Shock and awe

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Spring opens

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Dermot Weld Takes Last Classic Of The Season As McCoy Rolls Back The Years…

first_imgA.P McCoy wins the Pat Smullen Champions Race For Cancer Trials Ireland on QuizicalThe Curragh.Photo: Patrick McCann/Racing Post Chris Hayes gave a riding masterclass his predecessor wouldbe proud of on Search For A Song who dictated the 1m6f Classic to win for Weldand Moyglare at 10-1.Hayes revealed afterwards that a pre-race chat with Smullenwas key to his tactical approach in a Leger that will be recalled for thedaring of the rider in defiance of things going wrong, Search For A Song verykeen but taking it up with around six furlongs to go“Nothing went right,” Hayes admitted. “I’d aplan in my head and spoke to Pat. He didn’t say a whole pile but what he saidgave me the confidence that if I got in a rhythm, be it last, first or fifth,let her go.“I knew early on I was getting in a row with her andthere was no point. The Oaks was a mess here and I decided to do what I did. Itwas a great performance from her.”Earlier on the card Pinatubo had seasoned Curragh racegoersstruggling for superlatives after an incredible nine-length rout in the GoffsVincent O’Brien National Stakes.Charlie Appleby’s colt, in the colours of Godolphin,trounced his rivals under William Buick in the premier two-year-old race of theseason in Ireland, leaving his trainer in awe.“James (Doyle) said at Goodwood in the first half ofthe race he wasn’t really travelling; three down here it was worrying again. Athome he won’t pick the bridle up,” Appleby said.“He is a trainer’s dream. I gave him a gallop duringthe week with some of the nicer two-year-olds, trying to give myself a bit ofconfidence and I think we did the reverse to be honest: they out-galloped him!“You don’t get confidence at home but at the track,what can you say? The way he has won there I see no reason why we do not go tothe Dewhurst Stakes.“I’ve been very lucky to have some nice two-year-oldsso far but he’s amazing. He just doesn’t do it in the morning.“We’ve seen the change in him over the past six weeks;people were saying is he just a two-year-old? I can’t fault him.”The other Group 1 race, the Derrinstown Stud Flying FiveStakes, continued Aidan O’Brien’s amazing weekend, 12-1 Fairyland defeatingstablemate So Perfect by a short head under Ryan Moore. Buffer Zone took theIrish Stallion Farms EBF ‘Bold Lad’ Sprint Handicap for Ger Lyons and ColinKeane. Stone Circle scooped the €147,500 prize for victory in the TattersallsIreland Super Auction Sale Stakes under Andrea Atzeni for Michael Bell and thefinale, the Irish Stallion Farms EBF ‘Northfields’ Handicap, went to 12-1 OneCool Poet, who had created history by winning thrice at the Galway Festival fortrainer Matthew Smith and rider Billy Lee this summer.In truth, this was a hugely emotional day, with the TonyMcCoy-ridden Quizzical landing a special win for a thrilled Sheila Lavery inthe Pat Smullen Champions Race for Cancer Trials Ireland. “I can’t believethey left McCoy alone in front,” Smullen laughed, adding that he was“overcome” by the race.Legendary former commentator Dessie Scahill called themhome, while the other riders taking part were Ruby Walsh, Johnny Murtagh,Charlie Swan, Joseph O’Brien, Ted Durcan, Paul Carberry, Richard Hughes andKieren Fallon.Attendance for day two of Longines Irish Champions Weekendwas 10,075, bringing the total weekend attendance 23,508.Pat Keogh, CEO of the Curragh Racecourse, said: “We’ve had awonderful Longines Irish Champions Weekend of racing where the action on thetrack truly lived up to the ‘Champions’ billing.“On Saturday we saw some incredible racing with Magical andIrridessa taking the Group 1s, the QIPCO Irish Champion Stakes and the CoolmoreFastnet Rock Matron Stakes.“Today at the Curragh we had an incredibly fitting winner ofthe Comer Group International Irish St Leger with the Moyglare Stud-owned andDermot Weld-trained Search For A Song.“Pinatubo confirmed his sheer class in the Goffs NationalStakes and Aidan O’Brien’s stunning weekend was capped with a classy victoryfor Love in the Moyglare Stud Stakes and Fairyland in the Derrinstown StudFlying Five.“And nobody will forget the thrilling finish to the Champions Race for Cancer Trials Ireland, with nine champions giving their all, in support of their friend Pat Smullen.  AP McCoy and Sheila Lavery teamed up with Quizical to win and spark incredible scenes here at the Curragh.”A.P McCoy with Pat Smullen after winning the Pat Smullen Champions Race For Cancer Trials Ireland on Quizical The Curragh. Photo: Patrick McCann/Racing Postprint WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Email On a day when the racing world came to support Pat Smullenin his quest to raise funds for Cancer Trials Ireland and awareness ofpancreatic cancer, it was almost written in the stars that the colours Smullenhas worn to so much success, those of Moyglare Stud, were carried to victory inthe Comer Group International Irish St Leger.center_img It was a day of champion performances and high emotion atthe Curragh as Dermot Weld landed the final Classic of the season and a classytwo-year-old trained in Britain marked himself down as a Classic contender ofthe highest order.last_img read more