Monday, 9 September 2013

The Real Deal or a Busted Flush ??

Australia has O'Brien purring

Aidan O'Brien has hailed juvenile star Australia as a dream horse following his dazzling Leopardstown victory over the weekend.

Australia: 'Dream horse'
Australia: 'Dream horse'

Australia's six-length demolition job of the highly-regarded Free Eagle in last Saturday's ICON Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf Trial Stakes saw him promoted to the head of the betting for next year's Investec Derby at Epsom, with most firms offering 6-1 about his Classic chance though Sky Bet offer 8-1 about the colt.
A son of Galileo out of the great race mare Ouija Board, Australia cost 525,000 guineas at Tattersalls last October and after suffering defeat on his racecourse bow in June, when he was very slowly away, he has won twice since.
"Everyone probably knows we always thought he was the best horse we've ever had," O'Brien said.
"He lost three or four lengths in the stalls the first day and the next day he was very green.
"I don't want to be blowing up the horse but he was always doing things no two-year-old has ever done before."
Australia holds a clutch of entries in the big autumn juvenile events, including the Dewhurst Stakes and the Racing Post Trophy, but O'Brien will defer to the owning Coolmore syndicate as to future plans.
He said: "The lads will decide that, but he's something you dream of."

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