Aidan O’Brien has not ruled out the possibility of both City Of Troy and Henry Longfellow running in the Goffs Vincent O’Brien National Stakes on Sunday at the Curragh.
Both colts are undefeated and will feature prominently in the betting on next year’s Classics.
O’Brien suggested Henry Longfellow He will be waiting for the Dewhurst Stakes at Newmarket after winning the Futurity Stakes three weeks ago, but his inclusion was a surprise when the announcements came in on Friday morning.
“It’s possible they could run. They’re both in good shape,” O’Brien said.
“The Trojans obviously prefer the floor to be fast and Henry Longfellow is easy but they are both in good shape.
“They’ve both played two rounds each. It’s been a good while since City Of Troy have been involved but they’ve been in good form at home, so I’m looking forward to seeing how they develop.
“Obviously Henry Longfellow only ran a couple of weeks ago but he was in good form as well.
“It’s been a long time since he’s played City Of Troy so he’s ready to come back if we want to play him again after that, but he looked a bit unusual at Newmarket.”
Highfield Princess heads to defend Flying Five
Princess Highfield It is the main event of the Al Basti Equiworld, Dubai Flying Five Stakes where star sprinter John Quinn faces nine rivals when defending her crown.
The six-year-old achieved a Group 1 hat-trick when claiming a convincing win in the race 12 months ago, and although victories have been less common this season, she has continued to feature at the business end of all major sprint events.
It will once again compete with Royal Ascot the Conqueror bradsilwith a three-quarter length Archie Watson charge to be found from the duo’s last meeting at Nunthorpe, while others notable include track specialists The power of art (Tim Easterby) and the French striker Petitmont (Jan Barberot).