Anthony Van Dyck (IRE)
Longines Turf Division
TrainerAidan P. O'Brien
OwnerDerrick Smith, Mrs. John Magnier, Michael Tabor
BreederOrpendale, Chelston & Wynatt
Anthony Van Dyck (IRE) returns to the Breeders’ Cup World Championships as a significantly more accomplished horse than he was in 2018 as a juvenile last year at Churchill Downs. Ninth behind Line of Duty as the 3-1 favorite a year ago in the Juvenile Turf (G1), the son of Galileo has improved as the distances have increased in 2019, winning Lingfield’s Listed Derby Trial Stakes in May over 11 1/2 furlongs and then landing the world’s most prestigious turf race for 3-year-olds, Investec English Derby (G1) at Epsom Downs Racecourse.
While he has been winless since from three starts, he did shake off a horrible run in Enable’s King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes (G1) at Ascot in July to run a third in the 10-furlong Juddmonte Irish Champion (G1) behind stablemate Magical (IRE) last out at Leopardstown and appears heading back in the right direction as he prepares for the Longines Breeders’ Cup Turf (G1).
Anthony Van Dyck is a half-brother to Group 1-winning Australian sprint mare Bounding, who recently had her Curlin-sired colt sell for $4.1 million at the Keeneland September sale, landing in the hands of Godolphin.
He is owned by global racing powerhouse Coolmore and trained by Ballydoyle-based Aidan O’Brien. These connections have had 23 starters in the 12-furlong Turf (G1), including six winners: High Chaparral (2002, 2003), St Nicholas Abbey (2011), Magician (2013), Found (2015) and Highland Reel (2016).
High Chaparral is the only horse to pull off the English Derby-Breeders’ Cup Turf double.
O’Brien, who along with the Coolmore entities have had 138 starters at the World Championships, often comes heavy-handed and is tied for second for the most starters at a Breeders’ Cup event, 14 in 2018. Only Todd Pletcher has had more (17 in 2006). O’Brien has 12 winners overall and has obviously been extremely tough in the Turf.
|September 14, 2019||QIPCO Irish Champion S.||LEOPARDSTOWN||1||3|
|July 27, 2019||King George VI & Queen Elizabeth QIPCO S.||ASCOT||1||10|
|June 29, 2019||Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby||CURRAGH||1||2|
|June 01, 2019||Investec Derby S.||EPSOM||1||1|
|May 11, 2019||Racebets Derby Trial||LINGFIELD||1|