A lucrative Irish Oaks weekend at the Curragh has
helped Aidan O’Brien cement his place at the summit of the leading Flat trainer
standings, writes Paul Martin.
The master of Ballydoyle enjoyed a one-two in the Group 1 Juddmonte Irish Oaks, with Snowfall leading home Divinely to add more than €300,000 to his tally for the season, which now stands at €2,238,720.
Ryan Moore, who had steered Snowfall to success, was at it again for O’Brien at the same track the following day as Order of Australia claimed the Group 2 Romanised Minstrel Stakes, while he was also in the saddle for Point Lonsdale’s Tryos Stakes triumph,
O’Brien’s sole success at the ongoing Galway Festival to date came in strange circumstances, with Twinkle awarded the EBF Fillies Maiden after a case of mistaken identity in the Jessica Harrington stable saw Aurora Princess run instead of Alizarine.
O’Brien’s son, Joseph, remains second having taken his total to €1,403,930 – both he and his father have trained 61 winners on the Flat so far this season.
Joseph’s highlights of the past fortnight came just over 24 hours apart as Agartha won the Group 3 Silver Flash Stakes at Leopardstown before Master of Reality claimed Her Majesty’s Plate at Down-Royal, both with Declan McDonogh on board.
Harrington has now joined the O’Brien duo in seven figures for the season. A runners-up finish for Njord in the Minstrel Stakes followed by wins for Corviglia at Leopardstown and Citronnade in the Eventus Handicap at Galway have helped boost her tally
Ger Lyons has leapfrogged Jim Bolger into fourth following a productive fortnight which has included triumphs in the Group 3 Anglesey Stakes at the Curragh and Frenetic at Cork’s Doneraile Handicap, with leading Flat jockey Colin Keane doing the honours
on both occasions.
Leading trainers (Flat – 2021)
- Aidan O’Brien
- Joseph O’Brien
- Jessica Harrington
- Ger Lyons
- Jim Bolger
- Johnny Murtagh
- Charlie Appleby
- Dermot Weld
- Willie McCreery
- Noel Meade