Aidan O’Brien’s Breeders’ Cup Battalion took to the track at Keeneland for the first time on Tuesday, with the Ballydoyle coach happy to be in Kentucky again.
Operation Coolmore had plenty of entries over the two days of the reunion and the O’Brien chain was able to stretch their legs on the runway for the first time since arriving after the end of their quarantine period.
Speaking ahead of this weekend’s meeting – live on Sky Sports Racing – O’Brien said: “We love coming to Keeneland because its weather can be similar to ours and everyone here is horse-minded, like we are in Ireland.
“You have to be tactically quick here, but you also have to be able to finish your run.
“We’ll look at the terrain, but in my opinion I prefer it fast because flat horses should be about speed.”
Aidan O’Brien’s Breeders’ Cup team
Lawn – Broome, Stone Age
“Looking at the team, we have two horses in the Turf. Broome ran very well in the race last year. The conditions haven’t always been in his favor but I think he will enjoy the ground s ‘He is fast.
“His only flaw is that he misses the break. He’s a late charger, but he can take the back foot. We’re trying to do things to help him break better.
“He broke badly at Del Mar under Irad (Ortiz Jnr) and he’s riding it again. That day he gave it a chance and said he couldn’t believe he was beaten .
“Stone Age ran well in the heavyweights (Champion Stakes) and is comfortable over a mile and a half, but I think there will be no more rain this week and things will be different for him.”
Mile – Order of Australia
“We have Order Of Australia in the Mile, which will repeat two years ago.
“I was very happy with his run at Keeneland and he’s been a bit exhausted. I’ve taken my time with him all year and just gently turned the screw on him and his last job was very enjoyable. We raised him and still have a leg in him.”
Filly & Mare Turf – Tuesday, Toy
“Tuesday is going very well, she has a good draw. It was bad ground when she raced in France (Prix de l’Opéra), but her work has been very good.
“Toy has made very good progress since her last race, she has a good draw and the travel and terrain should suit her.”
Turf for juvenile fillies – Meditate
“Meditation is something I really like to step up while traveling and I think coupled with a bend it will help.
“She’s a No Nay Never out of a mare by Dalakhani and we’re still learning about these No Nay Nevers who are fast and precocious horses. Meditate has a lot of endurance on the dam side, we’re still thinking about that. what we will do with it next year.
“She hasn’t lost a kilo since her last race, we gave her the opportunity to step back in her work but there are no negative signs.
“She also has a good mind and she is a robust filly whose constitution will also help her with distance.”
Juvenile Grass – Victoria Road
“Our two-year-old colt (Victoria Road) has come a long way from Chantilly and we think he could become a French Derby horse.
“The bottom line is that we don’t want him to get lost early in his race on Friday, but I think it’s only when he goes further that we’ll see him in a better light.”
Watch all the Breeders’ Cup races live on Sky Sports Racing on November 4-5.