Caravaggio Returns To Form With Emphatic Win In Derrinstown Stud Flying Five Stakes

by | 09.10.2017 | 11:25am
Caravaggio (left) puts away stablemate Alphabet to win the Derrinstown Stud Flying Five Stakes

Caravaggio got back on the winning trail after swooping late in the G2 Derrinstown Stud Flying Five Stakes at the Curragh.

The victory earned the son of Scat Daddy an automatic berth in the G1 Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint at Del Mar in November.

Aidan O'Brien's colt looked a superstar in the making after extending his unbeaten record to six in the Commonwealth Cup at Royal Ascot, but was only fourth in the July Cup at Newmarket and disappointed again in the Prix Maurice de Gheest at Deauville.

Dropping back in distance and class for this five-furlong contest, Caravaggio was the odds-on favorite in the hands of Ryan Moore.

It was not completely plain sailing for the three-year-old, with Moore at work some way from the finish, but the further Caravaggio went, the better he looked and he was well on top of stablemate and 50-1 shot Alphabet at the line.

Son Of Rest was third.

O'Brien said: “I'm delighted. We wanted to come back here and get the confidence back. He did everything perfect and Ryan gave him a lovely ride.

“The lads had him lovely and settled at home in the stalls and were very happy with him. We're delighted to have him back. We think he's a great horse. He's relaxed, he quickens, he travels.

“He has a big engine and for a sprinter he's 100 per cent clean-winded. He's very easy to get fit and he's a great mover. He has a big heart and lungs I'd say.

“We put the wrong shoes on him the last day and he had no traction in Deauville. He just kept swapping and changing and he just never got into any kind of a gear. It was like driving a car with the clutch slipping.

“We were a little bit worried as he came back very sore after the last time and when they come back sore, you are always worried the next time.

“I was delighted that he did that and he behaved great. It was a very good performance in heavy ground.

“He has all the options. He obviously has the sprint in Ascot and also America. We were talking about Australia earlier in the year, but it might be too much as we had to do a little bit with him the last two weeks to get him here and get everything working.

“We'll see, but the lads will decide that themselves.”

  • Minneola

    Hope that he makes it to the BC this year. From the photo, yes, he does look like a “big engine” more in the size of a Mack truck. By the way, he’s got a great name. Don’t know how many know of the painter, Caravaggio, but he has been considered one of the greatest of the Italian Renaissance period. Great painter and, perhaps, great horse. Bring him to Del Mar for the BC!!

    • Don’thaveaclue

      I totally get your connection to his namesake. But thinking that he would not have been named this way without
      high hopes. He has a great name. Carrivaggio also has a great sire in his daddy; And, the racehorse isoving on.


    • whirlaway

      I must say Coolmore does continually come up with classy good names. I loved the name
      Sadler’s Wells among many others and Caravaggio is right up there with the best. There are a few other stables that do a good job also especially when naming a large amount of

  • Don’thaveaclue

    I absolutely love Carrivagio. He is such a big, strong colt. He so resembles his dad, Scat Daddy. Good for you: Carrivagio.

    • whirlaway

      I am with you love this horse and numerous Scat Daddy horses are quite beautiful. What a
      loss SD was such a good sire but he has left some very good offspring for the future.

      • Ida Lee

        Me too ….Love Caravaggio especially being a Scat Daddy …. still remember when I heard of his passing so suddenly….this one will never stop hurting ….

        • whirlaway

          Hey how is it going I thought I remembered you are in one of the Carolina’s hope all is well with all the storm activity. Scat Daddy was a big loss and hopefully he will have a few good horses that when they go to stud we will see success from them as sires. I would think his daughters will be nice broodmares.

          • Ida Lee

            I’m in Western North Carolina and got hit yesterday morning but mainly rain….still raining…..biggest problem is keeping my cats away from all the flower plants which we had to bring into the house….I’m not complaining though what with all the misery our people in FL and the Caribbean Islands are going through…as to Scat Daddy, loved to see him race and was retired too soon…loved him as a sire and lost him too early….sometimes I think it was just meant to be that we would not have him for too long ….like a novel’s tragic leading man ….

          • whirlaway

            I have a friend that lives in St John where she moved after early retirement but she was back in New England visiting family. Somehow her home was spared with not much damage as that island looks like a war zone. Kenny Chesney’s house was a
            total loss on St John. My friend is a nervous wreck with her pets but her husband said they are all surviving ok but she now does not know when she can return to the
            island. This was unbelievable these storms and just terrible for all involved.

          • Ida Lee

            Kenny’s house is a mess….saw it in the news this morning….my neighbor’s niece works in a law firm in Miami and earns very good money…it’s why she chose to live there….she just spent over 24 hrs horrified, locked up in her house with 5 dogs….she is now suffocating without air condition or any electricity …her bottom floor is flooded….her fence is down so dogs have to be on leashes to go do their business over the flooding…she says nothing is worth the fright and horror of living through what she just went through….making plans to move now…if you’ve been to Key West, you know you can stand just in the right place and see from one end of the island to the other end….yes, watching the setting sun in Key West is one of the most gorgeous sights you will ever see but OMG, that water can go over the whole island with a shower….I wonder if it’s worth it ???? if you need to see something beautiful, just look up a photo of Tapit….that will be quite satisfying ….

          • whirlaway

            I am not a hot weather person which is why I left Calif. From the first moment I stepped foot in New England in the 1980’s I knew I would retire here. I don’t even mind snow and winter. We have a snowmobile and it is beautiful when the day after a powdery snow it is 40 degrees sunny and we snowmobile on beautiful trails to places you can only get to by snowmobile with diamonds of snow twinkling off the snow. I love the coast and beaches in NE and for those that have stood on a Mountain top in Acadia National Park the first place on the East Coast the sun rises
            it is exquisite and I don’t even need to talk about the fall. Best of all New Hampshire
            has a small population and for retirees that need it health care is excellent. I think we
            each know what we can live with in our everyday lives and for me I love woods greenery not tons of traffic. We are getting near leaf peeping time and travellers from many places come here for the best foliage in the U. S. and I do take many trips
            daily in the fall. People visiting ask me what it is like to live here and I tell them I would never leave but I tell them winters can be tough and last long, I don’t want too
            many moving here which will not happen. People seem to think snow is the worst to
            deal with but even before these sad disasters I think it is flooding. Because of how we have plows and excellent snow removal I am able to get out the day after a snow
            and have never been snowed in the 20 yrs I have been here. We have snowbirds that
            go to Florida or sometimes Arizona for the winter only but live here the other three
            seasons. I don’t live far out of the biggest city in NH 110,000 people but I am on 13
            wooded acres with no neighbors looking in my window. I also don’t feel happy with neighbors right on top of me. I can’t imagine the stress of those two storms we just went through and there is so much devastation to deal with it will take time to regroup and it is awful for people and even though this is not all the time other storms do come in, but for me I know what conditions are acceptable to me. I personally could not live under those weather options. Staying warm for me in NE is better than hot Temps that are unbearable especially for long periods of time. Been there done that growing up in Calif I am so done with that.

          • Ida Lee

            In other words, we live in a beautiful and great Country where we can choose where to live and the choices are endless ….

          • whirlaway

            There are endless possibilities and more than enough options to find the right place to enjoy life. We had about 10 states on the list I researched and we then started to eliminate by what we wanted and in the end the last three were NH Vermont and Maine but there were quite a few nice states most on the eastern coast except for Alaska. Yes indeed imagine Alaska but not easy to get to any racetrack there.

  • Don’thaveaclue

    Btw, check out Carrivagio’s power on his front end.

  • ctgreyhound

    Here’s hoping the “lads” decide to grace the BC with Carrivagio. The casual horse player in attendance at the BC needs to witness this charisma endowed equine complete with an abundance of power and grace. Truly a fleeting sight to behold.

  • NMBird

    Can’t wait to see him race here!!! Hope it happens!!!!

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