Thursday 22 February 2018

Acapulco makes winning start for Aidan O'Brien at the Curragh

Acapulco (dark blue) wins at the Curragh
Acapulco (dark blue) wins at the Curragh

Acapulco made a successful Irish debut in the Sole Power Sprint Stakes at the Curragh.

The flying filly was a brilliant juvenile when trained in America by Wesley Ward, winning the Queen Mary at Royal Ascot in 2015, but has been switched to Aidan O'Brien and is in-foal to Galileo.

The 11-8 favourite settled in midfield and took a little while to hit top gear when asked by Donnacha O'Brien, but she eventually found her stride and pulled away to beat Ardhoomey by half a length.

Paddy Power cut Acapulco to 4-1 from 6-1 for the King's Stand Stakes back at the Royal meeting next month.

Her rider said: "At home we were trying to get her to relax and that's what the hood was all about. She was a bit lazy today, but when I gave her a squeeze she quickened up nicely.

"I think when we take the hood off her she'll step up again. It's a lovely start.

"It was perfect for her first day, let her relax and enjoy it, so it worked."

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