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Cape Blanco Wins US Gr1 Man O' War Stakes

Monday, 11th July 2011

In the US, former shuttler & Gr1 English Derby winner Galileo (Sadler's Wells-Urban Sea, by Miswaki) added a Gr1 triumph when Irish-bred 4YO entire & last year’s Gr1 Irish Derby winner Cape Blanco (Galileo-Laurel Delight, by Presidium) scored a 2.25-lengths victory in his North American debut in the US$600,000 Gr1 Man O’ War Stakes (11 furlongs) at Belmont Park in New York. Cape Blanco (ridden by Jamie Spencer for trainer Aidan O’Brien) defeated 6YO entire & defending champion Gio Ponti (Tale Of The Cat-Chipeta Springs, by Alydar) who had won this race in each of the last 2 years & fellow 4YO entire Boisterous (Distorted Humor-Emanating, by Cox's Ridge). Cape Blanco was a €330,000 (A$446,000) yearling at Ireland’s 2008 Goffs Million Sale & took his record to 7 wins (also including 2010’s Gr1 Irish Derby over 12 furlongs at The Curragh, Gr1 Irish Champion Stakes over 10 furlongs at Leopardstown & UK Gr2 Dante Stakes over 10.5 furlongs at York, plus & 2009's Irish Gr2 Futurity Stakes over 7 furlongs at Fairyhouse & Irish Gr3 Tyros Stakes over 7 furlongs at Leopardstown) & a runner-up (in 2010’s UK Gr1 King George VI And Queen Elizabeth Diamond Stakes over 12 furlongs at Ascot) from 13 starts for US$2,979,665 earnings.

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