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O'Brien: Australia A Dream Horse

Wednesday, 11th September 2013

Irish trainer Aidan O'Brien has hailed beautifully bred colt Australia (Galileo-Ouija Board, by Cape Cross) as a dream horse following his breathtaking victory at Leopardstown last weekend, reports ukracing.com. Australia is the blue-blooded product of a championship mating between Galileo and 7-time Gr1-winning mare Ouija Board, and consequently cost his owners Coolmore 525,000 guineas at last year's Tattersalls October sale. Australia's only defeat in three outings was on debut at The Curragh in June, when he missed the start hopelessly. His impressive 6-length victory over the highly regarded Dermot Weld galloper Free Eagle in last Saturday's Gr3 Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf Trial Stakes (9 furlongs) saw him promoted to the top of the market for next year's English Derby, with 6-1 quoted by most betting firms. "Everyone probably knows we always thought he was the best horse we've ever had," O'Brien said. "He lost three or four lengths in the stalls the first day and the next day he was very green. I don't want to be blowing up the horse but he was always doing things no 2YO has ever done before." Australia predictably holds entries in all the major autumn juvenile events, including the Gr1 Dewhurst Stakes and the Gr1 Racing Post Trophy, but O'Brien said he will defer future plans to the Coolmore hierarchy. "The lads will decide that, but he's something you dream of."

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