SPEAK In Colours could be seen in France next weekend after running out a decisive winning favourite for Joseph O’Brien in the Group 3 AES Renaissance Stakes at the Curragh.
The grey, a listed winner over course and distance in June, had twice had to settle for fourth at Group 2 level on his travels to Britain since.
A Group 3 winner at the Curragh last season too, the four-year-old was being ridden for the first time by Shane Crosse – for whom this was first pattern winner.
They were prominent early and then produced another telling surge a furlong from home before staying on to beat Billy Lee Downforce by a length and a quarter.
A smart success for Speak In Colours who returns to winning ways for Joseph O'Brien in the G3 Aes Renaissance Stakes at the Curragh pic.twitter.com/yewzaDoGOx— Racing TV (@RacingTV) September 28, 2019
Reflecting on the 6/5 shot’s victory, O’Brien said: “It was a good performance. Obviously he was ahead on ratings, but the second horse is very good on soft ground. Shane gave him a lovely ride.”
There is a possibility of a Group 1 trip on the back of this success.
O’Brien added: “He’s in the (Prix de la) Foret next week, so there is a chance he might go there if he comes out of this okay.
“He’s won on all types of ground and seems very versatile. He’d nearly a career best when fourth in (the Diamond Jubilee Stakes at) Ascot – and that was good and quick.
“He’s a great horse to have, because he’s very solid and runs his race over six or seven furlongs.”
Crosse added: “That’s my first group race winner. A big thanks must go to Joseph, and it’s great to get the opportunity.
“He’s a lovely relaxed type. I probably got there a bit soon, but when Billy’s horse came to me, he kept going well.”