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Monday 24 November 2014

O'Brien newcomer a real find

Aidan O'Brien
Aidan O'Brien

Aidan O'Brien unleashed a potentially smart newcomer as Found swept to victory in the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Fillies Maiden at the Curragh.

Stablemate Together Forever was all the rage after showing distinct promise in a Galway debut fourth and she took the field along, with Found and Seamie Heffernan settled towards the rear through the early stages of the mile contest.

Still mid-division two out, Heffernan could almost afford to take a slight pull before joining the front rank with a furlong to run, and just hands and heels from there saw the 14-1 chance account for the 11-10 favourite by three-quarters of a length.

The winner is by Galileo out of Michael Bell's top-class Lockinge Stakes-winning filly Red Evie.

O'Brien said: "She is a grand big mare and she was just ready to race.

"They went steady and then sprinted. I saw her early on and she was at the back and they went slow, so she shouldn't have really been able to do that unless she was really smart.

"She had been working nicely at home."

Shepherd's Purse (20-1) showed his Racing Post Trophy engagement was not wishful thinking with a taking debut performance in the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Maiden.

The son of Pastoral Pursuits was delivered with a powerful challenge down the centre of the track by Gary Carroll which essentially put the race to bed 200 yards out.

Clutchingatstraws was two and a half lengths back in second, with odds-on favourite General Marshall third having not enjoying the best of luck in running.

Winning trainer Joe Murphy said: "We always liked the horse but we just thought he might need the run. He does everything well at home and I just love the horse. I think a mile is no problem and fortunately enough he is in the Racing Post Trophy.

"He did a beautiful piece of work during the week. I think he will be a horse with a future. We might supplement him for the National Stakes

"He might go again before that as he just lacks a bit of experience. Gary said he was always going to win and when he pulled up he just drifted and was a bit idle in front. He will step up in trip and he will love it."

Mick Halford's Galway Festival winner Hasanour (7-2 favourite) defied a ratings hike with a ready victory in the Gay And Kathleen Byrne Celebrating 50 Years Of Marriage Handicap, forging clear under Shane Foley to score by two and a half lengths.

Robbie Downey came with a well-timed run to take the Fleetwood Paints Apprentice Handicap on Eddie Lynam's Doc Holliday (12-1), while Pat Smullen led all the way on Sabrina Harty's Breathe Easy (7-2) in the Irish Champions Weekend 13th & 14th September Handicap.

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