The Aidan O’Brien trained Requisition caused a minor upset at the Curragh on Sunday afternoon when he landed the Anne Brewster Memorial Loughbrown Stakes defeating the long odds on favourite and stablemate Nephrite in the process.
The seven furlong contest had been expected to be a tune up for Nephrite ahead of the English 2000 Guineas, however things did not quite go according to plan.
Requisition, under Seamie Heffernan led the field in the early stages of the race with his stablemate held up at the back of the field.
Travelling into the final furlong nothing was going better than Nephrite and it looked like Joseph O’Brien only had to push the button to win the race.
Requisition was hard at work but when Nephrite emptied in the closing stages it was the Invincible Spirit colt that kept on best to score from Coolnagree and Nephrite back in third.
After the race Aidan O’Brien said ” We are delighted with the winner. He progressed well last season and did it well out there.
“The other horse (Nephrite) looks more like a sprinter. He’s very fast and travelled well out there, so you not be sure that he would get a mile.”
Ladbrokes have pushed Nephrite out to 16/1 from 8/1 for the English 2000 Guineas while they have clipped Camelot into even money for the first classic of the season.