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Declaration Of War wins Diamond Stakes at Dundalk and may now head to the Champions Day at Ascot

Updated: Friday, 05 Oct 2012 21:01

Aidan O'Brien could send Declaration Of War to the big seasonal finale at Ascot
Aidan O'Brien could send Declaration Of War to the big seasonal finale at Ascot

Declaration Of War ran out a cosy winner of the Diamond Stakes at Dundalk to make it four wins from five starts and a first Group Three success.

Having his third outing for Aidan O'Brien having been unbeaten in two juvenile runs for Jean-Claude Rouget in France, the War Front colt travelled powerfully in mid-division but there was a scare two out as Joseph O'Brien was in behind a wall of horses.

There was no panic, however, and the 11-10 favourite picked up well when switched and asked for his effort.

Stretching out nicely, O'Brien's mount was not asked a serious question in running out a half-length winner over the Pat Smullen-ridden Along Came Casey, with long-time leader Aloof sticking to her guns well to take third.

The three-year-old Declaration Of War holds some big engagements, and O'Brien senior said: "The race was a bit messy, but I'm delighted. He's a horse we've always liked - he travelled well and has plenty of speed.

"I only had him three months before he ran in September. He's a horse that could go a lot of ways. He could turn up in Ascot (20 October) and is entered in the Queen Elizabeth II and Champion Stakes."

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