O’Brien scoops pot with Oklahoma

by British Horseracing Authority News Headlines 12 months ago

Aidan O’Brien’s Oklahoma City cost 675,000 guineas but repaid a huge chunk of that when landing the �500,000 Tattersalls Millions 2YO Trophy at Newmarket.

The most expensive colt in the field and sent off at 3-1, the Beresford Stakes runner-up hit the front two furlongs out under Joseph O’Brien and asserted his superiority in the final furlong, with Postponed one and a half lengths away in second and Bon Voyage a neck back in third.

O’Brien snr said: “It was a good run last week over a mile (second to stablemate Geoffrey Chaucer) and he went into the race with very solid form and off a very solid run. He’s a tough, hardy horse and loved the ground and trip. It’s very possible he’ll run again this season, but he needs fast ground.”

Wedding Ring went some way to paying back her 310,000 guineas price tag when landing the �300,000 Tattersalls Millions 2YO Fillies’ Trophy. Martin Lane guided Charlie Appleby’s charge to win by three-quarters of a length from Manderley, with Fashion Fund back in third.

The most expensive runner in the field and sent off the 11-4 joint-favourite, she swooped inside the final furlong to land the �162,330 first prize in the famous royal blue colours of Godolphin.

Appleby said: “They’ve gone no gallop early on and Martin gave her a great ride, dropping her in and being patient, and she saw the trip out well. She’s a potential Dubai Guineas filly and she’ll go for a seven-furlong trial out there in February. She’s been ultra-consistent.”

Sound Hearts could only muster third in last year’s Listed TRM Pride Stakes, but she made no mistake this season, going two places better under Andrea Atzeni, who took up the running at least three furlongs from home. The four-year-old showed her gameness in keeping Cushion one and three-quarter lengths at bay.

Trainer Roger Varian said: “We sent her away when the horses weren’t right and we weren’t sure whether to bring her back into training, but we did. It has been worth it, as she’s a Listed winner now – she was only Listed placed before. I think that will be it now and she’ll go to the paddocks. The owner (Yuichi Masuda) is a big owner/breeder in Japan.”

Johnny Murtagh suffered a blow when his Arc mount Novellist was ruled out on Saturday morning, but he gained a little compensation when winning on Roger Charlton’s Mince (11-4 favourite) in the EBF National Stud Boadicea Fillies’ Stakes.

Murtagh said: “She’s a good horse and I wouldn’t have thought that it would take her so long to win this season. She won that very easily.”

Seagull Star belied odds of 22-1 to make a winning debut in the TBA Next Generation Club EBF Maiden Stakes, hitting the front inside the final furlong under Joe Fanning to master Rasameel by a length and a quarter. Beautifully bred, by Sea The Stars out of a Listed winner, Seagull Star looks a nice prospect for his connections and holds a Derby entry.

Trainer William Haggas said of the winner, owned by Brighton chairman Tony Bloom: “We’ll put him away now as he won’t enjoy soft ground and it will allow us to dream a bit longer. He’s not very big but he’s pretty good. We were hoping for a good run, we’re slightly surprised that he has won but very pleased.”

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