Aidan O’Brien hopeful that Auguste Rodin can emulate Nijinsky’s Triple Crown… however powerhouse coach admits Saturday’s 2,000 Guineas at Newmarket would be the hardest leg
- Nijinsky received the Triple Crown – 2,000 Guineas, Derby and St Leger – in 1970
- O’Brien narrowly missed out in 2012 when Camelot runner-up within the St Leger
- Auguste Rodin, 2,000 Guineas 13-8 favorite, appears to have assured stamina
Aidan O’Brien says Saturday’s Qipco 2,000 Guineas at Newmarket would be the hardest leg of the Flat racing Triple Crown for Auguste Rodin to win if he’s to make historical past.
No colt has received the Triple Crown — the two,000 Guineas, Derby and St Leger — since Nijinsky in 1970. However O’Brien went shut in 2012 with Camelot, who was runner-up within the St Leger after successful the primary two legs.
Auguste Rodin, the two,000 Guineas 13-8 favorite who is anticipated to be ridden by Ryan Moore, appears to have assured stamina.
His sire was the nice Japanese middle-distance champion Deep Affect whereas his dam Rhododendron, the 2018 Lockinge Stakes winner, completed second to Allow within the 2017 Oaks.
However it’s his velocity that can be examined over a mile at Newmarket. Requested if the race may be the hardest of the Triple Crown for Auguste Rodin to win, O’Brien stated: ‘It undoubtedly can be. The shortest he can be bred to get is a mile however we really feel it might not be honest to not give him the prospect do it.
Auguste Rodin, anticipated to be ridden by Ryan Moore, is the 13-8 favorite for two,000 Guineas
‘He has a number of similarities (with Camelot). It’s class that these horses have, which comes out as a mixture of stamina and velocity.
‘If they’ve an excessive amount of stamina they’re too sluggish and an excessive amount of velocity means they don’t keep. Auguste Rodin has at all times exuded class from the very first time he labored.’
O’Brien’s different runner within the 2,000 Guineas, Little Huge Bear, has a distinct profile to his stablemate. His velocity is assured however the query mark is his stamina and he’ll revert to sprinting if he doesn’t keep.