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Venus De Milo adds another victory at Cork

Updated: Tuesday, 06 Aug 2013 20:58 | Comments

Venus De Milo adds another victory

Venus De Milo added further gloss to an already attractive profile by winning the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Give Thanks Stakes at Cork.

Ballydoyle's inmate landed her first two starts with such authority that her powerful connections supplemented her for the Darley Irish Oaks at the Curragh two and a half weeks ago.

The daughter of Duke Of Marmalade vindicated that faith by finishing second to Chicquita, beaten just half a length, and was unsurprisingly sent on her way here as the 1-4 favourite.

Jockey Joseph O'Brien carried 1lb overweight in this Group Three over a mile and a half, but it did not make a jot of difference.

Venus De Milo was swiftly into her stride and soon at the head of affairs, with subsequent runner-up Bunairgead close in behind.

O'Brien occasionally had to keep her straight inside the final couple of furlongs, but he did not need to get overly animated in the saddle en route to a three-and-a-half-length verdict.

The remainder of the card was dominated by 16-year-old jockey Connor King, who rode a tremendous 14,725-1 four-timer.

King had previously struck aboard Kiss The Stars (16-1) and Almadaa (11-4 favourite) before King Royal Blue Star came fast and late to claim a strong renewal of the Platinum Stakes.

The Jessica Harrington-trained mare (20-1) added to her gains at Killarney last month to provide King with a first Listed success.

Royal Blue Star arrived deep inside the final furlong from the outside of the 16-runner field to strike by a length from Akira.

Bronte cut out much of the running, but she was worried out of contention inside the final 200 yards, while the capricious Snow Queen lost acres of ground at the start, but flew at the death.

Fort Knox, the 3-1 favourite, was fourth.

King said: "She jumped a bit slowly and I gave her a chance early on.

"At the two-pole, I thought she might be placed, but she flew home.

"When Jessica asked me to ride the horse I knew I've been doing something right."

King put the seal on a superb evening when Horsewithnoname (10-1) did the business in division two of the mile-and-a-half handicap.

Venus De Milo may now campaigned for the Prix Vermeille at Longchamp on September 15.

Trainer Aidan O'Brien said: "It's lovely to come here - the track is in super order.

"It was an important race for her to win.

"It wasn't ideal to be at the front like that, but these races can often get messy.

"She's a lovely big filly and may have a rest now.

"We might then bring her back for the Prix Vermeille in France."

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