Geoff Lester: London – They say that revenge is a dish best served cold, but when it comes to being whitewashed by the Brits (okay, I’m stretching things by including the Irish), be it cricket, rugby or on the racetrack, then the Aussies cannot wait to kick the butt of the Poms.
International Affairs: London – Joseph O’Brien won the Derby for his father Aidan in 2014 riding a horse called Australia. This week at Flemington he was the toast of Australia when winning the Melbourne Cup as a trainer with Rekindling, beating his father’s charge Johann Vermeer in a dramatic all-Irish finish.
Geoff Lester: London – Aidan O’Brien didn’t really need an aeroplane to make the trip to Del Mar for the Breeders’ Cup – so gifted is the record-breaking master of Ballydoyle that he could have walked across the Atlantic!
International Affairs: London – Not even the predictable British weather could spoil a fantastic Champions Day at Ascot last weekend, with Aidan O’Brien and John Gosden sharing training honours with two winners apiece.
Geoff Lester: London – With £4.3-million (R76-million) up for grabs on Champions Day at Ascot on Saturday, it is Britain’s richest day in the racing calendar, and how fitting if the Royal Heath is where the incomparable Aidan O’Brien breaks the world record for number of Group or Grade 1 winners in a season.