Aidan O’Brien faces a busy weekend as he prepares for the Dubai World Cup and the first of the Irish Classic Trials at Leopardstown on Sunday.
The Master Of Ballydoyle travels to Meydan late on Friday night, as he oversees the preparation of Cape Blanco, Master Of Hounds and Alexander Pope for the Dubai meeting on Saturday. No sooner will the World Cup meeting be over, then O’Brien is back in a plane and headed home to make it in time for Leopardstown on Sunday. There he will saddle Roderic O’Connor, who is a leading fancy for the 2000 Trial.
The stables main World Cup contender,Cape Blanco has settled in well in Dubai ahead of tomorrow’s big race. The Galileo colt will be ridden by Jamie Spencer, who galloped the horse yesterday morning.
With everything in his favour, the colt looks certain to run a big race and it may just be the first leg of a big race across the globe double for Aidan O’Brien and Ballydoyle.