Aidan O’Brien enthusiastically pointed out two possible options for Japan after a massive and impressive win at the recently concluded King Edward VII Stakes at Royal Ascot on Friday.
Galileo, a well-commended and regarded colt, has always been expected to dominate the Group Two honors in the Ascot Derby after his smooth third to stablemate Anthony Van Dyck in the Investec Derby at Epsom which without a surprise – happened in a more sophisticated fashion.
On an interview, O’Brien commented that they have two choices with the horse. There is the Grand Prix de Paris, which is at ParisLongchamp come July 14, or they could go back to Ascot and pursue King George on July 27. Hence, he reiterated:
“I would say they would be the options, but we will see what the lads want to do.”
The trainer was very proud that the colt has been a winter favorite for the Derby and that he was ready to take off in the trial for the Dante Stakes at York. On Friday, it went to the Derby and they couldn’t be any happier after that.
After being struck on the opening day of the Royal meeting in the Coventry Stakes, he also had some news about the situation of Arizona. He shared that they are happy with the status of the horse right now. They know that it is still a baby and green, for that matter.
The colt kept it together, and it was consistent in coming. He disclosed their plans for races such as the Phoenix Stakes or the Prix Morny for him very soon. With this, he concluded:
“I’d say he will get further as well.”