Geoffrey Chaucer wins Juddmonte Beresford Stakes, while My Titania lands CL Weld Park Stakes
September 29, 2013
Geoffrey Chaucer made it two from two as he took the feature race at the Curragh this afternoon, the Group 2 Juddmonte Beresford Stakes, for Aidan and Joseph O’Brien.
The son of Montjeu won his maiden at Leopardstown in July, beating Tarfasha (finished third in the Blenheim Stakes earlier) by a neck, and he was sent off the 4/7 favourite to follow up this afternoon.
Settled in fourth, the bay colt was pushed along two furlongs out, and he responded well to pressure, hitting the front around a furlong from home, keeping on well from there to score by a length and a quarter.
Oklahoma City made it a one, two for Aidan O’Brien, as he took second under Seamie Heffernan at 5/1, while Altruistic was three parts of a length back in third under trainer/jockey Johnny Murtagh.
Exogenesis was taken out of the contest this morning after been sold.
Aidan O’Brien said afterwards: “He didn’t learn much in front the last day. We were hoping there would be more pace on today, which there was, and he was still a bit green when hit the front.
“If everything goes to plan he will go to Doncaster for the Racing Post Trophy.”
MY TITANIA took a small but significant step towards emulating former European champion Ridgewood Pearl by securing a seventh win in the race for their trainer John Oxx.
The 11-1o favourite became a first Group-race winner for her sire, Sea The Stars
Eye Of The Storm got his revenge on Missunited as he took the last at the Curragh this afternoon, the Listed Loughbrown Stakes, providing Aidan and Joseph O’Brien with a double on the card.
The three-year-old son of Galileo finished second to Missunited in the Listed Oyster Stakes over a mile and a half at Galway earlier this month, but he gained revenge today over the longer trip of two miles.
He had since won the Listed Listowel Stakes, and he was sent off the 8/13 favourite (opened on-course at 9/10) to follow up here.< Missunited was sent off the 7/2 second favourite, and the Mick Winters trained mare attempted to make all under Seamie Heffernan, with the eventual winner settling towards the rear in sixth. As they entered the straight Missunited stayed on the rail, while her rivals drifted wide, with Joseph O’Brien getting serious aboard the winner over two furlongs out. The chestnut victor responded well to pressure, and he got on terms at the furlong pole, keeping on best from there to just edge ahead close home, winning by three parts of a length at the line.< Missunited took second, while Leah Claire ran a cracker, finishing just a length back in third under Danny Grant for Willie McCreery at 20/1. Aidan O'Brien said afterwards: "We weren’t sure about the two miles but he got it well. He travelled well and I don’t think he needs to go that far. "I’d say he is finished for the year now and he could make up into a cup horse next year. "I think he got a kick as a foal which resulted in him losing an eye Shining Emerald followed up on his easy maiden success at Listowel, as he took the Listed Anglesey Lodge Equine Hospital Blenheim Stakes. The Paul Deegan trained son of Clodovil finished second and third on his first two starts, but he made it third time lucky at Listowel, winning by an unprecedented sixteen lengths. He was sent off at just 7/2 this afternoon and having raced towards the rear in the early stages, the victorious Jaber Abdullah owned colt made progress under Chris Hayes two furlongs out. He came through to lead around a furlong from home, keeping on strongly from there to score comfortably by three lengths. Guerre, for Aidan and Joseph O’Brien, was sent off the 8/11 favourite but he had no answer once headed by the winner, and he had to settle for second, while Monsieur Power was three and a quarter lengths back in third under Declan McDonogh for Eddie Lynam at 12/1. Paul Deegan said afterwards: "He did a bit of work before Listowel that was excellent with Avenue Gabriel and a few older horses, and his form overall is very solid. "It is beautiful good ground out there today, it is what I would call no excuse ground. "Hopefully he will go now for the Killavullan Stakes (Leopardstown October 26th). He is fairly versatile in regards to trip. He quickened well and put it to bed. "He is an exciting colt for next year. All going well he will start off in a guineas trial, but that is a long way off."