Aidan O’Brien mob-handed in quest for Arlington glory

Friday, Aug 10 2018

Aidan O’Brien is sending his usual strong team across to Arlington this weekend for three Grade One races – with Deauville returning once more.

It will be a third crack at the Arlington Million for the five-year-old, who has finished third in the last two renewals.

“He’s a great horse. We’ve had him all those years and we haven’t really struck with him 100 per cent yet but sometime shortly he’ll want to do it,” said O’Brien.

“He’s a very strong and consistent horse. He has got beaten in the Million two times but he’s a great traveller, if anything he travels and takes everything so well, he’s a very relaxed horse.

“Everyone is happy with him, he had a nice run the last day and Pat (Keating, travelling head man) is very happy with him out there.”

Going out for the Beverly D Stakes is Athena, already a Grade One winner in the States in the Belmont Oaks.

Some of O’Brien’s string endured a mid-season lull and the filly was one of them.

“Athena was off for a little bit like a lot of them but we’ve been very happy with her since,” O’Brien told At The Races.

“She seems to be in good form, she’s done a canter on the track and everyone liked what they saw.

The Ballydoyle handler runs two in the Secretariat Stakes for three-year-olds.

Ryan Moore is on Hunting Horn, who was third in the Belmont Derby, with Wayne Lordan on Lucius Tiberius.

“Lucius Tiberius, a mile and a quarter is probably his thing and he likes to come late, we probably learned that after a few runs. He won a good handicap well the last day,” said O’Brien.

“Hunting Horn is in good form, he ran well last time and we think he’s been in good form since and that a mile and a quarter will suit him well.”

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