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King George next for Love as Aidan O'Brien discusses race plans

  • We bring you quotes from Aidan O'Brien as he discusses plans for his stable stars
  • Prince Of Wales's Stakes winner Love will return to Ascot for the King George
  • Bolshoi Ballet is being lined up for a trip to Belmont
  • High Definition will be freshened up for the spring
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Ryan Moore riding Love win The Prince Of Wales's Stakes on Day Two of Royal Ascot. (Getty)

When Aidan O'Brien speaks, the world of horse racing stops to listen, and the master of Ballydoyle has been discussing race plans for his stable stars this weekend.

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First on the agenda was Love, who returned to action with a hard-fought victory in the Prince Of Wales's Stakes on her reappearance. O'Brien plans to step his dual Classic winner up in trip later in the season, and Love could next be seen in the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes back at Ascot on July 24th.

"It's not decided yet but the King George is a possible for Love." O'Brien told the Racing Post. 

"She hasn't done much since the Prince of Wales's Stakes, but seems to be fine. We were very happy with her going to Ascot and we were delighted with her first start as a four-year-old."

This weekend's feature race is the Coral-Eclipse Stakes at Sandown. O'Brien accounts for three of the seven entries, with St Mark's Basilica his most likely runner.

O'Brien continued, "We left Armory, St Mark's Basilica and Japan in the Eclipse this weekend and it'll probably be decided as to whether they'll run on Wednesday."

"Rain probably wouldn't be in Armory's favour, but there was an ease in the ground when St Mark's Basilica won twice this year in France."

While St Mark's Basilica has excellent in Classic company this season, the same cannot be said for both Bolshoi Ballet and High Definition.

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Trainer Aidan O'Brien looks on on Day Two of the Royal Ascot Meeting at Ascot. (Getty)

Bolshoi Ballet was backed into short-priced favouritism for the Epsom Derby, but really struggled on the undulating track, and finished seventh behind Adayar. O'Brien said his beaten star was "very sore" following that defeat, but could still be in for a globe-trotting adventure on his next start.

"Bolshoi Ballet is back in full work again now," O'Brien revealed during the interview. 

"It's possible that he could go to Belmont for the Belmont Derby. It's just good to get him back going, to get him started again."

High Definition went off at a very short price for the Irish Derby this weekend, but his name was barely mentioned by the commentator, as Hurricane Lane tracked down Lone Eagle to claim victory.

“After two furlongs he clipped heels and he nearly came down." O'Brien said. 

"Ryan (Moore) said he got disorganised and that he could never get him going after that happened.

“Maybe he frightened himself. Ryan said he was just on the wrong leg and he couldn’t get him back. He never could click him into gear so it was a non-event really.”

When he ran against the winner at York, it looked as though another couple of furlongs would've been right up his alley, so we'll just put a line through it.

"We'll give him a little rest and have him back for the autumn. It just didn’t work. It was one of those days.”

O'Brien also revealed that record-breaking Epsom Oaks winner, Snowfall was yet to resume full training following her runawau success, but the Irish Oaks (July 17th) remains her primary objective.


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