Tuesday 23 January 2018

O'Brien's Beresford 1-2-3 as Pick Six is shared

Trainer Aidan O'Brien. Photo: Cody Glenn/Sportsfile
Trainer Aidan O'Brien. Photo: Cody Glenn/Sportsfile

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Aidan O'Brien had the first, second and third - who pulled 16 lengths beyond fourth - as Capri landed the Curragh's Group Two Beresford.

O'Brien rightly felt before the race that Capri, sent off 8/11, would be made to work by at least one of his stablemates. Ridden by Ryan Moore, the victorious grey pulled out more to beat Yucatan by three parts of a length, the same distance back to third-placed Exemplar.

That O'Brien supplied four of the six runners in winning the race for the 16th time was hardly satisfactory for the race's appeal but it was likely still a strong edition. Capri was cut to 10/1 by some firms for the Epsom Derby, though other layers were happy to keep him at 16s.

Asked about the lack of opposition, O'Brien said: "We run the horses [at the track], we don't put them together to see who's who. You [the press] learn as we do on the day. Sometimes we get surprised; they go out there and they have to learn.

"I was very impressed with all three colts. They went a nice pace and came up the middle so they had to learn.

"Capri is a nice-moving horse and should prefer better ground. He kept quickening; Ryan was surprised they came with him. Next weekend at the Arc could be a bit quick for them to run again but we certainly will look at the Racing Post Trophy for all three."

Stable ally The Happy Prince underlined his progression by winning the Group Three Renaissance Stakes, while Eziyra exhibited a touch of class in snaring the CL & MF Weld Park Stakes.

Shortened in the betting for the Investec Oaks, trainer Dermot Weld was keen to stress he sees the Teofilo-bred as a miler. "She's been very consistent and that was an excellent performance. I hope she will develop into an Irish 1,000 Guineas filly next year."

Trainer Denis Hogan had one of his biggest wins when Tithonus toughed it out in the five-furlong Joe McGrath Handicap. Remarkably, this horse finished placed twice in maiden hurdles.

Hogan said: "I bought him for €4,200 at the sales in 2014. I'm so thrilled as the owners have been with me from the start. I think he has a handicap mark over hurdles!"

Twilight Payment produced a superbly tough performance to beat Forgotten Rules in a stirring Loughbrown.

Dermot Weld will be pleased with the return of the runner-up and Bolger said of the winner: "I see him as an Ascot Gold Cup horse. He's still backward."

The Tote Pick Six was won, 12 winners scooping €69,897 each.

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