Thursday 22 February 2018

Oklahoma the star in O'Brien five-timer

Thomas Kelly

Oklahoma City could make a swift reappearance next week after proving the highlight of a brilliant Aidan O'Brien 191/1 five-timer at Naas.

Sent off the 1/2 favourite, the Ballydoyle colt blazed a trail in the opening six-furlong maiden, coming home a 13-length winner under the handler's son, Joseph.

"We'll probably look to step him up in grade now," said O'Brien. "We could look for a Listed race, or the Group Three Anglesey Stakes at the Curragh (July 20) could be a possibility as well."

Minorette – backed into 5/4 favourite – made it a quick-fire double for the O'Briens as she proved a length-and-three-quarters too strong for Touch Of Snow. The hat-trick was completed by the blinkered Rain God, which kept on well in the closing stages for Joseph to see off Mordanmijobsworth.

Ana O'Brien got in on the act as she partnered the fourth winner of her career aboard Waver, giving dad Aidan a four-timer on the card.

While Il Palazzo had to settle for the runner-up spot behind Dermot Weld's Violet Hour, Joseph struck again aboard his father's The Vatican in the finale.

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