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Aidan O'Brien delighted after Curragh workout

Updated: Monday, 14 Apr 2014 10:26 | Comments

Geoffrey Chaucer may be sent to the French 2000 Guineas
Geoffrey Chaucer may be sent to the French 2000 Guineas

Unbeaten colt Geoffrey Chaucer could be prepared for a tilt at next month's French 2000 Guineas after starring in a team of over 40 horses worked by Aidan O'Brien after racing at the Curragh on Sunday.

The three-year-old son of Montjeu won a Leopardstown maiden and the Beresford Stakes at the Curragh as a juvenile and the master of Ballydoyle is considering whether to let his charge return in the Poule d'Essai des Poulains at Longchamp on May 11 or run him at Leopardstown on the same day.

"Geoffrey Chaucer is very much in the picture for the French Guineas. He's showing a lot of speed for a Montjeu," said O'Brien.

"Geoffrey Chaucer is very much in the picture for the French Guineas" - Aidan O'Brien

"I was thinking of running him at Navan on Saturday, but I was happier to come away here and he'll either start off in the Derrinstown Stud Derby Trial or the French Guineas on the same day."

Ascot Gold Cup hope Leading Light also featured and is due to kick off his season in the Vintage Crop Stakes at Navan, while American import Verrazano also delighted his trainer ahead of a likely trip to Berkshire in June.

O'Brien said: "The plan is still to start Leading Light off in the Vintage Crop at Navan, then it will be the Saval Beg Stakes at Leopardstown and the Ascot Gold Cup.

"I was very happy with Verrazano today. His target is the mile race at Ascot (Queen Anne Stakes) and he'd only run before that if the ground was good."

In all O'Brien put 27 three-year-olds and older horses through their paces, while 15 two-year-olds were divided into three groups.

"Great White Eagle went nicely and the plan is to come here for the Tetrarch Stakes," said the trainer.

"Venus De Milo was good, but I'm not rushing her. She's a lovely big filly.

"Felix Mendelssohn (unraced three-year-old) is a nice horse and I was very happy with the two-year-olds. A number of them will be ready to run soon."

The much-vaunted Australia was not part of the team working at the track, but O'Brien confirmed both he and stable companion War Command are on target to line up in the Qipco 2000 Guineas at Newmarket on 3 May.

The trainer did concede he was impressed by the explosive performance of John Gosden's Classic contender Kingman in Saturday's Greenham Stakes at Newbury.

O'Brien said: "John always had a very high opinion of him, even as a two-year-old, and you'd have to be impressed with him.

"He travelled very well and quickened very well.

"Australia and War Command are fine and we training them for the Guineas at Newmarket.

"Everyone's horse has to get there and it's three weeks away.

"With horses you take it day by day, but the Guineas looks like it's going to shape up into a proper race.

"Hopefully we get there and hopefully we'll all look forward to it."

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