Friday 27 April 2018

O'Brien filly finds extra to claim Curragh feature

Jockey Ryan Moore. Photo: Sportsfile
Jockey Ryan Moore. Photo: Sportsfile

Thomas Kelly

Classy filly Found overcame some trouble in running to return to winning ways in the Camelot EBF Mooresbridge Stakes at the Curragh.

Aidan O'Brien's charge won the Breeders' Cup Turf last year but she was sent off only the 11/8 second-favourite for this event as she clashed again with Dermot Weld's Fascinating Rock, which had beaten her in the Champion Stakes at Ascot.

Ryan Moore was happy to take a pull through the early stages of this 10-furlong event as The Steward and Success Days set the early pace, with the latter still in the lead as the field turned into the straight.

Fascinating Rock (11/10 favourite) then made his move with two furlongs to run, but Moore had matters in hand, sitting in behind as Success Days really began to battle upfront.

Moore briefly looked in trouble with nowhere to go and only a furlong to run, but a split appeared between the front two and Found slipped through the gap, pulling clear with ease as she came forward from her third in the Alleged Stakes on her seasonal return.

She passed the post a length and a quarter in front of Success Days, with Fascinating Rock only third.

There was consolation for Weld in the PG Duffy & Sons Citroen Maiden, in which Rose De Pierre (evens favourite) just got the better of 50/1 outsider Ottilie in a thrilling finish.

In the hands of Pat Smullen, Irish 1,000 Guineas entry Rose De Pierre was made to really battle right through the final furlong, eventually just edging out Ottilie by a nose with Atlas four and a half lengths back in third.

This completed a double for Smullen as he had earlier been successful on the Andrew Slattery-trained Sors (8/1) which stuck on gamely to claim the K Club Handicap.

Slattery went on to record a double of his own as Creggs Pipes (12/1) took the Cross' Supervalu Handicap in the hands of Declan McDonogh.

Awtaad confirmed himself a smart horse in the making as he got the better of Blue De Vega in the Power EBF Tetrarch Stakes.

Blue De Vega was in contention for Saturday's 2000 Guineas at Newmarket until the 11th hour, so punters sent him off a 6/4 favourite to make a winning return in this Listed event.

Colin Keane's mount travelled well enough but when Blue De Vega tried to mount a challenge, Kevin Prendergast's well-regarded Awtaad (13/8) had too much in reserve and found plenty under Chris Hayes to prevail by two lengths.

Irish Independent

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