Mogul upholds family tradition at Leopardstown

Japan’s brother has Group One options

  • Saturday 14 September
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Mogul was a convincing winner of the KPMG Champions Juvenile Stakes at Leopardstown.

Aidan O’Brien’s colt, a full-brother to dual Group One-winning stablemate Japan, had a length and a quarter to spare from Sinawann at the line.

Ryan Moore bided his time on the 1-2 favourite as Cormorant, another of O’Brien’s three runners in the seven-strong field, set the pace in this Group Two.

Mogul, an all-the-way winner of a Curragh maiden over this same trip of a mile, produced telling acceleration to nose in front on the outside entering the final furlong and move clear.

O’Brien said: “We were delighted with him.

“He was trapped a little bit wide today and there was a nice pace on so he learned plenty.

“Ryan had to move early on him then and when he got to the front he had a good look. I’d say he would have learned plenty and we’ve been very happy with his progress form race to race so hopefully he’ll progress on again.

“He just had to keep him up to his job to make sure something wouldn’t run him down late.

“Ryan was very happy and very complimentary when he came in off him.

“He would have a choice of two races, probably the Dewhurst or the Vertem Futurity. We’ll see how he comes out of it and the lads will decide on one of the two.

“We won’t over-race him. His brother ran in a Group Two and didn’t run any more (at two), but this horse looks four weeks ahead of his brother at this stage.

“Obviously we think he’s a Classic horse, Guineas/Derby type horse.”

O’Brien and Moore had opened Irish Champions Weekend with a narrow victory for 13-2 shot Blissful in the Listed Ballylinch Stud Irish EBF Ingabelle Stakes.

A trip to Britain may now be in the offing for the two-year-old after her second successive – both by a nose, staying on strongly this time to lead on the line from Nurse Barbara.

O’Brien responded by pinpointing a Group One target at Newmarket next month.

“The Fillies Mile could be a possibility for her,” he said.

“She’s very relaxed after and was in no way upset. I’d say she’d have no problem going into a Group race next and probably will end up getting a mile very well this year.”

O’Brien made it three winners on the card when Norway took the Group Three Paddy Power Betting Shop Stakes – with Seamie Heffernan the successful jockey this time.

Moore was deployed instead on Mount Everest, who was easy to back at 7-1 and could finish only fourth.

Up front, Norway had a length and a quarter to spare at the line from his fellow 7-2 joint-favourite Buckhurst – trained by O’Brien’s son, Joseph.

Norway may be set for an international campaign next year, on the back of his third career win and first of a busy season which has included several Group One engagements.

O’Brien said of the three-year-old: “We’re delighted with him.

“It always looked like it could work for him here. A mile and a half is probably his trip, and taking your time on him a little bit (helps).

“He travels well, quickens well, but when he gets there he doesn’t do a lot.

“He’s a horse that is probably going to get better – he’s going to be better next year.

“We had him in (the Melbourne Cup in) Australia, but I don’t think he’s going to get in. I’d be viewing him as a next-year horse really.

“There are going to be a lot of places to suit him. He could travel a little bit at the end. He could go to Hong Kong or America.”

Clipper Logistics recouped a good portion of their own money thanks to Space Traveller in the Group Two Boomerang Stakes, sponsored by the winning owners.

Richard Fahey’s three-year-old put one on the board for Britain on Irish Champions Weekend, cutting back Mark Johnston’s fellow raider Matterhorn in the final furlong to win by a neck at 13-2 under Billy Lee.

Shock Royal Ascot winner Space Traveller has been beaten twice since his Jersey Stakes success, but bounced back in style here.

Lee was deputising for regular pilot Danny Tudhope, needed aboard Suedois – who was Clipper’s 2017 winner of the race but had to settle for a two-length fourth this time.

Clipper’s executive chairman Steve Parkin said: “It’s the second time in three years we’ve won our own race, so we’ll take our money back to England.

“It’s a great thrill.

“He’s been winning over five and six furlongs, but he’s actually a miler all day long – and I think today’s proved that.”

Mogul upholds family tradition at Leopardstown
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