Trading Leather lands knockout blow in the Irish Derby
Seven-year dominance of Aidan O’Brien ended by Jim Bolger and Kevin Manning team at the Curragh
Sudirman had opened his account at the third attempt at Leopardstown last week and knuckled down to his task well to get up and beat the promising Big Time by half a length in a driving finish.
Wachman, who won the race with Probably 12 months ago, said: “He did it well. He’s a bit of a slow learner, but he’s improving with each run and was going away at the line.
“Maybe we’ll step up to seven furlongs, as that won’t do him any harm. Wayne gave him a good ride. I’ll have to speak to the owners. They were thinking about Glorious Goodwood, but he’s a Group Two winner now, so we may have to think again.
“We may have to travel, because the Hays (Fitri and Jim Hay, part owners) would like to enjoy him as well.”
Lordan completed a quickfire double when exciting sprinter Slade Power opened his account for the year with a stylish display in the Woodies DIY Sapphire Stakes.
Running in the same colours as last week’s King’s Stand hero Sole Power, the less-experienced Slade Power also made the trip to Royal Ascot, and was not disgraced in finishing seventh in the Diamond Jubilee Stakes.
Coming back to the minimum distance, the four-year-old travelled noticeably well on the heels of the leaders and showed smart acceleration when asked the question by Lordan.
The 11-4 favourite finished off the five-furlong Group Three strongly to beat the staying-on Russian Soul, with British raider Morawij in third.
Winning trainer Eddie Lynam said: “He’s a bit special as the owners bred him as well. He’s a bit like his trainer in that he’s taken a while to get his act together!
“He’s still a big, raw horse and he’s still learning about racing. He only lost three kilos at Ascot so we decided to come here and we will look now at the July Cup. He broke his pelvis last year at Ascot and he spent three months over there recovering and full credit to those who looked after him.”
Count Of Limonade outbattled Scintillula to land Listed honours in the Dubai Duty Free Millenium Millionaire Celebration Stakes.
Trained by O’Brien and ridden by his son Joseph, Count Of Limonade was sent off a 7-2 chance for the one-mile heat after narrowly losing out at this level earlier in the month.
Scintillula set out to make all under Kevin Manning and while she dug deep as Count Of Limonade challenged, she eventually went down by half a length.
Captain Joy was back in third, while favourite Caponata failed to make the frame in fourth.
“He is tough and very like his daddy (Duke Of Marmalade),” O’Brien snr said. “He is getting better with age. He likes fast ground and a mile and a quarter is no problem for him. We will look for a Group race for him now.”
Additonal reporting by Agencies