Classy Chamonix completes hat-trick
Wednesday 19 September 2012
Aidan O'Brien's progressive stayer Chamonix completed his hat-trick with an all-the-way victory in the Edmund & Josie Whelan Memorial Listowel Stakes.
Turned out just nine days after a Listed win at Galway, the even-money favourite was sent straight to the head of affairs by Joseph O'Brien and it was clear rounding the home turn that his rivals would struggle to bridge the gap.
Chamonix galloped on relentlessly in the bottomless ground to beat stable companion Demurely into second, just as he had done at Galway, with three and three-quarter lengths the winning margin.
The winning rider said: "Chamonix is a tough horse, he tries hard. He handled the ground but I think he'll be a bit better on nicer ground. He's a horse that's going places. I think he'll be a much better horse next year - he's quite big and raw still.
"He has the cheekpieces on him as he's just still a bit immature. He's a lovely horse and he's improving.
"He has worked with Camelot at home and at Leopardstown and you have to put in a smart enough lead horse for him. He's a very smart horse."