Aidan O’Brien has suggested Ryan Moore could Remain in Britain to Associate Sir Dragonet from the William Hill St Leger week.
O’Brien claimed his sixth success in the world’s oldest Classic when Moore steered Kew Gardens home in front 12 months ago – adding on his past triumphs with Milan (2001), Brian Boru (2003), Scorpion (2005), Leading Light (2013) and Capri (2017).
The post-race parties on Town Moor didn’t last long, however, as both O’Brien and Moore hot-footed it to Leopardstown for the launch day of Irish Champions Weekend, together with Saxon Warrior narrowly defeated by Roaring Lion in a epic finish on the Qipco Irish Champion Stakes only a few hours later.
But, Moore is going to be not able to do the double this season after it had been announced race times for Leopardstown will be brought forward to avoid a direct conflict with the All-Ireland senior football final replay on precisely exactly the exact same day, in addition to helping Japanese television coverage of Champion Stakes runner Deirdre.
The changes imply the Irish Champion is now expected off at 4.15pm just 40 minutes after the race in Doncaster.
Speaking at a networking event at his Tipperary base on Wednesday afternoon, O’Brien stated:”The jockeys are going to be a problem. We’ve got loads of jockeys here, but they aren’t likely to be able to perform the two.
“We did both, but we will not be in a position to do two this moment. This is the first time we can not do the two and it doesn’t do any favours.
“I don’t know where Ryan will go. It would not surprise me if he’d love to visit the St Leger. I will leave him to choose what he rides, but I would imagine it may be him (Sir Dragonet).
“We have not talked about it as they have to get there healthful and that’s the reason we don’t pick before a couple of days before.
“We’ve got a fantastic team of riders, however you will find amazing riders in the states and that weekend there’ll be great rides for everybody because there will be a major split.”
He added:”Different times are grand, but wouldn’t you prefer to watch them on various days? All of us wish to be at the St Leger and the Irish Champion Stakes – that I think fans want to be.
“In this day and age we need to be able to do something and come to some compromise – (maybe) one shift one day annually along with the other change yet another day the following calendar year.”
Sir Dragonet is one of two St Leger contenders along with Il Paradiso for O’Brien.
At from a midsummer break in the Royal Whip Stakes last month, sir Dragonet finished a close-up fifth favourite for the Investec Derby at Epsom in June, but had been beaten.
O’Brien said:”Sir Dragonet needed a break and the plan was then to visit the Curragh (for your Royal Whip) and we all thought we would take a peek at the Arc then, (however ) things are shifting all the time.
“The St Leger is an important race and quite a prestigious race and we felt there was a good chance he can find the excursion.
“He is a horse that has lots of class. We’ve been very happy with him because the Curragh, therefore it’ll be exciting to find out how he goes.”
When behind star older stayer Stradivarius in the Lonsdale Cup at York il Paradiso, on the other hand, is set to line up off the back of a functionality.
O’Brien added:”Il Paradiso is currently quite highly rated. He remains the reason why we conducted him 13, and that’s – we believed it was worth that he had a weight and him taking his opportunity.
“He conducted a very decent race it was a good run for a three-year-old.
“It will be intriguing to see him operate, too.”