Lumiere Rock Lights Up The Curragh With Deserved Group 2 Success

Lumiere Rock


It was always going to take something special to luminate the Curragh against the backdrop of that dark grey sky, but the Joseph O'Brien-trained Lumiere Rock (Ire) (Saxon Warrior {Jpn}) had just the answer in the G2 Moyglare-sponsored Blandford S. under a razor-sharp Dylan Browne McMonagle. 

Lumiere Rock has danced every dance this season. Her big moment at the Irish Champions Festival was richly deserved but it was achieved in far more tenacious fashion than the three-length winning margin would suggest. 

Having gone out on her sword behind the fantastically-talented French filly Jannah Rose (Ire) (Frankel {GB}) in her own backyard at Deauville last month, Lumiere Rock's ability was clear for everyone to see, and she confirmed herself a smart sort in her own right in grabbing the Blandford by the scruff of the neck in first-time cheekpieces. 

The race-winning move came over two furlongs out when Browne McMonagle, rightly considered one of the hottest riding prospects in Europe, sent the 6-1 shot to the front. From there, Lumiere Rock was not for catching, with Aidan O'Brien's Jackie Oh (Ire) (Galileo {Ire}) coming through to finish a never-nearer second while the sponsor's Trevaunance (Ire) (Muhaarar {GB}) finished a credible third. 

“She has been keeping really good company all season,” O'Brien said afterwards. “She was just beaten at Ascot and narrowly beaten again in France the last day. She really did deserve her win at Group 2 level today and won in the style of a filly who will hold her own in Group 1 company as she gets older.”

Lumiere Rock carried the colours of Michael O'Flynn, the property developer who is synonymous for owning top-class jumpers with Mouse Morris, including Grade 1-winning chaser China Rock and one-time exciting novice hurdler Venalmar. 

However, the striking red and yellow silks have been spotted more frequently on the Flat in recent years, through O'Flynn's association with the stables of O'Brien and Johnny Murtagh, and the owner explained how he enjoys the balance between the two codes. 

“I am enjoying it,” the owner said. “I am having more of an involvement on the Flat, which I am really enjoying, but I love the National Hunt. I must say, with Joseph and Johnny Murtagh on the Flat, I have had some really interesting runners and winners. I am favouring a little bit more towards the Flat but I still love the National Hunt.”

O'Brien confirmed that Lumiere Rock could take in a Group 1 contest on her next start.

He said, “I suppose the obvious targets could be Arc day at Longchamp or Ascot for Champions Day. We'll see how she comes out of this and she'll tell us.”


Pedigree Notes

One of seven stakes winners for her Coolmore sire, Lumiere Rock is out of the placed Last Gold (Fr) (Gold Away {Ire}). She is a half-sister to the 2-year-old filly Forthright (Ire) (Zoffany {Ire}), a yearling filly by Starspangledbanner (Aus) bound for Book 2 of the Tattersalls October Sale as lot 1237, and a colt foal by Kodi Bear (Ire).

Second dam Baahama (Ire) (Anabaa) won the Listed Prix Charles Laffitte and was runner-up in the G3 Prix d'Aumale. At stud she foaled a pair of Deep Impact (Jpn) French Group 3 winners–Akihiro (Jpn) and Bartaba (Fr).


Sunday, Curragh, Ireland
MOYGLARE “JEWELS” BLANDFORD S.-G2, €200,000, Curragh, 9-10, 3yo/up, f/m, 10fT, 2:07.89, g/y.
1–LUMIERE ROCK (IRE), 128, f, 3, by Saxon Warrior (Jpn)
1st Dam: Last Gold (Fr), by Gold Away (Ire)
2nd Dam: Baahama (Ire), by Anabaa
3rd Dam: Silver Rain (Fr), by Rainbow Quest
(55,000gns Ylg '21 TATOCT). O-Michael O'Flynn; B-The Last
Partnership (IRE); T-Joseph O'Brien; J-Dylan Browne
McMonagle. €120,000. Lifetime Record: GSP-Eng & Fr,
10-2-5-0, $302,830. Werk Nick Rating: A++. Click for the
   eNicks report & 5-cross pedigree, or the
   free catalogue-style pedigree.
2–Jackie Oh (Ire), 128, f, 3, Galileo (Ire)–Jacqueline Quest (Ire),
by Rock Of Gibraltar (Ire). O-Triermore Stud, Mrs J Magnier &
M Tabor; B-C O P Hanbury (IRE); T-Aidan O'Brien. €40,000.
3–Trevaunance (Ire), 134, f, 4, Muhaarar (GB)–Liber Nauticus
(Ire), by Azamour (Ire). O/B-Moyglare Stud Farm (IRE);
T-Jessica Harrington. €20,000.
Margins: 3, HF, 3/4. Odds: 6.00, 3.20, 8.00.
Also Ran: Araminta (Ire), Red Riding Hood (Ire), Unless, Insinuendo (Ire), Never Ending Story (Ire), Caroline Street, Alanya (Fr), Mashia (Ire). VIDEO.


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