Joseph O'Brien Registers First Win As Trainer

1st at GOW, Mdn, €15,500Irish Stallion Farms EBF Maiden (7f)Winner: Justice Frederick (Ire), c, 2 by Lawman (Fr)

1st-GOW, €15,500, Mdn, 6-6, 2yo, 7fT, 1:28.41, g/f.
JUSTICE FREDERICK (IRE) (c, 2, Lawman {Fr}–Sheer Spirit {Ire}, by Caerleon), a debut third going five furlongs at Tipperary last time May 26, was smartly away to track the pace in fourth after the initial strides of this return. Making headway in the straight, the 6-4 second choice launched his bid passing the two pole and was ridden out in the closing stages to assert by 1 1/2 lengths from Leo Minor (War Front). Justice Frederick, who is kin to G2 Blandford S. and G3 Kilboy Estate S. victor Manieree (Ire) (Medicean {GB}), MGSW-Ire, $222,762, and stakes placegetters Solid Rock (Ire) (Rock of Gibraltar {Ire}) and Bold Choice (Ire) (Dubai Destination), becomes the first winner as trainer for Joseph O'Brien on the anniversary of his father Aidan's first success in 1993. “He learned from the first day and the step up to seven furlongs suited him,” said rider Donnacha O'Brien. The trainer's mother, Anne-Marie, added, “The plan is to go for the [June 18 Listed] Chesham at Royal Ascot.” The winner's dam Sheer Spririt (Ire) (Caerleon) is a winning half-sister to five black-type scorers including G1 Epsom Derby victor Oath (Ire) (Fairy King) and MG1SW G1 Italian 2000 Guineas winner Pelder (Ire) (Be My Guest), from a family which includes G1 Prix de l'Abbaye-winning siblings Avonbridge (GB) (Averti {Ire}) and Patavellian (Ire) (Machiavellian). Justice Frederick is also kin to a yearling filly by Lope de Vega (Ire). Lifetime Record: 2-1-0-1, $12,228.
O/B-Max Morris (IRE); T-Joseph O'Brien.

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