Wilshire Boulevard with connections after his Anglesey Stakes winPICTURE: Patrick McCann (racingpost.com/photos)
Boulevard leads home O'Brien 1-2 in Anglesey
Report, Curragh, Saturday
Jebel Ali Racecourse & Stables Anglesey Stakes (Group 3) 6½f, 2yo
AIDAN O'BRIEN gained an eighth win in the Anglesey Stakes but not with the horse most expected as Wilshire Boulevard got the better of his more fancied stablemate Oklahoma City.
Having bolted up by 13 lengths at Naas last time, Oklahoma City was sent off the evens favourite to score again but it was the 7-1 chance Wilshire Boulevard who became O'Brien's first winner of the race since Amigoni in 2005.
The favourite was sent into an early lead by Joseph O'Brien, who made the most of his draw on the rails and had an unchallenged passage until the eventual winner raced up to join him over a furlong for home.
Oklahoma City did rally again when asked by his jockey but at the line he was three-quarters of a length behind Seamie Heffernan's mount. The Coolmore partners also had the third horse home, in the shape of the David Wachman-trained Mansion House.
The winning trainer said: "Oklahoma City ran a great race. He was a little bit slow away. That may have been the first-time blinkers, he wore a visor the last day, and he just had a look at the stalls.
"We always liked Wilshire Boulevard a lot. We left the hood off him and he settled a little bit better without it. We just changed things around a bit and it worked. He won't mind going a little further than this."
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Darwin leads the Minstrel Stakes field home under Joseph O'BrienPICTURE: Patrick McCann (racingpost.com/photos)
Invesco Pension Consultants Minstrel Stakes (Group 3) 7f, 3yo+
DARWIN made it two wins from two starts for Aidan O'Brien with a hugely impressive win under a hands and heels ride from Joseph O'Brien.
The three-year-old, who was previously trained in the US by Todd Pletcher, was sent off a well-backed 8-11 chance and the market support was fully justified, coming home a length and three-quarters clear of Gordon Lord Byron.
Admittedly the winner was receiving 12lb from the more experienced runner-up but there still looked to be plenty left as he crossed the line.