‘Amazing’ Al Kazeem rules at Curragh

CATCH ME IF YOU CAN: Al Kazeem and jockey James Doyle (blue and white cap) win the Tattersalls Gold Cup at The Curragh. Picture: Pat Healey/PA.
CATCH ME IF YOU CAN: Al Kazeem and jockey James Doyle (blue and white cap) win the Tattersalls Gold Cup at The Curragh. Picture: Pat Healey/PA.
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KEVIN RYAN’S The Grey Gatsby could only finish a disappointing fourth for Yorkshire as Al Kazeem rolled back the years to win the Tattersalls Gold Cup at the Curragh in Ireland.

Victorious in the corresponding race two years ago before an unsuccessful career at stud, trainer Roger Charlton has nursed the horse back to full fitness and he was given a masterful ride by James Doyle whose career took off thanks to his association with horses like Al Kazeem.

Charlton said: “He’s amazing, looks amazing, is brave and all you need in a good racehorse. I’m lucky to have one as good as that and to have him back from stud. I’d say it’s my proudest moment. He’ll probably go next for either the Hardwicke or the Prince of Wales’s at Royal Ascot.”

Doyle said: “I can’t speak highly enough of the horse. He’s everything you look for in a racehorse. He looked a picture beforehand and a credit to his connections.”

Although Gleneagles successfully completed the English and Irish 2000 Guineas double for Aidan O’Brien on Saturday, the Ballydoyle trainer suffered a reverse yesterday when his filly Found was defeated by Pleascach in the 1000 Guineas.

The winner was trained by O’Brien’s early mentor Jim Bolger.