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


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  • 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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