Before he began his current tenure at Ballydoyle and changed the modern face of racing, Aidan O’Brien was transforming the careers of jumpers at Piltown, and it is down to that affinity with long-distance horses that has made him one of the most notable names in the story of the revival of Royal Ascot’s centrepiece, the Group One Gold Cup.
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I once asked John Oxx if he could explain why horses in Australia seemed to be capable of winning over such a wide variety of distances. "Perhaps they have better trainers there," he offered, but I'm sure neither of us believed that. There are just different philosophies, and trainers here rarely feel the need to switch a horse proven at one distance to have a shot at another. - Tony Morris