Aidan O’Brien, one of the most legendary horse trainers of all time, is once again bringing a horse down to Australia. The horse, Adelaide, is a three-year-old horse that will be competing in the $3-million Cox Plate on Saturday. The course is 2040 meters, and Adelaide will be an underdog in the race.
This will be the first trip to Australia in several years for O’Brien. He last brought horses to the country in 2008. That year, he brought three horses, Honolulu, Septimus and Alexandra Volta, to compete in the Melbourne Cup. The horses ended up going down in flames. All three of the horses finished in the bottom four of the race, and that inglorious result has kept O’Brien’s horses from returning to Australia until now.
Adelaide has been a good horse for O’Brien in his seven starts, but he seems to be at a significant disadvantage in the Cox Plate race. Adelaide is being forced to carry 56 kilograms, which is 6.5 more kilograms than the Australian three-year-olds that are running. This is due to the fact that Adelaide is considered to be a four-year-old according to the Australian racing regulations.
One factor that will be in Adelaide’s favor in the race is that O’Brien hasn’t been shy in racing him all over the world. Adelaide has already competed abroad in England, France and the United States. Therefore, he should not be fazed by the travel like other horses can be.
Another sign that points to a good showing for Adelaide in this race is that he won the Secretariat Stakes. That course was a tight, left-handed course of one and a quarter miles. That is just the kind of course that Adelaide will be running in the Cox Plate, and this gives his trainer O’Brien a lot of faith that his horse can gallop to victory this Saturday.
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