Crossfirehurricane is set for a venture into Group One company after an impressive performance in the Coolmore Ten Sovereigns Gallinule Stakes at the Curragh.
Taking his unbeaten record to four, the Joseph O’Brien-trained colt was given a patient ride in the 10-furlong Group Three contest by Shane Crosse, who did not panic when Toronto opened up a sizeable advantage at the head of the six-runner field.
Twice successful on the Polytrack at the Dundalk in February and racing over a trip in excess of a mile for the first time, the son of Kitten’s Joy made smooth progress down the straight to join Gold Maze as Toronto gave way and ultimately came out a length and a quarter to the good.
Betfair and Paddy Power immediately gave O’Brien’s 7-1 winner a 10-1 quote for the Irish Derby on June 27, but the trainer flagged up the Tattersalls Gold Cup on July 26 as a potential target.
He said: “He’s an improving colt. I was a little bit worried about experience and the trip coming here, but Shane gave him a lovely ride.
“He had a setback after he won his maiden last year and as a result he missed most of last season. We gave him some experience on the all-weather and he won twice up there (Dundalk).
“We were a bit worried about the trip and left him in the Guineas. I’d say this is going to be his trip.
“I’m not sure I’d be going a mile and a half with him, and we’ll be looking for another race at this trip where the ground is nice and quick.
“The Tattersalls Gold Cup back here is an option for him and he could have another run between now and then.”