Sunday 22 April 2018

Exciting Shogun hits top gear at the Curragh

Trainer Aiden O'Brien
Trainer Aiden O'Brien

Shogun looked a thoroughbred of limitless potential after he skipped two and a quarter lengths clear in the Darley EBF Maiden at the Curragh.

Aidan O'Brien's Fastnet Rock colt was heavily backed before the race and had little issues in accounting for Sunglider on his second career start.

"He was a complete baby the first day and didn't know what was going on," said the Ballydoyle handler.

"We put the blinkers on to teach him a bit and they will probably come off again.

"Before he ran the first day he was half-speeding like a really smart horse.

"He will have learned a lot there. He travelled and quickened but was still very green. He's a horse to look forward to.

"I'd say he's very smart - he always showed that he's very smart.

"Joseph (O'Brien) said he was only doing a half-speed, even when he got to the front.

"He can step in fairly quickly now to the big races. He's big and hardy and should be well able.

"He could step into the Futurity and those races. He's a big, mature horse.

"He's a full-brother to the filly (Qualify), which also makes him exciting."

Andrea Atzeni delivered Stroll Patrol (20-1) with an undeniable late on the stands rail to land the Sprint Handicap at the Curragh.

Your Pal Tal looked home and hosed when getting the better of In Salutem in the final furlong only to be nabbed in the final strides by Johnny Murtagh's three-year-old filly.

Murtagh said: "She came with a big reputation earlier in the year but it hadn't quite happened for her yet.

"Colin Keane said the last day to drop her back in trip as she wasn't short of speed.

"Andrea gave her a lovely ride and said she felt like a different filly. She probably likes the warmer weather.

"It was a nice pot to win and hopefully she can go on to better things.

"We always felt she was better than a handicapper and earlier in the year we were scratching our heads how she hadn't won.

"She showed a nice turn of foot and likes that ground.

"I had her in at Naas on Wednesday but I'll probably treat her like a good one now and mind her."

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