Ballydoyle boss Donny entry
Published 22/10/2012 | 18:02
Aidan O'Brien is responsible for six of the 15 juveniles confirmed for the Racing Post Trophy at Doncaster on Saturday.
The master of Ballydoyle has saddled six previous winners of the Group One, with Camelot a scintillating winner 12 months ago.
His leading hope this year appears to be Beresford Stakes winner Battle Of Marengo, although hugely impressive Navan maiden scorer Kingsbarns has been supplemented by the team. O'Brien is also responsible for Festive Cheer, Eye Of The Storm, Kingston Jamaica and Magician.
The other major Irish hope is the Jim Bolger-trained Trading Leather, an impressive winner of the Autumn Stakes on Future Champions Day at Newmarket.
Andrew Oliver's First Cornerstone, winner of the Futurity Stakes at the Curragh in late August, looks set to make the journey from Northern Ireland.
Richard Hannon has added Van Der Neer to the field, and could also saddle smart youngster Havana Gold. Birdman, Fantastic Moon, Glory Awaits, Royal Lodge winner Steeler and Sir Patrick Moore complete the entries.
Harry Dunlop believes the latter deserves his chance at Group One level, especially as he should be suited by the predicted soft ground.
"He ran a super race when he was second in Longchamp on his start before last and then at Deauville last time the ground was too quick for him. We were encouraged on Sunday when a horse that finished just in front of him (Morandi) won a Group race easily. We were really pleased to see that," said the Lambourn trainer.
"We know we have to improve, but he'll love the soft ground and it would be great if he could run a big race. The important thing is going to be the ground and we know he likes it soft. He has done most of his trade in France, but he won at Newbury on good to softish ground. Hopefully it should suit him at Doncaster."