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Halfway to Heaven gives Aidan O’Brien his 17th Group One win of the season

Trainer Aidan O’Brien recorded his 17th Group One win of the season at Glorious Goodwood on Saturday (2 August).

The Irish 1000 Guineas heroine Halfway to Heaven held off even-money favourite Lush Lashes in the Blue Square Nassau Stakes — winning by just a head.

Ridden by Johnny Murtagh, Halfway to Heaven took an early lead before settling behind Muthabara. Taking the lead in the final furlong, the pair denied Jim Bolger-trained filly Lush Lashes of the win.

Kevin Manning and Lush Lashes had a troubled run, finding themselves boxed in more than once. The three-year-old was favourite after her comfortable win in the Coronation Cup at Royal Ascot in June.

In a tight finish Henry Cecil’s Passage of Time came home third, just a head behind Lush Lashes. Heaven Sent was another head behind in fourth.

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