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Marengo on top in Beresford

Sun, 30 September 2012

Battle Of Marengo recorded his third win from four starts with a fine staying performance in the Juddmonte Beresford Stakes at the Curragh.

Third on his debut before registering victories at Gowran Park and Leopardstown, the Aidan O'Brien-trained juvenile was the 4-9 favourite stepped up to Group Two class.

Outsider Orgilgo Bay led the four runners into the home straight, but Battle Of Marengo was always on his tail and soon took at the head of affairs.

Joseph O'Brien had to get to work a couple of furlongs down, but the further the market leader went, the better he looked.

Orgilgo Bay ran a fine race to fill the runner-up spot, three and a half lengths adrift of the winner, with Probably and Muaanid third and fourth respectively.

The winning trainer said: "You'd have to be delighted with that, especially considering Joseph said he hated the ground. He'd be a possible for the race in Doncaster (Racing Post Trophy), although he's done plenty this year and he doesn't need to run again."

O'Brien jnr said ""I can't wait until he gets on a bit of nice ground in the Racing Post Trophy or something like that. He's a lovely horse and he's going the right way.

"He's a very straightforward horse - he has a great attitude and relaxed well. He's done nothing wrong on his last three starts and he's still on the upgrade."