While Donnacha O’Brien was carrying all before him at Newmarket on
Saturday, Ryan Moore was on duty for Ballydoyle in New York where
Mendelssohn finished third in the Belmont Jockey Club Cup.
Moore was back in time for Naas on Sunday where he steered a very
promising juvenile Magna Grecian home in the opener.
The 2/1 jolly, a big Invincible Spirit bay colt, came through strongly for Moore on the far rail to score decisively.
Aidan O’Brien said: “We’re delighted with that, he is a big strong colt. He could go for the Killavulan Stakes at Leopardstown, we’ll see. Obviously I was very pleased with all the Newmarket runners yesterday. That’s probably Ten Sovereigns finished for the season.”
“Fairyland may go for the Breeders Cup but the filly who won on Friday (Just Wonderful) is more likely.”
“We were pleased with Mendelssohn last night. They went a good pace, there are no slow run races over there!” he added.
It was more of the same in the next, the Group 3 Weld Park Stakes with 5/4 market leader Hermosa scooting home for the O’Brien/Moore combination.
It got even better for this deadly duo in the next with Cypress Creek responding well to pressure to land the Loughbrown Stakes. Punters missed a trick this time though as the Galileo grey went off at 6/1. Ballydoyle didn’t have a runner in the next and Cedars Of Lebanon, trained just a few miles away at The Curragh by Patrick Prendergast, stuck on well for Chris Hayes to score at 6/1.
Patrick said: “She hasn’t run a bad race all year, and collected a cheque every time.”
“She ran well enough at Listowel last time but the mile trip on the heavy ground meant she ran out of gas a bit.”
Hayes was seen to good effect again later on 100/30 fancy Unfortunately who added to Karl Burke’s amazing strike rate in Ireland lately when coming from last to first to win the Renaissance Stakes.
Indeed they were still last at the furlong pole, but finished fast up the stands side to deny Moore – second on St Patricks Day – a four timer.
No stopping Aidan though who bagged his fourth winner of the day when Japan – at 11/2 the outsider of his three runners – swooped late under Seamie Heffernan to deny Moore on 11/8 hot pot Mount Everest by a short head.
Hyperdrive 5/1 (won 4/1) and Jaunty Thor 10/11 (w 4/9) yesterday were the latest winners from Declan’s highly selective Irish Racing Service.
Other gems this week included Perfect Trapatino 9/2 (w 11/4); Just Wonderful 7/2; Snowflakes 9/4; Sole Pretender 9/4 (w 15/8); Lost Treasure 2/1 (w 6/5); Kuiper Belt 7/4 (w 11/8); True Self 11/8 (w evens); Fightfortheroses 5/4 (w evens) and each way Rueben James 20/1 (pl. 10/1) and So Perfect 8/1 (placed).