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Viscount Nelson
adds to family honour

Report: Tipperary, Sunday

Coolmore Hurricane Run Stakes (Listed) 71/2f, 2yo

VISCOUNT NELSON landed the odds at Tipperary on Sunday but Johnny Murtagh had to get serious with the AidanO'Brien-trained colt in the final furlong to get him past Bobbyscot.

William Hill reacted to the workmanlike success by trimming the Giant's Causeway colt to 20-1 from 25-1 for the Guineas and giving a 25-1 quote for the Derby.

Bobbyscot set the pace with Kingdom Of Munster in second and Viscount Nelson just in behind the leaders.

Willie Supple kicked on aboard Bobbyscot in the final two furlongs and drew clear by two or three lengths as Murtaghasked Viscount Nelson to respond.

Although he did not pick up immediately, the immaculately bred 1-2 shot responded to a couple of taps of the whip to head Bobbyscot in the final half-furlong. Murtagh then rode out hands and heels to secure a half-length victory.

Aidan O'brien - trainer

Aidan O'Brien: "delighted" with win

  PICTURE: Edward Whitaker  

O'Brien, who won this race last year with Westphalia, said: "I'm delighted with that. He's like his mum [Imagine] and dad [Giant's Causeway] in that when he gets to the front he doesn't do a whole lot.

"He's a very good-moving horse and he absolutely hated that ground.

"We will step him up to Group company now. The Futurity Stakes at Fairyhouse at the end of the month is a possibility."

The colt is the third stakes winner from four foals out of the 2001 Irish 1,000 Guineas and Epsom Oaks heroine Imagine following the ill-fated Prix Jean-Luc Lagardere winner Horatio Nelson and Rockfel Stakes scorer Kitty Matcham.

Imagine, who is a half-sister to Derby hero Generous, is also responsible for the Group1-placed Red Rock Canyon. The daughter of Sadler's Wells has a yearling filly by Kingmambo.


 

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