Dream Cesarewitch for O’Briens

first_imgEl Salvador gave teenager Donnacha O’Brien a landmark big-race success in the Irish Cesarewitch at the Curragh. Press Association The treble was initiated when Royal Navy Ship came out on top in what is likely to prove a very strong Irish Stallion Farms EBF Maiden. A host of well-bred newcomers lined up for the seven-furlong contest, with O’Brien’s The Happy Prince taking them along through the early stages, with Five Claw in close attendance. The leader’s stablemate Royal Navy Ship (6-1) raced just in behind on the far rail and the War Front colt took over when getting a nice split a furlong and a half out. Although green when he hit the front, Seamie Heffernan’s mount kept on well, eventually having a length and a half in hand on another O’Brien runner, the 100-30 favourite Jacobean, who finished best of all down the centre of the track from the rear in the hands of Joseph O’Brien. O’Brien snr, who had four runners in the race, said: “I’m delighted with that fella. He was well drawn, while Joseph’s horse was badly drawn. It comes to a time of the year when they have to start, and there wasn’t much between three of ours coming here.” The younger brother of champion jockey Joseph O’Brien, the 16-year-old had only ridden his first winner last month but defied his inexperience with a fine ride on his father Aidan’s five-year-old, running in the colours of his mother Anne-Marie. Burdened with top-weight, O’Brien’s 7lb claim proved invaluable as Hidden Universe and Pat Smullen pressed hard through the final furlong, with El Salvador finding plenty for pressure and seeing it out for a length success at 25-1. Joseph O’Brien finished third on another Ballydoyle contender, Marchese Marconi, with Asbury Boss fourth. Aidan O’Brien, who was completing a treble, said: “I’m delighted and it’s great for Donnacha. It’s a hard race to win. He’s a tall fellow and is doing his leaving certificate this year. It was a nice, patient ride as the start was a bit messy and he was a long way back. “He was second in the Queen Alexandra Stakes at Royal Ascot this year, and is a tough horse.” It was a fourth winner for the jockey and a second Irish Cesarewitch for O’Brien snr after Bright Horizon in 2010. Earlier there was a Ballydoyle victory with Together Forever, who had the best form on offer in the Listed Staffordstown Stud Stakes and obliged with the minimum of fuss. Sent off the 11-10 favourite and kept out of trouble on the outside by Joseph O’Brien, the daughter of Galileo was wound up to strike two furlongs out and asserted the further she went. Seamie Heffernan and Cocoon made it a one-two for the yard, three lengths behind. The trainer said, “She quickened up well, and Joseph feels she is more of a Guineas than an Oaks type. She has more speed than we were giving her credit for. Before she won her maiden at Gowran we were making too much use of her. “We will probably leave her alone now as she is going a bit hairy, but she is a filly to look forward to.” last_img

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