obtain him back in top shape as soon as we can and also he is still a very exciting steed.

New York City

I thought he did it quite possibly in the Committed Stakes at Navan. There are several choices at York and Newbury today and I would certainly say he will run in among them. You would certainly wish he could be one for the Commonwealth Mug and his following run will certainly inform us where he fits in.

Point Lonsdale

We were let down with his go for a new market; however, we wish and also think that he will leave that run behind him. We believe he is far better than that. He will certainly go up in journey now for either the Prix du Jockey Club or the Derby.

Star of India

He won truly well at Chester recently. He’s a real Galileo because when you ask him to extend, he lowers his head right down and offers you everything. He obtains so reduced, that virtually on his knees! It’s extremely unusual and also a fantastic trait. He’s always been lazy in his research, so it’s wonderful to see him showing a lot of progress. He will certainly go for the Derby.

Stone Age

We intended to teach him as high as we might last period, that’s he ran in such a range of races. He did not win, however, he was finding out and progressing constantly and also is reaping the benefits of that education this season.

I believed he was great in the Derby Test at Leopardstown. We would have liked for him to aim a lead, however absolutely nothing else wished to go, so Ryan did the best point and took place himself. We constantly thought he was an elite equine, as well as it was excellent to see him do that.

There’s better ahead from him, too. He will certainly go with the Derby currently. I would certainly think that Ryan will find it hard not to ride him, but that will be one for him to decide closer to the time when we understand what the ground is going to resemble and all that.


We felt that the 1000 Guineas was a little bit of a non-event for her. Ryan claimed she was caught between couples of them for the first three furlongs which did not aid him to ride her the way he intended to.

We felt we did not obtain a clear solution on whether she gets the mile, so we would love to give her another shot at it. She has a little a stone bruise at the min; however, we believe it will certainly be gone in a couple of days. We will be aiming to obtain her to the Irish 1,000 Guineas.

The Acropolis

There are plans to run it in the French 2,000 Guineas. We liked his last period, however, might not obtain him to click, so it was wonderful to see him run so well at Leopardstown. He’s an effective steed and should begin from that.

Thoughts of June

She is a filly that remains well. I was surprised she was so well beaten on her return in a maiden at Leopardstown, so it was great to see her boost to win at Chester last week. She’s a high cruiser that keeps trotting as well as I believe she’s improving constantly. She’s one for the Oaks.


The strategy is to send her to the French 1,000 Guineas on Sunday. We have been very pleased with her given that Cork and she have constantly functioned like a smart filly. In regards to her trip, the family has always been pacey, but in physical terms, she possibly resembles even more of a mile-and-a-quarter filly. If this weekend goes good, she might be the one for the Prix de Diane.


She does not transform 3 years old in real terms until June 3, so for her to have done so much is extraordinary truly. The first thing Frankie (Dettori) stated when he got off her at Newmarket was to choose the Irish 1,000 Guineas.

United Nations

He ran quite possibly in the Blue Riband Test at Epsom considering he was inadequate by the stable pace, as well as he truly appreciated the longer journey when winning the Lingfield Derby Test recently. His experience around Epsom will stand to him as well as he will certainly go to the Derby.


Little Big Bear

He went over at Naas I believed. I do not think he was always required to run once again before Royal A thinks he may have done enough already. As regards what race he will certainly run in there, I have never believed that he will certainly have trouble getting six furlongs, yet Ryan said not to be scared to go 5 furlongs with him either.


She went over on debut. She had a little rock bruise right after that, but she’s back in terrific shape currently and we are looking to run her in the Group Three over 6 furlongs at Naas on Sunday.

The Antarctic

We were delighted with him at Tipperary. He was environment-friendly there as well as ought to step forward plenty from it. There is a champion’s race at Naas on May 15 that we have in mind for him. He’s a fast equine and will only enhance.

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