Takar Emerges as Classic Contender

John Oxx looks to have a genuine contender for honours in the Abu Dhabi Irish 2000 Guineas at the Curragh, later this month, following the smooth victory of his Takar at the home of Irish racing, on Sunday, in the listed Dylan Thomas European Breeders Fund Tetrarch Stakes, writes Elliot Slater.

Less than 24 hours after the yard’s Born To Sea had failed to shine at Newmarket in the Qipco 2000 Guineas, when well-fancied in many quarters, Takar restored confidence amongst the Oxx team by putting up a professional display in the seven-furlong contest.

The win helped justify 5/4 favouritism, in beating Coolnagree by a length-and-a-quarter, with Ballydoyle’s Triumphant a neck back in third. Get great odds on horse racing on Bet Victor.

The winning margin does not do justice to the measure of superiority the Aga Khan’s colt held over his rivals, having quickened from off the pace to surge into the lead under Johnny Murtagh, before being nudged out to easily maintain his advantage.

The son of Oratorio was setting foot on a racecourse for just his third career outing, and his first of the 2012 campaign, having run with plenty of promise, when fourth to Call to Battle in a Curragh maiden, last October.

He got off the mark at only the second time of asking, when slamming Place Vendome by an impressive eight-lengths at Leopardstown, a month later, right at the end of the Irish turf season.

Oxx expressed himself very pleased with the way his three-year-old went about his business, on Sunday, and had little hesitation in nominating a crack at the Irish 2000 Guineas, on May 26, as the next target for Takar, who comes from a long established bloodline, supported by the Aga Khan, over many decades.

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