Aidan O’Brien Excited About Auguste Rodin Staying in Training
There is great excitement in the racing world as trainer Aidan O’Brien confirms that dual Derby and Breeders’ Cup winner, Auguste Rodin, will remain in training for his four-year-old season. After an impressive performance at Santa Anita in the Breeders’ Cup Turf, many expected the colt to retire to stud due to his value as a son of renowned stallion Deep Impact.
However, the decision has been made by owners John Magnier, Michael Tabor, Derrick Smith and Georg Von Opel’s Westerberg operation to give O’Brien the green light to continue working with Auguste Rodin. Needless to say, O’Brien is thrilled with this news.
“It’s a major decision and we’re absolutely delighted,” said O’Brien during an interview with PA news agency. “To keep him in training is fantastic for us.”
Auguste Rodin boasts an impressive record as a multiple Group One winner over both 10 furlongs and a mile and a half. This versatility makes him an exciting prospect for next year’s races.
O’Brien emphasized the importance of giving Auguste Rodin some well-deserved rest before planning his future campaign: “The first thing on our agenda is letting him have some downtime after what has been a long season. Then we can start thinking about where he will make his comeback.”
When asked if their ultimate aim would be competing in the prestigious Breeders’ Cup Classic next season, O’Brien responded: “Of course, all options are open for him. We’ll assess how he performs and take it from there.”
A Season Full of Ups and Downs
This past season was filled with ups and downs for Auguste Rodin. He started with a disappointing performance in the 2000 Guineas, finishing far behind the leaders. However, O’Brien’s expertise helped him bounce back and secure an impressive victory at the Derby in Epsom, defeating King Of Steel.
Following his triumph at Epsom, Auguste Rodin had a workmanlike performance at the Irish Derby held at Curragh. Unfortunately, he faced another setback at Ascot during the King George race. Nevertheless, he once again demonstrated his resilience by winning the Irish Champion Stakes over 10 furlongs.
Ryan Moore’s exceptional ride aboard Auguste Rodin during the Breeders’ Cup received widespread praise as they cleverly saved ground on the inside rail before accelerating to victory.
Auguste Rodin staying in training has sparked anticipation among racing fans worldwide as they eagerly await his upcoming performances next season. The decision to retain this talented colt showcases both his potential and value within Ballydoyle stable’s roster of champions.