DC wins Group race at last

Washington DC (right)

Washington DC (11-4 favourite) finally won his first Group race when just getting the better of stablemate Cougar Mountain in the At The Races Phoenix Sprint Stakes.

A sprinter who has danced every dance in recent seasons, he has regularly come up short against the best but he was a Listed winner early in the season.

Gordon Lord Byron was in there fighting as usual, but Cougar Mountain swept by him only for Washington DC to pounce and give Moore a treble having also won the feature Phoenix Stakes on Sioux Nation.

"He has a load of ability. He has loads of speed for five, but it's just a little bit hard to produce him over five," said O'Brien.

"Over six he has a little bit more time to produce him and wangle him through. He just doesn't want to be in front very long.

"He's the type of horse we'll have to turn up (everywhere) as he can be unlucky in a race. He loves coming through horses. I wouldn't be ruling York (Nunthorpe) out or Haydock (Sprint Cup) after that."

On the runner-up, he added: "Donnacha (O'Brien) said to go back to six with the horse as you're stretching him out too much.

"He had some very good runs over six and was only beaten three lengths in the July Cup on only his second run.

"He has plenty of speed and is another horse that things just have to fall for him. If we could go back to that it would be a lot easier for him."

Mendelssohn opened his account at the second time of asking in the Anglesey Lodge Equine Hospital Irish EBF Maiden at the Curragh.

O'Brien's Scat Daddy youngster finished down the field behind stablemate The Pentagon on his debut, but was sent off 5-4 favourite to step up markedly on that.

Moore, fresh from riding in America on Saturday night, attempted to keep it simple and bounced into an early lead.

Everything was going straightforward until the last 100 yards when Mendelssohn, a half-brother to top-class US performer Beholder, drifted markedly to his left, but he still won comfortably from Andesh by a length.

"He was very green, he was green the first day and he's still very green again," said O'Brien.

"He'll probably take another run or two before he clicks into gear mentally.

"Ryan was very happy but he said he was very green, he notices everything. Coming up in front will hopefully have done him the world of good.

"In an ideal world we'd prefer not to go in stakes company if we could and stay a level lower for the minute while he is that green.

"He's a lovely big colt with everything in front of him, but he's just a bit babyish."

Muirin caused a shock in the Loder Irish EBF Fillies Race when turning over O'Brien's Sizzling.

Having never run before, Eddie Lynam's youngster was sent off a 16-1 chance on her debut but there appeared to be no fluke about the victory.

Moore must have thought he had everything covered on 2-5 favourite Sizzling, but she had no answer when Muirin came flying down the outside under Wayne Lordan.

The newcomer won going away by three-quarters of a length.

Lynam said: "We have her in the Moyglare and we like the filly, so you are always dreaming about them a bit.

"Wayne sat on her a few weeks ago, when we brought her away, and he liked her.

"She's in the Moyglare and we'll think about it. Obviously Aidan will have six or seven good fillies to run in that."

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