O’Brien set to ride Colombo in 2000 Guineas

Aidan O’Brien announced the probable riding arrangements for his three 2000 Guineas candidates at Newmarket on Saturday at Tipperary last night.

O’Brien set to ride Colombo in 2000 Guineas

Said O’Brien: “It looks as if Joseph (O’Brien) will ride Cristoforo Colombo, Seamus (Heffernan) will be on Mars and Colm (O’Donoghue) on George Vancouver.”

O’Brien was speaking after his Line Drummer had run away with the Fundraising Events At Tipperary Races Handicap. Partnered by Joseph, the Galileo colt came from off the pace to sweep ahead over a furlong down and beat market leader, Caesaria, by five and a half lengths.

Continued O’Brien senior: “Line Drummer was very keen at home and showing a lot of speed. We will step him up to a mile now.”

The father and son combination completed a double when easy enough to back newcomer, Freewheel, took the Events At Tipperary Racecourse Maiden.

Another by Galileo, he edged ahead early in the straight and kept going well to easily beat Teoirim.

“Joseph said he was green and, hopefully, will progress”, reported Aidan.

Dermot Weld’s Stuccodor justified strong favouritism with a game success in the Follow Tipperary Races On Facebook Race.

Running over a trip arguably short of his best, he was all the rage in the market, finding evens from 11-8.

The winner and Willie McCreery’s French-import, Fiesolana, had a real battle up the straight and it was well into the final furlong before Pat Smullen’s mount finally got on top.

Said Weld: “As long as the ground stays like this we will keep going with him. Then he will have a summer’s break and is a horse with a future over hurdles.”

Weld and Smullen also combined to take the concluding Follow @TipperaryRaces On Twitter Handicap with Pay Day Kitten.

Smullen was at his best, nursing the filly from behind to collar front-running Kingdom close home to score by a head.

“I wanted to be the last to challenge”, said Smullen. “She is still green and, hopefully, will improve again.”

In between those two successes, Smullen was on the mark when guiding the John Kiely-trained hitherto frustrating Clara Bel La to a clear-cut victory in the Youth Raceday On 6th June Handicap.

In front a furlong down, the daughter of Accordion lengthened away to easily beat Concrete And Clay.

“We like her, but she has always been a bit anxious”, said Kiely. “She got a great ride and we hope we can get another one.”

Paul Deegan’s Dubai Deer dug deep to land the Book Online At TippperaryRaces.ie Maiden.

Chris Hayes asked him to kick clear at the three-furlong pole and the son of Manduro refused to wilt, as the Aidan O’Brien pair, Agreement and Victory Song, came at him.

Commented Deegan: “He’s tough, but hated the ground and we just about got away with it.

“He’s a very likeable colt, progressive, but not over-big. We have no plans, although after the last day (Leopardstown) Chris said he was an Ulster Derby (Down Royal) horse.”

Charles O’Brien’s decision to turn out Hurricane Sky again quickly, following his win at Gowran Park on Sunday, paid dividends when he landed the TipperyRaces.com Handicap.

Hurricane Sky had plenty to do at half way, but kept finding for Fran Berry to grab the flattering Daigreen near the line, the verdict three parts of a length.

Said O’Brien: “That was a good performance, he was flat to the boards down the back. We’ll see how he is, he has plenty of options and has just grown up mentally and physically.”

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