No Moore joy as sole Irish mount is an odds-on second to stablemate
Ryan Moore enjoyed himself at the Dublin Horse Show yesterday but his visit to Leopardstown for one mount was not as enjoyable, writes Johnny Ward.
Johannes Vermeer, sent off the 4/5 favourite, attempted to reel in his stablemate Spanish Steps (6/1) inside the final furlong of the feature but ultimately had to settle for second under Moore.
The front two went two-and-a-half lengths clear of Stellar Mass in third.
Trainer Aidan O'Brien said afterwards: "We always liked the winner and felt he would be comfortable at a mile and a half. We always thought he would be comfortable on nice ground. We were going to go to Goodwood and then the ground changed.
"He's a bit green and babyish but is a good colt. Seamie (Heffernan) was happy to go along, and we would see if Johannes Vermeer was able to pick him up. He was getting a lot of weight.
"Seamie gave him a very good ride. He was left alone in front and was gone turning in. He could go for the Voltigeur next at York," added O'Brien. "Johannes Vermeer could go down to Australia for a race."