Trainer Aidan O'Brien, who got his first Breeders' Cup win this year with Johannesburg in the Juvenile, continued his dominance over European racing when three horses from his stable ran 1-2-3 in Tuesday's Grand Criterium de Saint-Cloud (Fr-I) in Paris, France. With jockey Jamie Spencer aboard, O'Brien's Ballingarry took the lead with 2 1/2 furlongs remaining in the 1 1/4-mile test for 2-year-olds and then held off Castle Gandolfo, with regular stable jockey Mick Kinane aboard, for a one-length triumph.
The first- and second-place horses are both homebreds for Mrs. John Magnier's Orpendale and third-place finisher Black Sam Bellamy races for Magnier and Michael Tabor. Ballingarry is an Irish-bred by Sadler's Wells produced from the Desert Wine mare Flamenco Wave and the runner-up is a U.S.-bred by Gone West out of the Northern Dancer mare Golden Oriole.
In addition to his sweep of the top three positions, O'Brien was also registering his 23rd group/grade I victory of the year, reportedly a world record for any trainer.