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Sun is shining on O'Brien

The pecking order among next year's Classic contenders at Ballydoyle is by no means set in stone but Aidan O'Brien's deployment of his embryonic talent over the weekend was rock solid.

Yesterday, in the Beresford Stakes at the Curragh, David Livingston presumed to upset the odds on highly regarded Akeed Mofeed.

A day earlier, Daddy Long Legs led home a clean sweep for his stable in the equivalent Group 2 mile contest at Newmarket, the Royal Lodge Stakes.

Both victories were achieved in similar style, gallantly and determinedly from the front, but under very different conditions.

The ground in Co Kildare was turned into a gruelling examination by rain; that on the Rowley Mile was quickened up by wind and sun.

Under such extremes, any result may not be repeated on another day, in another race.

Those who had already hailed Akeed Mofeed as some sort of successor to his erstwhile John Oxx stablemate Sea The Stars will certainly hope that will apply in the case of the Irish contest.

David Livingston's effort under Seamie Heffernan was creditable; a clear lead was being eroded by Akeed Mofeed all the way to the line, but he kept digging deep and held his rival at bay.

But the winner had experience on his side; yesterday was his fifth outing and he had already been tempered in the crucible of Group 1 company, when third to yet another stablemate, Power, in the National Stakes two weeks earlier.

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