DAVID LIVINGSTON denied odds-on favourite Akeed Mofeed in the race whose roll of honour reads like a Who’s Who of racing royalty.
The John Oxx-trained favourite, bidding to join Sea The Stars on the list of Beresford winners, tried and failed to get on terms with pace-setter David Livingston in the energy-sapping conditions and had to settle for second.
Ridden by Johnny Murtagh, Akeed Mofeed went into the race the subject of no small amount of excitement, having caught the eye with a first-time-out fourth and followed up with a clear-cut maiden victory that earned him Derby and 2,000 Guineas quotes.
However, he had no answer to the free-wheeling exuberance of Aidan O’Brien’s David Livingston, who was kicked into a clear lead by rider Seamie Heffernan and kept responding down the straight.
Only in the final half furlong did Akeed Mofeed close on the leader, cutting the gap from two lengths to the half-length he finished behind.
Paddy Power leftAkeem Mofeed unchanged at 20-1 for the Investec Derby while inserting David Livingston at 33-1, the price disparity perhaps reflecting the likelihood the best horse finished second.
William Hill went 25-1 (from 40) about David Livingston, who is lucky he does not know the weight of expectation that will now fall on him having won a race that boasts Azamour and Sadler’s Wells among its winners, and whose last three winners were Sea The Stars, St Nicholas Abbey and Casamento.
David Livingston’s rider, Seamie Heffernan, said: “It’s never ideal to make all the running in any ground but I knew he’d get the mile well. He hung on well for me.
“I thought Johnny’s was the one that had the form but sometimes a race will take more out of them then you think and I was just happy to be in front at the end.”
Aidan O’Brien, outlining the colt’s options for the remainder of the season, said: “He’s had a hard enough time of it but there are options like the Racing Post Trophy or those Group 1 races in France [Criterium de Saint-Cloud and Criterium International] which he could go for.”
CORAL WAVE gamely held off the late charge of the Aidan O’Brien-trained Homecoming Queen to land her first Group race, just two weeks after she shed her maiden tag over a mile at this track
The Patrick Prendergast-trained 4-1 shot travelled into the race going easily but she was made to fight by the 25-1 runner-up, who rallied after surrendering the lead two furlongs out.
The daughter of Rock Of Gibraltar may have been up in grade and down in trip here but she proved her class and resolution as she fought to score by a neck under jockey Declan McDonogh.
“She used to be free earlier in the year but is different now and she really goes well on that type of ground – though I don’t think she needs it,” said Prendergast.
“She was probably idling and now we’ll look at her as an Oaks filly next year. She is done for the year.”
Coral Wave built on two promising efforts in maiden company to win the Listed Flame Of Tara European Breeders Fund Stakes on her last start, where she again travelled easily before winning in comprehensive fashion.
Homecoming Queen disputed the lead with Coral Wave early on under Seamie Heffernan before taking a definite advantage two furlongs into the contest.
Coral Wave, who was always prominent, sat behind with Princess Sinead and the Sir Mark Prescott-trained Kinetica in close attendance.
As the pace quickened with two furlongs to run nothing was moving easier than Coral Wave and she quickly moved past Homecoming Queen to take the lead.
The 7-2 favourite Remember Alexander tried to make up ground from the rear and Princess Sinead challenged up the nearside rail under Fran Berry.
But Coral Wave had too much in reserve for her rivals and she went on to win well.
Princess Sinead was a half a length behind in third, while Lady Wingshot stayedon well to take fourth ahead of the slightly disappointing Remember Alexander.
McDonogh was impressed with the winner’s performance, adding: “She impressed me there and I kept a bit up my sleeve. She is a good-actioned filly and isn’t just a soft-ground filly. It’s a slog out there and she is tough and genuine