By James Burn 3:45PM 18 AUG 2016
Report: York, Thursday
Darley Yorkshire Oaks (Group 1) 1m4f, 3yo+ fillies and mares
AIDAN O’BRIEN has arguably Europe’s finest filly in Minding, but the master of Ballydoyle also has a formidable back-up team to rely on and it was Seventh Heaven who provided the trainer with his fourth Darley Yorkshire Oaks triumph on Thursday.
If that was no enough for the all-conquering O’Brien, he also saddled the runner-up Found and Pretty Perfect, who was fourth behind the Sir Michael Stoute-trained Queen’s Trust.
The betting and jockey bookings indicated Found, one of only two horses to beat last year’s Derby and Arc hero Golden Horn, was the number one contender from O’Brien’s County Tipperary base.
Howver, O’Brien had spoken favourably of Seventh Heaven, who sprang a 14-1 shock in the Irish Oaks on her previous appearance, but went off at 100-30 chance for the £365.750 Group 1.
Patiently ridden by Ballydoyle stalwart Colm O’Donoghue, she picked up well entering the final furlong and powered home for a two-and-three-quarter length verdict over Found, who returned the 2-1 favourite.
O’Donoghue said: “She’s a very good filly and was a Classic winner getting the weight allowance from the older fillies. She’s tough and genuine with a great temperament and beautiful action.”
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