Talented colt August Rodin ended 2022 as one of the leading two-year-olds in Europe. He is set to begin his new campaign in the 2,000 Guineas at Newmarket, the opening British Classic of the season.
The son of Deep Impact, who is trained in Ireland by Aidan O’Brien, won three of his four races last year. His third success came in the Group One Vertem Futurity Trophy Stakes at Doncaster, one of the leading two-year-old races of the season. Under the hands of Ryan Moore, he finished that race very strongly to score by just over three lengths.
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O’Brien has won 2,000 Guineas more than any other trainer in history. The Irishman prevailed for the 10th time with Magna Grecia in 2019. He will be hoping to end his four-year wait for another victory when Auguste Rodin features on the Rowley Mile at Newmarket in the prestigious British Classic.
Ballydoyle Colt Expected to Step Up in Distance for Derby
The Derby at Epsom is another race O’Brien will be targeting with his colt. He believes the Group One winner has the stamina for the 1m4f distance in Surrey in June. That’s a race the Ballydoyle trainer has also dominated over the last couple of decades, with eight wins going his way.
Auguste Rodin tops the betting at 2/1 for the most prestigious British Classic on the calendar. He has held the position at the top of the ante-post market since his victory at Doncaster last October.
The Derby is a race that horse racing tipsters will be previewing ahead of the two-day meeting at Epsom. Those at Sports Betting Portfolio, for example, will be considering whether Auguste Rodin is a worthy favourite for the race or if he is worth taking in the betting. As of the 31st of January, they had an accumulated profit of £1541.09, and their expert tipsters will be hoping to improve on that number during the British Flat season. If you decide to follow their expert tips, they will direct you to one of the leading sportsbooks in order for you to get the best price possible on the Ballydoyle horse or one of the other runners in the British Classic.
The Strongest Challengers May Come from His Own Yard
The main challengers to Auguste Rodin in the British Classics this season could be from his own stable. In the 2,000 Guineas, Little Big Bear is also considered a strong challenger for the top prize. After defeat on his debut at the Curragh, he has gone on to win four consecutive races.
Monster! Little Big Bear hoses up in the Group One Phoenix Stakes… pic.twitter.com/KR7JFaF8O1
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The No Nay Never colt prevailed in the Grade One Phoenix Stakes at the Curragh on his final start in 2022. He scored by an emphatic seven lengths, with Persian Force and Shartash coming home second and third respectively. That performance showcased his Classic credentials.
In the Derby, August Rodin could be joined by Alexandroupolis. The son of Camelot prevailed on his sole start as a two-year-old at Galway. He has already appeared in the 2023 campaign, and he finished third in a Group Three contest at Leopardstown. Much more will be expected from the Ballydoyle runner on his next outing.
The 2,000 Guineas takes place on the 6th of May. The 1m contest is set to feature the best 1m colts from across Europe.