O’Brien saddles 1-2 in Cork feature

Aidan O’Brien won the Give Thanks Stakes for the fourth time on Tuesday evening

Best In The World sprang a 12-1 surprise for the Aidan O’Brien stable in the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Give Thanks Stakes at Cork.

Colm O’Donoghue’s mount got the better of the Seamie Heffernan-ridden stablemate Somehow, a 7-2 shot, by a neck in the Group Three contest over a mile and a half.

Mick Channon’s Harlequeen was sent off the 11-10 favourite and was a half-length away in third place.

The British raider, third in both the English and Irish Oaks, was partnered by Ronan Whelan as Silvestre de Sousa’s flight was cancelled.

O’Brien said: “She got the trip well and liked the ground. There was a nice bit of pace on and Colm gave her a very good ride.

“She ran a very nice race at the Curragh when she was coming but never got through and a bit of nice ground was a big help to her today.

“They are two good fillies and have very strong form.”

Rose De Pierre hung on gamely to claim the Platinum Stakes.

Pat Smullen always had the Dermot Weld-trained filly just behind the pace-setting In My Pocket before going on to take the Listed honours as the 7-4 favourite by a half-length from 5-1 shot Flight Risk.

Brendan Brackan was third at 9-1.

Weld’s son Kris said: “She is a very sweet and well-bred filly and is from a Moyglare family that has been very good for us.

“She’ll stay in training next year and her mother (Profound Beauty) was better with age and hopefully the same applies to this filly. She’ll stick to a mile for the time being.”

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