Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 27 December 2014

Wonderful result for O'Brien

Wonderfully lands the Silver Flash at Leopardstown
Wonderfully lands the Silver Flash at Leopardstown

Wonderfully led home a one-two for Aidan O'Brien when making all in the Silver Flash Stakes at Leopardstown.

Jumped out quickly by Joseph O'Brien, the pack never really got to the 13-8 favourite, who had last been seen finishing seventh in the Albany Stakes at Royal Ascot which is working out extremely well.

Sporting a visor for the first time, the daughter of Galileo had a length in hand over stablemate Perhaps, who came home strongly in the hands of Seamie Heffernan.

O'Brien pointed towards the Debutante Stakes at the Curragh on August 11 for Wonderfully and said: "She is an improving filly, she's lazy in front and that's why she had the visor on. She's very idle and Joseph wanted to put it on. It helps.

"She stayed on well at Ascot. She's a nice filly and would have no problem getting a mile as a three-year-old."

He said of Perhaps: "She is a nice filly, she's still green looking and Seamie (Heffernan) said she was still very raw.

"It was a good education stepping her up into a stakes race and we're very happy with her. She'll have no problem with a mile next year."

The O'Brien-trained Geoffrey Chaucer, a half-brother to Shamardal, was sent off the 2-7 favourite to make a winning start to his career in a three-runner Irish Stallion Farms EBF Maiden but, after dictating terms to suit himself, O'Brien jnr had to ask the son of Montjeu for maximum effort and he only repelled the late lunge of Tarfasha by a neck.

The Ballydoyle handler completed a treble as Fairylike landed the "Hot House Flowers" Apprentice Handicap in the hands of the trainer's daughter Ana.

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