It is almost impossible for even the greatest racehorse trainer to keep his string on top form for the full duration of a racing season so it should come as no surprise to note the recent disappointing series of results supplied by some of Aidan O’Brien’s best horses over the last week or so, writes Elliot Slater. Those looking towards the 2011 st.leger festival betting may want to take note.

The Ballydoyle handler struck a golden vein of form during the first half of the season with a series of high profile winners including the likes of Misty For Me, Roderic O’Connor, So You Think, Fame And Glory, and Treasure Beach in Group 1 contests, but last week’s York Ebor Festival saw a notable dip in the form of the Irishman’s horses with odds-on Await The Dawn being easily brushed aside in the Juddmonte International, and Seville proving to be similarly disappointing in the Great Voltigeur Stakes. The defeat of Ascot Gold Cup winner Fame And Glory at odds of 1/3 in a listed event at the Curragh at the weekend was a big shock as well, suggesting that the Ballydoyle horses and indeed going through a minor lull. Those planning to be betting on horse racing should be learning from these instances.

Of course, the previous week O’Brien was triumphant in the US with a brilliant Grade 1 double courtesy of Cape Blanco in the Arlington Million and Treasure Beach’s silky smooth success in the Secretariat Stakes, but from August 15 the yard’s record reads just one winner from 31 runners, a situation the quietly spoken training maestro will no doubt hope to reverse in time for the St Leger Festival in a couple of week’s time. Among his possible contenders for the final classic of the season the likes of Seville, Treasure Beach, Memphis Tennessee, and Wonder Of Wonders, are still prominent in the ante-post list.

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