Spanish Steps shocks Vermeer

Johannes Vermeer was beaten by Spanish Steps

Spanish Steps could be seen next in the Great Voltigeur at York after causing a surprise when making all the running to give trainer Aidan O'Brien a one-two in the Grenke Finance Ballyroan Stakes at Leopardstown.

Seamie Heffernan was really positive from the outset on the 6-1 chance and had opened up a commanding lead as the field turned for home.

Ryan Moore on 4-5 favourite Johannes Vermeer clawed back the majority of the advantage, but Spanish Steps was too strong in the final furlong and kept on well to score by half a length.

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O'Brien said: "We always liked him and felt he would be comfortable at a mile and a half. We always thought he would be comfortable on nice ground. We were going to go to Goodwood and then the ground changed.

"He's a bit green and babyish, but is a good colt. Seamie was happy to go along, and we would see if Johannes Vermeer was able to pick him up. He was getting a lot of weight.

"Seamie gave him a very good ride. He was left alone in front and was gone turning in. He could go for the Voltigeur next at York.

"Johannes Vermeer could go down to Australia for a race there."

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