Promising two-year-old Blackbeard leaves it late at Curragh

Aidan O’Brien’s Blackbeard wanted each yard to return on high in an exciting end to the Listed GAIN First Flier Stakes on the Curragh.

Cork winner Crispy Cat tried to make all within the arms of Leigh Roche for Michael O’Callaghan and refused to lie down when challenged by the eventual winner all through the closing levels of the five-furlong contest.

Nevertheless, it was the Ballydoyle colt, despatched off the 11-10 favorite, who had his head in entrance when it mattered most, responding gamely to Ryan Moore’s urgings and displaying a most prepared perspective to make it two from two.

The son of No Nay By no means received in good type at Dundalk on debut and having continued his training right here, seems to be to have booked his ticket to Royal Ascot, for which he was given quotes of 8-1 for the Norfolk Stakes over the minimal journey by Coral, whereas Betfair went 7-1 from 8-1 for the six-furlong Coventry Stakes.

O’Brien mentioned: “The bottom is softer than we thought it was going to be, however he did effectively to battle again.

“He’ll go on to Ascot for one of many races over 5 or 6. Ryan mentioned he may get six.

“If you may get a few runs earlier than Ascot on this nation you’re very fortunate. There should not that many races.”

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