Galileo Irish EBF Futurity Stakes
|Group 2, Curragh 18:40
2yo, 7f, Class 1
1 Point Lonsdale 1/6F
2 Maritime Wings 17/2
3 The Acropolis 14/1
6 ran Distances: 4¼l, 2¼l, 1¾l
Time: 1m 27.75s (slow by 4.75s)
Aidan O'Brien's Point Lonsdale remains unbeaten after dominant performance in the feature Group 2 Galileo @IrishEBF_ Futurity Stakes at @curraghrace pic.twitter.com/zsr6hyPZkn https://t.co/1gtArh3UBK via @RacingBetter— RacingBetter (@RacingBetter) August 22, 2021
Aidan O’Brien’s Point Lonsdale, previously successful in his maiden over this course and distance, the Listed Chesham Stakes at Royal Ascot and then a Leopardstown Group three last month, was a 1-6 favourite to take another rise in class in his stride.
The Australia colt duly did so, assuming control from an early stage under Ryan Moore and easily maintaining and ultimately stretching his advantage to win by more than four lengths from Maritime Wings.
Point Lonsdale took care of the same opponent on his previous appearance, and his Chesham form had been substantiated earlier in the day when runner-up Reach For The Moon was a decisive Group Three winner at Sandown.
Bookmakers responded to his latest demonstration of superiority by shortening him half a point into 3-1 for the Dewhurst Stakes at Newmarket, while he also retains his grip at the head of the market for both the 2022 2000 Guineas and Derby.
O’Brien quickly confirmed, however, that Point Lonsdale’s next assignment will be a third appearance over this same course and distance – in next month’s Group One Vincent O’Brien National Stakes.
The Ballydoyle trainer said: “We’re delighted with him. He’s a lovely, straight-forward horse.
“He relaxes, he quickens – and his head goes down to the ground when you ask him. He’s happy to go in front, but if someone wants to lead him, great. When you want him he quickens. He’s a classy horse.
“He wouldn’t like that (yielding) ground – he wants good or better to be ideal, because he’s a lovely mover.
“He’ll come back here for the National Stakes – that’s the plan.”
Galileo Irish EBF Futurity Stakes (Group 2)
€100,000 added, 2yo only, 7f
POS. (DRAW) DIST HORSE AGE WGT TRAINER JOCKEY SP
1 (5) Point Lonsdale 2 9-5 A P O'Brien Ryan Moore 1/6F
2 (6) 4¼ Maritime Wings 2 9-5 Joseph O'Brien Shane Crosse 17/2
3 (4) 2¼ The Acropolis 2 9-5 A P O'Brien Wayne Lordan 14/1
4 (2) 1¾ Manu Et Corde 2 9-5 J S Bolger Kevin Manning 40/1
5 (3) 1½ Point Gellibrand 2 9-5 Joseph O'Brien Declan McDonogh 22/1
6 (1) 1½ The Entertainer 2 9-5 A P O'Brien Seamie Heffernan 50/1