There have been countless superstars to have come from the hallowed ground of Ballydoyle during Aidan O’Brien’s tenure. The maestro will be looking to bounce back after a quiet campaign last season by his own exceptional standards. His two-year-olds were especially quiet but there was one that stood out and O’Brien is hoping he can achieve double classic glory. Check out our free tips page for daily content across all British and Irish racing.
Luxembourg was a shining light for Ballydoyle last term. The strapping son of Camelot won all three of his starts and looked like a very classy animal when doing so. Last season’s highlights were his demolition job in the Group 2 Beresford Stakes and his Group 1 win at Doncaster in October.
This horse will be looking to emulate his father in winning both the 2000 Guineas and the Derby and his trainer is confident he has the speed for the former, O’Brien said: “He’s a bigger horse than Camelot and I think he has more pace, so that would give you hope going for a Guineas.” He will need to have plenty of pace to compete with current Guineas favourite Native Trail who was impressive over course and distance in the Craven Stakes last time.
Despite being a Guineas winner, it was middle distances at which Camelot truly excelled. Luxembourg has always given the impression that a step up in trip this year will see him thrive. Aidan O’Brien seems to agree as he added: “We’ll have to wait and see what Newmarket tells us but we hope he’s a Derby horse too. He’s an exciting one to look forward to.” If there is a potential superstar in the ranks at Ballydoyle, it looks likely that Luxembourg is the one.
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