Galileo Irish EBF Futurity Stakes
Group 2, Curragh 15:05
€130,000 added,
2yo, 7f, Class 1   
Sunday 26th August 2018

1 Anthony Van Dyck 4/6F
2 Christmas 13/2
3 Mohawk 12/1
6 ran Distances: ½l, 2¼l, ½l
Time: 1m 24.37s (slow by 0.87s)

Anthony Van Dyck led home stablemates Christmas and Mohawk to give Aidan O’Brien a one-two-three at the Curragh.

Already favourite for next year’s Derby, Anthony Van Dyck had won the Tyros Stakes last time out.

While he always looked to be in command, Ryan Moore was eventually made to work harder than might have been expected for a 4-6 favourite, but still crossed the line with half a length to spare from Christmas.

Klute and Guaranteed were both well beaten.

O’Brien said: “I’m delighted. They needed to learn a little bit and that’s why they swung along there. You’d have to be very happy.

“The last day was his first time back to seven (furlongs). He gets a little bit lazy in the middle of the race, but gets there, and he was doing it well again in the last furlong.

“I would imagine that they’ll all probably come back here for the National Stakes.

“I’d say he’ll get a mile well, we always viewed him as a horse that would get middle distances next season.

“He had a tough enough race as they went all the way.”

Moore added: “I think the ground was maybe just a bit too tacky for Anthony Van Dyck but he was well on top. I like him an awful lot.” Welcome Bonus Offer Betway

Galileo European Breeders Fund Futurity Stakes (Group 2)
€130,000 added, 2yo only, 7f
6 ran
Going: Yielding, Yielding to Soft in places

Pos Dr D Horse SP Jockey Weight Trainer Age
1st (3) Anthony Van Dyck (IRE) 4/6f R L Moore
A P O'Brien 2
2nd (4) ½ Christmas (IRE) 13/2 J A Heffernan
A P O'Brien 2
3rd (1) Mohawk (IRE) 12/1 D O'Brien
A P O'Brien 2
4th (6) ½ Could Be King 50/1 R P Whelan
P J Prendergast 2
5th (5) 12 Guaranteed (IRE) 6/1 K J Manning
J S Bolger 2
6th (2) Klute (IRE) 6/1 C O'Donoghue
Mrs J Harrington 2