‘He has us really excited’ – four standouts from Aidan O’Brien’s stable tour 🤩

Aidan O’Brien has a glorious crop of horses to go to war with this year. The master of Ballydoyle has a strong team for every age group and his recent stable tour has provided plenty of insight. It could be a particularly noteworthy season for his three-year-olds and older horses. We’ve picked out four horses which O’Brien was particularly complimentary about. Check out our free tips page for daily content across British and Irish racing.


Alabama (two-year-old)

O’Brien singled out this horse as a juvenile to look forward to this season. Obviously many of his won’t be ready to run yet but this one is particularly forward and ready to start soon. The trainer said: “Alabama has been working very nicely. Of the more forward ones, he’s definitely one to watch. He’s a half-brother to Sioux Nation and you wouldn’t go too far wrong with him.”


Auguste Rodin (three-year-old)

He could be Ballydoyle’s star three-year-old this season. O’Brien’s excitement for this horse is clear to see and he’ll certainly be one to look out for. The trainer said: “You would imagine he would have no bother stretching out to a 1m2f or even 1m4f, he’s that type of horse. He is the type that could start in the Guineas and stretch out in trip after that. He was always very classy, always. Auguste Rodin is an exceptional mover and has us really excited.”


Luxembourg (older horse)

Injury impacted his season last year and with a clear run this time, he could reach the very top. O’Brien said: “Physically, he has done very well since last year. We’re thinking along the lines of the Ganay then the Tattersalls Gold Cup and on to the Prince of Wales’s Stakes at Royal Ascot. We’re looking forward to him now. There could be plenty more to come, I hope.”


Tenebrism (older horse)

She’s going to be trained with sprinting in mind this year and she could be very competitive in some of the top races. Her trainer said: “She’s very quick. She’ll be trained differently this year. Last year, we were trying to stretch her out to see how far she would go and she was still very competitive at those distances because she’s just a good filly.”


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