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Reply Has All the Answers St Leger Two-Year-Old Stakes
08/09/11

1 Reply 20/1
2 Factory Time 33/1
3 Letsgoroundagain 66/1
NR: Arnold Lane (IRE)
21 ran Distances: ½l, hd, ½l
TIME 1m 19.85s (slow by 1.85s)

Joseph O'Brien's star continues in the ascendancy and he landed a valuable pot for his father Aidan as Reply claimed Doncaster's Weatherbys Insurance £300,000 2-Y-O Stakes.

Always handy behind Bogart and Top Cop under his teenage pilot as the runners came down the centre of the track, the 20-1 chance picked up well when asked and galloped right to the line, eventually beating Factory Time by half a length.

O'Brien junior, recording just his second win in Britain, said: "That's my first ride in Doncaster and everything went very smoothly. I was very comfortable where I was and he is very genuine. The ground had been a bit slow for him on his last two runs and it was better for him today."

Although the Oasis Dream colt still has some way to go to justify his 500,000 euro price-tag, the Coolmore team will be most content by pocketing a first-prize kitty of over £207,000.

Paul Smith, representing the Coolmore triumvirate, said: "He picked up really well and loved that ground. Something like the Middle Park (Newmarket, October 8) would now be under consideration."

 

Position
Horse
Trainer
Jockey
Weight
Starting Price
Beaten Distance
1
Reply
A P O'Brien
J P O'Brien
9st 2lbs
20 - 1
Winner
2
Factory Time
M R Channon
C Catlin
8st 3lbs
33 - 1
1/2 length
3
Letsgoroundagain
C Hills
J Quinn
8st 3lbs
66 - 1
Head
4
Moon Pearl
R M Beckett
Jim Crowley
8st 9lbs
16 - 1
1/2 length
5
Ladys First
R A Fahey
P Hanagan
8st 1lbs
10 - 1
3/4 length
6
Bogart
K A Ryan
P Makin
8st 6lbs
9 - 4
Short Head
7
Campanology
R Hannon
R Hughes
8st 9lbs
22 - 1
Head
8
Top Cop
A M Balding
J Fortune
8st 12lbs
14 - 1
3/4 length
9
North Star Boy
R Hannon
K Fallon
8st 12lbs
25 - 1
Head
10
Mehdi
B J Meehan
S W Kelly
8st 12lbs
9 - 1
1/2 length
11
Alejandro
R A Fahey
Lee Topliss
8st 6lbs
25 - 1
1 length
12
West Leake Diman
C Hills
W A Carson
8st 3lbs
25 - 1
1/2 length
13
Rex Imperator
R Charlton
S Drowne
8st 9lbs
16 - 1
Neck
14
Boris Grigoriev
A P O'Brien
C O'Donoghue
8st 12lbs
28 - 1
1/2 length
15
Cockney Dancer
C Hills
S De Sousa
8st 1lbs
6 - 1
1 3/4 length
16
Whimsical
R Hannon
K T O'Neill
8st 1lbs
33 - 1
Short Head
17
Sea Odyssey
C Hills
R Winston
8st 6lbs
66 - 1
Short Head
18
Shevington
R A Fahey
B McHugh
8st 6lbs
100 - 1
Neck
19
Betty Fontaine
M R Channon
Catherine Gannon
7st 12lbs
25 - 1
8 lengths
20
Cryptic Choice
C Hills
M Hills
8st 9lbs
100 - 1
1 1/2 length
21
Big Note
A M Balding
David Probert
8st 9lbs
14 - 1
1 length
NonRunner
Arnold Lane
M R Channon
Non Runner
8st 6lbs
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