Ballydoyle Beauties – Three Impeccably-Bred Coolmore Runners on Wednesday’s Curragh Card

Aidan O'Brien sends the beautifully-bred Waterville over to Limerick on Friday evening.Aidan O'Brien sends the beautifully-bred Waterville over to Limerick on Friday evening.

Three Beautifully-Bred Aidan O’Brien Runners at The Curragh on Wednesday

Aidan O’Brien unleashes three beautifully-bred horses on Wednesday’s seven-race card at the Curragh, two of whom are making their racecourse debuts. Check out these horses below, with our expert providing some insight into their pedigrees and their chances of victory.


Auguste Rodin (Deep Impact x Rhododendron) 5.10pm Curragh

The Curragh’s Wednesday card begins with a 7f maiden, and Aidan O’Brien has won the last two renewals of this contest with Lope Y Fernandez and Point Lonsdale, so this tends to be a race that he targets. That makes AUGUSTE RODIN particularly interesting on racecourse debut, and that’s even before taking a look at this colt’s pedigree.

This Deep Impact colt is the first foal out of the exceptional three-time Group 1 winner Rhododendron, herself a sister to the top-class Magical.

His pedigree suggests that 7f will be the bare minimum that Auguste Rodin wants, and he does come up against rivals with previous racecourse experience, but given connections it can be expected that he’ll be plenty clued up here on debut and he has the profile of a potential star.


Age Of Kings (Kingman x Turret Rocks) 5.45pm Curragh

The only one of Aidan O’Brien’s trio that has had the benefit of a previous run is AGE OF KINGS, who went agonisingly close at Naas on debut last month.

Age Of Kings looked like a future winner in waiting that day, and his pedigree reads incredibly well, with this 1,100,000 guineas the first foal out of Group 2 winner Turret Rocks, she from the family of Arc winner Gold River.

Age Of Kings faces four newcomers and a horse that trailed home last of ten on his only previous start, so granted natural improvement from that debut effort he should really be getting off the mark here.


Over The Rainbow (Dubawi x Seventh Heaven) 6.15pm Curragh

The final of the Aidan O’Brien trio entered up at the Curragh on Wednesday is OVER THE RAINBOW, who makes her debut in a 1m4f maiden – a race her yard won with Call Me Sweatheart 12 months ago.

This daughter of Dubawi is the first foal out of dual Group 1 winner (Irish Oaks / Yorkshire Oaks) Seventh Heaven.

That pedigree is plenty stamina laden and therefore it’s no shock that this filly didn’t race at 2, or that she is upped straight to 1m4f for her racecourse debut. Aidan O’Brien also runs the useful Butterfly Rose here, but Ryan Moore’s presence on Over The Rainbow suggests that she is the stable first string and there’s no shock that she’s prominent in the betting for this contest.