Friday 17 August 2018

Actress delivers best lines in feature for O'Brien

Aidan O'Brien. Photo: Sportsfile
Aidan O'Brien. Photo: Sportsfile

Thomas Kelly

Aidan O'Brien's Actress made just about all the running to win the TRM Ballyogan Stakes in clear-cut fashion at the Curragh.

Seamie Heffernan bounced the Declaration Of War filly out of the stalls smartly and she never saw another rival.

A Group Three winner last season also, she had been below her best to date this term and was sent off at 11/2 as a result.

William Haggas' One Master was sent off the 13/8 favourite but she was under pressure some way out and it was to her credit that she only lost second on the line to Henry de Bromhead's Gorane, which was a length and a quarter away.

"She's a good solid filly. Seamus was delighted with her, she likes the fast ground and six furlongs is her," said O'Brien.

"She might go on to Ascot now for the Commonwealth Cup. She's solid, hardy and consistent and Seamus gave her a lovely ride."

O'Brien also had news of his Derby and Oaks runners from Epsom.

"All the Epsom horses worked this morning and they have come out of their races well. Saxon Warrior is coming back to the Curragh," he said.

"The Pentagon will either go to Ascot or come back here for the Derby, Delano Roosevelt might come back here for the Derby, Hunting Horn might look at the Irish Derby, Kew Gardens will either go for the Queen's Vase or the Irish Derby, Rostropovich could go for the mile and a half (King Edward VII) or the Irish Derby," added O'Brien.

"Magic Wand may come back to the Curragh for the Pretty Polly, Forever Together will probably come back to the Curragh for the Oaks and Bye Bye Baby may go there as well."

It was a profitable evening for O'Brien's trainer son, Joseph, who struck for a treble at the Curragh courtesy of Dom Carlos (11/1), Remmy D (7/2) and Tissiak (11/8 fav), while he also landed the mares' bumper at Clonmel last night with Beautiful Citi (4/1).

Irish Independent

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