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Futurity next stop for unbeaten Proud And Regal

Proud And Regal has Donnacha O’Brien dreaming he could be a Derby horse next year, following his latest success.

A son of 2001 Epsom hero Galileo, Proud And Regal is already as short as 20-1 for next season’s mile-and-a-half Classic after backing up his Curragh maiden victory with another in the Group Three Tyros Stakes at Leopardstown.

That form was given a boost when runner-up Hellsing took a Listed contest at Tipperary last week.

Out of the Danehill mare Simply Perfect, who won both the Fillies’ Mile and Falmouth Stakes, Proud And Regal is bred in the purple.

His Ballyroe handler is set to keep the colt – jointly owned by Coolmore partners Derrick Smith, John Magnier, Michael Tabor and Georg von Opel’s Westerberg operation – at seven furlongs for the Galileo Irish EBF Futurity Stakes at The Curragh.

O’Brein said: “He is a lovely colt and it was very pleasing what he did the last day. Hopefully there is a lot more progress to come from him. We are excited by him.

“The plan at the minute is to go to the Futurity on Saturday week. We will take it one step at a time and see how that goes, and then make a plan after that.

“He has a very good middle-distance pedigree, so if you have a horse who is a seven-furlong horse, a Group horse like him, you would be dreaming that he could be a Derby horse, but there is still a long way to go.”

O’Brein also confirmed Ballysax Stakes winner and Irish Derby runner-up Piz Badile will have one more run this season after being given a break.

Supplemented for the Grand Prix de Paris last month, things did not go according to plan at ParisLongchamp, where he finished a disappointing last of six to Onesto.

His sire, Ulysses, was better with time, winning both the Eclipse and Juddmonte International as a four-year-old, and O’Brien is hoping he will mature in similar vein.

Donnacha O'Brien (centre) is looking to next season with Piz Badile
Donnacha O’Brien (centre) is looking to next season with Piz Badile (Niall Carson/PA)

Though he holds an entry in the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe, his trainer says he is unlikely to take up that engagement.

“Piz Badile got a little break after his last race at Longchamp,” said O’Brien.

“We think he is going to make a lovely horse next year. He is back in light work now, so we might get another run into him at the end of this year, but there is no specific target next year.

“I don’t think he will go to the Arc. We will take it slowly with him and look for a stakes race at the end of the year and then look to next year.”

Well-regarded Hellsing back on the winning trail at Tipperary

Hellsing returned to winning ways with a taking success in the Coolmore Stud Churchill Stakes at Tipperary.

Successful first time out at the Curragh, the Ger Lyons-trained colt then met the potentially top-class Proud And Regal in the Group Three Tyros Stakes at Leopardstown.

Back to Listed class, Colin Keane’s mount was sent off the 9-4 favourite and his rider was happy to take a watching brief through the early stages of the extended seven-furlong feature.

As the runners turned for home the market leader made significant progress a furlong and a half out and swept to the front. He looked to give Greenland a bump in the process, but it made no difference to the result and it was no surprise the placings were unchanged following a stewards’ inquiry. A half-length was the winning margin over Papilio.

Assistant trainer Shane Lyons said: “At Leopardstown he was doing a lot of shouting and roaring. He’s a character, not coltish at all. We stood him in the parade ring for 15 minutes afterwards just drinking water and he stood and looked at the crowd.

“He would have been working yesterday and would have been going working on Saturday so Ger took the view, without trying to sound cocky, to run him here to see if the penny had dropped.

“He’s still a work in progress and we think the world of this horse. He’s a gorgeous big horse for next year.

“He could run next in the Futurity, but his main aim is the Goffs Million.”

Proud And Regal stays unbeaten with stylish Leopardstown victory

Proud And Regal had looked a high-class performer in the making when winning on debut and did little to dent that impression with an all-the-way success in the Japan Racing Association Tyros Stakes at Leopardstown.

Again partnered by Gavin Ryan for Donnacha O’Brien, the Galileo colt – who is out of the dual Group One winner Simply Perfect – showed a taking attitude when pressed by Age Of Kings to readily shake off his attentions and ultimately score by a length and a quarter from Hellsing, who edged the market leader for second.

Coral reacted with a 20-1 quote for the Qipco 2000 Guineas, while Paddy Power went the same price for the Derby.

O’Brien said: “He’s still very raw and nearly went too slow for his own good because he’s so lazy in front. If he can get a lead off a strong pace he’ll be twice the horse. He really improved at home since his debut and I think he’s quite a classy horse.

“There is a lot more in there and I’d be fairly confident if something came to him he’d go on again.

“He’ll stay a mile and handles that fast ground so he’s an exciting one.”

He added on plans for the 11-4 winner: “The Futurity and National Stakes looks an obvious path. We’ll see how he comes out of it and we could skip the Futurity and go straight for the National Stakes.”

It was an O’Brien family monopoly in the Silver Flash Stakes as Never Ending Story justified 5-6 favouritism for Aidan O’Brien and Ryan Moore.

Back in second was Joseph O’Brien’s Zoinnocent with Donnacha O’Brien’s La Dolce Vita third.

The winner, a Dubawi filly, holds several big-race entries and is improving with every start.

O’Brien said: “We are delighted with her. She was a little bit keen early, but Ryan did well and nursed her after that.

“She will probably go for the Debutante (Group Two at the Curragh, August 20). She has plenty of class the way she travels.”

The Ballydoyle handler unleashed a very nice prospect in the Frank Conroy Irish EBF Maiden as Tower Of London (7-4 favourite) made a winning debut under Moore by almost three lengths.

O’Brien said of the brother to Irish Derby and St Leger winner Capri: “He’s a lovely horse and is still very babyish and green still. He was working lovely.

“He didn’t know where he was so you would have to be delighted with him. Ryan sat in and taught him plenty.

“We won’t be in any panic with him and he’s a proper middle-distance horse for next year. He’s a Beresford horse and he was working like a horse that could go back to seven as he was showing plenty.

“We’ll see how he is and whether he’ll go for a Futurity or not. He’s a big, scopey horse.”

Myracehorse.com, the micro-share syndicate who part-owned Kentucky Derby and Breeders’ Cup Classic winner Authentic, celebrated success with their first runner in Ireland when Ma Belle Artiste got up late in the opener.

All hope looked gone for Joseph O’Brien’s newcomer when Leopardess shot clear, with Declan McDonogh trapped on the rails in the Irish EBF Median Sires Series Fillies Maiden. However, she showed a smart turn of foot to get home by half a length.

Ma Belle Artiste returns victorious
Ma Belle Artiste returns victorious (PA)

Kate Hardy, director of operations with MyRacehorse, said “We started out in the US in 2018 and rose to fame when Authentic won the Kentucky Derby and Breeders’ Cup Classic in 2020. From there everything exploded and we expanded into Australia.

“We have two horses in Ireland and two in the UK. We try to do elite bloodstock with top trainers and experiences that will last you a lifetime.

“Joseph said from day one that she is a smart filly and she has taken her work really well. We’ll see what he has in mind for her next.”

The 13-2 winner holds entries in the Ballyhane Stakes and the Moyglare Stud Stakes, and McDonogh added: “I needed a bit of luck in the straight and as you saw I got hampered badly twice. She did well to win.

“She has a great attitude and is a fine, big strong filly. There is lots to like about that first time out and she will go another furlong. She had to be brave.”

Proud And Regal looks a name to remember

Proud And Regal looked a horse with a bright future in winning on his debut at the Curragh.

Sent off at 16-1 for the Barronstown Stud Irish EBF over seven furlongs, Killian Leonard’s mount had a nice early position and while he was niggled along a touch three out, once he entered the final furlong he stayed on particularly strongly.

The Donnacha O’Brien-trained Galileo colt was always holding Tiverton in the closing stages, to triumph by three-quarters of a length.

Donnacha O'Brien has a nice horse on his hands
Donnacha O’Brien has a nice horse on his hands (Niall Carson/PA)

“I thought he was a nice horse, but he was kind of sleeping at home. He’s quite green and I said I’d give him a run and he’d improve a lot for it,” said O’Brien.

“We knew he had ability and it’s nice to see him going and doing that.

“He’s not a horse I’ve absolutely drilled at home, he’s a Galileo and you like to take them along slowly. In fairness to him he did well today.

“We’ll take him back and have a look at the programme, but I’d imagine he’ll go to stakes company next.”

Piz Badile did not let himself down in the Irish Derby
Piz Badile did not let himself down in the Irish Derby (Niall Carson/PA)

O’Brien also had news of his Irish Derby runner-up Piz Badile, who left a below-par Epsom effort behind in proving best of the rest behind the impressive Westover.

“He’s very good and came out of it perfect. It was a great run and it was nice to see him bounce back after a disappointing effort at Epsom,” O’Brien said.

“Obviously the winner was very good, but it was a good run.

“He’s got plenty of options and we haven’t decided anything yet. I have to speak to the owners and we’ll come up with a plan.

“He’s the kind of horse, as he strengthens, you’d be able to think about stepping him back to 10 (furlongs). I think 10 or 12 is no problem to him.”

Ano Syra landed a significant pot in winning the five-furlong Paddy Power Rockingham Handicap, prevailing by half a length at 9-2 for trainer John Feane and apprentice jockey Jamie Powell.

“Jamie has ridden five winners for me now from eight rides with two seconds and a fourth. He’s doing well for me at the moment anyway,” said Feane.

“We got her before Christmas, Charlotte and James (Musgrave, owners) were kind enough to send her to us, and she’s kept improving. In fairness to Kevin Manning he’s done a lot of work with her as well.

“We thought she’d get a bit of black type in the future and we’d plot a course through the year with her.

“We were a little bit worried about the ground but she was brave, she has a big heart.

“I know she had a light weight, but she was a three-year-old taking on older sprinters. She travelled really well and she’s just a good filly.”