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O'Brien tickled Pink

Super-sub Joseph O'Brien's decision to challenge down the centre of the course with Pink Symphony paid dividends in the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Give Thanks Stakes at Cork yesterday.

O'Brien was replacing the injured Jamie Spencer on the Fitri Hay-owned filly, who was making her debut for David Wachman, having previously been in the care of Paul Cole.

The 8/1 shot enjoyed a smooth run through, while there was a lot of tightening up on the far rail, with Spin, the 5/2 favourite, the chief casualty.

Pink Symphony came through strongly to lift this Group Three contest by a length and a quarter from Haziyna, with Amazing Beauty third.

Alanza finished with a flourish to snatch the Platinum Stakes from Wild Wind close home. Niall McCullagh got a tremendous run out of the lightly raced John Oxx-trained filly in the final furlong of this Listed prize.

The 5/2 joint-favourite stormed ahead of Aidan O'Brien's charge to win by three-quarters of a length, with Hujaylea another half a length away third after Wild Wind's stablemate Eirnin had made the running.

Oxx said: "Alanza stayed well. We thought seven furlongs was her trip but it looks like a mile or further is the best distance.

"She ran twice this year over six furlongs. She was quite keen early on in life. She is bred to go a bit in distance. She is doing things right now.

"We were going to go to the Fairy Bridge Stakes at Tipperary over seven-and-a-half furlongs but we'll see. Maybe she wants further."


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