A step up to Group One company could be on the cards for Aussie Rules after he regained the winning thread in a thrilling renewal of the Somerville Tattersall Stakes at Newmarket.
Aidan O’Brien is considering a tilt at the Darley Dewhurst Stakes back on the Rowley Mile course on October 15 as hold-up tactics paid dividends in this Group Three contest.
The Danehill colt weaved his way through the pack to lead well inside the final furlong but was strongly pressed by the rallying Killybegs.
However, the 3-1 joint-favourite stuck his head out for Kieren Fallon and held on by a short head.
O’Brien said: “Kieren was very confident he wanted to ride him this way, so he produced him late. He loves fast ground and will make up into a lovely horse.
“We’ll see how he is and he could come back in a couple of weeks for the Dewhurst, especially as Kieren knows how he likes to ride him now.”
Aussie Rules had been beaten at odds-on last time and Fallon said: “We were in front at the Curragh and he idled all the way and he gave it away at the finish. He was out there too long and he likes to come late.
“I didn’t know whether I’d won, I had my head down, he (Killybegs) was coming and my fellow was stopping – when he gets there he switches off.
“It’s hard to come late on him because he’s lazy as well.
“I got there a bit early today and the other one got back at me but it was a good performance.
“He’s very tough and he’s going to be much better next year.”
O’Brien and Fallon completed a double when Fire And Rain made a winning debut in the Macmillan Cancer Relief Coffee Morning Maiden Stakes.
The son of Derby winner Galileo wore down Mashaahed inside the last of the eight furlongs to score by a length, with another five back to the third Red Rocks.
Fire And Rain is 33-1 with Ladbrokes and 40-1 with Paddy Power and Cashmans to emulate his sire at Epsom next June.
“He seems just like his dad – a big, long-striding horse – and he probably won’t run again this season as he learned and travelled well today,” O’Brien said.
“He is a lovely horse and Kieren likes him. He was just ready to come here and they looked to go a good gallop.
“He’s got a great attitude and he’ll be a smashing horse for next year.”
Boogie Street showed his rivals a clean pair of heels in the Rous Stakes.
In the end Richard Hannon’s four-year-old came home a length and a quarter clear of the runner-up, Corridor Creeper, after making all the running under Richard Hughes.
The trainer was represented by his son, Richard, who said: “When he gets things his own way he’s a very good horse – it takes a Ferrari to beat him.
“He’s just been coming back into a bit of form and we’ll have a look at the Hong Kong Sprint if we get an invite, the fast ground will suit him.”
Art Eyes gained a well-deserved Listed win – and in record time too – in the Unicoin Homes Noel Murless Stakes.
The David Elsworth-trained filly had run well on a number of occasions in a busy campaign, including last Saturday when she finished a respectable fourth behind Ouija Board in a Group Three contest on the Rowley Mile.
She clearly had no ill effects from her exertions as she routed a useful field.
John Egan was always prominent on the 8-1 shot before sending her to the front with two of the 14 furlongs left to go and she strode clear to beat Centaurus by five lengths, with another four back to St Leger third Tawqeet.
She lowered the track record by almost three seconds in the process with the assistance of a strong tail wind.
“This filly has progressed and she should have been third last Saturday with a bit of luck,” Elsworth said.
“I think she’s a filly who will stay in training next year. She keeps improving, she’s very resilient, very tough.
“She might go off to Italy for a Group race at the end of the season as she has stood up to her racing remarkably well.”
Trainer John Gosden and jockey Jimmy Fortune maintained their fine run in the top juvenile races when Murfreesboro justified 4-1 favouritism in the £250000 Tattersalls October Auction Stakes.
They enjoyed Group One and Two successes with Nannina and Leo respectively at the weekend and Murfreesboro kept up the good work with a three-quarters of a length verdict over Blades Girl, with Foxysox a short head back in third.
The second and third raced on the opposite side of the track to the winner and Gosden said: “Jimmy was certain they were in front when he looked across. He said they had two lengths on him going to the Bushes so he thought he’d better go.
“He had to race on his own which isn’t easy but he’s a brave horse, a good horse.
“He hasn’t been over-raced and I’ve been waiting for this race and it was worth the wait.
“That will be it for this season and I think he’ll make a sprinter next year.”
Ian Mongan, who rode fifth placed Charlton, was banned for four days (October 10, 11, 12 and 13) for using his whip with excessive frequency.