Extract from Thoroughbred Daily News, Monday 14 May 2007

Astronomer Royal Astronomer Royal (outside) Getty ImagesIt seems Aidan O’Brien can do little wrong. The Ballydoyle bonanza continued apace at Longchamp yesterday when Derrick Smith’s Astronomer Royal (Danzig) led home a first, third and fourth for O’Brien in the G1 Pouled’Essai des Poulains. Beaten less than four lengths when sixth in the course-anddistance G3 Prix de Fontainebleau Apr. 15, the bay was coupled with his barnmates at 34-10. He came running wide and late under Colm O’Donoghue to inhale Creachadoir (Ire) (King’s Best) and was in command in the final yards for a half-length score. “This horse ran very well in his trial and all of our horses are improving from their first run,” explained O’Brien, who was winning this Classic for the third time. “The horses are running consistently well and this is a big thing for Colm, who was very confident after riding him here last time.”

Astronomer Royal 2Getty ImagesAstronomer Royal had an inconspicuous start to his career when second in a Naas maiden in July and when taken to Newbury to break his maiden the following month. Shipped in for his trial in the Fontainebleau here, he failed to strike a serious blow despite running with credit, as last year’s Poulains winner Aussie Rules had done in the same race 12 months ago. Held up in rear early off the moderate tempo set by Battle Paint (Tale of the Cat), he had the majority of his rivals still ahead at the top of the false straight before being unleashed widest of all approaching the quarter pole. Driving into Creachadoir and Kevin Manning’s advantage with every stride, he rolled by that rival in the final 75 yards and was beyond recall as Jamie Spencer struggled for room on the race’s hard-luck story Excellent Art (GB) (Pivotal {GB}). “We have lots of options with our colts, as most are showing Group 1 form,” O’Brien added. “This colt is certainly one for the G1 St James’s Palace S. [at Royal Ascot June 19], as the others behind him could be.”