Aidan O’Brien lands Futurity and Debutante Stakes
August 22, 2017
Ryan Moore cajoled Rostropovich at the death to win the Galileo Futurity Stakes. Stablemate Coat Of Arms had looked to have cut loose in the hands of Donnacha O’Brien, but Moore would not be denied.
The 11-8 favourite was not the most willing ally, but his jockey revved him up for one last push to score by a short head.
Both horses are trained by Aidan O’Brien, who was winning the seven-furlong Group Two for an 11th time.
Aidan O’Brien was expected to dominate the feature Breast Cancer Research Debutante Stakes at the Curragh on Sunday, but not many expected star fillies Happily and September to have their colours lowered by lesser fancied stable companion Magical.
The daughter of Galileo was given a fine tactical ride from the front by Donnacha O’Brien who made all at a steady pace and when he asked his filly to quicken she found plenty from the front in beating Happily by a length-and-a-quarter with the slightly unlucky Mary Tudor a similar distance away in third.
Dermot Weld’s charges look to have fully turned the corner after a very disappointing middle of the season, and more evidence of that came in the form of the convincing victory of the Aga Khan’s filly Shamreen in the Group 3 Qatar Airways Royal Whip Stakes at the Curragh on Sunday.
In the hands of Pat Smullen, the daughter of Dubawi handled her favoured soft ground with far more conviction than her rivals and in the end she stretched clear to beat outsider Massif Central by three-and-a-quarter lengths. A return visit here next month to defend her Blandford Stakes crown looks a probable next step.
Treasuring claimed the Group 3 Qatar Racing And Equestrian Club Curragh Stakes for Ger Lyons and Colin Keane this afternoon at the Curragh. The talented two-year-old daughter of Havana Gold was winning for the third time in the colours of Sheikh Fahad Al-Thani’s Qatar Racing. Lyons noted; “She has done nothing but improve from her first run to here and I can only imagine she will keep improving over the winter into a nice three-year-old. It’s great for the owners.”