Bracelet grinds out first win for O’Brien
Bracelet provided both Aidan and Joseph O’Brien with their first winner of this year’s Royal meeting, with a spirited display in the Group 2 Ribblesdale Stakes.
The daughter of Montjeu came into the race off the back of a disappointing effort in the 1000 Guineas at Newmarket, having impressed earlier in the season at Leopardstown and bounced back to form to win the mile-and-a-half contest.
Under a confident looking O’Brien, the filly was positioned in midfield as stable mate Terrific set a strong pace. As they turned for home and Terrific under Ryan Moore began to empty, Bracelet travelled sweetly and began to take closer order towards the front end. Although having to be pulled wide to challenge once entering the straight, she found top gear from the two-furlong marker and had enough to hold the late challenge of Lustrous to win by half a length.
Criteria finished back in third, ahead of favourite Vazira who failed to fire despite suffering a troubled passage.
Joseph O’Brien said: “She travelled well, she did everything right through the race.
“We went a nice even pace, but I probably got there a bit soon, so I had to keep going with her.
“She’s tough, she stays and she tries. I could hear the others coming but I was always holding them.”
Aidan O’Brien said: “They’ve been running very ordinary. They all looked very healthy, so it’s a big relief. Some we thought would have done better, but we just have to be patient.
“Ryan said when he rode her in the Guineas to step her up to a mile and a half and we popped a hood on her at home and that seemed to help her.
“I suppose well have to look at the Irish Oaks now.”
Richard Hannon said of the runner-up: “She ran a super race. We supplemented her for the Irish Oaks and she’ll run a big race there.”
By Joseph Smyth / Photo: David Davies/PA Wire
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