Juddmonte Farms

ORBY SALES TOPPER STARS ON DEBUT

Taken from the Thoroughbred Daily News, 20th September 2018

Old Glory (FRANKEL) began the seven-furlong Irish Stallion Farms EBF Maiden at Naas the 6-4 favourite based on a number of factors, with one of them being the fact he was the 2017 Goffs Orby Yearling Sale topper at €1.6-million.

Racing in the Zayat Stables silks, the bay who is owned in partnership with Sue Magnier, Michael Tabor and Derrick Smith broke well before being positioned just off the pace by Donnacha O'Brien. Moving smoothly to the front with a furlong remaining, he eased clear of Erich Bloch to score by one and a half lengths. Aidan O'Brien was on hand to witness a perfect racing introduction for the half-brother to the Gr.2 Herbert Power Stakes winner Assign, and said, "We're delighted. He's a lovely horse I'd say to win first time like that, as he'll come forward plenty. John who rides him in his work was very happy with him and so was Seamus and everyone close to him. We've always liked him and Donnacha said he travelled well, did everything well and took a blow."

He added: "We'd like to go steady and we won't overdo it, so the seven-furlong race at Leopardstown [Gr.3 Killavullan Stakes] or something like that will do. He's a horse that will stay much further than seven."

Date: 20 September 2018