Curragh triples for O’Brien-Moore as Concert Hall hits winning note


Concert Hall followed in the hoofprints of esteemed stablemate Snowfall with a determined victory yesterday at the inauguration of the juvenile fillies at the Curragh.

Ual Oaks heroine Snowfall opened her account in the third attempt at the renewal of this seven-stadium competition last year and Concert Hall was the favorite on 8/11 to add her name to the honor roll, after having occupied second place at Fairyhouse less than a fortnight ago.

Dubawi’s daughter looked set aside for minor honors again after being joined and led by newcomer Voice Of Angels, but Concert Hall battled the far rail to win a half-length under Ryan Moore , with Shamiyana just a neck down in third.

“Wayne (Lordan) rode her on day one on a turn at Fairyhouse and said by the time she was turning she got a bit lost and the winner got away with it,” the coach explained. Aidan O’Brien.

“She’s tough and genuine and Ryan was very happy with her. The mother (Was) won the Oaks, so she should stay. We’re going to watch one of the seven-meter races with her, maybe the Debutante Stakes.

O’Brien sent his second winner with Order Of Australia in the Group Two Minstrel Stakes.

Very quickly, the 2/1 market leader rolls forward and has enough in the tank to push Njord’s challenge back a little over a length.

“He’s a horse that takes his race well, so we thought we’d come here and then go to Sussex. He has a lot of speed and gets a good mile, ”said the supremo from Ballydoyle. “He’s a horse to look forward to and can go to America later in the year.”

O’Brien’s son Joseph went on to clinch the next two races on the map. First, I Siyou Baby justified the 5/2 favoritism with complete success in the young one-mile filly in the hands of Declan McDonogh, after which 1/4 of a chance Emphatic Answer clinched gold in the one mile fillies handicap under Shane Crosse.

Insinuendo took Group 2 honors for Willie McCreery and Billy Lee in the Kilboy Estate Stakes.

Already a Group Three winner after landing the Blue Wind Stakes in Naas in early May, Gleneagles’ daughter was last seen fourth in the Group 1 Pretty Polly Stakes three weeks ago.

Coming back down to class, Insinuendo was the 11/8 favorite to return to the winning track and mowed down the late April showers to win by a length and three quarters.

McCreery said, “That was always the plan after winning his group three. She’s in the Matron (in Leopardstown) and we could also travel with her. Billy said she was moving beautifully on the floor. He said it was a bit quick going down the hill. Other than that, it was perfect. ”

O’Brien Snr and Moore went on to score a hat-trick, Yarrawonga (9/2) having stood out in the 12-stadium maiden.

Jessica Harrington’s 3/1 favorite Hell Bent put some weight and a beating to rivals in the Sycamore Lodge Equine Hospital Handicap, with Shane Foley the winning rider.


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