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Words of praise for Speaking

Speaking Of Which annihilated his rivals in the Group Three Airlie Stud Gallinule Stakes at the Curragh and is heading for the Irish Derby.

The Cork maiden winner, fitted with first-time blinkers, ran keenly in the early stages, but was still travelling better than anything once they straightened for home under Pat Smullen.

Dermot Weld's 7-1 chance shot to the lead once the gap came and continued to extend his advantage. The official margin of victory was nine lengths, with the Aidan O'Brien-trained pair of Soon and Athens second and third respectively.

Crius, Richard Hannon's 13-8 favourite, pulled far too hard in front and predictably weakened.

Weld said: "We had toyed with running Speaking Of Which in the (Irish) 2000 Guineas, but we put a visor on him the other morning and it woke him up and sharpened him up. The further he went, the better he went.

"He's a big, idle horse and the visor was on him just to help him concentrate. We did it years ago with Go And Go (Belmont Stakes winner) and when he put the blinkers on, it transformed him, and the same with Brief Truce in the St James's Palace Stakes.

"Speaking Of Which may be a horse to go a mile and a half and while he is big and immature, he's like a lot of those big horses in that when they start to improve you don't know where they're going to finish.

"He did it very well today and will come back here at the end of June (for the Irish Derby). He's a big, progressive colt and there's a lot to look forward to."

Smullen added: "They went a good pace, which helped. He quickened up extremely well - better than what he was showing us at home. Looking at that, he'd get another two furlongs."


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