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Australia Set For Bright Future

After his spectacular victory on Saturday in the Derby at Epsom, connections of Australia will be considering the next steps for their Classic winner Australia this year.

The three-year old improved from a step up from 1m in the 2000 Guineas at Newmarket to 1m4f at Epsom for the biggest race on the British flat calendar. He was able to score by just under two lengths ahead of Kingston Hill and Romsdal, respectively after going off as the favourite at Betfair.

Trainer Aidan O’Brien has already hinted that a shot at the Irish Derby is a likely option next, if ground conditions fall right. The Irishman will not risk his superstar colt on soft side at the Curragh though.

O’Brien has been successful in the Irish Derby in seven of the last eight runnings and if Australia was to win the Curragh showpiece event, it would be the trainer’s 11th win in the contest.

Looking further ahead into the season and the Prix de L’Arc de Triomphe is often the destination for the Derby winner from Epsom. Run over 1m4f at Longchamp, Australia would be taking on the best middle distance horses in Europe with betting currently available with Betfair.

O’Brien has only won the Arc once in which Dylan Thomas gave him success in 2007 to reward backers in the race market. In 2012, Camelot attempted to win Europe’s premier race after victory at Epsom but fell short, while 12 months ago his hopes were on Ruler of the World and Leading Light but neither could get in the frame.

Another option for the Derby winner could be to step back down in trip as the 1m2f Coral-Eclipse at Sandown on the calendar this summer. Sea The Stars won that prestigious Group One contest in 2009 after his victory at Epsom and before later success in the Arc in France.

Your Guide To Royal Ascot Coventry Stakes (Group 2): Adaay Looks A Hot Tip For William Haggas

Paul Hanagan will pilot Adaay
Purchased for a whopping 240,000gns at Tattersalls  Breeze-Up Sale 2014 (17th April) by Shadwell Estate Company, Adaay looks a live prospect to win the Coventry Stakes Group 2 at Royal Ascot, Tuesday, 17th June. This handsome colt, racing in the ownership of Hamdan Al Maktoum, has been very much a talking horse. 

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This March foal was fancied to go well on debut at Newbury when starting at 3/1 when sent off second favourite behind hot-pot debutante Alediad, trained by Richard Hannon and ridden by Frankie Dettori. However, Adaay ran on strongly to take that maiden over 6f 8y in ready fashion. 

William Haggas was quoted as saying he was pleased with that introduction but proposed a second start before the big race as he showed signs of inexperience. Paul Hanagan [jockey] said this two-year-old colt was quite noisy behind the stalls in contrast to his calm nature at home on the gallops. 

His trainer said he was confident of making a winning return.

Second start saw him face an equally impressive debut winner with lofty claims:  Mind Of Madness. This bay son of Azamour - trained by David Brown for notable owners Qatar Racing Ltd - contested the EBF Stallions / 4 Head Novice Stakes at Yarmouth (3rd June) over 6f 3y on good-to-firm ground. 

Adaay won comfortably by three-quarters of a length from Mind Of Madness, with debut winner, Natural Order, in third. 

At present, Adaay is priced 6/1 for the Coventry Stakes (Group 2),behind Aidan O'Brien's The Great War, who won easily on both his starts to date. This American-bred son of War Front cost a staggering $1,000,000 at the Keeneland September Yearling Sales. 

O'Brien is now represented by War Envoy. 

The Coventry Stakes (Group 2) is one of the leading two-year-old races in Great Britain over a distance of 6f on the opening day of Royal Ascot. Both colts & fillies can take part and it is a race won by a number of outstanding juveniles.

Aidan O'Brien is joint leading  trainer of this race with 7 winners, since Harbour Master won in 1997. Other victors include: Fasliyev (1999), Landseer (2001), Statue Of Liberty (2002), Henrythenavigator (2007), Power (2011) & last year's impressive winner War Command.   

Get ready for the 3:05 Coventry Stakes Group 2, Tuesday, 17th  June 2014. 

Sadly Missed - John Hills

John Hills
I would like to pass on my condolences to the family and friends of John Hills who sadly lost his battle against pancreatic cancer at the age of 53. As a racing fan, I never actually had the opportunity to meet John in person but followed his success and admired him. He came across as a good, kind man who loved the people and horses he trained - ultimately the sport of kings which he made his life. 

His brother, Michael Hills, said on Sunday: "I really can't believe it. I can't believe the speed of the whole thing. I saw him during the Greenham meeting [in April] and you wouldn't have thought he had got a cold. It just grabbed him so quick. We are all so shocked."

As well as Richard, Michael and Charlie, John was also brother to George Hills, a bloodstock insurer, who wrote on Twitter on Sunday: "He put up a big fight for the girls. Devastated. We're going to miss him."

John, who trained from Kingwood House Stables in Lambourn, started his training career in 1987 and sent out over 500 winners including the likes of dual Group 2 winner Docksider, Dark Islander, a Grade 2 winner in the USA, and Broadway Flyer, winner of the Group 3 Chester Vase and Group 3 Gordon Stakes before finished second to Moonax, trained by Barry Hills, in the 1994 St Leger. However, his best performer was Group 1 Aral Pokal winner Wind In Her Hair, who also finished second in the 1994 Oaks at Epsom and is the dam of Japanese superstar Deep Impact.

He is survived by his wife Fiona and his four children Jessica, Olivia, Martha and Isabella.

His father, Barry, has been given a temporary licence to train at Kingwood House Stables.   

Sadly missed.

Sir Alex Ferguson Looking for Royal Ascot Success with Red Icon

Sir Alex Ferguson with Harry The Viking
Sir Alex Ferguson is no stranger to football success but his interest in horse racing is highlighting an equine passion with potentially two classy two-year-olds in Red Icon & Snap Shots.

Both horses are in training with Tom Dascombe, and his connection with Michael Owen has worked its magic with the True Reds syndicate, which the ex-manager of Manchester Untied is part.

Red Icon made his debut when finishing fourth at Chester in a competitive maiden. This bay colt a son of Acclamation - a good-looking juvenile racing in his familiar red silks with white stars - ran out a tidy winner at Haydock next start when stepped up to six furlongs priced 6/5 favourite. Sir Alex Ferguson commenting on Racing UK stated that this January foal is likely to be targeted for the Coventry Stakes (Group 2) at Royal Ascot, in June. Unfortunately the Scot will not be able to make the meeting as he said he always holidays at that time. 

The True Reds syndicate had a successful couple of days when Snap Shots won on debut at the course the following day, out battling Roger Varian's Maljaa in testing ground over the minimum five furlong trip. This two-year-old son of Kodiac was purchased for 55,000euros at the Goffs Orby Yearling Sale. 

Both horses could well be heading for Royal Ascot.

A Fruity Little Number For Clive Cox

Qatar Racing Ltd are no stranger to purchasing expensive horses having a number in training with leading handlers. Clive Cox has a two-year-old debutante running in their familiar maroon and gold silks. This bay filly, named Fruity, is a daughter of Camacho, purchased by David Redvers at Tattersalls Ireland September Yearling Sales for 40,000 EUR. Starting her career at Haydock (2:50), connections will be looking for a nice introduction on testing ground conditions.