O’Brien looks at fire

Aidan O'Brien

Forensic tests are being carried out after a fire which broke out at the home of one of horse racing’s most famous names – trainer Aidan O’Brien.

Many Racing news reports note how members of O’Brien’s family were in the house when the blaze broke out at around 10pm on Wednesday although all escaped unharmed. No horses were thought to be caught up in the fire either.

The blaze broke out at the family home at Ballydoyle in Co Tipperary at about 10pm on Wednesday. A garda spokesman said people were in the house at the time but escaped unhurt. The roof was extensively damaged before several units of the fire service brought the blaze under control.

Several units from the fire service were sent out to tackle the fire which is understood to have damaged the upstairs section of the house and the roof.

While the cause of the fire has yet to be established it is not believed to be suspicious. Newmarket trainer Luca Cumani also recently had to deal with a fire in his yard, started by construction workers at the adjacent hotel. There were no injuries in that fire either.

Meanwhile, O’Brien remains the overwhelming favourite to win the 2012 trainers championship – even though rival John Gosden is poised to strike the front in the title race for the first time.

Newmarket-based Gosden, who has never been champion – something those studying Horse racing with Bet Victor will be aware of, missed out on a winner on Saturday but five placed horses earned almost £25,000.

Gosden’s Elusive Kate is one of the favourites for Saturday’s Group 1 Sun Chariot Stakes at Newmarket where she could meet Sir Henry Cecil’s new recruit, French 1,000 Guineas winner Beauty Parlour.

Gosden’s Winsili is also a major contender on Friday at racing HQ. But despite the threat of the Newmarket handler, Coral make O’Brien 4-11 favourite with Gosden 2-1.