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If you follow horse racing, Aidan O’Brien Needing little in the way of introduction, neither does his son, Joseph. Father, and later son, have plundered many of the top prizes in racing from around the world, and it’s hard to see that changing anytime soon.
But the pair both seem to be eyeing the big prize on offer in Australia next month. With entries announced for the Melbourne Cup 2022, as well as the Cox Plate and Caulfield Cup, on Tuesday 2n.d In August, we got some ideas from the international coaches and the O’Briens were among them.
The pair have no fewer than 16 entries in the Melbourne Cup alone. Aidan has six, while Joseph has ten. To put that in perspective: a total of 13 international runners were announced at the same time last year. Of course, we should add the caveat that travel was somewhat more limited than it was last year (we hope).
The Melbourne Cup is in the sights of trainers
Still, the Aussie bookies are favourites Palmer’s bet Some attackers from abroad are starting to weigh up the possibility, and things are looking pretty interesting for the O’Briens. Here’s a breakdown of each trainer’s nominations for the Melbourne Cup:
Aidan O’Brien: Aichal, Bluegrass, Changing of the Guard, Point Lonsdale, United Nations, Waterville.
Joseph O’Brien: Baron Samedi, Benaud, Cleveland, Gear Up, Master of Reality, Okita Sushi, Point Gellibrand, Point King, Raise You, Temple of Artemis.
There are some interesting names thrown in the hat, and you’d want a few of them – ChangingOftheguard, Point Lonsdale, Baron Samedi – to have a decent crack at the $8 million Melbourne Cup this term.
Of course, all eyes will be on Joseph. The 29-year-old may still be in his father’s shadow when it comes to this English Classic Winner, but in Australia he is seen as a genius. Lest we forget, he trained two Melbourne Cup winners before he reached the age of 28.
A state of rest can accomplish twofold
Furthermore, this only touches on the O’Briens’ plans for the Australian spring season and there is more than just a Melbourne Cup purse on offer. State of Rest, Cox Plate by Joseph O’Brien Last year’s winner, is among the favorites for 2022 renewal State of Rest was excellent when winning the Prince of Wales Stakes at Royal Ascot in June and he may be O’Brien’s best chance to come out with either in October and November.
A long way to go, of course. While both the O’Briens will bring strong teams to Australia no matter what, we’ll see entrants drift away in the coming weeks. Weights for the Melbourne Cup will be announced on the 6thm In September, followed by two rounds of nominations in October. Things will look a little different when, for example, the current list of 186 names announced for the Melbourne Cup is whittled down to 24.
Still, from the looks of it, it wouldn’t be at all surprising if at least one of the O’Briens returned from Australia with more spoils to add to their growing list of accolades.
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