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27 Sep 2018
Issue Number: Issue 648
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Sons deny father in Curragh thriller


Trained by Joseph O'Brien and ridden by his brother, Donnacha, Latrobe won a dramatic race for Saturday’s Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby on The Curragh. The son of Camelot, who himself took this prize in 2012 in the hands of Joseph O'Brien, battled on superbly to deny Rostropovich and Saxon Warrior, both trained by their father, Aidan. Latrobe was the last in the stalls and after a messy first few furlongs, Rostropovich took the lead under Padraig Beggy. Saxon Warrior, the 2000 Guineas winner who was fourth in the Derby at Epsom, looked perfectly poised but could never quite get to the front.

Latrobe hit the front with two furlongs to run, but was made to fight all the way to hold the game Rostropovich, who went down by half a length, with Saxon Warrior another neck away in third. Donnacha O'Brien, winning his third Classic of the season after Saxon Warrior at Newmarket and Forever Together in the Oaks at Epsom, said: "I didn't plan to be that forward, but the pace was slow. I held my position and he stayed really well to the line. "It's pretty incredible and it's not really sinking in yet. It's a special moment. We've always thought he was a really good horse and he's never run a bad race, but we just thought a few times that he'd run better.

"He's shown today that he's very good."

The trainer added: "We had intended on taking our time a bit, but Donnacha let him go forward as there wasn't much pace on and that was the winning and losing of the race. "He had a perfect position all the way, and committed him at the perfect time. The horse is tough and stays well. I have to thank everyone in the yard, especially Joey Fallon, who rides him out. I'm so grateful and lucky. "We always loved him and bought him as a yearling in Newmarket. From day one we loved him and he never really let us down." Aidan O'Brien spoke of his pride at the achievement of his sons. He said: "It's an unbelievably special day, you couldn't dream of it. It would have been a sickener for us to chin the two lads, as I know how hard they work and we know how hard it is and how tough the competition is.

I'm over the moon. "We beat the lads most of the time, but you like to see everyone getting a chance. The two lads work so hard day in, day out. "We know how competitive it is. Irish racing is every day. It's tough. Obviously we try to win every race, everyone does. We're so delighted for them. We are so grateful to everyone for supporting them." Earlier, Van Beethoven gave Aidan O'Brien his 13th victory in the 6f Railway Stakes with a hard fought success in the Group Two juvenile contest. The Scat Daddy colt dug deep for Ryan Moore to hold on grimly. O'Brien said: "In an ideal world he might have preferred a stronger pace.

Ryan said he was a little bit keen, but he galloped home. A stronger pace would have suited him better." Godolphin were on the scoresheet when Petticoat pulled away in the final furlong to record an easy success in the Dubai Duty Free Full Of Surprises Summer Fillies’ Handicap. Having greeted William Buick aboard his winner, trainer Michael Halford said: "We'll try to get some black type with her now, and she'll probably go to Killarney on July 15. She's very straightforward, loves that ground and hopefully she will go on to better things." Viadera finished with a flourish to make a winning debut in the Dubai Duty Free Finest Surprise Irish EBF Maiden which opened proceedings.

The only filly in the field, the Ger Lyons-trained daughter of Bated Breath produced a decisive turn of foot in the final furlong after showing her inexperience in the early stages of the 6f contest to lead in the shadow of the post. Colin Keane was aboard the Khalid Abdullah-owned runner, the pair scoring by half a length. Lyons said: "I just wanted a nice introduction on nice ground on a straight track and win her maiden next time. "She hit the line strong and ran right down to the boards. There should be huge improvement in her going forward. "I've been training 25 years and to have those colours winning for us is a proud day. "Ultimately I'm always thinking Stakes races, but she'll tell me and it will be baby steps for now."

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