Intelligence Cross set for Middle Park

Ryan Moore and Intelligence Cross at the Curragh in June

Intelligence Cross could be bound for the Juddmonte Middle Park Stakes following his convincing victory in the Round Tower Stakes at the Curragh.

The youngster made up for being a late absentee from the Gimcrack Stakes at York recently with a display that bodes well for the future. That is set to start with a crack at the Newmarket Group One over six furlongs on September 24.

Though he had found Mehmas too good in his latest two starts, the Aidan O'Brien-trained colt looked on the upgrade as he tore the opposition apart.

Well-placed on the near-side rail as Velveteen made the running, the 11-8 favourite responded in a flash when Seamie Heffernan asked him for his effort.

He soon put the race to bed, scoring by four and a quarter lengths from Holy Cat.

"He went to York, but didn't run because of the ground. He missed a few bits of work because of going over there and I was a little bit worried about that today," said O'Brien, who revealed stablemate Caravaggio was a doubt for the Newmarket race after pulling a muscle recently.

"We'll look at the Middle Park now with him."

Intelligence Cross was completing a treble for O'Brien following the wins of Yucatan and Somehow.

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The latter pulled well clear in the final furlong to comfortably land the spoils in the Snow Fairy Fillies Stakes.

Heffernan brought the 5-2 chance with a sweeping run to win by seven lengths from Mick Channon's Epsom Icon. Godolphin's challenger Skiffle was third.

O'Brien said: "She is an improving filly, and Fastnet Rock's seem to get better as they get older.

"Seamie said not to be afraid of going back with her for the Matron Stakes. She's getting quicker."

However, Heffernan was banned for one day for careless riding.

O'Brien enjoyed a one-two with the impeccably-bred Yucatan (4-1), ridden by his son Donnacha, beating Taj Mahal in the Ladbrokes EBF (C&G) Maiden.

The John Oxx-trained Sea Of Grace (7-2) showed an admirable attitude as she rallied to regain the lead close home to take the Group Three Flame Of Tara EBF Stakes by a neck from Eziyra.

Oxx may bring her back to the Curragh for the Moyglare Stud Stakes in a fortnight's time.

"If there is an ease in the ground, we may let her take her chance in the Moyglare. It's only two weeks away but we'll see how she is," he said.

Sea Wolf (9-1) bounced back after being under the weather when well-beaten at the Galway Festival to land the Tote Irish Cambridgeshire.

Leading a furlong out under Chris Keane, Sea Wolf kept up the gallop to run out a half-length winner from Sikandarabad.

Trainer Ger Lyons said: "He bled the last day at Galway so we came here with no confidence. He's in the big handicaps on Irish Champions Weekend."

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