Armory spearheads Group race double for O'Brien

Love also triumphs for the Ballydoyle trainer at Leopardstown

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Armory highlighted a Group Three double for Aidan O’Brien at Leopardstown when winning the Japan Racing Association Tyros Stakes.

Partnered by Ryan Moore, Armory was sent off the 2-5 favourite for seven-furlong heat which O’Brien had won 12 times before, including the last five renewals, with Derby hero Anthony Van Dyck taking the prize 12 months ago.

Stablemate Toronto set the early gallop but when Moore gave the signal, Curragh maiden winner Armory responded in style to run out a comfortable five-length winner over his stablemate.

O’Brien said: “You’d be delighted with him and we’ll go for the Futurity with him.

“He progressing lovely, he came forward lovely from his first to his second (run) and you’d have to be very happy with him.

“He looks like a horse, that as a three-year-old, a mile would be his trip. You never know, he could stay further, but he’s not short of pace.

“At the Curragh, he was very good when he got out. We’re delighted with him.”

Love had earlier made virtually every yard of the running to claim a clear-cut victory in the Jockey Club Of Turkey Silver Flash Stakes.

The 8-1 shot was one of three runners for O’Brien, with Ryan Moore opting to partner 2-1 favourite Precious Moments in the Group Three heat.

That left Seamie Heffernan to team up with the Galileo filly, who had been beaten in her two previous outings, and the rider was positive from the off.

Love was quickly in front and she was clearly in control entering the final of the seven furlongs, cruising home by three and a quarter lengths from Unforgetable, with O’Brien’s So Wonderful third and Precious Moments fourth.

“She’s a lovely filly and progressing, obviously,” said O’Brien.

“They are really coming forward with every run. They are just progressing and she won nicely here the last day.

“Ryan was happy with his filly, he didn’t have a good draw, but he was happy with her. She has plenty of speed.

“Wayne (Lordan on So Wonderful) was happy with his filly too and said she’s still progressing. She’s still a maiden as well.

“They’ll probably all go to the Debutante and we’ll see what happens there.”

Love was giving O’Brien an 11th winner in the Silver Flash and the trainer rounded off his fruitful evening with South Sea Pearl in the Kingdom Of Bahrain Vinnie Roe Stakes.

Ridden by Moore, the 11-8 favourite claimed the Listed contest by three lengths from stablemate Simply Beautiful.

“She’s a grand filly, she stays very well and we’re delighted with her,” said O’Brien.

“She could be a Park Hill filly or something like that. She stays well and she’s progressive.

“You never know where she could slot in that filly, she just stays very well.”

Armory spearheads Group race double for O'Brien
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