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Kingfisher scores for Aidan O'Brien at Chester

Updated: Friday, 09 May 2014 14:49 | Comments

Kingfisher (c) ridden by Joseph O'Brien wins the The Betfair Cash Out Dee Stakes
Kingfisher (c) ridden by Joseph O'Brien wins the The Betfair Cash Out Dee Stakes

Kingfisher got on top close home to give Aidan O'Brien another win in the Betfair Cash Out Dee Stakes.

Having taken the prize for the last two years with Astrology and Magician, who subsequently went on to win the Irish 2,000 Guineas and the Breeders' Cup Turf, O'Brien saddled two this time.

Kingfisher was having his sixth start under Joseph O'Brien whereas Century was having just his third run for Ryan Moore and that experience showed when the pace quickened with half a mile to run.

Mark Johnston's Bow Creek made a bid for home some way out but was treading water inside the final furlong and Kingfisher sprouted wings to win by a length as the 11-4 joint-favourite, with the other market leader, Somewhat, close up in third and Century just behind him.

"Once I got him on an even keel he went to the line well"

"He's gone through the ground," said Joseph O'Brien.

"He jumped out well but we were going very slow, we were hacking.

"They injected a bit of pace down the back and I was caught flat-footed for half a furlong on the ground.

"Once I got him on an even keel he went to the line well.

"Back on better ground and up in trip will suit. Things didn't go right today and he still won."

Coolmore's UK representative Kevin Buckley said: "Orchestra (who won the Chester Vase on Thursday) has a bit more size and scope but he is still an impressive looking horse.

"Joseph said he handled the ground but didn't really like it.

"As for Century, after what happened to him in the Racing Post we just wanted him to have a positive performance and he finished nicely. Ryan said he didn't like the ground at all, though."

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