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Wicklow Brave wins Palmerstown House Estate Irish St Leger

September 11, 2016

Record-breaking National Hunt trainer Willie Mullins struck at Classic level as last year’s third Wicklow Brave (11/1) overturned the form with the 2015 victor Order Of St George to win the Group 1 Palmerstown House Estate Irish St. Leger at the Curragh.

It was a great ride from the front by Frankie Dettori (first Irish Leger) on Wicklow Brave, and in the straight it was apparent that 7s on chance Order Of St George would struggle to bridge the gap.

He was inclined to lug in behind, and though he eroded the deficit inside the last he was still half a length down at the finish.

They left Trip To Paris sixteen lengths back in third.

Dettori famously partnered Willie’s late father Paddy’s Irish Oaks heroine, Vintage Tipple, to victory here in 2003.

Mullins won 30 Grade 1 contests in 2014-15, a world record for a single season, and after a win today down at Listowel too with Westerner Ladyhe said: “Ruby (Walsh) rode him in his last bit of work and he said there may not be anything to make the running. We have been holding him up all our lives and he often doesn’t produce what it looks like he will.

“Hopefully it will be the Melbourne Cup next. That has been the plan all year as the pace and the ground will suit.”

Joseph O’Brien saddled his first Group 1 winner and his younger brother Donnacha recorded his first success at the top level as Intricately landed the Moyglare Stud Stakes at the Curragh.

Indeed it was a complete family affair for the O’Brien’s as the Fastnet Rock filly is bred by their parents Aidan and Anne Marie under the Whisperview Trading Ltd banner, and Aidan supplied the second and third in the seven furlong test.

Hydrangea and Intricately fought out a terrific tussle inside the final furlong with just a short-head separating the pair at the line.

Rhododendron could find no extra a length and three quarters back in third, while stable-companion and evens favourite Promise To Be True was fifth.

A delighted Joseph O’Brien (23) said, “This means the world to me. It’s Donnacha’s first Group 1 and my mum bred her. She’s very tough, and Donnacha was very strong on her.

“She’s in the Fillies Mile at Newmarket, and we’ll see how she comes out of this. She doesn’t have to run again this season.

“I can’t believe she was 25/1 as she was only a length behind the second favourite (Rhododendron) the last day. You probably get a bigger kick out of training winners than riding them as a lot more work goes into it.”

Aidan O’Brien said, “The respect those two lads showed me wasn’t very good! I know I shouldn’t be saying this but I was hoping our filly wouldn’t win by a head — that’s the reality. It’s so hard to win Group 1 races and I’m very happy to miss out on this one.

“We trained a lot of winners where Joseph is training but never had a Group 1 winner there. It’s a great day.”< Intricately has been introduced at 25/1 with both Paddy Power and Betfair for next year’s 1,000 Guineas. Ladbrokes go 20/1, while she’s just 16/1 with Boylesports.

Churchill further enhanced his already huge reputation with an impressive victory in the Goffs Vincent O’Brien National Stakes at the Curragh.

Beaten on his debut before landing the Chesham Stakes at Royal Ascot, Aidan O’Brien’s juvenile had since landed the Tyros Stakes at Leopardstown and the Futurity Stakes over this course and distance.

Sent off the 4-5 favourite for his Group One debut, the Galileo colt was always travelling powerfully in the hands of Ryan Moore as stable companion Lancaster Bomber played a pacemaking role.

Churchill made his move heading inside the last two furlongs and was swiftly followed by the Richard Hannon-trained Mehmas, the mount of Frankie Dettori.

The market principals settled down to fight it out, but it did not take long for Churchill to assert and he passed the post four and a quarter lengths to the good.

Mehmas, winner of the July Stakes at Newmarket and the Richmond Stakes at Goodwood over six furlongs, did not see out the seven furlongs as well, but just held on to second from fellow British challenger Lockheed, trained by William Haggas.

Paddy Power make Churchill their 5-2 favourite (from 6-1) for next year’s 2000 Guineas and 6-1 favourite (from 20-1) for the Investec Derby at Epsom. He is 7-2 for the Guineas with William Hill and RaceBets.

Moore said: “He’s a very exciting colt. He’s done nothing wrong his whole life and I’m sure there’ll be plenty more to come from him in the future. He has plenty of pace.

“Mehmas has won two Group Twos over six and when he came to me he found plenty.

“I think he has a big future.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Churchill further enhanced his already huge reputation with an impressive victory in the Goffs Vincent O’Brien National Stakes at the Curragh.

 

Beaten on his debut before landing the Chesham Stakes at Royal Ascot, Aidan O’Brien’s juvenile had since landed the Tyros Stakes at Leopardstown and the Futurity Stakes over this course and distance.

Sent off the 4-5 favourite for his Group One debut, the Galileo colt was always travelling powerfully in the hands of Ryan Moore as stable companion Lancaster Bomber played a pacemaking role.

Churchill made his move heading inside the last two furlongs and was swiftly followed by the Richard Hannon-trained Mehmas, the mount of Frankie Dettori.

The market principals settled down to fight it out, but it did not take long for Churchill to assert and he passed the post four and a quarter lengths to the good.

Mehmas, winner of the July Stakes at Newmarket and the Richmond Stakes at Goodwood over six furlongs, did not see out the seven furlongs as well, but just held on to second from fellow British challenger Lockheed, trained by William Haggas.

Paddy Power make Churchill their 5-2 favourite (from 6-1) for next year’s 2000 Guineas and 6-1 favourite (from 20-1) for the Investec Derby at Epsom. He is 7-2 for the Guineas with William Hill and RaceBets.

Moore said: “He’s a very exciting colt. He’s done nothing wrong his whole life and I’m sure there’ll be plenty more to come from him in the future. He has plenty of pace.

“Mehmas has won two Group Twos over six and when he came to me he found plenty.

“I think he has a big future.

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