AIDAN’S ON A ROLY

Record is in sight for trainer

Daily Star Sunday - - SPORT - ■ by JA­SON HEAVEY

ROLY POLY gave Aidan O’Brien a 23rd suc­cess at the top level this year – two short of the world record.

She pro­duced a gutsy per­for­mance in the King­dom of Bahrain Sun Char­iot Stakes at New­mar­ket.

Tak­ing her per­sonal Group One tally in 2017 to three, Roly Poly kept re­spond­ing to Ryan Moore’s urg­ings.

She held off Per­sua­sive with Nathra back in third.

The trainer said: “She’s a great filly with a great heart. She’s tac­ti­cal and tough, amaz­ing re­ally.

“She’s in­cred­i­bly bred, out of a very good Galileo mare and by War Front, and the lads do a great job with her at home.

“She might go to the Breed­ers’ Cup if the Cool­more lads de­cide that’s what they want to do but she and Rhodo­den­dron could be trained for the Filly And Mare race.”

On be­ing on the brink of the late Bobby Frankel’s record of 25 Group One wins in a calendar year, he said: “It would be in­cred­i­ble.

“Af­ter ev­ery race, the lads sit down and have a chat among them­selves and see what race they want to pick, they have a big dis­cus­sion with the peo­ple around them, make a tar­get and we go with that.

“It’s race to race, horse to horse, the horse al­ways comes first and we’re do­ing our best in ev­ery race.”

John Gos­den said of Per­sua­sive and Nathra: “They both ran su­perbly well. The win­ner on this ground was too good for us.”

Wil­liam Buick made a win­ning come­back from in­jury when mak­ing all the run­ning on Blue Point in the Ben­gough Stakes at As­cot.

Ab­sent since frac­tur­ing his T12 ver­te­bra in a fall from the ill-fated Per­mian at Ar­ling­ton Park in Au­gust, Buick wasted no time in get­ting on the score­sheet.

He said: “It’s fan­tas­tic and I have to thank a lot of peo­ple. First of all, Sheikh Mo­hammed who has been very supportive all along and this horse is not a bad ride to come back on. It’s nice to be back and thank­fully I didn’t make any mis­takes.”

Mean­while, Aus­tralian su­per­star Winx notched up her 21st straight vic­tory as she powered home in the Group One Turn­bull Stakes at Flem­ing­ton early yes­ter­day.

The six-year-old was mak­ing her first start at the Mel­bourne track and cruised home in the hands of Hugh Bow­man.

Win­ning trainer Chris Waller said: “She’s a bril­liant horse. She makes us all look great.”

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