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Found much too good at the Curragh

Found gained a well-deserved first success of the season in cosy fashion against just two rivals in the Kilfrush Stud Royal Whip Stakes.

Second in the both the Irish 1,000 Guineas and the Coronation Stakes, Aidan O'Brien's filly was sent off 8-13 favourite after stablemate Ol' Man River was withdrawn from the 10-furlong Group Three due to the rain-softened ground.

Answered set the pace but Seamie Heffernan always had the leader in her sights and pulled clear in the final half-furlong to score by four lengths. Highly Toxic was well back, last of the trio.

O'Brien said: "That is the first time Found has run beyond a mile, and we always felt she was crying out for it.

"The plan was always to keep her to a mile until Ascot, and then give a break. We could have a look at the Arc with her.

"You would have to be delighted with that for her first run back. She has plenty of pace, and over a mile she was probably getting there too early. Seamie gave her a lovely ride."

Order Of St George (4-6 favourite) justified strong market support as he swept to a convincing victory in the Palmerstown House Estate Irish St Leger Trial Stakes.

The son of Galileo boosted his claims for the Ladbrokes St Leger at Doncaster when romping home in the rain-softened conditions to give O'Brien and Heffernan a Group-race double.

Inis Meain made the running until he was overhauled by Sea Moon over three furlongs out before Order Of St George sneaked through a gap on the far rail to take it up and settle the issue in a matter of strides.

Sea Moon was a clear second on an encouraging comeback run for John Oxx with the O'Brien second string Kingfisher third.

O'Brien said: "He handles an ease in the ground well, and is maturing lovely. Seamie was very happy with him.

"Bondi Beach ran well (in the Great Voltigeur) at York on ground he wouldn't like. He wants good ground, while this fella (Order Of St George) handles any ease.

"The ground will decide where they go but it's quite possible they could both go to Doncaster."

Order Of St George was trimmed to 5-1 from 9-1 for the St Leger with Paddy Power and to 7-1 from 12s with RaceBets.


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