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Curragh win makes Moore the merrier

British champion Ryan Moore made his journey to the Curragh for a solitary mount yesterday pay dividends for Dunboyne-based owners Ballymacoll Stud when scraping home on favourite Eleanora Duse.

Newmarket trainer Michael Stoute enhanced his strike-rate in the Blandford Stakes as the daughter of Azamour just lasted home under a strong drive from Moore as She's Our Mark and Choose Me both lunged late.

“We were hopeful travelling her over here despite the soft ground but it was a very close call,” said, Ballymacoll manager Peter Reynolds.

“This is a good, tough filly and the plan is that she will be running for us again next year when there should be more to come from her.”

Steinbeck did enough when taking the O'Brien's Wines Solonaway Stakes to join Group 1-winning stable companions Rip Van Winkle and Beethoven as a possible challenger for top honours at Ascot later this month in the Queen Elizabeth 11 Stakes.

The other Group 3 contest was the Michael Kinane Renaissance Stakes in which Murtagh pounced for a victory aboard Bewitched trained by Charles O'Brien.

Chrysanthemum was a shock debut winner of the Flame Of Tara Stakes in the hands of Fran Berry.

This Danehill Dancer progeny belied her starting price of 25/1 when quickening impressively despite the tacky ground to take command of the race.

Joseph O'Brien followed up his double in the final races on Saturday by making all the running in the Derek O'Sullivan Memorial Apprentice Handicap aboard Kammaan (7/1) to provide Fethard trainer David Nagle with his initial success.

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