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Michael Graham

Michael Graham

Crosse makes Group race breakthrough

Sat 28th Sep 2019, 14:36

Speak In Colours, left, sees off Downforce
© Photo Healy Racing

Speak In Colours gave jockey Shane Crosse his first Group-race victory in the AES Renaissance Stakes.

The 6/5 favourite made headway to lead a furlong and a half out and kept on well to see off Downforce who looked a significant threat at the furlong pole.

Downforce (20/1) couldn't quite get on terms, though, and was outgunned in the closing stages by a length and a quarter in this Group 3.

Joseph O’Brien said: “It was a good performance. Obviously he was ahead on ratings but the second horse (Downforce) is very good on soft ground. Shane gave him a lovely ride.

“He’s in the Foret next week so there is a chance he might go there if he comes out of this okay.

“He’s won on all types of ground and seems very versatile. He’d nearly a career best when fourth in Ascot and that was good and quick.

“He’s a great horse to have as he’s very solid and runs his race over six or seven furlongs.”

Shane Crosse added: “That’s my first Group-race winner. A big thanks must go to Joseph and it’s great to get the opportunity.

“He’s a lovely, relaxed type. I probably got there a bit soon but when Billy(Lee)’s horse came to me he kept going well.”

Additional reporting by Alan Magee