The Curragh, Turf, 2414m
19 July 2014

Bracelet, one of five representatives for trainer Aidan O’Brien, led home a thrilling 1–2–4 for the Ballydoyle-based trainer in the Group 1 Darley Irish Oaks, the feature race at the Curragh Saturday. Fresh from her success in the Group 2 Ribblesdale Stakes at Royal Ascot, the three-year-old daughter of Montjeu once again showed her ability to battle, as she stayed on strongly under jockey Colm O’Donoghue to beat stable companion Tapestry (Galileo), the mount of Aidan’s son Joseph O’Brien, by a neck, with the same distance back Volume (Mount Nelson) in third. O’Brien sent out the first, second and fourth, as his 18-year-old daughter Ana O’Brien brought home Beyond Brilliance for fourth.

Bracelet’s win provided her late sire Montjeu with this second consecutive Irish Oaks winner, following Chicquita’s victory in last year’s renewal, and O’Brien’s 32nd Irish Classic winner.

The race was delayed due a technical difficulty with the British-trained Volume’s hind shoes, but once the gates opened, she attempted to make all the running, but was collared first by Bracelet and then by Tapestry, who stayed on well for second.

Bred by Roncon & Chelston, and from one of the best families in the stud book, this Group 1 victory added yet more lustre to Bracelet’s already immense broodmare value, as she is out of a half-sister to Galileo and Sea The Stars, amongst others. Her dam, Cherry Hinton (Green Desert), did not win but was placed in Group 3 company, and is already the dam of another smart Montjeu filly in the Group 2-winning juvenile Wading and Simply A Star (Giant’s Causeway), who was second in the Listed Tipperary Stakes last weekend. This is a true Classic family, as her Group 1-winning grandam Urban Sea (Miswaki) has also produced two daughters who were placed in the Group 1 Oaks and/or the Group 1 Irish Oaks.

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