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'Exciting' Shogun hits top gear

Published 18/07/2015

Shogun ridden by Joseph O'Brien (left) wins the Darley European Breeders Fund Maiden at the Curragh
Shogun ridden by Joseph O'Brien (left) wins the Darley European Breeders Fund Maiden at the Curragh

Shogun looked a thoroughbred of limitless potential after he skipped two and a quarter lengths clear in the Darley EBF Maiden at the Curragh.

Aidan O'Brien's Fastnet Rock colt was heavily backed before the race and had little issues in accounting for Sunglider on his second career start.

"He was a complete baby the first day and didn't know what was going on," said the Ballydoyle handler.

"We put the blinkers on to teach him a bit and they will probably come off again.

"Before he ran the first day he was half-speeding like a really smart horse.

"He will have learned a lot there. He travelled and quickened but was still very green. He's a horse to look forward to.

"I'd say he's very smart - he always showed that he's very smart.

"Joseph (O'Brien) said he was only doing a half-speed, even when he got to the front.

"He can step in fairly quickly now to the big races. He's big and hardy and should be well able.

"He could step into the Futurity and those races. He's a big, mature horse.

"He's a full-brother to the filly (Qualify), which also makes him exciting."

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