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Order Of Australia strikes in Romanised Minstrel Stakes

Sun 18 Jul 2021

Breeders’ Cup hero Order Of Australia took advantage of dropping down to Group Two level to prevail in the Romanised Minstrel Stakes for Aidan O'Brien and Ryan Moore at the Curragh.

See how Order Of Australia landed Group Two honours at the Curragh

The four-year-old was a shock winner of the Breeders’ Cup Mile at Keeneland in November before finishing sixth behind Hong Kong superstar Golden Sixty at Sha Tin.

Order Of Australia weakened out of contention on his return to action in the Queen Anne Stakes at Royal Ascot last month, but he was sent off the 2-1 favourite here for this easier assignment back on home soil.

The Australia colt was soon bowling along in front and had enough in the tank inside the final furlong to repel the challenge of Njord by a length and a quarter.

Aidan O'Brien speaks to Racing TV's Fran Berry about Group One targets for Order of Australia - the middle leg of a Sunday treble at the Curragh

O’Brien said: “His first run this year at Ascot was just a bit of a mess as they jumped out and they hacked. It was the first time we decided to sit him in, being his first run of the year.

“He has plenty of speed and he’s able to quicken. Ryan was happy going out if someone wanted to give him a lead and if not he was happy to make his own running. He is very straightforward.

“He’s made like a sprinter/miler – at half way he really started to turn it on and Ryan gave him a good ride.

“He’s a horse that takes his racing well so we were thinking of coming here and then going for the Sussex Stakes. He has plenty of speed and gets a mile well.

“He’s a horse to look forward to and can go to America later in the year and maybe races after that as well.”

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