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Fame And Glory winning the Tattersalls Gold Cup (Gr1)
(Photo : Lahipodromodigital - Footage : At The Races)
TATTERSALLS GOLD CUP (Gr1)
The Curragh, Turf, 2112m
THE CURRAGH, IRELAND - Already victorious here on his finest hour in last year’s Irish Derby (Gr1), Fame and Glory (Montjeu) successfully shortened up in trip to emulate his sire, and one of his best progeny in Hurricane Run, by adding this contest to that mile-and-a-half Classic. Denied a larger share of the limelight in 2009 due to the misfortune of being foaled in the same year as Sea the Stars, the bay would by now also have an Epsom Derby and Irish Champion Stakes to his name had he not encountered that formidable rival.
Any fears that he might not be the same force following a comeback third in the course-and-distance Listed Alleged Stakes on April 11 were assuaged by his easy win under a five-pound penalty in the G3 Mooresbridge Stakes back here last time May 3. Allowed time to arrive at this feature on his own terms by Aidan O’Brien, he justified the patient approach with an awesome display of power.
Towed to the top of the stretch by the Ballydoyle rabbit Dixie Music, he took control from 2 1/2 lengths out and drew away from the chasing Lady O’Reilly pair of Rechargeand Chinese White as Johnny Murtagh took his foot off the pedal in the final yards.
“It was a true-run race, and he is really there now”, Aidan O’Brien commented. “All the class is there in abundance, and you can see that in the way he traveled and quickened today. Johnny said he could have waited a lot longer, and he was a different class really. He’s always been an amazing horse and is in a great place at the moment. He has matured, and so, although it is a quick turnaround, the G1 Coronation Cup (4 June at Epsom) will be next provided he is well. It was lovely the way he handled the fast ground, and it all comes the same to him now.”
Extract from Thoroughbred Daily News
FAME AND GLORY
Saeed bin Suroor