O'Brien Stable Attempts Another Group 1 Saturday Hattrick.
Only a below par performance from leading sprinter Starspangledbanner prevented trainer Aidan O’Brien from landing a Group 1 hattrick last Saturday, but the Ballydoyle maestro will try again tomorrow, with runners in all three major contests.
Midas Touch and Joshua Tree will represent the handler in the Ladbrokes St Leger and whereas the former is a general 7/1 chance, the latter is a standout 9/1 with Bluesquare, who are giving new customers a £10 free bet when placing their first bet of £5 or more.
Speaking about their chances, stable jockey Johnny Murtagh, who will be on duty at the Curragh, told At The Races: " We’ve got a few lengths to make up on Rewilding from York but we ( Midas Touch ) had to give him 3lb that day. Midas touch will like the distance, he stays really well.
" Joshua Tree ran a very good race first time out. He needed it badly – we’ve a few lengths to make up but it’s the last Classic of the year and we’ll be trying to win it."
Unable to ride in all three races, Murtagh will be at the Curragh to partner Zoffany in the boylesports.com Vincent O’Brien National Stakes, and Flying Cross in the Irish Field St Leger.
Zoffany is rated by the jockey as their best two year-old and is a 7/4 shot, ahead of the impressive Futurity Stakes winner Pathfork on 9/4.
O’Brien is responsible for four of the nine runners, the others being Samuel Morse ( 20/1 ), High Ruler ( 25/1 ) and Rudolph Valentino ( 50/1 ).
In the Irish Field St Leger the stables’ main hope is the lightly raced Sadler’s Wells colt Flying Cross.
Out of Oaks winner Ramruma, the horse is certainly bred to win this 1m 6f Classic, and can be backed at a top price 10/1 with Irish layers’ Paddy Power.
O’Brien will also saddle Lady Lupus, the mount of his son Joseph, who needs to improve on her form to date to play a part, and is the outsider of the field at 20/1 with boylesports.
Only 14/1 to complete the Group 1 hattrick last week, the chances of pulling off the feat this week are more likely to be in the region of the 80/1 mark.