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Wednesday 22 November 2017

Blaze of glory buoys O'Brien

Fame And Glory will be given the chance to add to his Group One tally after opening his account for the year in the High Chaparral EBF Mooresbridge Stakes at the Curragh.

Aidan O'Brien's colt enjoyed an excellent campaign in 2009, annihilating his rivals in the Irish Derby and chasing home wonder horse Sea The Stars in both the English equivalent and the Irish Champion Stakes.

He suffered an odds-on reverse when third on his comeback in last month's Alleged Stakes but sent off the 30-100 favourite to atone for that defeat under Johnny Murtagh, the result was scarcely in doubt.

His stablemate Dixie Music quickly opened up a big advantage and as he came back to the field passing the three-furlong marker, Fame And Glory began to stamp his authority on the event.

Recharge tried to make a race of it inside the final furlong but Fame And Glory had too many guns and drew clear to take the 10-furlong Group Three by five lengths.

A return to the Curragh for the Tattersalls Gold Cup on May 23 is now on his agenda.

"He's come on well from his first run back. He'll probably go for the Tattersalls Gold Cup now," said O'Brien.

Lolly For Dolly is set to bid for Classic glory after showing a smart change of gear to land the Oratorio EBF Athasi Stakes. Tommy Stack's filly was sent off the 3-1 favourite on the back of an impressive Cork maiden win and she left her rivals for dead inside the final furlong to beat Famous by two lengths under Wayne Lordan.

The winning trainer's son and assistant Fozzy Stack said: "Her work all spring has been solid. We will supplement her for the Irish 1,000 Guineas."

Free Judgement (100-30) has the Irish 2,000 Guineas on his agenda after giving Jim Bolger his third win in the last four runnings of the Dylan Thomas EBF Tetrarch Stakes following victories for Creachadoir and Vocalised.

"He'd want the ground better than it is today, it's nearly soft out there," said Bolger.

The Ger Lyons-trained Clondinnery edged out fellow 4-1 joint-favourite Radharcnafarraige in a thrilling finish to the Aussie Rules EBF Maiden.

The winning trainer's brother, Shane Lyons, said: "He was very professional there. In time he could be a Royal Ascot horse."

Musical Rain (25-1) finished strongly in the hands of 10lb claimer Darren Egan to win the 30-runner PG Duffy & Sons Mazda Handicap.

The Newbridge Credit Union Handicap went the way of 7-1 chance Leah Claire. Winning trainer Matthieu Palussiere said: "Danny (Grant) gave her a great ride. We will now try and pick up something similar for her."

Mark Fahey gave Shop DJ (14-1) an excellent ride to come out on top in the Rockview INH Flat Race, pouncing late to beat 9-4 favourite Endless Intrigue.

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