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AMHRAN NA BHFIANN: Former Derby second lands Group 2 honours at the Curragh

Aidan O’Brien’s Amhran Na Bhfiann picked up a second career success at the Curragh on Sunday with a blistering front-running display

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2C5P5XC Epsom, Surrey, UK. 4th July, 2020. Action, behind closed doors-due to the Covid-19 restrictions- at The Derby as the bulk of the field chase winner, Serpentine with an 8 length lead up hill to the finish Credit: Motofoto/Alamy Live News

2020 Epsom Derby silver medalist Amhran Na Bhfiann secured only his second career win at the Curragh on Sunday afternoon when landing the Comer Group International Curragh Cup under Colin Keane.

WATCH: AMHRAN NA BHFIANN BATTERS HIS RIVALS FROM PILLAR TO POST IN COUNTY KILDARE ON SUNDAY [CREDIT: RACING TV]
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Aidan O’Brien’s 4-year-old Galileo colt beat only one rival home in the Ascot Gold Cup ten days ago, but the step back in trip worked the oracle back across the Irish Sea as he won by seven lengths from Joseph O’Brien’s 11/8 favourite, Pondus.

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Amhran Na Bhfiann was still a maiden when finishing third in the 2020 Epsom Derby behind Serpentine last year

His only other previous experience of passing the post first came at Dundalk in April, eventually shedding his maiden tag at the fifth attempt despite previously chasing home stable-mate Serpentine and Khalifa Sat in the Classic on the Downs last July.

That was the second of a double on the card for 2020 Irish flat jockey champion Keane, who picked up a winner in the opener aboard Ger Lyons’ Atomic Jones.

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Amhran Na Bhfiann’s win was the only Aidan O’Brien victory at the Curragh on Sunday, with son’s Joseph and Donnacha sharing three successes between them

In the sole Group 1 of the day, Thundering Nights denied Oaks fifth Santa Barbara by a neck to claim a first win since her Snow Fairy victory back in August under a jubilant Shane Cross in the Pretty Polly.

WATCH: THUNDERING NIGHTS JUST HOLDS OFF SANTA BARBARA IN THE 2021 PRETTY POLLY [CREDIT: RACING TV]

John Murtagh’s Urban Beat took the Rockingham Handicap despite his top-weight, with other winners on the card including Fastnet Crown and Effernock Fizz.

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