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Wednesday, 12 December, 2018

O'Brien to send Mount Everest to conquer Beresford Stakes

Saxon Warrior: winning the Beresford Stakes under Ryan Moore last year
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Curragh maiden winner Mount Everest is set to lead the Aidan O'Brien team into battle as the trainer targets an eighth straight success in the Group 2 Beresford Stakes on Sunday.

2,000 Guineas hero Saxon Warrior was successful for O’Brien 12 months ago following on from Capri the previous year, and the trainer has eight of the 16 possible runners in the Naas showpiece this time around.

Speaking about his plans for the mile contest, which was run for the first time at Naas last year due to the redevelopments at the Curragh, O’Brien said: “We'd be thinking that Mount Everest would be our most likely to run.

“He has progressed nicely with racing and we’ve been very happy with him since the Curragh. He won nicely the last day and is a colt that looks very comfortable over a mile. 

"We’ve left a few others in and obviously we’ll be looking at something else to run there as well."

Power Of Now, who shed his maiden tag over the Beresford course and distance for Michael O’Callaghan last week, is also in the mix, while the stable may also be represented by I Am Superman.

Ger Lyons is also doubly represented in the Beresford Stakes at this stage with Zander and Pythion while Dermot Weld, bidding to end a 33-year gap since when he sent out subsequent Irish Guineas winner Flash Of Steel to win the race back in 1985, could run Zuenoon.

Idaho heads O'Brien's Loughbrown team

Meanwhile, O’Brien is also planning on running Idaho, among others, in the 2m Group 3 Loughbrown Stakes on the same card, a race he last won when Eye Of The Storm scored in 2013. 

O’Brien said: “Idaho is a possible runner in the Loughbrown Stakes. He’s in good shape and we're happy with him.

"He likes to go the extra trip now and the Irish St Leger might not have been run to suit him, so it’s very possible he’ll step back up to two miles for that.

"Cypress Creek, The Pentagon, Victory Salute or Zabriskie could go with him there.”

Idaho: heads Loughbrown Stakes entries

Recent Gowran Park maiden winner Pink Dogwood and Hermosa are also in line to represent O’Brien in the Group 3 Weld Park Stakes earlier on the card.

O'Brien added: “We’ll just see how Pink Dogwood is over the next couple of days but it's very possible she'll run.

"She’s progressing lovely, is coming along with every run and we were delighted with her on Saturday. Hermosa could possibly go for that race as well.”

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Mount Everest has progressed nicely with racing and we’ve been very happy with him since the Curragh
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