Pedro The Great justified the high regard he is held in when he landed a incident packed renewal of the Keeneland Phoenix Stakes at the Curragh on Sunday afternoon in which Joseph O’Brien suffered a nasty fall from Cristoforo Colombo.
Sent off at 10/1, Pedro The Great was held up at the back of the field in the early stages of the 6f Group 1 under big race jockey Seamie Heffernan as English raider Bungleinthejungle took his rivals on at the head of affairs.
Coming into the final two furlongs the David Wachman trained Probably and Cristoforo Colombo were travelling best of all. O’Brien jnr went for a gap up the inner of Wayne Lordan but clipped heels approaching the final furlong and the young jockey was hurled to the ground but walked away from the nasty spill.
Away from the incident, Pedro The Great stayed on well down the outside to hold off the Jim Bolger trained Leitir Mor and the staying on Lottie Dod.
Speaking after the race, O’Brien, who was winning the race for a twelfth time, said ” He won his maiden very impressively at Leopardstown and he was a little bit fresh the last day we ran him so we decided to take our time with him today.
“He is a very well bred horse as he is a half brother to Footstepsinthesand and he won’t mind stepping up to seven furlongs so it’s possible that he will come back here for the National Stakes. We always liked him a lot.”
Both Paddy Power and Boylesports went 33/1 about Pedro The Great for the 2013 2000 Guineas at Newmarket.