Exciting juvenile First Cornerstone (2c Hurricane Run-Bintalreef, by Diesis) ran out an easy winner of the G2 Galileo EBF Futurity Stakes for Hurricane Run at the Curragh on Sunday.
Bred by LKI Bloodstock, the Andy Oliver-trained colt had been sold to Team Valor since scoring in Listed company at Tipperary on his previous start and he looks set for a step up to the top grade after this length and a half defeat ofFlying The Flag (2c Galileo-Halfway To Heaven, by Pivotal).
Oliver supplemented First Cornerstone for Sunday’s race and told www.irishracing.com: “It is great when a plan comes to fruition. He did it well at Tipperary but he was still a green horse there. I was impressed with his attitude more than anything that day so that’s why I supplemented him.
“I knew from Tipperary that he would handle the ground but he doesn’t need it soft. This week this horse got new owners and I was keen to run him in this race. Thankfully they were good enough to indulge me. He got a great ride from Chris Hayes who is riding super. He settled him and produced him at the right time.
“The owners are Team Valor LLC and they are based in America and he will eventually end up over there. He will certainly get further and he is entered in the G2 Beresford Stakes and the G1 Racing Post Trophy. He is not in the G1 National Stakes but everything is on the table.”
Also on Sunday at the Curragh, Hurricane Run was responsible for the G3 Lanwades Stud Fillies’ Stakes thirdBallybacka Lady (4f Hurricane Run-Southern Queen, by Anabaa).