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ICON Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf Trial Stakes (Group 3) 1m

  • (2yo, 1m, Class 1, 4 runners)
  • Winner €39,000 2nd €11,400 3rd €5,400 4th €1,799
  • Going: Good, Good to Yielding in places
  • Surface: Turf
Weighed In:
  • Winning time: 1m 40.30s
  • Off time: 17:15:52
  • Last Updated: September 7 2013, 19:32 BST

Australia ran out a brilliant winner of the ICON Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf Trial Stakes at Leopardstown as Free Eagle met with a shock defeat.

Australia: Far too good for Leopardstown rivals
Australia: Far too good for Leopardstown rivals

Kingfisher, a stablemate of the winner, cut out the early running with Free Eagle - the 2/5 favourite - in his slipstream, but in behind Joseph O'Brien had all moves covered.

He made his run approaching the furlong marker and the beautifully-bred winner, a son of Galileo and Ouija Board, swept past Free Eagle in a matter of strides.

The winning rider was all smiles as he passed the line well clear of the runner-up who had been favourite for next year's Investec Derby going into the race.

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Australia is now the market leader for the Epsom Classic with both Sky Bet and Betfred going 6/1. Spokesman for the former firm, Michael Shinners, said: "As well as being bred like a champion, it looks as if Australia has the talent to live up to his pedigree. We were impressed."

O'Brien commented: "You have to be delighted with that. We always thought the world of him, even the lads thought the world of him when they bought him at the sales.

"He could run again, he doesn't have to as he's had three runs and learnt plenty.

"It was lovely to drop him in today in a nice race and he had to come around them and quicken up.

"He could go any way as he has plenty of speed as well. He could be a Dewhurst type or anything.He has some pace and he really turned it on.

"If he doesn't run again, we will train him for the Classics next year.

"He doesn't know he's a racehorse yet and was lazying along until Joseph asked him and when he asked him to go, the gears were there.

"We will see how he is in next couple of weeks and it depends on how the other horses around him go."

O'Brien also struck with The United States and Agena for a treble on the Irish Champion Stakes undercard.

The United Stakes (2/1 favourite) registered his third win from four starts with a hard-fought win in the KPMG Enterprise Stakes.

The Galileo colt made all the running and kept pulling out more for Joseph O'Brien to hold all-comers and as he defeated Elleval.

Seamie Heffernan was in the plate as Agena (1/-1) made a winning debut in the Irish Stallion Farms EBF (C&G) Maiden, with odds-on stablemate Masai only third.

My Titania (6/4) brought back memories of her sire Sea The Stars when stepping up on her debut second to open her account in the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Fillies' Maiden.

The filly, wearing the same colours Sea The Stars carried to victory in the Irish Champion in 2009 and also trained by John Oxx, she displayed immense promise.

My Titania was sent on by Declan McDonogh on the home bend and went on to score by two and a quarter lengths from Afternoon Sunlight.

"I always thought she was a sharp two-year-old type. Normally she would have run earlier in the year, but she had a little setback and that's why she didn't run until a few weeks ago," said Oxx.

"She's sharp enough to win over six, but got to the line well and she stays seven or a mile. I thought this would have been his (Sea The Stars) first two-year-old winner a while back.

"It's nice to win here. This is always a good maiden. The next step will be a Group Three, maybe the CL Weld Stakes in three weeks, but she has to have fast ground so we wouldn't want the weather to change."


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