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Thursday 21 September 2017

O'Brien's Winter of content

 

Ryan Moore on Winter wins the Coronation Stakes at Royal Ascot where trainer Aidan O’Brien had the first three horses home. Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images
Ryan Moore on Winter wins the Coronation Stakes at Royal Ascot where trainer Aidan O’Brien had the first three horses home. Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images

Johnny Ward

Aidan O'Brien dominated at Royal Ascot on day four, taking the two Group Ones, and one of the victories was of a significance not lost on Coolmore boss John Magnier.

While Winter's straightforward win in the Coronation Stakes was to be expected, the 4/9 favourite scoring by two and-a-quarter lengths and leading home an O'Brien 1-2-3, that of Caravaggio in the Commonwealth Cup was more important.

With his sire, Scat Daddy, having a superb meeting posthumously, Coolmore needs a stallion of the future other than the legendary Galileo, sire of Winter. And Caravaggio could be the one.

The grey produced a remarkable burst of speed to take the six-furlong Group One, justifying odds of 5/6 favourite. Moore got an impressive response in the final furlong to reel in the Godolphin pair Harry Angel and Blue Point.

Coolmore supremo Magnier admitted afterwards that the win was "needed" with a view to the future.

"We were unlucky to lose Scat Daddy a few years ago and I think that is his fourth winner this week so hopefully this fellow will take his place. Aidan has always said he's one of the quickest he's ever had and he's still unbeaten.

Trainer Aidan O'Brien. Photo: Cody Glenn/Sportsfile
Trainer Aidan O'Brien. Photo: Cody Glenn/Sportsfile

"He's a better racehorse than Scat Daddy and it is a cross that we need; it's fortunate for us he's come at the right time."

O'Brien, who said that the July Cup at Newmarket may be next for the sprinter, said: "He's obviously a brilliant horse. It was only his second run back and we've been afraid to do too much because we didn't want to lose that brilliance that he has.

"Ryan gave him a brilliant ride and his change of pace is unbelievable. He's very quick - I don't think we've ever had a quicker horse."

Winter made it three Group One routs on the bounce in the Coronation, driven out but always in command, and she looks set to go to Glorious Goodwood next.

Roly Poly was second and Hydrangea third in a sensational result for Ballydoyle.

Irish Independent

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