Aidan O’Brien is responsible for four of the ten rivals Enable may face in Saturday’s King George VI And Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Ascot but the Ballydoyle handler is not playing up his chances of success.
The dual Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe-winning mare is the star attraction amongst a field of 11 that includes Epsom Derby winner Anthony Van Dyck and last year’s runner-up Crystal Ocean, fresh from winning the Prince Of Wales’s Stake at Royal Ascot last month.
O’Brien has previously saddled Galileo to claim both the King George VI And Queen Elizabeth Stakes and the Epsom Derby in the same season in 2001, though he was also victorious in the Irish Derby that same summer.
Anthony Van Dyck, 6/1 with Betfred to win this weekend at Ascot, was second to stablemate Sovereign at the Curragh last month, and is in good tune ahead of his next mission.
“We are happy with Anthony since the Curragh and everything has gone well with him since then,” said O’Brien.
“We thought he ran very well. It was a good race and there were some very smart horses in there and we were happy with his run.
“Sovereign is a good horse in his own right, he had good form this year and good form last year – we weren’t surprised that when he went up to a mile and a half he would be capable of a good run over that trip at some point.”
O’Brien has also left in Magic Wand, Norway and Hunting Horn for the Group 1 all-aged contest and, while he hopes the race is the right one for his charges, he has his doubts about toppling 4/6 favourite Enable.
“I don’t know (about beating Enable). We try to run the horses in the race that suits them all and hopefully they will run as well as we can get them, and that is how we approach every race really,” he added.