On Sunday, Grafelli secured a second win in the Group 3 Jebel Ali Stables & Racecourse Anglesey Stakes at the Curragh. Horse racing tipsters had pegged Cristoforo Colombo as the betting favourite heading into the meeting but the runner was withdrawn due to testing ground conditions.
Jim Bolger's Grafelli (9-4), mounted by Kevin Manning, displayed a burst of speed despite the mud to beat the Andrew Oliver-trained Hard Yards. The relatively unchallenged colt would cross the line by six and a half lengths. Count Of Limonade, mounted by Ballydoyle jockey Joseph O’Brien, also struggled at the Curragh despite holding 7-4 odds.
“His first run was over seven furlongs and he came on a long way for that run. He did it well next time out in Naas, conditions were soft as well there. He handles the ground very well, but he's improved a lot from Naas again. He was very professional. Dawn Approach is a long way ahead of Grafelli, but this guy is not a bad horse. Any horse that can win a Group Three by six and a half lengths is not a bad horse,” Manning said afterwards.
In other news, Nathaniel could take on Frankel in the Juddmonte International Stakes at York. The impressive runner took the lead in the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes before losing to Arc winner Danedream by less than a nose.