Moore makes flying visit pay with Eleanora Duse triumph
British champion Ryan Moore made his journey to The Curragh for a solitary mount yesterday pay dividends for Dunboyne-based owners Ballymacoll Stud when scraping home on favourite Eleanora Duse, WRITES Damien McElroy.
Newmarket trainer Michael Stoute enhanced his good strike rate in the Blandford Stakes as the daughter of Azamour just lasted home under a strong drive from Moore as She's Our Mark, in the wars before the straight, and Choose Me both lunged late.
"This is a good, tough filly and the plan is that she will be running for us again next year when there should be more to come from her," said Ballymacoll manager Peter Reynolds.
Steinbeck did enough when taking the O'Brien's Wines Solonaway Stakes to join Group One-winning stable companions Rip Van Winkle and Beethoven as a possible challenger for top honours at Ascot later this month in the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes.
Favourite to follow up his Ruby Stakes success at Killarney, Johnny Murtagh's mount showed a nice change of gear to come between horses two furlongs out and take charge as both the pace-setting Jumbajukiba and long-absent Arazan began to falter.
The other Group Three contest was the Michael Kinane Renaissance Stakes in which Murtagh scored aboard Bewitched, trained by Charles O'Brien, in what was probably the final outing of the current campaign for this progressive sort.
In contrast, some of the better late-season juvenile races for fillies over a mile are beckoning for the David Wachman-trained Chrysanthemum, which was a shock 25/1 debut winner of the Flame Of Tara Stakes in the hands of Fran Berry.
Joseph O'Brien followed up his well-executed double in the final races here on Saturday with another polished show in the Derek O'Sullivan Memorial Apprentice Handicap aboard Kammaan (7/1).