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Valor shows winning spirit in Minstrel Stakes

Spirit Of Valor gave Aidan O'Brien a Group Two double at the Curragh when leading all the way to lift the Qatar Airways Minstrel Stakes.

Ryan Moore was able to dictate affairs on the War Front colt, who showed his second in Royal Ascot's Jersey Stakes at odds of 66-1 was no fluke as he kept finding to keep his rivals at bay.

The 5-2 joint-favourite crossed the line a length and three-quarters clear of David O'Meara's So Beloved, with the Ed Walker-trained Stormy Antarctic a short head away in third.

"Over six or seven furlongs on fast ground he's obviously a real good horse," said O'Brien, who also took the Kilboy Estate Stakes with Elizabeth Browning.

"He had a very good run in Ascot. We tried him at a mile the first day (Qipco 2000 Guineas) and it was stretching him a bit. Then we came back to a mile on soft ground (Irish Guineas).

"Ryan was very happy with him. There were horses with good form in that race.

"We might have a look at the Lennox in Goodwood or something like that.

"There's no doubt he's improving. He's by War Front so he would like nice ground and the reason they do is because they are all fast horses."


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