G3 Diamond Stakes winner Freedom (3c Hurricane Run-Cute Cait, by Atraf) headed a black-type double for Hurricane Run on Friday.
The Aidan O’Brien-trained colt, a 180,000gns yearling bred by Jane Hogan, saw off some classy rivals to land the 11-furlong contest at Dundalk with Seamie Heffernan in the saddle.
“Coming out of the stalls I was thinking to myself that this lad’s father won an Arc and this is only a Group 3,” Heffernan told www.irishracing.com. “He’s very big and stays well. He could be a late maturing type.”
Meanwhile, the Alan Bailey-trained Barbican (3g Hurricane Run-The Faraway Tree, by Suave Dancer) continues on an upward curve when completing a hat-trick in the Listed Noel Murless Stakes at Ascot.
Bailey is hoping that the three-year-old, who was bred by Hascombe and Valiant Studs, could develop into a G1 performer next year.
“I thought he was beaten, but he does like a battle,” Bailey told Press Association Sport. “He’ll get two miles no problem, and the owners are talking about races in Hong Kong and the Melbourne Cup next year. I don’t know whether he’ll run again this year but I don’t want him to have too many hard races.”
“When I worked for Peter Walwyn I used to look after Rock Roi and ride him out every day. He was the only horse to win the G1 Gold Cup (at Royal Ascot) and be disqualified (in 1971 and 1972) – once as he tested positive for bute and once for interference. I’d love it if Barbican could stay two and a half so we can bring him back here for the Gold Cup.”