Sea Of Grace brings Oxx back into the big time

Trainer John Oxx: landed a first Group win in almost three years

PICTURE: Patrick McCann (racingpost.com/photos) Sea Of Grace brings Oxx back into the big time By Keith Melrose 3:28PM 28 AUG 2016

Report: Ireland, Sunday

Flame Of Tara European Breeders Fund Stakes (Group 3), 1m, 2yo fillies

SEA OF GRACE beat Eziyra for the second time in the Flame of Tara Stakes to provide trainer John Oxx with a first Group success since the 2013 Park Stakes.

The two had met previously on Eziyra's debut, when Sea Of Grace's experience had seemed to give her the edge. The market seemed to work under that presumption, with Eziyra sent off the even-money favourite.

This time the Dermot Weld-trained filly, who had since won at Galway, had few excuses.

She fought tooth and nail, but could not prevent the same outcome as before. Sea Of Grace, 7-2 joint-second favourite alongside third-placed Butterflies, prevailed by a neck under Declan McDonogh.

Legitimus had set the early pace, with Eziyra close up and Sea Of Grace waited with. The winner closed up before two furlongs out and headed Eziyra, who went in front inside the last only to be passed again late on.

The winner was given an initial quote of 25-1 for next year's Investec Oaks by Paddy Power, the same price as Eziyra with the same firm.

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