Frankel’s record in sight as Hap­pily and US Navy Flag carry O’Brien’s hopes

The National - News - - SPORT - AMITH PASSELA

Ai­dan O’Brien sends out seven run­ners at New­mar­ket this week­end look­ing to draw level with Bobby Frankel’s record for most elite wins in a sin­gle sea­son.

The Amer­i­can trainer’s record tally of 25 has stood since 2003, beat­ing Ir­ish­man O’Brien’s mark of 23 set two years pre­vi­ous, the same num­ber of which he has ac­cu­mu­lated in 2017.

The Bal­ly­doyle trainer sad­dles Hap­pily, Mag­i­cal and Septem­ber en­tered in the Fil­lies Mile to­mor­row.

Ryan Moore, who rode Hap­pily to vic­tory in the Prix Jean-Luc La­gardere on Arc day at Chan­tilly on Oc­to­ber 1 will again part­ner the Galileo filly.

“Hap­pily came out of her win against the colts very well and we’ve also been happy with the other two fil­lies since they last ran,” said O’Brien who has won the last three edi­tions of the Fil­lies Mile.

O’Brien also has a strong hand in to­mor­row’s De­whurst Stakes, led by the Mid­dle Park win­ner US Navy Flag, with Sea­henge, a Group 2 win­ner, Three and fourpence and Men­delssohn boost­ing the bid. O’Brien said of US Navy Flag: “We al­ways thought he worked like a nice horse but he was just a lit­tle bit slow to learn,”

“We were happy with him in the Mid­dle Park. He seems to

Godol­phin has Magic Lily en­tered in the Fil­lies Mile, who comes with solid form with an eight-length vic­tory two weeks ago

have come out of that very well.

“Sea­henge was very green the first day and was a bit green again at Good­wood, but he did it well in the Cham­pagne Stakes at Don­caster, where Don­nacha [O’Brien] gave him a lovely ride.”

Men­delssohn fin­ished last of the seven run­ners be­hind Sea­henge at Don­caster, but O’Brien says the colt has been work­ing much bet­ter in head­gear. “Men­delssohn was be­hind Sea­henge at Don­caster but Ryan [Moore] felt he banged him­self a lit­tle.”

Godol­phin has Magic Lily en­tered in the Fil­lies Mile, who comes into the race with solid form, sup­ple­mented after an eight-length vic­tory on her race­course de­but at New­mar­ket more than two weeks ago.

“She’s a filly we were con­fi­dent would run a nice race on her first-up start, but she ended up win­ning very im­pres­sively and see­ing out the one mile trip really well,” trainer Char­lie Ap­pleby said. “She did a nice piece of work last Satur­day and that made our minds up to sup­ple­ment her.”

In the De­whurst Stakes, the John Gos­den-trained Emaraaty and Mark John­ston’s Card­sharp carry the hopes of Dubai own­ers Sheikh Ham­dan bin Rashid and Sheikh Ham­dan bin Mo­hammed, Crown Prince of Dubai.

Ex­pert Eye could prove a chal­lenge. The Michael Stoute­trained colt has won both his races, in­clud­ing a Group 2 Vin­tage Stakes in his lat­est start.

Else­where, Godol­phin are com­pet­ing for three Group 1 prizes at the Caulfield race­track in Aus­tralia on Satur­day.

Al­izee is en­tered in the Thou­sand Guineas, Hart­nell in the Lad­broke Stakes and both Sanc­tioned and Ke­men­tari in the Caulfield Guineas.

Ryan Moore and Hap­pily won at Chan­tilly last week much to the joy of trainer Ai­den O’Brien

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