O'Brien equals record

21 October 2017 12:19:09 EST

Irish trainer Aidan O'Brien has equalled the record for the most Group One wins in a year when Ryan Moore ran Hydrangea to victory at Ascot.

On British Champions Day, the final day of the flat racing calendar, Hydrangea came first in the Fillies and Mares Stakes to put O'Brien equal alongside the late American trainer Bobby Frankel on 25 top level wins in a year.

Having missed a chance earlier in the day, with Johannes Vermeer coming third in Australia's Caulfield Cup, attention turned to the UK and there O'Brien finally equalled the record.

He told ITV afterwards: "Its a magic, special day. As you know I am a small link in a big chain and I'm delighted for everybody. They all put in so much hard work, day in day out."

As you know I am a small link in a big chain and I'm delighted for everybody.

Aidan O'Brien

"It was Ryan's idea to run her as he thought there was a chance she'd get the trip. We weren't sure, but she did it."

The favourite in the race, Bateel threatened to go past Hydrangea but she pulled away again, winning by two lengths, Bateel finishing second and Coronet in third.

Meanwhile, in the final race of the day Crackman won the Champion Stakes. Trained by John Gosden, the race was jockey Frankie Dettori's second of the day after he earlier won the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes aboard Persuasive.

In the Champions Stakes the result was rarely in doubt, Cracksman winning by seven lengths, leading going into the home straight and not looking back with Poet's Word and Highland Reel second and third respectively.

Meanwhile, Thistlecrack is 6/1 on a win and each way bet to win the King George VI Chase on Boxing Day. Sizing John is 999/1 with Fox Norton priced at 6/1.

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