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O'Brien not Found wanting after Fascinating battle

By Martin Simpson

Published 03/05/2016

Top: Aidan O'Brien won with Found
Top: Aidan O'Brien won with Found

Found overcame a moderately troubled passage to return to winning ways in the Camelot European Breeders Fund Mooresbridge Stakes at the Curragh.

The Aidan O'Brien-trained filly won the Breeders' Cup Turf at the end of last year but she was sent off only the 11-8 second-favourite for this event as she clashed again with Fascinating Rock, who had beaten her in the Champion Stakes at Ascot.

Ryan Moore was happy to take a pull through the early stages of this 10-furlong event as The Steward and Success Days set the early pace, with the latter still in the lead as the field turned into the straight.

Fascinating Rock then made his move with around two furlongs to run. Moore briefly looked in trouble with nowhere to go and only a furlong to run, but a split appeared between the front two and Found slipped through the gap, pulling clear with ease.

She passed the post a length and a quarter in front of Success Days, with 11-10 favourite Fascinating Rock only third.

King Electric ran out a surprise winner of the Ivawood European Breeders Fund Race, reversing recent form with hot favourite Peace Envoy.

The O'Brien-trained Peace Envoy was sent off at 4-9 having readily beaten King Electric on his racecourse bow at Dundalk, but conceding 5lb this time, the market leader could not overhaul his old adversary.

Grand Coalition was third with Sebestian Bach finishing last of the four runners.

Winning trainer Ger Lyons said: "He's a good, honest horse and we said we'd sacrifice him early doors to see if what we were seeing was right with the others.

"It was a good pot and I thought it would take a stakes horse to beat him giving away weight - if he finished second it was no harm. We've been second to Aidan's horses plenty of times.

"He's a good horse with a good temperament."

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