Promising two-year-old Blackbeard leaves him late at Curragh | Race News

Aidan O’Brien’s Blackbeard needed every yard to come out on top in a thrilling finish at the GAIN First Flier Stakes at the Curragh.

Cork winner Crispy Cat tried to put it all in Leigh Roche’s hands for Michael O’Callaghan and refused to lie down when challenged by the eventual winner throughout the final stages of the contest of five stages.

However, it was the Ballydoyle colt, kicked out of the 11-10 favourite, who had his head ahead when it mattered most, responding valiantly to Ryan Moore’s urgings and showing a most willing two-for-two attitude.

The No Nay Never son won in style at Dundalk on his debut and after continuing his education here appears to have booked his ticket to Royal Ascot, for which he received 8-1 Norfolk Stakes citations on the trip minimum by Coral, while Betfair went from 7-1 to 8-1 for the six-stadium Coventry Stakes.

O’Brien said: “The ground is softer than we thought, but he fought back well.

“He’ll go to Ascot for one of five or six races. Ryan said he might have six.

“If you can get a few races before Ascot in this country, you’re very lucky. There aren’t many races.”

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