Powerscourt Bursts to Tattersalls Gold Cup
Updated: Sunday, May 23, 2004 6:21 PM
Posted: Sunday, May 23, 2004 4:57 PM
Powerscourt gave his Ballydoyle connections something to celebrate with a six-length romp in the Tattersalls Gold Cup (Ire-I) Sunday at The Curragh to hand Aidan O'Brien his first group I triumph of the season.
Last year's Great Voltigeur winner for Mrs. John Magnier drifted to better than 3-1 as odds-on Nysaean drew most of the support in the 1 1/4-mile event.
Jamie Spencer sent the 4-year-old Sadler's Wells colt directly to the front. But instead of giving way after they turned for home and the field bunched up behind him, Powerscourt responded to Spencer's coaxing to pull away to a daylight advantage.
Livadiya, an 8-year-old mare who ran second to Soviet Song in Saturday's Ridgewood Pearl Stakes (Ire-II), stayed on to edge Nysaean by a half-length for second. The time was 2:11 on a good to firm course.
Spencer, who rode his first group I win for O'Brien, said that he had expected this burst of speed ,
"He has loads of speed and I wouldn't mind even going back to a mile," he told the Racing Post
. "I can't wait for the rest of the summer with him."
O'Brien added: "Powerscourt was a bit unlucky last year when he had a few little problems. But he has class and he has been working brilliantly. The plan was always to come here and then go to Ascot for the Prince of Wales. After that there are a lot of options open to him."
The fast ground, jockey Mick Kinane felt, had not compromised Nysaean's hopes.
Napper Tandy was fourth, followed by Naheef and Private Charter.
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