Sunday 21 December 2014

Bracelet secures Oaks for O'Brien

Published 20/07/2014 | 02:30

Colm O'Donoghue on Bracelet after winning the Darley Irish Oaks during Darley Irish Oaks Day at Curragh Racecourse, County Kildare
Colm O'Donoghue on Bracelet after winning the Darley Irish Oaks during Darley Irish Oaks Day at Curragh Racecourse, County Kildare

Bracelet gave trainer Aidan O'Brien a fourth victory in the Darley Irish Oaks at the Curragh with a determined effort in the hands of Colm O'Donoghue.

Despite winning the Ribblesdale Stakes at Royal Ascot last month, Bracelet was a 10/1 shot stepped up to Group One level.

Luca Cumani's British raider Volume took the field along for much of the mile-and-a-half contest, but the pack had closed up by the home turn.

Bracelet and stable companion Tapestry came to make it a three-way fight inside the final furlong and it was Bracelet which got the better by a neck to lead home an O'Brien a one-two. Volume was third.

There was controversy before the off with Volume, third in the Oaks at Epsom, having to be replated after being found to be wearing shoes on her hind legs that are not allowed in Ireland.

O'Brien also saddled the fourth home Beyond Brilliance, ridden by his daughter Ana O'Brien, who became the first woman to ride in the race.

O'Brien said: "I'm delighted for everyone. It's great for Colm. He's just got beat in this race a few times and he's also been beat in the Derby a few times. He gave her a marvellous ride and he's a world-class rider.

"She ran a great race in Ascot. I knew Joseph (O'Brien) was going to ride Tapestry if the ground was good and he was true to his word.

"Tapestry ran a great race, but she got a bit upset beforehand and circumstances conspired against her.

"This filly (Bracelet) has an incredible pedigree by Montjeu.

"It's a very important race for us. We're in a privileged position we have such good fillies to run in the race."

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