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Regally-Bred Australia Breaks Maiden
At The Curragh in Ireland, the blue-blooded Coolmore colt Australia (Galileo-Ouija Board, by Cape Cross) made up for an unlucky debut defeat (when hopelessly missing the start) to score a determined 0.75-length win over the filly Carla Bianca (Dansili-Majestic Silver, by Linamix) in the Darley European Breeders' Fund Maiden Stakes (1400m) for 2YOs. Australia, by Coolmore's champion stallion Galileo from 7-time Gr1-winning champion mare Ouija Board, again missed the jump but recovered quickly to sit in second. Joseph O'Brien let the juvenile have his head at the 400m and he went to the front but was kept honest by the Dermot Weld first-timer Carla Bianca who chased bravely all the way to the line. Indeed, the front two cleared out impressively to space the rest of the field suggesting both are very smart types. Australia, a 525,000 guineas yearling at the Tattersalls October sale, is obviously held in some regard at Ballydoyle as he holds entries in the Gr1 Goffs Vincent O'Brien National Stakes at The Curragh on September 15 & next year's English Derby.