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All systems go for Chesham with exciting Alfred Munnings

Aidan O’Brien reports all roads lead to the Chesham Stakes at Royal Ascot for his impressive Leopardstown scorer Alfred Munnings.

The half-brother to Snowfall out of a Group Three-winning half-sister to Found continued the Ballydoyle team’s hot run of form and was in a different league to his rivals as he drew clear to record a commanding four-and-a-half-length debut victory at the Dublin track.

The Dubawi colt now appears set to line-up in the seven-furlong Listed race O’Brien has won four times in the past six years, and the Ballydoyle trainer says he has always thought an awful lot of this precocious youngster.

“From day one he always looked different. Everything he’s done he’s just been going half-speeds and everyone that rode him always thought the world of him. He’s very natural,” said O’Brien

“We didn’t really intend to start him this early, but he was just doing everything so easy we kind of had to start him. I couldn’t have been happier with him.

“Obviously he’s a Dubawi and a half-brother to Snowfall so it’s a brilliant pedigree.

“I think he’s going to the Chesham, that was the plan, if everything goes well.

“He was always different, great shape, mind, great pedigree, he has loads of speed and seven furlongs was easy to him the last day.”

The master of Ballydoyle also provided further details about Luxembourg’s injury and the steps being taken to ensure the Group One winner returns in peak condition in the autumn.

The Camelot colt was the ante-post favourite for the Cazoo Derby following his third in the 2000 Guineas, but was quickly ruled out of the Epsom contest due to an injury sustained shortly after the first Classic of the summer.

“He’s fine and hopefully we’ll have him back riding out in three to four weeks. He’ll maybe start back long reigning,” explained O’Brien.

“It was up high lameness and that’s hard to really diagnose so we think it was muscular. It’s one of things, it’s nothing major but he just needed the time.

“John (Halley) and Ger (Kelly) just said he needed a month or six weeks in the box and then there was no decision. That was their assessment and it was an easy decision then after that.

Vertem Futurity Trophy Day – Doncaster
Luxembourg, here winning at Doncaster, is set to return from injury in the autumn (Tim Goode/PA)

“It’s very fickle training a horse, any athlete knows you are on a fine line and you are on the right side and wrong side the whole time. He just went on the wrong side.

“He worked that morning, Seamus (Heffernan) rode him, and everything went well but just when he pulled out he started resting his hind leg.

“The very odd time it can be a nerve and come right in 24 hours but obviously when the lads saw him it wasn’t that and there was no decision to be made.

“He’s a very good horse, very natural, and will improve with the time. He’s going to be exciting for the autumn so maybe it was a blessing in disguise and we’ll know come the autumn.”

The Curragh’s Guineas meeting is fast approaching and O’Brien also gave an update on the squad he is assembling for the first two Irish Classics of the summer, as well as a couple of possibles for the Tattersalls Gold Cup he has won three times in the past four seasons.

Aidan O’Brien Stable Visit – Ballydoyle
Aidan O’Brien’s Tuesday could run in the Irish 1,000 Guineas at the Curragh (Niall Carson/PA)

“We’re thinking of putting Ivy League into the 2,000 Guineas,” continued O’Brien.

“History will go to the 1,000 Guineas along with Tuesday, that’s the plan. We also have Concert Hall who won the Oaks trial at Navan. At the moment they are the three main ones and they all came out of their races well.

“In the Tattersalls Gold Cup we have Broome who might start there. High Definition might go there as well.”

Alfred Munnings posts exciting debut at Leopardstown

Alfred Munnings looked every inch a top-class prospect with a most impressive winning debut at Leopardstown on Friday evening.

Bred to be good as a Dubawi half-brother to the brilliant Snowfall, the Aidan O’Brien-trained colt was sent off at 8-11 in the hands of Ryan Moore for the seven-furlong Irish Stallion Farms EBF Maiden.

Settled just behind early leader Our Boy Wes, Moore wound up his mount from two out and once engaging top gear he fairly rocketed clear, scoring by four and a half lengths from Donnacha O’Brien’s Segomo.

Stable representative Chris Armstrong said: “Aidan was very happy with that and the plan is to go for the Chesham.

“He was very professional, he knew his job and delivered on the promise he’s shown so far.

“He’s a good mover and has the pedigree behind him. Fingers crossed now he has a good chance in the Chesham.

“Donnacha’s horse ran a nice race in second and he likes him. Hopefully it’s a proper maiden and he’s won it very impressively.”