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Donnacha O'Brien gets the first career win at Dundalk

By Martin Kelly

Donnacha O'Brien, younger brother of Irish champion jockey Joseph O'Brien, registered the first victory of his career at Dundalk yesterday when Quartz got up close home to win the Dundalk Stadium Apprentice Maiden.

Having the 17th ride of his fledgling career, he was riding the 4-6 favourite for his father, champion trainer Aidan O'Brien.

The 16-year-old brought the half-brother to Kingsbarns with a late challenge and beat Duchess Andorra by half a length.

A proud Aidan O'Brien said: "I'm delighted he's got his first winner. It's great to get it.

"He's only 16 and had a fall at Wexford on only his third ride and he was very lucky thank God. But it didn't affect him at all.

"He's a big fella and with the 10lb claim he will be able to claim off 9st 5lb."

Aidan and Joseph O'Brien were out of luck earlier when the odds-on General Marshall was turned over by Lola Beaux (5-2).

Jessica Harrington's filly was second on her debut at Tipperaray and a step up in class beckons.

"She stuck at it very well. She had the run in Tipperary and really got mugged that day as she was in front too long. This time she had something to run with and did it well," said Harrington.

"I'm delighted to get that out of the way and she will probably go for the CL Weld Stakes (September 28) at the Curragh."

Caspian Prince was cleverly placed by Worcestershire trainer Tony Carroll to return to winning ways in the Dundalk Stadium Race.

Carroll's sprinter blasted away to land the Dash at Epsom on Derby Day and had already visited Ireland in July, finishing second to Sir Maximilian in the Rockingham Handicap.

The even-money favourite was quickly into his stride for this five-runner conditions event and despite Jim Bolger's Flight Risk making late headway, Caspian Prince scored by a length and a quarter under Luke Morris.

"He's a lot of early boot. He won the Epsom Dash and has serious speed," said Morris.

"When they asked me to come over earlier in the week I thought he's a decent horse so it's worth coming over for the one ride. He wants fast ground so it'll be very ground dependent where he goes."

Tony McCoy's great season continued with a winner at Fontwell yesterday, Marju's Quest triumphing at a tasty 5-1.

McCoy's fellow Ulsterman Martin Harley rode Naadirr to victory in the Betfred Garrowby Stakes at York yesterday.

The topsy turvy state of the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe market was thrown into further chaos after Sea The Moon – son of the great Sea The Stars – lost his unbeaten record to Ivanhowe in the Longines-Grosser Preis von Baden at Baden Baden yesterday.

Meanwhile, G Force (11-1) upset the form book to win the big race of the weekend, the Betfred Sprint Cup at Haydock, by almost a length from Gordon Lord Byron.

Sole Power, stepping up from five to six furlongs, was aiming to complete a 2014 Group One hat-trick but the 5-2 favourite could only finish fourth.

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