Aidan O’Brien breaks £5m prize-money barrier for 2016 season in Britain

Irish Champion Flat Trainer, Aidan O’Brien, yesterday smashed through the £5million prize-money barrier in Britain for this season, following the success of Idaho in the Betway Great Voltigeur Stakes at York.

Many of his top horses have enjoyed success across the water this year, amongst them Alice Springs, Highland Reel, Minding, Order Of St George, and The Gurkha, all of whom have won Group One races in England.

Wednesday’s Great Voltiger Stakes winner, Idaho (Seámie Heffernan), who had previously finished third to Harzand in the Epsom Derby, was tasting success for the first time since his racecourse debut in October 2016.

He has been installed the 6-4 favourite for the Ladbrokes St Leger at Doncaster after his length and three-quarters win over his stable companion Housesofparliament (Jamie Spencer).

The winning trainer said: “Idaho might go up to a mile and six (furlongs), but I’m not sure he’ll go much further than that. We had our eye on the Leger and this race came at a lovely time.”

With in excess of £5 million to his name this season, O’Brien has already won the British Trainers Championship

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