Sport Horse Racing

Tuesday 20 February 2018

Two runners, two winners for O'Brien at Newmarket


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

Johnny Ward

Aidan O'Brien brought two horses to Newmarket yesterday and snared both of its big races without too much fuss.

Clemmie, a sister to dual Guineas winner Churchill, oozed class in snaring the two-year-olds' Duchess Of Cambridge Stakes, a race won last year by Roly Poly.

And Roly Poly enjoyed big-race glory yesterday. In the shadows of her stablemate Winter this year, she was overdue Group One glory as a three-year-old and succeeded in a game all-the-way win in the Falmouth.

In her victory, Clemmie advertised her credentials for 1,000 Guineas glory next year; indeed, she was cut into 8/1 by some firms for that event. Moore considers her superior to September, antepost favourite for the same race.

He said: "She was good in the Group Three the last day and better today. I thought she did that very easily and I'd say she is the best [two-year-old] filly we've seen this year. She's won a six-furlong Group Two in July, she's the pedigree to do it and the trainer."

Nyaleti, runner-up in the Chesham to September, was second ahead of Ken Condon's Mamba Noire in third.

Moore was happy to let 6/4 favourite Roly Poly bowl along at the head of affairs in the Falmouth, with Greta G her closest pursuer for much of the one-mile journey.

The previously unbeaten Wuheida, not seen since winning the Prix Marcel Boussac at Chantilly last October, emerged as a threat inside the final two furlongs, but Roly Poly was always holding her at bay and passed the post with a length and a quarter in hand.

Wuheida ran a fine race to fill the runner-up spot considering her lengthy absence, with her fellow Godolphin-owned filly Arabian Hope third.

Moore said: "Her last two runs were very good runs behind Winter. She improved right through the spring and deserved to win a Group One. She was touched off in the Cheveley Park last year. She's just a very tough, very honest filly."

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