Aidan O’Brien’s next big prospect, Point Lonsdale, puts his reputation on the line in the Japan Racing Association Tyros Stakes at Leopardstown.
The Australian colt maintained his unbeaten record in the Chesham Stakes at Royal Ascot – beating Reach For The Moon, himself an easy winner afterwards.
Speaking after his Ascot win, O’Brien said of Point Lonsdale “I hope he’s a classic horse that can go for the Guineas and the Derby” – and he’s already a favorite for both of these races. .
He will face four rivals on Thursday – including the unexposed Maritime Wings, coached by O’Brien’s son Joseph, who was bought by Team Valor after winning at Leopardstown on his debut.
“We’ve been happy with Point Lonsdale since Ascot – everything has gone well with him since,” said O’Brien.
“It was pretty smooth at Ascot, and he likes nice grounds. He’s a lovable horse, so that should be in his favor this time around.”
O’Brien is also represented in the other Group Three on the card, the Frank Conroy Silver Flash Stakes, by Prettiest – who finished fourth in the Albany Stakes at Ascot.
The form of this race was then reinforced by the winner and runner-up, who went on to finish first and third in the Duchess of Cambridge Stakes at Newmarket.
“We were very happy with his run in Albany,” said O’Brien.
“She came back pretty quickly after her first win – but we’ve been happy ever since, and everything has gone well with her.
“We didn’t think speeding up the trip would be a problem for her.”
Ger Lyons is represented by Juncture, second on his debut behind O’Brien’s Contarelli Chapel before winning easily the next time around.
She is owned by Juddmonte, and their race director Barry Mahon said: “She is a very beautiful filly and she is training well. She won well on her last start, and now she is joining the Group company tomorrow.
“It’s a small but very competitive field. Aidan O’Brien’s (prettiest) filly will be tough to beat in her fourth place in Albany.
“We love our filly and hope that she will improve now in the second half of the year.”