Wolf roars in Cambridgeshire
News of the pick of the rest of the action from the Curragh where Ger Lyons' Sea Wolf won the Irish Cambridgeshire.
Sea Wolf (right) won the Irish Cambridgeshire
Sea Wolf came out on top in a typically-competitive renewal of the Tote Irish Cambridgeshire at the Curragh.
Al Saighdiur took the field along with Breath Easy in hot pursuit before Sea Wolf (9-1) came travelling strongly through the pack under Colin Keane.
Leading a furlong out, Sea Wolf kept up the gallop to run out a clear-cut winner, by half a length from Sikandarabad. Aared was a length and a half back in third with Hasanpour another half a length away in fourth.
Brian Ellison's Galway Festival scorer Dream Walker finished strongly, right behind the placed horses after being at the rear for most of the race.
Winning 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.
"David (Spratt, owner) is very good at finding these horses and bought him earlier this year. All bar one of the horses he's got have won."
Yucatan wore down his Aidan O'Brien-trained stablemate Taj Mahal to open his account in the Ladbrokes EBF (C&G) Maiden.
Taj Mahal set out to make all the running and had Lightening Fast, a son of Frankel, for company for most of the mile journey.
When he could not go on, Donnacha O'Brien brought the impeccably-bred 4-1 winner – by Galileo out of Six Perfections – with a telling run that saw him get up close home to score by a head.
Three Jacks was two and a three-quarter lengths away third.
O'Brien said: "He came forward lovely from the first day and had a lovely run the first day under Ana (O'Brien).
"He's a very well-bred horse and he looks a middle-distance horse for next year. I'm trying to educate him this year and, if he comes out of this race OK, he could have another run."
He added: "The other horse (Taj Mahal) is a bit frustrating and is still very babyish. He's looking in front of him all the time. He's not ungenuine, but just babyish."
O'Brien junior said: "He's still a little green and pricked his ears. The gap came lovely and it worked out well.
"He might be a mile-and-a-quarter horse next year."
To Choose (10-1) repeated last year's victory in the Derek O'Sullivan Memorial Apprentice Handicap with a hard-fought success.
In Our Blood made a valiant attempt to make all but was collared in the last 100 yards by Tom Gibney's seven-year-old, who got the verdict by length in the hands of Sean Davis.
Gibney said: "I don't know what happened at Roscommon the last day. Seamie (Heffernan) said he just didn't feel right.
"Everything was nearly identical to last year in terms of weights, and Sean gave him a lovely ride. He did exactly as he was told.
"He'll continue to mix it between the Flat and hurdles."