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Ernest lights up the Curragh in the Cup

Sun 30th Jun 2013, 17:44

He's certainly photogenic - Ernest Hemingway, with Seamie Heffernan up, at the Curragh
© Photo Healy Racing

We all remember the devastating eighteen length maiden success at Dundalk of Duntle. Well Ernest Hemingway landed his first start, on the polytrack, by all of ten lengths and he joined the aforementioned filly today as

Aidan O'Brien Group winner as he flew home under Seamie Heffernan to take the At The Races Curragh Cup.

In this Group 3 fourteen furlong event, it looked like it might be more joy for Johnny Murtagh when he led on his own Royal Diamond from before the straight.

Favourite, Voleuse De Coeurs laid down her challenge in the final quarter mile but the longer-priced Ballydoyle runner (a treble for them following on from Bye Bye Birdie and Beach Of Falesa earlier), Ernest Hemingway (12/1, the Joseph O’Brien-ridden El Salvador went off at 7/1) simply sprouted wings from over furlong out, eventually landing the prize by five lengths.

Aidan O'Brien explained: "He ran over

Aidan O'Brien mile and

Aidan O'Brien half before when we used him (as

Aidan O'Brien pacemaker) in the Arc but that wasn't

Aidan O'Brien fair trial (of his staying power).

"When he ran over

Aidan O'Brien mile and two Joseph said he was crying out for

Aidan O'Brien mile and

Aidan O'Brien half.

"It suited to run today and to take our time with him.

"He's

Aidan O'Brien very good mover and probably loved that ground.

"He showed good acceleration today and I'm delighted with him.

"Obviously that's the first time that he's stepped up in distance.

"He's

Aidan O'Brien beautiful horse –

Aidan O'Brien big imposing type." (GC & EM)

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