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Cups Challengers: Gear Up motors to win, Cleveland books Melbourne spot

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Gear Up led home a Joseph O’Brien-trained one-two in the Grant Thornton Ballyroan Stakes at Leopardstown as thoughts turn to Melbourne in earnest.

The 2021 Lexus Melbourne Cup trophy at Flemington Racecourse
The 2021 Lexus Melbourne Cup trophy at Flemington Racecourse Picture: RVC

Ridden by Dylan Browne McMonagle, the former Group One-winning juvenile Gear Up got first run on Cleveland in the mile-and-a-half Group Three Ballyroan Stakes feature, holding him at bay by a neck. Winner of the Chester Cup for Aidan O'Brien, the latter was having his first run for his new yard of Joseph O'Brien

"It was a good, tough performance. He's been improving with each run all year and I'd say that's as good as he's been all year," said Joseph of the 4-1 winner.

"I think a mile and a half is probably his perfect trip. I'm very pleased with the win. He ran well the last day, but I think a mile and a half is probably his optimum distance. Dylan gave him a lovely, uncomplicated ride. This lad always fights and he fought on hard today.

"There is the Kilternan Stakes back here on Champions Weekend and he's also in the Caulfield Cup.

"I'm not sure if he can do both. I think the quarantine may start before the Kilternan so it might be one or the other."

He added of Cleveland, who was the mount of Ryan Moore: "I thought it was a great run.

"He had to be Group-placed to qualify for the Melbourne Cup so I'm very pleased."

Racing & Sports notes that Cleveland has since firmed from $26 into $18 with TAB for the Flemington feature over 3200 metres while Gear Up has come in from $34 into $26.


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Leopardstown

Thursday, 04th August 2022

4
18:15
(local)

Grant Thornton Ballyroan Stakes (Group 3) (G3)

Age: 3yo and up WT: 125lbs Type: OPEN
EUR €52,500
1m4f TURF GOOD
4
18:15
(local)
EUR €52,500
1m4f GOOD

Grant Thornton Ballyroan Stakes (Group 3) (G3)

Age: 3yo and up WT: 125lbs Type: OPEN
FP Silk Horse, Age & Sex
Sire & Dam
Jockey
Trainer
SP
WT
1st 5. GEAR UP (IRE) 4yo H
TEOFILO (IRE) - GEARANAI (USA)
DYLAN BROWNE MCMONAGLE
JOSEPH O'BRIEN
$5.00
135lbs

Sales Information

2nd 3. CLEVELAND (IRE) 4yo H
CAMELOT (GB) - VENUS DE MILO (IRE)
RYAN MOORE
JOSEPH O'BRIEN
$4.00
135lbs
MICHAEL TABOR/DERRICK SMITH/MRS JOHN MAGNIER/LLOYD J WILLIAMS SYNDICATE
3rd 2. BEAMISH (FR) 4yo H
TEOFILO (IRE) - BEARLITA (GER)
W J LEE
P TWOMEY
$2.50
135lbs
JOHN JOSEPH FLYNN

Sales Information

4th 6. LICENCE (GB) 4yo G
FRANKEL (GB) - EMOLLIENT (USA)
C T KEANE
GER M LYONS
$9.00
135lbs
5th 7. SANDHURST (IRE) 4yo H
GALILEO (IRE) - HOW'S SHE CUTTIN' (IRE)
SHANE FOLEY
MRS J HARRINGTON
$34.00
135lbs

Sales Information

6th 4. FALCON EIGHT (IRE) 7yo G
GALILEO (IRE) - POLISHED GEM (IRE)
CHRIS HAYES
DERMOT K WELD
$23.00
135lbs
7th 1. LAYFAYETTE (IRE) 5yo G
FRENCH NAVY (GB) - SCALA ROMANA (IRE)
BEN COEN
NOEL MEADE
$9.00
140lbs

Sales Information

8th 9. MANU ET CORDE (IRE) 3yo G
TEOFILO (IRE) - TIFFILIA (IRE)
K J MANNING
J S BOLGER
$29.00
125lbs

Sales Information

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