One Cool Cat Struts to National Stakes Win

Mrs. John Magnier's favored One Cool Cat, under a well-timed ride by Mick Kinane, pulled away in the 100 yards for a one-length victory in the Dunnes Stores National Stakes (Ire-I) for 2-year-olds at The Curragh Sunday.

The Aidan O'Brien-trained One Cool Cat overtook main rival Pearl of Love and Darryll Holland in the run to the wire and also held off the challenge of 20-1 Wathab, who had every opportunity to win but did edge Pearl of Love by a neck for second. The seven-furlong National Stakes, which drew a field of eight on good to firm turf, was run in 1:23.1.

O'Brien, who won the the race for the fifth time, said afterward that One Cool Cat will be rested for the remainder of the year.

"I think I'll move him in beside me and knock a door in the bedroom to put him up for the winter, he told the Racing Post. "I've never come across a horse with such a blast of speed as this fellow. Mick (Kinane) says he is dangerous."

An American-bred bay colt by Storm Cat out of the Mr. Prospector mare Tacha, One Cool Cat was sent favored at 4-6 following his powerful triumph in the Phoenix Stakes (Ire-I) last month. Pearl of Love, at odds of 13-8 Sunday, was a dominating 3 1/2-length winner of the Galileo Futurity (Ire-II) Aug. 23, a race in which Wathab finished fourth.

One Cool Cat was held toward the back of the pack in the first half of the race by Kinane, making headway to be fourth three-sixteenths of a mile from home. He challenged Pearl Of Love and Wathab with a furlong to go and stayed on well after grabbing the lead.

Barbajuan was fourth, followed by Simple Exchange, Celtic Cat, Groom Raider and Haydn.