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Ballydoyle's O'Brien Favoured For UK Title
Aidan O'Brien has been installed as the 5-4 favourite by bookies Coral to claim the British Flat trainers championship with the season officially starting in three days, reports racingpost.com. O'Brien, who was champion trainer in 2001, 2002, 2007 and 2008, is in a strong position to land a fifth title, with Investec Derby favourite Kingsbarns (Galileo-Beltisaal, by Belmez) and 4-time Gr1 winner and 2012 Irish Horse of the Year Camelot (Montjeu-Tarfah, by Kingmambo) among his arsenal this season. Coral spokesman David Stevens said: "Aidan O'Brien looked to have the title all but sewn up last year having won the first four Classics, but John Gosden fought back superbly in the second half of the season to win his first championship, although he faces an uphill task to repeat the feat, with the Ballydoyle maestro once again in pole position in our opinion." Last year's triumph was a first for Gosden but he is only 7-1 third favourite to retain his title, with Richard Hannon Coral's 2-1 second favourite. The opening meeting of the Flat season is set to be run on soft ground after 8mm of rain fell at Doncaster over the weekend.