Sunday 4 December 2016

Moore gets O'Brien's Cape Clear up for Millions glory

Published 17/04/2015 | 02:30

Richard Hughes drives Kool Kompany to victory in the Craven Stakes
Richard Hughes drives Kool Kompany to victory in the Craven Stakes

Aidan O'Brien and Ryan Moore's renewed commitment to each other bore fruit when Cape Clear Island narrowly prevailed in yesterday's £200,000 Tattersalls Millions Trophy at Newmarket.

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The defeat of Derby favourite John F Kennedy at Leopardstown on Sunday was a setback for Flat racing's dream team and War Envoy failed to quite cut the mustard when fourth to Kool Kompany in yesterday's Craven Stakes. However, Cape Clear Island, which had just a narrow Fairyhouse maiden win to its name from four previous starts, defied a market drift to lunge home by a neck at odds of 14/1.

A son of Fastnet Rock, he holds entries in the Dante Stakes as well as the Irish colts' Classics, but Coolmore kingpin Michael Tabor admitted yesterday's triumph wasn't entirely expected.

"I think the price tells you it was a surprise," he said, though three Ballydoyle winners in two days suggests that the stable is beginning to hit form. "He is a nice horse and hopefully will improve. I don't know if he is up for going for the Dante or to Chester, as I don't know if he's good enough; it's hard to say how good that race was."

Moore doubled up for Michael Stoute aboard Dissolution (4/1), while Jamie Spencer took the six-furlong Group Three for Kevin Ryan on 9/2 shot Astaire. Richard Hughes, meanwhile, caused a minor upset when making all aboard Kool Kompany in the Group Three Craven Stakes.

The 14/1 winner was supposedly Richard Hannon's second-string behind the Frankie Dettori-ridden favourite Moheet, which never landed a blow in third. Kool Kompany is still as big as 33/1 for the 2,000 Guineas.

"He's so tough and he always runs a good solid race," Hughes said of Kool Kompany, which won at Naas and the Curragh last year. "I knew I was getting it easy enough, but when you get rolling here and get running down into that Dip, it's hard to peg you back.

"Whether he's a Guineas horse I don't know. Preferably I'd go to France or Germany or somewhere like that."

Irish Independent

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