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O'Donoghue lands more treasure

Colm O'Donoghue's stock rose even further on Saturday evening when he partnered Treasure Beach to victory in the Secretariat Stakes at Arlington Park.

O'Donoghue, who was on board Treasure Beach when Aidan O'Brien's colt won the Irish Derby, was always in the perfect position to beat Alain De Royer-Dupre's Ziyarid by a neck.

The jockey said: "I wanted to get the best position possible. I wasn't too sure if there was going to be a whole lot of pace in the race, so I would have been happy to make the running myself. But I felt the pace was consistent throughout, I thought Christophe (Lemaire) gave a perfect pace."

He added: "He came back from France well and conditions were perfect today. I think he goes in anything really. Even though he possibly didn't run as good as we thought he would in the Grand Prix de Paris, he came out of the race in perfect form. Aidan was quite bemused by it.

"I'm very fortunate, I'm in a great position. I ride for great people who give me all these chances. And I want them and I make use of them as good as I can.

"I thought I had it (won) actually before we turned in. I was upside Christophe and he was flicking his ears and I was trying to wind him up again to go and just when he got his head in front he thought, yes, I have done enough. But every time Christophe came back to me he pulled more out. He is a horse who just does about enough.

"When you go back to Epsom, where he was up against Pour Moi, who is a fabulous horse, he ran a gallant race and he keeps coming home."

Treasure Beach could now be in line for a return to America later in the season.

O'Brien told At The Races: "Colm gave Treasure Beach a great ride and we were delighted, it's a great race to win. The Breeders' Cup Turf might be a race for him, but he's got plenty of options.

"He showed he had the speed to win over 10 furlongs and I always felt he might do. The year is long now, you've got the Breeders' Cup and then options after that at the end of the year."

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