• Horse Racing

Double Excelebration for O'Brien

ESPN staff
August 12, 2012
Excelebration enjoyed a big victory at Deauville © PA Photos

There was a double celebration for trainer Aiden O'Brien as he enjoyed Group One wins on both sides of the Channel on Sunday.

Christophe Soumillon provided a worthy substitute for Ryan Moore as he steered Excelebration to victory to score a first win for O'Brien in the Prix Jacques le Marois at Deauville.

Moore was stood down following a fall from Havana Gold earlier on Sunday, and Soumillon stepped in to urge Excelebration on as he held off the challenge of Cityscape and Elusive Kate.

"It was a fantastic chance ride to get," he said. "I feel very sorry for Ryan as he was telling me before his fall that he thought the horse would win."

Despite seeing his pre-race favourite Cristoforo Colombo falling after clipping heels, O'Brien was toasting victory at the Curragh after Pedro The Great raced to victory in the Keeneland Phoenix Stakes.

O'Brien landed his twelfth victory in the six-furlong juvenile contest, but his son Joseph was left sprawled on the turf after trying to navigate Cristoforo Colombo through a narrow gap on the inside.

Pedro The Great, ridden by Seamie Heffernan, took full advantage to claim victory by two-and-three-quarter lengths from Leitir Mor, with Lottie Dod third.

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