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Port Douglas claims Beresford
Aidan O'Brien will consider a tilt at the Racing
Post Trophy with Port Douglas after a surprise
victory from the front in the Juddmonte Beresford
Stakes at the Curragh.
O'Brien went into the Group Two contest tied on
14 Beresford triumphs with the great Vincent
O'Brien, with the likes of Septimus (2005), St
Nicholas Abbey (2009) and last year's victor Ol'
Man River 12 months ago among his previous
The County Tipperary maestro fielded three
runners in an attempt to break the record and it
was the least fancied of the trio that got the job
done under Emmet McNamara.
An impressive winner on his Leopardstown
debut but beaten twice since, Port Douglas was a
14-1 shot and looked booked for pacemaking
duties after being rushed into an early lead.
The youngster looked set to give way when
passed by 9-4 joint-favourite True Solitaire, but
roared back tenaciously to get back up by a short-
The other market leader, the winner's stable
companion Beacon Rock, came home with a rattle
and was close behind in third place.
O'Brien said: "He's a tough horse and was a bit
lazy last time so we put the blinkers on to keep
"He could go for the Racing Post Trophy and is a
typical middle-distance horse. They went a good
"Beacon Rock ran well. He was a bit green but
came home well, while I'd say Unicorn (seventh) is
a bit weak and will be a better horse next year."
Ryan mighty at the Curragh
Ryan Moore rode his first winner for Aidan
O'Brien since returning from injury as Hit It A
Bomb made a winning debut in the Irish Stallion
Farms European Breeders Fund Maiden at the
Moore had been sidelined by a neck problem
sustained in a stalls incident at Newmarket in early
July, but was back in the saddle and back among
the winners at Newmarket earlier this week.
Hit It A Bomb was the 2-1 favourite for his
racecourse introduction and was given time to find
his feet by Moore.
Under pressure some way from home, he
responded to his jockey's urgings to battle his way
to the front and just had enough in the tank to
hold 50-1 shot Agent Of Chaos by a neck.
Theodorico was placed for the third time in third.
O'Brien said: "He's a nice horse and ran green. He
was drawn badly and did well to win. Ryan was
happy with him.
"The Racing Post Trophy may come a bit quick,
but we'll see how he comes out of this first. If he'd
had a run (earlier) he could have been a Dewhurst
"He handled that ground, but he's a War Front
and would like some nice ground."
Danzeno back on track
Danzeno returned to winning ways with an
authoritative display in the Breeders Backing
Racing EBF Sprint Conditions Stakes at
High class at his best and a close-up fifth in the
July Cup at Newmarket earlier this season, the
Mick Appleby-trained gelding was the 4-9
favourite to bounce back from a slightly
disappointing effort in the Sprint Cup at Haydock
earlier this month.
The odds-on shot was slowly away and took a
lead off course specialist Red Baron.
He had to be shaken up two out but once on
terms asserted inside the final furlong to
ultimately win going away by two and a half
lengths in the hands of Andrew Mullen.
Appleby said: "It's great to get the job done. He
missed the break a little bit, but he did it well in
the end. Fingers crossed the ground stays right for
the big sprint at Ascot on Champions Day
(October 17) now. That's the plan as long as the
ground isn't too soft. I'm delighted with him today
and it will have done him the world of good to get
his head in front again."
Jack Hobbs appears increasingly likely
to sidestep the Prix de l Arc de Triomphe
at Longchamp in preference for the Qipco
Champion Stakes at Ascot.
Runner-up to esteemed stable compan-
ion Golden Horn in the Dante at York and
the Investec Derby at Epsom, Jack Hobbs
enjoyed his day in the sun with a brilliant
display in the Irish Derby.
He returned from over two months off
to win Kempton s September Stakes in a
canter and is poised for another shot at
Group One glory before the end of the sea-
While Gosden is not ruling out a trip to
Paris next weekend, he is keen to keep his
two star three-year-olds apart and with
Golden Horn a likely Arc participant as
long as the ground is not testing, Jack
Hobbs is more likely to head to Champions
Day on October 17.
"If the ground did turn soft, he comes
back into play (for the Arc). We are very
much watching the weather," said Gosden.
"It is autumn and we ve been having a
huge amount of rain in August and Sep-
tember, so anything s possible.
"But he is a horse who can run in it (Arc)
next year, there s no doubt about that, and
I think it would be stupid to run them
"Golden Horn has proven himself supe-
rior and I don t see the point in going there
to find out that again when the Champion
Stakes is 13 days later.
"The owner and manager are very clear
that the Arc and the Champion are equal
and they re just as happy to go to the
If Jack Hobbs does head to Ascot, he
will be dropping down in distance from a
mile and a half to a mile and a quarter.
Gosden does not see the shorter trip as
a problem, with a favourable draw seen as
a more crucial factor.
"He s got a lot of tactical speed, so he s
no problem that way," the trainer told At
"The draw does matter at Ascot, make
no mistake. You start drawing nine, 10, 11,
12 - that s not a nice place to be. They turn
quick into Swinley Bottom and you can
Meanwhile, Gosden has hailed Golden
Horn as the best middle-distance three-
year-old he has ever trained ahead of his
potential run in the in the Prix de l Arc de
Triomphe next week.
The Clarehaven handler has guided the
careers of Derby winner Benny The Dip
and exceptional fillies such as The Fugue,
Dar Re Mi and Taghrooda but he believes
this year s Derby, Eclipse and Irish Cham-
pion Stakes hero tops the lot.
However, his participation in France next
weekend is still not certain were the ground
to come up soft and the trainer offered up
the possibility of a trip to America for the
"If the ground is good to soft or better
that would be great and he d run and I d
think Jack Hobbs would then wait for the
Champion Stakes but we are very much
in the hands of the weather and we ll see
how the ground plays," said Gosden.
"If we get the ground, great, if we don t
then we might have to reverse the plans
"He has a lot of speed, the Breeders
Cup comes later in the year. I walked that
track (Keeneland) the other day when I
was over there for the sales, it s in good
condition, and there s no reason that could-
n t be a swansong for him at the end of
the year which is something to consider
"He s probably the best three-year-old
middle-distance horse I ve ever trained
and I ve had a few through my hands."
Despite Gosden making such a claim,
though, there appears no possibility of him
staying in training as a four-year-old.
"I had a good go at Mr Oppenheimer
(owner) with Frankie (Dettori) in the plane
on the way back from Ireland but he would
not move," Gosden told At The Races.
"That was our one big chance and we
didn t even land a TKO never mind a
Jack Hobbs likely to miss Arc
Press Gang to scoop the money at good
to firm Bath today!
Richard Hannon s charge tackles ten fur-
longs (again!) in the 2-y-o Maiden Stakes;
it s a colossal distance for a juvenile but this
thrice-raced Mount Nelson colt has no
stamina issues judged on his splendid second
to runaway winner, East Indies, over a similar
distance on Kempton polytrack seven days
We fancied stable-companion Albe Back
strongly, recommended a serious each-way
bet in fact, and weren t disappointed as he
stayed on into third, two lengths behind his
game and genuine stable companion, ridden
by Tom Marquand.
This is the jockey of tomorrow!
What a fantastic talent and, not surpris-
ingly, guaranteed the apprentice champi-
onship even though Richard Fahey is throw-
ing everything at his lad, Jack Garrity, son
of the successful NH jockey for so many
years, Russ Garrity.
Press Gang should be advantaged by the
3lbs apprentice claim which will surely weigh
heavily against seven rivals unless, of course,
Brian Meehan-trained Calvinist progresses;
on the time-handicap this once-raced Holy
Emperor gelding can t be dismissed.
Calvinist ran on well to finish fourth
behind Jim Dandy at Salisbury; staying could
also be his game and Meehan s yard is now
in good form but others will be hard-pressed
to cope and so we re hoping experience and
course specialist Marquand can tilt the
An eight-race card kicks off with good
prospects of backing a long-priced winner,
Sing Something, in the fourteen-runner nurs-
ery handicap over an extended five furlongs.
Quite simply, and with no frills whatso-
ever, this is all about David Brown s charge
replicating any one of his last three TH
marks; we re asking for no more!
Running in tandem will be good to soft
Hamilton where Siege Of Boston and born
again veteran John Egan look a solid each-
way betting proposition for the eight-runner
2-y-o Maiden Stakes over six furlongs; make
sure all run before committing a place bet!
Watch out for Press Gang
Under: (Last Monday)
10.30 am --- 34-22
4 pm ---22-13
6.30 pm --- 30-30
PICK TWO SELECTIONS
Times played this year
10.30am 1pm 4pm 6.30pmTotal
01CENTIPEDE 9 5 7 3 24
02 OLD LADY
04DEADMAN 11 8 5 1 25
05PARSONMAN 5 5 6 5 20
15SICKWOMAN5 5 8 2 20
18WATERBOAT 4 8 7 1 20
10.30am 1pm 4pm 6.30pmTotal
27 LITTLESNAKE 3 3 5 0 11
28 RED FISH
29OPIUMMAN 8 8 7 0 23
30HOUSECAT 6 7 6 2 21
31 PARSONWIFE 10 7 5 0 22
34BLINDMAN 3 7 4 3 17
35 BIG SNAKE
LAST DRAW: SATURDAY
WHEN DE MARK BUSS Play Whe results to Saturday, September 26
SELECTIONS: 6, 5, 7, 5
6.30 pm 3
21 (Mouth) 6.30 pm
TODAY'S STAR BETS
2 (Old Lady)
15 (Sick Woman) 4 pm
30 (House Cat) 1 pm
31 (Parson Wife) 10.30am
28 (Red Fish)
10.10 Sing Something
10.20 Siege Of Boston
11.40 Press Gang
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