Longfield trainer David Wachman continued his blistering run at Naas on Wednesday evening when Mironica landed the opening 2.y.o fillies maiden over six furlongs at the expense of her stable companion True Verdict.
Not neglected in the betting market Mironica broke smartly and tracked the leaders until taking over a furlong or so out and running on strongly to hold the late run of True Verdict by half a length with Teoirim a further two and a half lengths further back in third place. Both the winner and runner-up were having their initial racecourse outings and can be expected to improve, however, True Verdict went into many a notebook as a certain future winner. She was slowly away and had plenty to do turning for home but finished well and one thing is for sure she will not start at 8/1 on her next appearance. The winner was well handled by Billy Lee who also rides for the Tommy stack stable. A fine horseman Billy suffered a nasty fall towards the end of last season which left him out of action for a long time, he has begun the new term in great style and if avoiding further injury will be well up among the leading riders come the end of the season.
Two of Jim Bolger’s former stars New Approach and Teofilo have begun their stud careers in great style and the former was responsible for Dawn Approach which defied a penalty to land the 2.y.o.winners contest in the style of a very smart colt indeed. An odds on favourite Dawn Approach was following up his win in the first juvenile race of the year, he came to tackle the leading Canary Row at the two furlong marker and drew steadily clear to win comfortably by five and a half lengths. Bolger told me that Royal Ascot is now very much on the agenda where the colt will have a choice of engagements. Bolger himself is favouring the Chesham Stakes but winning rider Kevin Manning revealed that he could be a Coventry horse and a decision will be made closer to the time.
Another heading to the Royal meeting is Princess Highway which ran out a comfortable enough winner of the Group3 Blue Wind Stakes over a mile and two. Having shed her maiden tag in impressive fashion on her seasonal reappearance at Leopardstown the daughter of Street Cry was never worse than second as the David Wachman runner Aloof set the pace.
The latter compounded quickly two furlongs out from where Princess Highway took over and she ran on well to take the money by a length from Aaraas. Winning handler Dermot Weld told me that he was well satisfied with the display of his charge, her dam Irresistible Jewel won a Ribblesdale Stakes at Royal Ascot and this looks the logical route to take rather than the Epsom one.
Charles O’Brien son of the legendary Vincent got his name on the scoresheet when Possible justified good support in the five furlong handicap for 3.y.o’s which had been rescheduled from Cork. Owned by the trainers mother Jacqueline and his sister Sue Magnier the Pivotal filly was taken at all rates into a tight 5/2 chance. She led or disputed right from the off before pulling clear in the final furlong to hit the wire a length and a quarter clear from Red Sea Poll.
Seamus O’Donnell who trains not far from Tipperary town had a welcome change of luck when saddling Moscow Treat to capture the seven furlong 53-74 handicap at Gowran Park on Thursday evening. Owned by Nenagh base Jim Monaghan and ridden by his grandson Marc the home bred Fasliyev filly started favourite on the strength of a bold showing at Cork. She was never too far off the pace before leading inside the final furlong and defeating the outsider Daring Man by a comfortable length. O’Donnell has nothing fancy in mind for the winner except to keep her on the go, she went up 5lb for her run at Cork so he is not expecting the handicapper to be too hard on her for this victory.
Irish International soccer player John O’Shea was absent from the meeting but his green and white colours were carried to victory by Legendary Times which was an impressive winner of the extended mile and a furlong apprentice handicap under a polished ride from Conor Hoban.
Trained by Pat Flynn the six year old had a goof following in the betting market, she came from mid division to take up the running inside the last furlong and win going away by two and threequarter lengths from First Friday. Flynn revealed that the stalls must open quickly for the mare, she was winning for the second time since being purchased by O’Shea and will be aimed at something similar. The owner is currently on a family holiday in Portugal and hopefully this will be good omen for the Chances of the Irish Team in the forthcoming European Championships.