ELEANORA Duse gave the Ballymacoll Stud their biggest success of the season when landing a narrow victory in the www.thetote.com Blandford Stakes at the Curragh yesterday.
The filly just held the late challenge of She’s Our Mark to gain ample compensation for her fine effort when third to Prix Vermeille heroine Midday in the Yorkshire Oaks.
Ryan Moore made his move on the 3-1 favourite to lead over a furlong out after Long Lashes had gone on and looked like winning comfortably.
But Sir Michael Stoute’s charge Eleanora Duse was all out in the end to keep She’s Our Mark at bay by a short head with Choose Me just a head back in third.
Peter Reynolds, for owners Ballymacoll Stud, said: “Ryan said it was a messy race as the pace was very slow. They dawdled and he always had to be where he was. The ground was a bit sticky and she is more of a mile-and-a-half filly.
“That’s our best win of the year. We have no Conduit this year. Eleanora Duse is a good tough mare and she is improving. Hopefully she’ll race for us next year too.
“She is in a Group Two on the Saturday of the Arc weekend but she might have enough done now. We’ll leave it up to Sir Michael.”
A revitalised Steinbeck ran out a cosy winner of the O’Brien’s Wines Supporting Jack & Jill Solonaway Stakes.
The three-year-old had put a disappointing campaign behind him when striking at Killarney last month and he followed up in style.
Jumbajukiba set the pace but the course specialist was overpowered and it was Steinbeck who came through to land the spoils.
The 11-8 favourite, ridden by Johnny Murtagh, got home by three-quarters of a length from Wade Giles with Across The Rhine half a length away third.
Arazan, who was having his first race since this meeting two years ago, made a promising comeback in fourth.
“He was very fresh early and he could have done with a lot faster pace, he found plenty under pressure. Better ground and a better race would suit him well,” said trainer Aidan O’Brien.
“He is in the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes and he’ll be way better in a real good race. We’re looking at that race for Rip Van Winkle as well but nothing has been decided yet. Beethoven would be a possibility for there too.”
Bewitched staged a late flourish to snatch the Michael Kinane Renaissance Stakes to give Murtagh a double.
Croisultan looked like landing the spoils when seeing off the valiant Snaefell, but Murtagh managed to get the Charles O’Brien-trained filly in the clear.
The 3-1 shot quickened nicely to score by a neck from Croisultan with Snaefell third.
The winning trainer said: “She had traffic issues last time. They went a good pace and that’s what she wants. We’ve given up on five and seven with her and this (six furlongs) is her trip.
“She handles all ground and as there is nothing much left for her that could be it for the season.”
Steinbeck’s owner Michael Tabor struck with the David Wachman-trained Chrysanthemum in the Flame Of Tara EBF Stakes.
The 25-1 shot looked a class act as she overcame her inexperience to take the Listed contest on her debut in the hands of Fran Berry.
She pounced in the final furlong to win by two and a half lengths from Cambina with Aris third.
Wachman said: “She is a filly that we always thought quite a bit of. It was a big ask in a Listed race first time though and she has done it well.
“She could run again before the end of the season, possibly up in class.”
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