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Punchestown News: Australia: Owner Williams heaps praise on O'Brien

Posted: 12th Oct 2015

Aidan O'Brien

Aidan O'Brien: has both Bondi Beach and Kingfisher in the Melbourne Cup

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Owner Williams heaps praise on trainer O'Brien

Australia: Leading owner Lloyd Williams has heaped praise on trainer Aidan O'Brien after making a rare public appearance to see recent purchases Bondi Beach and Kingfisher at the Werribee International Horse Centre in Melbourne.

Williams, a four-time winner of the Melbourne Cup, last month secured shares in Bondi Beach and Kingfisher as he seeks to win Australia's most famous race for a fifth time. The property and casino entrepreneur also bought into Order Of St George, who has not travelled to Melbourne.

'Incredible record'

A visit to Europe by Williams, who has Sea Moon in training with John Oxx, during the summer included a visit to Ballydoyle and the owner was impressed with what he saw.

"In any of the business I have been in, Aidan shows the most attention to detail of anyone I have ever met," Williams told the Sydney Morning Herald.

"He is amazing the way he trains and knows his horses. His record is incredible. He has 245 Group 1 wins and he is only 45, imagine what he can finish with."

Williams, who said Bondi Beach has the right profile for the Melbourne Cup, added: "They are in good order, we have three weeks [from now]. When we can get out of jail [at Werribee] they will thrive. It will be good to get them to [my yard] Macedon Lodge."

Criticism

O'Brien has never won the Melbourne Cup and was widely criticised in Australia for the tactics he used with his most recent runners in the race in 2008.

The trainer has since landed the Cox Plate last year with Adelaide as well as capturing major European prizes with former Australian-trained runners So You Think, Starspangledbanner and Sea Siren.

Kingfisher and Bondi Beach are both 20-1 shots for the Melbourne Cup next month.

Going concerns

Williams, who could also be represented in the Melbourne Cup by ex-Mick Channon-trained Amralah, told The Australian that the European runners would struggle to handle the firm turf in the big races down under this autumn.

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