O’Brien seeking Imperial rule
Saturday 13 October 2012
Aidan O'Brien's Imperial Monarch reappears in the Canadian International at Woodbine on Sunday.
The Galileo colt has won three of his four starts, including the Grand Prix de Paris, but he has sat on the sidelines since July as his stablemates have contested a host of top European races.
Instead, he heads over to North America for a race the Europeans have a good record in - and which O'Brien won with Joshua Tree two years ago and Ballingarry in 2002. He will be ridden by Ryan Moore.
"I think he's had so little racing that he's still learning (about a preferred racing style). The last time, he made the running. It didn't bother him," said T.J. Comerford, assistant trainer to O'Brien, told www.woodbineentertainment.com.
"He's got a great temperament. I just hope we see him at his best on Sunday. He's been off for three months but at the same time, we're getting him here thinking we've got him spot-on.
"He's got loads of ability. It depends on how competitive a race it is.
"Whatever Aidan decides is the style he'll use. Aidan will talk to Ryan about it and decide what to do (from stall 10). Ryan Moore is a top-class rider - that's why Aidan likes him.
"Aidan likes this horse. He's very lightly raced but we might be a lot wiser after. He's a good horse."