07/19/2014 1:34PM

Bracelet wins Irish Oaks


The 3-year-old filly Bracelet is beginning to live up to the lofty reputation established by her family. Her fourth win from six starts produced her first success at the Group 1 level as Bracelet scored a narrow victory over Tapestry and Volume in the Irish Oaks on Saturday at the Curragh.

Bracelet, making her move in the homestretch under Colm O’Donoghue, won by a neck over Tapestry, giving trainer Aidan O’Brien a sweep of the race’s top two spots. Volume, who made the pace for much of the 1 1/2-mile Irish Oaks, stayed on strongly and finished another neck behind Tapestry in third. Race favorite Tarfasha was in contention to the final two furlongs but fell back quietly when the real running began, checking in fifth. The winner ran 1 1/2 miles over firm turf in 2:33.68.

Bracelet, a 10-1 chance Saturday, is by Montjeu and out of the mare Cherry Hinton, and Cherry Hinton is a daughter of the superior broodmare Urban Sea. Urban Sea has produced hugely successful sire Galileo, the great racehorse Sea the Stars, as well as My Typhoon, a top turf mare in the U.S. during her career.

Bracelet finished 14th of 17 in her first Group 1 start, the English 1000 Guineas, but that straight-course one-mile race did not come close to showing the filly at her best. On Saturday, she gave O’Brien his fourth Irish Oaks winner.

* Al Kazeem, back in racing action after proving infertile at stud last breeding season, finished a decent fourth in the listed Doom Bar Stakes at Newbury in England on Saturday. The multiple Group 1 winner appeared to tire, and his trainer, Roger Charlton, said he was pleased with the comeback run.