Last year’s G1 Irish Derby third Memphis Tennessee (4c Hurricane Run-Hit The Sky, by Cozzene) looked better than ever this year whenwinning the G3 Ormonde Stakes in facile fashion on Friday.
The Hurricane Run colt, who was bred by Kilfrush Stud, had also finished fourth in last year’s G1 Derby at Epsom and he could now return to Epsom for the G1 Coronation Cup following this easy four-length success.
“We’re delighted with him. He was a lovely horse last year, but he’s grown up a lot. He’s a lovely mover and I have no doubt he’ll be better on better ground. He’s matured from three to four and he has all the options as he’s not a Group 1 winner,” trainer Aidan O’Brien told Press Association Sport. “It won’t be a problem to drop back in trip with him and we might consider races like the G1 Coronation Cup or the G2 Hardwicke Stakes at Royal Ascot. He’s open to everything.”
Jockey Joseph O’Brien added: “Once I got him in behind he relaxed but he was hating the ground all the way. He’d be a better horse on better ground.
“He was just dossing all the way up the straight. He’s a massive big horse and a good mover. You’d like to think he’s improved a lot from three to four and he’d certainly like better ground.”