Bracelet battles to Oaks success
Bracelet caused a minor shock to take the Darley Irish Oaks under the hard working Colm O’Donoghue, leading home a one-two for trainer Aidan O’Brien with Tapestry chasing home her stablemate under trainer’s son Joseph. The Ballydoyle team were represented by a total of five runners in the Curragh Classic but Bracelet, the 3rd choice of the quintet in the market at 10/1, came out on top with a battling performance, earning her trainer a 4th success in the prestigious race and a first since 2008 in the process.
The race had been delayed before the start as British raider Volume was found to be wearing shoes on her hind feet that are not allowed in Ireland in the preliminaries, but despite being the last one down and in to the stalls, Luca Cumani’s charge was the first one out and was immediately sent clear by Kevin Manning, setting what seemed to be a generous pace early on.
Pat Smullen, riding 7/4 favourite Tarfasha, a runner up in the Epsom equivalent last month, was keen not to let the leader get too far ahead and sat in the slipstream along with Bracelet. The pair would move into contention after the turn in, but Tarfasha began to fade quickly, with Volume battling hard to retain her lead.
Bracelet on the other hand was still travelling strongly and seemed to have put the race to bed after getting her head in front. Stablemate Tapestry, attempting a trip above a mile for the first time, began to stay on strongly however but ultimately it was too late as Bracelet held on by just neck, with Volume a further neck back in third.
O’Brien said: “I’m delighted for everyone. It’s great for Colm. He’s just got beat in this race a few times and he’s also been beat in the Derby a few times. He gave her a marvellous ride and he’s a world-class rider.
“She ran a great race in Ascot. I knew Joseph (O’Brien) was going to ride Tapestry if the ground was good and he was true to his word.
“Tapestry ran a great race, but she got a bit upset beforehand and circumstances conspired against her.
“This filly (Bracelet) has an incredible pedigree by Montjeu.
“Marvellous probably needs a little bit of ease in the ground and a bit of a rest now.
“We knew Dermot and Luca’s fillies were the ones everyone had to beat. They were the two form horses and we knew Luca’s filly would probably make the running, so the race worked out well for us.
“Beyond Brilliance did the same in Killarney. We weren’t sure if she would get the trip, but Ana said she would and it was a great run.
“It’s a very important race for us. It’s seriously important for the fillies.
“We’re in a privileged position we have such good fillies to run in the race.”
By Kevin Walsh / Photo: Pat Healy/PA Wire
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