Saturday 18 January 2020

O'Meara raider proves Cut above locals to claim Desmond Stakes

David O'Meara's British raider Custom Cut (left) continued his excellent season with an authoritative display in the Desmond Stakes
David O'Meara's British raider Custom Cut (left) continued his excellent season with an authoritative display in the Desmond Stakes

Thomas Kelly

David O'Meara's British raider Custom Cut continued his excellent season with an authoritative display in the Invesco Pension Desmond Stakes at Leopardstown.

Formerly trained in Ireland by Dermot Weld and George Kent before switching hands for 95,000 guineas last October, the five-year-old has enjoyed a fine debut campaign in Britain, claiming two Listed prizes.

The five-year-old was a 100/30 chance stepped back up to Group Three level on his return to his homeland and travelled powerfully in the hands of Daniel Tudhope.

Favourite Brendan Brackan did his best to make a race of it heading inside the final furlong of the one-mile contest, but Custom Cut had plenty in reserve as he galloped two-and-a-quarter lengths clear to complete his hat-trick.

Pat Breslin, who owns Custom Cut in partnership with Gary Douglas, said: "I'm from Manchester and support United and Gary is a big Rotherham fan so hence the red and white colours. We have been involved in a few syndicates but this is by far the best horse we've had. He's in the Strensall Stakes at York next week but that may come a bit soon. We'll be guided by David."

Order Of St George was predictably in a different league to his rivals in the Irish Stallion Farms European Breeders Fund (C & G) Maiden.

Not far behind a couple of exciting Jim Bolger inmates in Hall Of Fame and Parish Boy on his first two appearances, Aidan O'Brien's charge was all the rage to make it third time lucky as the 2/5 favourite and did so with ease, coming full eight-and-a-half lengths clear of Blue Skimmer.

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