Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

O'Brien's Rivals Have Mountain to Conquer

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

O'Brien's Rivals Have Mountain to Conquer

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Byline: WILL HAYLER

EAGLE MOUNTAIN is a deserved favourite for Newbury's Racing Post Trophy at 3.15 tomorrowand should the meeting get the go-ahead it will take a seriously talented youngster to turn over the Aidan O'Brientrained two-year-old.

In contrast to some of the small fields that have lined up for this event in recent years, 14 have been declared here, few of whom can be readily discounted from calculations.

Thousand Words is a horse I have liked since his debut and he showed his true colours last time when winning nicely at Newmarket, despite failing to impress going to post.

Drumfire and Regime have both had their recent efforts boosted by the subsequent exploits of Finsceal Beo, who was one of the most impressive winners of the Rockfel for many years last weekend.

But when it comes to solid form, it is hard to pick holes in EAGLE MOUNTAIN and particularly his battling second, beaten a head, by Teofilo in the Futurity Stakes at the Curragh.

Teofilo, who has subsequently shown himself to be the best twoyearold colt in Europe, looked likely to be beaten at the furlong-pole that day but Eagle Mountain was having his first run for three months that day and just run out of puff close home.

He has since shown that effort to be no f luke, most recently when winning the Group 2 Beresford Stakes on heavy ground by seven lengths.

A quality performer in the same mould as his ultra-tough sire, Rock Of Gibraltar, Eagle Mountain can win here and further open up Coolmore's options for next year's Classics.

Newbury hope to kick their meeting off at 2.05 with another fascinating two-year-old contest, in which Sir Michael Stoute's MYTHICAL KID (nap) can build on his highlypromising debut victory a fortnight ago.

From the family of Divine Proportions and Whipper, he did not come cheap at the sales but looked worth his price tag when bolting up in a fair event over course and distance. …

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