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O'Brien Stars Step Out At The Curragh
Classic contenders Air Force Blue, Hit It A Bomb and Minding were among a string of 50 Ballydoyle horses who were put through their paces by Aidan O'Brien at The Curragh on Sunday, reports Sky Sports. The US-bred Air Force Blue (War Front-Chatham, by Maria's Mon) is at the top of the betting for the English 2,000 Guineas following a brilliant juvenile season that netted three Gr1 wins in the National Stakes, Phoenix Stakes & Dewhurst Stakes. Likewise, the beautifully bred Minding (Galileo-Lillie Langtry, by Danehill Dancer) is pre-post favourite for the English 1,000 Guineas after landing the Gr1 Moyglare Stud Stakes & Gr1 Fillies' Mile, while the US-bred Hit It A Bomb (War Front-Liscanna, by Sadler's Wells) is being aimed at the French 2000 Guineas after rounding out an unbeaten 2YO campaign with victory in the Gr1 Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf in November. O'Brien made the following comments regarding the exciting trio:
Air Force Blue
"Seamus (Heffernan) was very happy with Air Force Blue. He cruised up the middle. It's five weeks to the Guineas and we'll probably go straight there. He was very happy with where we're at."
Hit It A Bomb
"Hit It A Bomb might go to the French Guineas if the other horse goes to Newmarket. He might go for a trial there if he's going. He's done very well and he's carrying plenty (of condition) - a trial would help him."
"Seamus seemed very happy with Minding, we'll look to the English Guineas but she wouldn't want it like concrete."
Other horses to step out on the weekend included Bondi Beach, Kingfisher, and Fastnet Rock colts Cook Islands and Shogun, as well as Fastnet Rock filly How High The Moon.