Sea Siren: a comfortable winner under jockey Joseph O'BrienPICTURE: Edward Whitaker (racingpost.com/photos)
Sea Siren coasts home
in Listed Belgrave Stakes
Report: Fairyhouse, Sunday
Belgrave Stakes (Listed) 6f, 3yo+
SEA SIREN made a winning debut for trainer Aidan O'Brien as she outclassed her rivals on Sunday.
The four-year-old filly was having her first outing for O'Brien having been switched from John O'Shea, for who she won three Group 1s in Australia before running down the field in the Diamond Jubilee Stakes at Royal Ascot last month.
In theory Sunday's race was a straightforward task for 5-4 favourite Sea Siren with her form far superior to that of her overmatched rivals.
However, laboured with a 7lb Group 1 penalty which meant she was giving weight to her six rivals instead of receiving it, Sea Siren would have to show some grit as well on her first run in Ireland.
Racing halfway down the field on the outside, Sea Siren was moved into a position to strike at leader Russian Soul by jockey Joseph O'Brien with two furlongs remaining with the filly travelling smartly.
But far from breezing past, Sea Siren had to be driven to pass Russian Soul, receiving three cracks of the whip in the process, before asserting in the final half a furlong for a comfortable success.
Joseph O'Brien, riding Sea Siren for the first time, said: "She's a very exciting mare by an exciting stallion [in Fastnet Rock].
"She has loads of pace and a great attitude, she was just a bit idle when she got there and I had to give her one smack to get her to go about her business. She's exciting for all of the big five furlong and six furlong sprints later in the year."