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Aidan O'Brien Stable Tour 2022 - Key quotes from Ireland's Champion Trainer

Last updated: 29 Mar 2022
Jon Vine 29 Mar 2022
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  • Key quotes from Aidan O'Brien's stable tour ahead of the 2022 season
  • O'Brien has saddled Group One and Classic winners all over the world
  • Luxembourg and Tenebrism will be pointed at the Classic this season
  • O'Brien also reveals his plans for older horses Mother Earth and High Definition
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Aidan O'Brien poses at Doncaster Racecourse on October 23, 2021. (Getty)

The most dominant trainer in flat racing is, undoubtedly, Aidan O'Brien. The master of Ballydoyle has saddled well over 100 global Group One winners during his illustrious career and celebrated four Classic victories in 2021.

Ahead of the new flat racing season, Aidan O'Brien spoke to AtTheRaces to guide readers through his team for 2022.

*All quotes taken from AtTheRaces*
    Table Of Contents
  • Aidan O'Brien Stable Tour - Three-Year-Old Colts
  • Guineas Contenders
  • Luxembourg
  • Point Lonsdale
  • Star Of India
  • Heading To France
  • Aikhal
  • Glounthaune
  • Derby Horses
  • Bluegrass
  • Dalmatian Coast
  • Newfoundland
  • River Thames
  • Stone Age 
  • Waterville
  • Sprinters
  • King Of Bavaria
  • Aidan O'Brien Stable Tour - Three-Year-Old Fillies
  • Guineas Contenders
  • Contarelli Chapel 
  • Tenebrism 
  • Tuesday
  • Oaks Fillies
  • The Algarve
  • Toy
  • Aidan O'Brien Stable Tour - Older Horses
  • Bolshoi Ballet
  • Broome
  • High Definition
  • Mother Earth
  • Order Of Australia
  • Wordsworth 
  • Aidan O'Brien Stable Tour - Juveniles
  • Congo River
  • Little Big Bear
  • Mediate
  • The Antarctic
  • Tiger Paw

Aidan O'Brien Stable Tour - Three-Year-Old Colts

Guineas Contenders

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"We were all very happy with his work at the Curragh over the weekend and he’ll go straight to the 2000 Guineas. There wasn’t much between him and Point Lonsdale in the work and the two of them will go there with a fair chance. You’d hope both of them will stay the Derby trip too. He’s a bigger horse than Camelot was, rangier, but I think he has more pace than him. He finds it easy to go fast. Camelot was the only son of Montjeu to ever win a Group 1 over a mile as a three-year-old, but this fella is probably better equipped for a 2000 Guineas."

Point Lonsdale

"I was very happy with his work at the Curragh over the weekend. That was the first time ever that him and Luxembourg worked together. I thought the two of them worked very well and the plan is to send them both straight to the 2000 Guineas. He reminds me of his sire Australia. He has a great mind and is very brave. He has plenty of pace and will stay well too. He likes nice ground even though he was often racing on softer ground last season."

Star Of India

"We worked him at the Curragh over the weekend to try and decide whether he is likely to be a Guineas horse or a Derby horse, but we didn’t necessarily get a clear answer as he has a bit of a lazy way of going that makes him difficult to judge. I wouldn’t like to put a ceiling on him as because of his laid-back demeanour we won’t know what’s under the bonnet until we test him on the track. We are keeping our options open with him for now."

Heading To France


"He worked at the Curragh over the weekend and went very well. We’re thinking that he could be one to run in the Poule d'Essai des Poulains and then the Prix du Jockey Club."


"The plan is to run him in the 2000 Guineas Trial at Leopardstown this weekend. He’s going very well and is showing plenty of pace. He missed a lot of time after he made a very promising winning debut in April last year and we were just playing catch up with him all season. His run at the Breeders’ Cup was just much too soon for him. Ryan said he couldn’t get him organised around the track; he was just too green. He could be a horse for the Poule d'Essai des Poulains."

Derby Horses


"He’s one that we have in mind for the Derby Trial at Leopardstown in May. He’s a very straightforward horse, he was just green when he ran in the Zetland. He has a lazy way of going and we haven’t seen the best of him on the track yet."

Dalmatian Coast

"We thought he’d take a bit of beating on his debut at the Curragh last year, but he didn’t get much luck. He’s nearly ready to go and will start off over a mile-and-a-quarter."


"He was working very well last year and we declared him to run at Dundalk in October, but we decided to take him out of that. He works like a smart horse and we’re looking forward to getting him started."

River Thames

"He was working very well in recent weeks, but he got a stone bruise a few days ago and that is going to hold us up. We had hoped to go to the Ballysax Stakes with him, but he won’t make it there now I don’t think. He’s a fine big horse and will hopefully show good progression when he gets back on the track."

Stone Age 

"He improved throughout last season and is probably one of the highest-rated maidens around. He’s starting back in a maiden at Navan tomorrow and could be one for a Epsom Derby trial after that if all goes smoothly."


"He is unraced, but I’d say he’s a fair bit better than a maiden winner. He looks a bit different. He’s a Derby type of horse and goes very well. He’ll start off in a maiden soon."


King Of Bavaria

"He worked with Cadamosto at the Curragh over the weekend and went well. They are both sprinting types and are likely to start back in the Committed Stakes over six furlongs at Navan on April 23rd. He’s only had two runs and looks a promising horse."

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Vertem Futurity Trophy Stakes winner Luxembourg sits prominently in the market for all three colts Classics. (Getty)

Aidan O'Brien Stable Tour - Three-Year-Old Fillies

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Guineas Contenders

Contarelli Chapel 

"The plan is to run her in the 1000 Guineas Trial at Leopardstown at the weekend. She had to have a chip taken out of her knee after her run in the Group 3 at Naas and that was why she didn’t run again last season. She’s going very well. We always thought she was very classy. She’s a half-sister to Fancy Blue and is out of a full-sister to High Chaparral, so there must be a good chance that she’ll stay a mile."


"We were very happy with Tenebrism’s work at the Curragh over the weekend. Ryan was very happy with her. He felt there’s a good chance that she’ll stay the mile. They went a good gallop in front of her for seven-and-a-half furlongs and she picked up well off it. She’ll go straight to the 1000 Guineas."


"We were very happy with her performance at Naas on Sunday. She’ll come on plenty from that and she looks like one that will stay further. She’s relaxed and laid back. The 1000 Guineas might just be too early for her, so we might look to get another run into her in a Guineas trial and then go for the Irish 1,000 Guineas. She could be an Oaks candidate after that."

Oaks Fillies

The Algarve

"She was ready to run, but she got a little infection in a hock that has held her up. She’ll be one for an Epsom Oaks trial and should improve when she gets up to a mile-and-a-half."


"To be honest I thought she’d be very hard to beat at the Curragh on Saturday and while I was surprised she was beaten, she ran very well and didn’t do anything wrong. I didn’t think seven furlongs would be a problem for her, but maybe she needs a bit further. I think she’s a talented filly. We might consider going straight to a stakes race next rather than another maiden, but we haven’t decided that yet."

Ryan Moore riding Tenebrism (R) win The Juddmonte Cheveley Park Stakes at Newmarket. (Getty)

Aidan O'Brien Stable Tour - Older Horses

Bolshoi Ballet

"He’s on the way back. He got a little fracture early in his preparation, so that slowed us right down with him. He won’t be back until the middle of the season at the earliest, I’d say."


"Broome is still on the way back. Would you believe, when he was getting untacked after his last run in Japan, a horse kicked him and fractured his shin, so he missed a fair bit of time. Hopefully he’ll be ready to run for Royal Ascot."

High Definition

"He worked very well at the Curragh over the weekend and we might look to start him off in either the Alleged Stakes next month or the Mooresbridge Stakes in May. Looking at him now, he was probably too weak last season. We might just have overdone it by running him a second time as a two-year-old and it took more out of him than we thought."

Mother Earth

"She’s the main older filly that has been kept in training here. We were delighted with her winning return at the Curragh and she should benefit plenty from that run. She’ll have loads of options in Group 1 races over a mile both against fillies and colts throughout the season."

Order Of Australia

"He suffered a small fracture in his last run in the Breeders’ Cup Mile, but he’s back now and in great form. He finished close up behind the best milers around last season and held his form well. We are looking at the Queen Anne at Royal Ascot for his first big target. We’ll decide closer to the time whether we’ll give him a run or a racecourse gallop before it. I don’t think he’ll be ready for the Lockinge."


"He worked at the Curragh over the weekend. He’s going to stay well. He might start off in the Vintage Crop Stakes at Navan on April 23rd."

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Frankie Dettori riding Mother Earth (left, purple) win The Qipco 1000 Guineas Stakes at Newmarket. (Getty)

Aidan O'Brien Stable Tour - Juveniles

Congo River

"There's a very nice colt by Mendelssohnn called Congol River. He’s a colt that has been showing up well and should be out early."

Little Big Bear

"Little Big Bear is likely to be our first runner, he is by No Nay Never out of Adventure Seeker. He has been working very well and stood out in his work when we took them away over the weekend. He's one for a six-furlong maiden at the Curragh."


"Mediate, by No Nay Never out of Pembina, has been showing up very well and could well be our first two-year-old filly to run. There is a five-furlong fillies’ maiden for her at the Curragh on April 10th."

The Antarctic

"There's a Dark Angel out of Anna Law (dam of Battaash), The Antarctic. He’s bred to be fast and we’ve been liking his work so far. He should be out early enough."

Tiger Paw

"There's one by Sioux Nation out of Rhiana, Tiger Paw. We’ve been liking his work so far and he’s one we’re looking forward to. We've only two by Sioux Nation and they are fast horses."

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