Irish trained Kentucky Derby 2013 contender Lines of Battle to provide the first half of classic international double for Aidan O’Brien & Englishman Ryan Moore
The outsider Lines of Battle will be ridden by Ryan Moore in The Run for the Roses at Churchill Downs today. Moore has flown over especially to partner the horse missing a ride in the 2000 Guineas – the first race of the UK Triple Crown. Even more amazing is the fact that Moore is due to fly back to England to ride tomorrow in the fillies 1000 Guineas at Newmarket, where he will partner Snow Queen for Aidan O’Brien. If Moore and O’Brien can pull off a win in both races it will be a tremendous international double for the jockey and trainer.
O’Brien’s Lines of Battle won the UAE Derby in Dubai on his last run but has mixed form when running in the UK and Ireland. If the colt takes to the surface at the track he stands a much better chance than his long UK odds of 20/1 suggest. For Moore to miss the 2000 Guineas his horse must figure high in his estimations. The trainer Aidan O’Brien knows what it takes to win in America with Breeders Cup wins under his belt and has had runners in the Kentucky Derby before.
When Moore jumps off the plane tomorrow he will head straight to Newmarket (the traditional Head Quarters of racing) to race in the 200th running of the one mile fillies classic. Snow Queen probably will not match the pace of her rivals but can’t be dismissed out of hand given the efforts being made by her rider.
In the way of this monumental international double will be a host of home trained fancies. Todd Pletcher fields five including the probable Kentucky Derby winner Verrazano. Crockford also likes the look of Revolutionary and Orb.
If Ryan Moore and Aidan O’Brien can pull this international classic double off it will be worth 561/1. With odds like that Crockford considers it a gamble to be made.
(Featured Photograph – Aidan O’Brien and Ryan Moore at Goodwood by Stuart Rice)