Crusade conquers all
Crusade and Colm O'Donoghue burn off their rivals at the Curragh
(Healy Racing Photos)
The American-bred colt who holds a host of Group race entries came home eighth of 17 at York but showed the benefit of that experience today.
He was sent off the 5/2 favourite and was always prominent throughout before kicking clear under Colm O’Donoghue a furlong out to score by two lengths.
“I’m delighted with him. He came on nicely for his first run,” Aidan O’Brien said of his charge.
“We sent him to York first as I thought he was a nice horse.
“He was a bit green but came on nicely for it. We’ll look at the Blenheim Stakes or something like that. We’ll see how he is.
“This came up a little bit quick after York but it was a nice race for him.”
Gamble of the race was Paul Deegan’s unraced Tamam Namoose (entered in the Group 1 National Stakes) who was heavily supported from 20/1 to 7/1 but the son of Exceed And Excel never landed a blow in coming home seventh.
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