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Aidan O'Brien Breeders Cup 2023 Stable Tour - Key quotes from Ireland's Champion Trainer

31 Oct 2023
Robert Norman 31 Oct 2023
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  • Aidan O'Brien's stable tour ahead of the 2023 Breeders' Cup
  • The Breeders' Cup takes place at Santa Anita on November 3rd and 4th
  • O'Brien talks to AtTheRaces about River Tiber, Warm Heart and Auguste Rodin
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Jockey Ryan Moore talks to trainer Aidan O'Brien before the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf during day one of the 2016 Breeders' Cup World Championships at Santa Anita Park. (Getty)

Ahead of the Breeders' Cup at Santa Anita on Friday and Saturday, Aidan O'Brien guided AtTheRaces through his runners this weekend.

Read the full Aidan O'Brien Breeders' Cup stable tour here. All quotes taken from AtTheRaces.

Aidan O'Brien Breeders Cup 2023 Stable Tour


River Tiber

He will run in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf. We are particularly happy with him at the minute. We weren’t fully happy with him before his last two starts. He had a well-documented hold-up before the Prix Morny and while he was in better shape for the Middle Park, we still weren’t 100% happy with him. We think he’s as good as we can have him now. We think there’s a good chance he’ll stay a mile on this ground.


He is going to run in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf. We delighted with his run in the Prix Jean-Luc Lagardere in what was his first try at seven furlongs. We are hopeful that a mile around this sort of track will be fine for him. The ground was good and quick at ParisLongchamp, so he should be fine on the ground here.

Mountain Bear

He’s in great form and is an intended runner in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf. We think that the mile will suit him well on fast ground. Riding him patiently seems to suit him and I’d say there could be more to come from him.

Cherry Blossom

She is running in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf Sprint. This will be a real speed test around a bend, but she’s a quick filly and we think she’ll be able to handle it. She didn’t get the trip in the Goffs Million and to be honest, we think six furlongs is plenty far for her. We are looking forward to seeing her in a real speed-focused race like this as we think she’ll enjoy it.


She’s in great form and is an intended runner in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf. We were delighted with her the last day, and we think that’s the way to ride her. Riding her quietly to get her relaxed. We learned that after she raced a gear too high in her two runs before that. There should be more to come from her now that we know how best to ride her.


Auguste Rodin

The Breeders’ Cup Turf has been the plan for him from a long way out. We feel the track will suit him, as will the quick ground. We’ve been really happy with him since Leopardstown. I really liked his performance that day. He doesn’t do much when he hits the front and has always been like that. You’d even see it in his homework. When he gets there, he pricks his ears. He has been doing everything right at home and we can’t wait to see what he does. He is a very important horse for the thoroughbred breed. He’s a combination of the best of Japanese blood with the best of European blood. He’s a unique type of horse.

Warm Heart

She’s in great form and we had always intended to come here for the Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf. She is dropping back in trip, but we are hoping that won’t be an issue for her. Physically, she is doing very well as the year progresses and we really liked her attitude in a battle in the Prix Vermeille.

Aesops Fables

He runs in the Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint. We were delighted with his run in the Prix de l’Abbaye from a wide draw. It was his first run in blinkers, and they seemed to make a big difference to him. Everything has been really good with him since. This is a different type of sprint being around a bend, but I think he has the right attributes to be suited by that.

Older Horses

Bolshoi Ballet

The plan has been to run in the Breeders' Cup Turf since his last run back in August. He’s had a good long prep for this and seems in really good shape. For whatever reason he seems better than ever this year. I thought his last run was his best run ever. He likes the style of racing in America, and we think he’s in a good place.


He runs in the Breeders’ Cup Turf. He’s a very honest horse that has gone well in America before. We have been running him over longer trips this season, but he should be fine coming back in trip. He’ll be a big price, but we hope he can acquit himself well.

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