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Published: 15:12 | 24/9/16

Brave Anna leads Aidan O'Brien one-two


The Aidan O'Brien-trained pair of Brave Anna and Roly Poly outpaced Lady Aurelia in Connolly's Red Mills Cheveley Park Stakes at Newmarket on Saturday.

The Wesley Ward-trained Lady Aurelia led going into the final furlong, but jockey Frankie Dettori was unable to keep the pace going in the final 50 yards, which allowed the two O'Brien horses through, with Brave Anna leading Roly Poly home.

"Aidan had her there for today. The filly that made the running was top class, but Aidan just keeps that little bit for Group Ones," Brave Anna's jockey Seamie Heffernan said.

"It takes a very good filly to win this and we were delighted. When they got together they helped each other," trainer O'Brien said,

"Wesley's filly is a very good filly and the wind out there probably didn't help her but our two fillies have been very good fillies all year.

"Seamie gave the winner a great ride and really got her into a flying rhythm.

"I'm not sure what happened in the Moyglare - maybe it was the seven furlongs, or maybe she just got a bit tired, but we always had faith in her.

"We knew there was going to be pace and there was a very strong pace."

Ward was left deflated by the way his two-year-old American filly faded in the run-in at Newmarket.

"It's a humbling game," he told Channel 4 Racing. "With expectations come big disappointments.

"When he called on her, it just wasn't there for the last bit, but it's been a tough campaign. I'm not trying to make any excuses or take anything away from the two that beat her. But she's a special filly and we'll take her back and try and get her ready for the Commonwealth Cup at Ascot.

"I expected to win today. I laid it out there on everybody and when you do that... it happens."

The Last Lion led from the front to win the Juddmonte Middle Park Stakes at Newmarket.

46-year-old jockey Joe Fanning held off the challenge of Gimcrack winner Blue Point to secure a career-first Group One win on Mark Johnston's two-year-old, with Mehmas, who is being retired to stud at the end of the season, two and a quarter lengths behind in third.

"I've ridden a lot of Group Twos and Threes, but never a Group One so it's nice to finally nail that one. It's nice to do it, and on one of Mark's as well - it's great," Fanning said.

"The owner said if he was in the first five he'd have run well. We always thought he was better on soft ground, it's quick today but he's done it well."

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