Casamento stakes Classic claims

Casamento was significantly cut in price for next year’s 2000 Guineas after winning the Juddmonte Beresford Stakes at the Curragh.

Michael Halford’s two-year-old, owned by Sheikh Mohammed, justified the €10,000 supplementary fee when landing the odds in the Group Two contest.

The 4-6 shot did what was asked of him and gained compensation for finishing second behind Pathfork in the National Stakes two weeks earlier.

Pat Smullen was happy to sit in second place and let the Aidan O’Brien-trained Robin Hood make the running.

Casamento ranged alongside the pacesetter two furlongs out and forged his way clear to win by four lengths.

“We don’t have any plans yet. We will talk to the team and see how he comes out of the race,” said Halford. “He’s the best horse I’ve had by a long way.”

Smullen added: “He’s a nice horse. He was a bit aggressive out of the gates and did the same in the National Stakes.

“He’s an immature horse still mentally and will improve over the winter. He has the makings of a very good horse.”

Casamento was cut to 16-1 from 20-1 for the 2000 Guineas with Ladbrokes and 12-1 from 20s with Stan James.

It was a memorable day for the County Kildare trainer as he was also on target with Hujaylea (13-2) in the Whitney Moore Trophy.

Given a good ride by 7lb claimer Conor Hoban, the seven-year-old stuck on well to hold Luisant by a half a length.

Halford said: “It is unusual for a horse of that age to improve to that extent. I thought Conor rode him very well. There is no stopping the horse.

“There is a Listed race at Cork over a mile – the Navigation Stakes – which I’ll aim for next and then he might winter in Dubai for a bit of sun on his back.”

Chrysanthemum followed up her promising debut win at the track with a battling victory in the CL Weld Park Stakes to earn a 25-1 quote for the 1000 Guineas with Ladbrokes.

The David Wachman-trained filly knuckled down when asked the question by Wayne Lordan as she made her challenge between Bible Belt and Wild Wind.

There was plenty to admire about her attitude as the 7-2 shot stuck her neck out in the closing strides to beat the 11-4 favourite Wild Wind by a head, with Bible Belt a similar distance behind in third.

Wachman was completing a 75-1 double having taken the opening Irish Stallion Farms Joe McGrath EBF Maiden with Stage Master (16-1), ridden by Colm O’Donoghue.

“He had a previous run under his belt and David was very confident. He said the horse was an uncomplicated ride and he stuck it out well,” said the jockey.

O’Donoghue enjoyed a brace of his own when Bright Horizon (14-1) ran away with the Hacketts Bookmakers Irish Cesarewitch.

The O’Brien-trained three-year-old burst clear on the far rail to win by five and a half lengths from What A Charm.

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