Fountain springs Sapphire shock
Published 28/06/2014 | 17:47
Fountain Of Youth sprung a 14-1 surprise in the Group Three Dubai Duty Free Finest Surprise Sapphire Stakes at the Curragh.
The Ballydoyle inmate, wearing first-time blinkers, was the outsider of the six-runner field and stable jockey Joseph O'Brien was on Monsieur Joe instead, but he belied his sizeable odds with a big display under Seamie Heffernan.
Fellow three-year-old Extortionist, the 2-1 favourite, held a slight advantage passing the furlong marker, but his lead was eroded late on by Fountain Of Youth, whose previous form this term had been moderate at best over longer trips.
O'Brien snr said: "I was running him over the wrong distances, obviously. I was trying to make him get a mile, but we'll keep at five or six now."
Maarek missed the race after he developed a stone bruise.
Line Of Reason (18-1) defied a 5lb penalty for a recent Thirsk victory to take the 60,000 euro first prize in the Paddy Power Scurry for North Yorkshire trainer Paul Midgley.
The four-year-old travelled powerfully into the lead two furlongs out from his good draw not too far from the stands rail, and dashed clear under 3lb claimer Leigh Roche to score by half a length from the David Marnane-trained Zalty.
British-trained horses also filled the minor places, with Mike Murphy's Discussiontofollow and Richard Fahey's Alben Star third and fourth respectively.
Midgley said: "We've always had a lot of confidence in him and knew when he got fast ground and a fast pace he had a big one in him."