Curragh: Jamesie takes thrilling Renaissance Stakes
The David Marnane trained Jamesie came out on top in a thrilling finish to the Renaissance Stakes at the Curragh, getting up by just a nose from the fast finishing Gordon Lord Byron. The 6yo, who had spent the start of the year running in Meydan, has been as consistent as they come since returning home this season, going close in Group and Listed company in five starts.
Marnane’s charge had gone very close at this track in the Phoenix Sprint Stakes last time under Colm O’Donoghue and this season’s Irish Oaks winning jockey was again in the plate today, as Jamesie recorded his first victory on home soil since 2011.
British raider Hamza got into a battle for the lead with An Saighdiur early in the Group 3 contest, bringing the field along at a generous pace. Jamesie settled in off the pace, whilst the chances of the Group 1 winning Maarek were ended early on having completely missed the break.
When the front runners began to falter, Jamsie moved to the front after the 2 pole, with eventual runner-up Gordon Lord Byron, a three time Group 1 winner, just starting to get going have been caught in traffic trouble when kicked for home. Gordon Lord Byron and jockey Joseph O’Brien got there head in front in the closing stages but Jamesie battled back to take it with the bob of a head.
Colm O’Donoghue said afterwards: “In fairness he was due a good one, he has been consistent throughout the years and he was tough today.
“I didn’t think I was up and I said well done to Joseph.”
By Kevin Walsh / Photo: Niall Carson/PA Wire
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