Air Force Blue powers home at Curragh
Revenge was impressive as Air Force Blue improved for the run at Royal Ascot behind Buratino when beaten by Mark Johnston’s stable star to reverse form in no uncertain terms this afternoon at the Curragh.
A powerful burst at the furlong pole put the Group 1 Keeneland Phoenix Stakes to bed under Joseph O’Brien, and father Aidan O’Brien would be even more delighted as Air Force Blue’s stable companion Washington DC was strong enough to take second with race favorite and the recent Coventry Stakes winner Buratino back in third.
The press huddle that followed was excited to hear from the master trainer who looks to have a special talent on his hands who continues to improve and took the first Group 1 for two year olds this season in impressive fashion.
“He came forward well from Ascot. He won his maiden here and didn’t learn a lot, and was a baby going to Ascot. He settled, travelled and quickened up well today, and he was very professional. He put it to bed very quick, and he galloped out well. He has a few options now including the Prix Morny.”
“It’s good to see the form standing up. The second and third were both Ascot winners, and Washington DC has run a good race again. I’m very happy with him.”
Our betting partners Stan James make the winner 8/1 for the 2000 Guineas next May and that is the general quote in the bookmaker village although a lot of time to pass until that engagement.
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