Aidan O’Brien’s Top 5 Royal Ascot Prospects
Aidan O’Brien’s Top 5 Chances at Royal Ascot 2021
You name it, he’s won it. Aidan O’Brien is undoubtedly one of the greatest trainers in the history of horse racing, and he has trained some of the greatest horses in the sport. One week that Aidan O’Brien tends to target is Royal Ascot, with a raft of equine superstars regularly making the journey over from O’Brien’s Ballydoyle base.
Looking closer at Royal Ascot 2021, which begins next week, we have identified the five horses we feel give Aidan O’Brien the best chance of further success at the Royal Meeting.
Love – (Prince Of Wales’s Stakes, Wednesday, June 16, 4.20pm)
Aidan O’Brien’s stable star LOVE makes her eagerly anticipated return to action in the Prince Of Wales’s Stakes – the feature race on Royal Ascot Day 2.
This daughter of Galileo was unbeaten in three starts last season, with victories gained in the 1000 Guineas, Epsom Oaks and Yorkshire Oaks.
Testing ground curtailed a bid for the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe, but with conditions set to be firmly in her favour at Ascot next week, Love should make a bold bid for yet another Group 1 success.
Sir Lamorak – (King Edward VII Stakes, Friday, June 18, 3.05pm)
SIR LAMORAK was not unfancied for the Derby, yet connections bypassed that target in favour of a tilt at this race – which may prove a tip in itself.
This colt has won both of his starts in 2021, the latest success coming in what looked a competitive Leopardstown handicap.
He should appreciate forecast ground conditions, and has plenty of scope for improvement, so it is no surprise to see him currently trading at odds of around 7/2.
Mother Earth – (Coronation Stakes, Friday, June 18, 4.20pm)
1000 Guineas winner MOTHER EARTH looks set to be Aidan O’Brien’s representative in the Coronation Stakes, run on Royal Ascot Day 4.
Mother Earth found only one too good when attempting to follow up her Guineas win in the French equivalent last month.
Getting back on some better ground will do her chances no harm next week, and that Newmarket form is up there with some of the strongest on offer.
Pont Lonsdale – (Chesham Stakes, Saturday, June 19, 2.30pm)
Royal Ascot Day 5 begins with the Chesham Stakes, a race that Aidan O’Brien has won on no fewer than 5 occasions.
He is likely to be represented in the 2021 renewal by PONT LONSDALE, who went into plenty of notebooks when making a winning debut at the Curragh earlier this month.
With improvement expected now that initial experience is under his belt, it is easy to see why Pont Lonsdale is as short as 7/4 for next week’s contest.
Broome – (Hardwicke Stakes, Saturday, June 19, 3.40pm)
Pont Lonsdale’s full brother BROOME runs later on the card in the Group 2 Hardwicke Stakes.
A perfect 3-3 earlier this season, Broome was beaten just a short head in Group 1 company at the Curragh last time out.
He should have no issues with the step up to this trip and therefore rates a big player in what looks an open race.