The Antarctic Given Prix Morny Aim After Deauville Success

James Mackie | @JMackieRacing

The Antarctic

The full brother to superstar sprinter Battaash, The Antarctic for Aidan O'Brien landed the biggest win of his career on Tuesday when taking the Group Three Prix de Cabourg and now he is being aimed at the Group One Prix Morny over the same course and distance.

A highly touted two year old at the start of this season, the well bred colt made his debut at Tipperary over 5f when just winning and learning a lot for the experience and he showed that next time out at Naas when making it 2/2.

Running no race at Royal Ascot in the Group Two Norfolk Stakes, he then went back to Tipperary and could only finish third in a Listed event he went off 10/11 favourite for.

Since then he has been bumped up to 6f, running twice in France, finishing second at Chantilly behind talented stablemate Blackbeard and then on Tuesday he got back to winning ways in the Group Three Prix de Cabourg.

(Credit ATR) O'Brien said:"We were very happy. He’s progressed with every run and gone very professional.

“He had a lovely run here (in France) the last day and he’s really going the right way.

“Ryan says the trip is not a problem for him now – five, six or seven (furlongs) – as he relaxes very well and quickens very well. He’s a great specimen with a great physique and he has a great mind.

“That was kind of the reason for coming here today – that he could be horse for the Prix Morny. That’s what we’re thinking at the moment.”