Curragh winners have York on their agenda
17 Jul 2016
Seventh Heaven and Mecca's Angel to next contest QIPCO British Champions Series races
Seventh Heaven, left, masters Architecture in the Darley Irish Oaks. Picture: Racingfotos.com
All roads lead to QIPCO British Champions Series races at York next month for Seventh Heaven and Mecca’s Angel after their big-race triumphs at the Curragh on Saturday.
The winner had finished only sixth to Minding in the Investec Oaks but turned the tables on Architecture and Harlequeen, who had finished second and third in that Classic.
The Darley Yorkshire Oaks on August 18 now beckons for Seventh Heaven.
O’Brien said: “They went a good gallop and on the different track we saw improvement. She’s probably progressing. I was surprised when I saw her in the parade ring and had to take a second look at her to see the physical development.
“I suppose she could go to York, she’ll love the flat track. She’s a lovely, big, flowing Galileo filly.”
O’Brien was of the view Even Song might have been feeling the effects of her victory at Royal Ascot. “I trained her hard for Ascot and didn’t want to train her hard again. Maybe it left a mark,” he said.
Mecca’s Angel will head to York to defend her Coolmore Nunthorpe Stakes crown on August 19 after emphatically banishing memories of a poor Royal Ascot performance in the Kilfrush Stud Sapphire Stakes.
Dods said: “There were two things in Ascot. She was in season, which she doesn’t show, plus the ground.
“Everyone thinks she wants it bottomless, but that is her ground. I walked the track with Paul Mulrennan and we said it was beautiful, on the easy side of good.
“She doesn’t want it firm and easy good is perfect. York will be next, but it’s just nice to get her back today.”
Mecca’s Angel could meet the The Tin Man at York. He was a smooth winner of Newbury’s bet365 Hackwood Stakes on Saturday and trainer James Fanshawe said afterwards he was not ruling out dropping back to five furlongs with him.