O'Brien triumphs in first two Leopardstown races

Irish trainer Aidan O’Brien has seen his horses take the first two races at this afternoon's meeting in Leopardstown.

Irish trainer Aidan O’Brien has seen his horses take the first two races at this afternoon's meeting in Leopardstown.

O'Brien’s Await The Dawn is beginning to make up for lost time and took the Kilternan Stakes at Leopardstown in tremendous fashion.

Always nicely placed behind the front-running South Easter, Johnny Murtagh’s mount took over entering the straight and soon went clear.

Having just his fourth start, the Giant’s Causeway colt was easy in the market beforehand but that did not stop him taking the Group Three prize by nine lengths as the 7-2 joint-favourite.

South Easter plugged on for second, with fellow British raider Nanton staying on from the rear to take third.

O’Brien said: “He was very impressive first time last year, then we travelled him to England after that and it might have been too soon.

“He’s progressed very well and looked exciting there. He’s had an easy first half of the season and we look forward to the next day with him.

“Johnny has always liked him.”

O'Brien was also successful in the opener with Juliet Capulet and made it three in a row as Lillie Langtry (7-2) grabbed Spacious close home in the Coolmore Fusaichi Pegasus Matron Stakes.

Murtagh was happy to settle his mount at the rear of the six-runner Group One field, and made stealthy progress as Spacious took over from Gile Na Greine.

It looked for a moment that Kieren Fallon had stolen enough of an advantage on James Fanshawe’s gallant mare Spacious, but Murtagh had every moved covered and reeled her in by a neck. Music Show was a close third.

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