O’Brien brothers land first Group 1 in Moyglare
Joseph O'Brien: enjoyed first Group 1 winner as a trainer with Intricately
PICTURE: Patrick McCann (racingpost.com/photos O'Brien brothers land first Group 1 in Moyglare
By Jack Haynes 4:00PM 11 SEP 2016
Report: Curragh, Sunday
Moyglare Stud Stakes (Group 1), 7f, 2yo fillies
BROTHERS Joseph and Donnacha O'Brien teamed up to land their first Group 1 win as trainer and rider respectively with Intricately – and in turn denied father Aidan O'Brien an eighth Moyglare Stud Stakes win since the turn of the millennium with Hydrangea a narrow second.
A nail-biting finish for the O'Brien family ensued with Hydrangea gamely attempting to make all, and it looked likely until the final strides when 25-1 shot Intricately got the better of the front runner by a short head.
Hydrangea, the perceived third string from Ballydoyle judging by the market, posted a clear career-best in second, while Rhododendron stayed on into third and Promise To Be True struggled to quicken before keeping on in fifth.
Intricately, previously third to Promise To Be True and Rhododendron in two of her past three starts, turned the form around on the two market leaders in no uncertain terms and holds an entry in the Group 1 Dubai Fillies' Mile at Newmarket on October 7.
Report: Curragh, Sunday
Derrinstown Stud Flying Five Stakes (Group 2), 5f, 3yo+
GER LYONS' Ardhoomey gained a first success in Group company with a narrow victory over Washington Dc in the Group 2 Derrinstown Stud Flying Five Stakes at the Curragh.
The four-year-old son of Dark Angel found plenty for pressure in the final furlong under Colin Keane to deny the fast-finishing Washington Dc.
Robert Cowell's mare Iffranesia posted a career-best performance to finish a fine third.
The British-trained pair of Take Cover and Spirit Quartz looked to have the race between them with just over a furlong to run but the sprint contest very much suited the late closers – although one of those held up for a late run, Sole Power, noticeably suffered little luck in running.
Lyons said: "Would you believe, I didn't want to run that horse, with the ground and everything. Because of his issues he wants the top of the ground.
"We took the view that rather than keep doing the same thing, we would put the tongue tie on him and see would it help him. I have been saying since we introduced him that he was a stakes level horse, but I didn't say he was a Group 2 horse."
The trainer had no short-term plans to offer, but seemed in little doubt about Ardhoomey's long-term future.
"He's just a pleasure to train and hopefully next year we will see him in the bigger sprints in England on fast ground. The dream is still alive," he said.
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