السبت , يونيو 12 2021

Prettiest takes eye in Navan win

Prettiest stood out as a youngster with obvious potential by securing an emphatic and total victory on his debut in the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Fillies Maiden in Navan.

Aidan O’Brien’s daughter Dubawi, from the two-time Group 1 winner of the yard, Alice Springs, lived up to her exemplary pedigree by winning three-quarters length at 5-2 under Seamie Heffernan from favorite Lopes Gold.

Both market principles were prominent throughout, with Prettiest establishing an early advantage from the get-go and maintaining it with relative comfort.

Heffernan said: “Her homework suggested she was ready to start,” Heffernan said.

“I wanted to gallop to the start in front because that’s how I wanted to ride it, forward.

“I would say she is a beautiful filly and has a great pedigree.

“They won’t all improve and progress the way you would expect, but she is built like a two year old, so she should progress to be a sweet two year old.”

Albion Square justified the 9-4 favoritism, a second successive juvenile to lead throughout, as he won the Lynn Lodge Stud Irish EBF Maiden in his third career start for jockey Shane Foley and coach Jessica Harrington.

The Acclamation colt – for whom relations may have ambitions for Royal Ascot – was second behind another winning debutant from Ballydoyle, The Entertainer, more than a U-turn above that minimum trip in the same course two weeks ago. .

After the decisive victory at Albion Square, Foley said: “He was good. I think he was beaten by a very smart horse on the last day, although I know the winner was disappointing afterwards.

“We love this horse – we think he’s a very good horse. It was a little bright today, after doing some shopping, and I didn’t even hit it.

“He’s a nice horse to go forward and could be a horse for Windsor Castle.

“I rode the track ahead of time and thought the best ground was from the middle to the stands. It’s giving way, dead, but it’s the best out there.

Lord McZie jumped in late to bring out a 66-1 handicap shock in GAIN The Advantage Series, giving 17-year-old jockey Conor Clarke his first winner, after just his second run on the flat.

The four-year-old Ray Hackett didn’t seem particularly outperforming his chances until he took a late swing to cross the pitch and win by an Art Of Unity header.

Tipperary teenager Clarke said: “It’s amazing – I can’t put it into words.

“I apprenticed with Ray about two months ago. It’s only my second race, and I’m happy to get out of goal.

“My first outing was at Mallow on this boy too, for a mile. It was probably a little out of depth at the time – but it ran well nonetheless, and we had high hopes of coming here today.

“I thought I left with a few hundred yards to run, but I saw a little gap again, and he pricked his ears and rallied well for me again.

“I wasn’t sure if I won it, because I saw a horse outside, but one of the guys said thumbs up – and I was delighted.”

The Chartreuse formed by John Joseph Murphy (100-30) has not won out of round in the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Race, having faced three group racing missions since winning the Curragh in August, including the National Stakes and Middle Park. .

George Murphy, his father’s assistant, said: “I was happy with it, he seemed to be staying there very well.

“Robbie (Colgan) just said the pitch felt slow and very sticky to him. He certainly didn’t like it, but he did it.

“We’ll talk to the owners and make a plan. I think he has more than a right to return to the stake company.

“I would say a mile and we’ll definitely stick to the right ground now.”

Star Harbor broke his duck, on a seventh career attempt, in the feature film Royal County Handicap.

Sea The Stars’ son of Ado McGuinness, in a visor for the first time after being tried in blinders on his last start, had never come close before except in a photo that ended as a favorite at Dundalk in February.

Chris Hayes, riding Star Harbor for the first time, used the leading tactics that had worked for the winners of the first two races – and his partner showed great determination to fend off all the challengers and win three. lengths and a quarter at 22 years. -1, longest joint prize in the field of nine runners.

McGuinness said: “We put blinders on him last time around, but he missed the break and got caught behind.

“He put him to bed pretty quickly (this time). He’ll be nice for a mile-and-a-half handicap in Galway – or for closer shots, I was talking about the Ulster Derby.

“I think there will be a mile and a half left, and I would say that is where he will go next.”

The Venice Biennale achieved a double for the Murphy yard, winning the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Median Auction Fillies Maiden under the direction of Oisin Orr.

Farhh’s daughter made a promising start when she was fourth at the Curragh last weekend, and looks progressive after White Pepper’s four-and-a-quarter win.

She challenged in the last two stages, then cleared.

Murphy said: “She was a little green in the Curragh on the last day. She’s a filly we’ve always loved.

“She’s a great lady and it took a little while to get to hand. We’ll probably be looking for a black type race for her now – it’s a cool race to move forward with.

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