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Found gets lost in mud at the Curragh

4 Apr 2016

Leading hope for this year’s QIPCO British Champions Series suffers surprise defeat on her return.

Found heads to post before finishing second in the QIPCO Champion Stakes on QIPCO British Champions Day. Image courtesy of Racingfotos.com.

Found, who has the potential to be one of the stars of this season’s QIPCO British Champions Series, got stuck in the mud when she made her reappearance at the Curragh on Sunday.

The Aidan O’Brien-trained filly, runner-up in the Coronation Stakes and QIPCO Champion Stakes last year before lowering the colours of Golden Horn in the Breeders’ Cup Turf, was sent off at 9-10 for a 1m2f Listed race but was unable to pick up on the heavy going and ended up finishing about eight lengths third to the Dermot Weld-trained Zhukova.

O’Brien had considered pulling Found out because of the deep underfoot conditions and is unlikely to be too alarmed. Her best form has been achieved on much better ground and Ryan Moore was not hard on her.

Later on the card, O’Brien and Moore combined to win the 1m2f maiden with the well-touted US Army Ranger. A son of Galileo and Irish Oaks winner Moonstone, he won readily after showing inexperience and is now among the favourites for the Investec Derby, the second race in the Middle Distance category of the Champions Series.

Ruler of The World, O’Brien’s 2013 Derby winner, won the same Curragh contest on his debut.

On Saturday, Belardo, trained by Roger Varian, enhanced his claims for the Al Shaqab Lockinge Stakes at Newbury on May 14 with a smooth success in the Betway Doncaster Mile.

It was the colt’s first success since his victory in the 2014 Dewhurst Stakes at Newmarket.