Yucatan scores at the Curragh

News of the pick of the rest of the action from the Curragh where Yucatan wore down his stablemate Taj Mahal in the opener.

Aidan O'Brien trained the first two home in the maiden

Yucatan wore down his Aidan O'Brien-trained stablemate Taj Mahal to open his account in the Ladbrokes EBF (C&G) Maiden at the Curragh.

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.

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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."

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