Wayne Lordan takes favourite Waterville from last to first to snatch Friends Of The Curragh Irish Cesarewitch

The 5-1 favourite gave Aidan O’Brien the victory over Wille Mullins’ Echoes in Rain ridden by Rachael Blackmore

Sunday, September 25, 2022
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Wayne Lordan poses with Waterville after taking the three-year-old from last for the win

Wayne Lordan surged from the back of the field on favourite Waterville to clinch a thrilling victory ahead of Echoes in Rain in the €600,000 Friends Of The Curragh Irish Cesarewitch, writes Josh Graham.

The 5-1 shot looked to be nowhere after getting stuck at the back of the 30-runner field before Lordan made a late move on the three-year-old to deny Rachael Blackmore’s ride

Waterville gave Aidan O’Brien the victory over Willie Mullins, who has won this race three times since 2015, as the son of Camelot and half-brother to Arc runner-up Sea of Class chased down the leaders and stayed on strongly.

“When I passed the line in front, I got the thrill then,” said jockey Lordan on Racing TV

“Aidan filled me with confidence, he said he’s a good horse, take your time, don’t rush him. He said halfway he’ll come on the bridle and he said take your chances down the inside.

“He did come on the bridle, I took my chances and then I decided I had to come out but I hit the line good

“I took my time, the pace was on and I didn’t want to force him, he’s only a three-year-old. Going two miles is a long way against older horses as well.

“So I just let him find his feet and tried not to bully him and I think at halfway when a few of them started to struggle he came on the bridle.”


Lordan had to deal with horses dropping back in front of him but admitted he never feared the reaction of trainer O’Brien if he didn’t get the win.

He added: “I was coming fast, I was hoping I wasn’t going to get stopped but when you’re coming home like that you can take gaps that are maybe just coming and you’ll get there

“If I wasn’t going as well, I probably would have got knocked down but it worked out today. Aidan is always pretty fair, I probably didn’t mean to sit last but it was a rough race and I didn’t want him to get bullied out of it.”

Aidan filled me with confidence, he said he’s a good horse, take your time, don’t rush him.

- Wayne Lordan

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