Dermot Weld and Pat Smullen combined for a double with debutante Adool and Footbridge in Fairyhouse ahead of their Investec Derby bid with Harzand tomorrow.
A daughter of Teofilo, owned by Hamdan Al Maktoum, Adool proved the most impressive winner of the evening when making a successful debut in the concluding Fairyhouse Special Offers Fillies Maiden.
Having tracked the leaders, the 4/1 shot picked up well and stretched clear to beat Easy In Love by four and a half lengths, prompting her trainer to explain: “It wasn’t the strongest of maidens, but she did it well. She’s very fit and loved that fast ground. Hopefully, she’ll progress through the season and, if she does, she could be a black type filly later in the season.”
Earlier, Weld stated: “The trip and the ground were right,” following the success of the Juddmonte-owned Footbridge in the seven-furlong median auction maiden, getting first run in the straight to beat odds-on favourite Pacoldali by a length and a quarter
“He loves that fast ground and it’s the first time he raced on it.”
Blood Moon landed the featured Coral.ie Rated Race for Sean Jones, Ger Lyons and Colin Keane. The Equiano gelding toughed it out to beat three rivals, having a length and three-quarters to spare over Golden Pearl at the line.
Lyons stated: “He’s grown into a fine, big horse and deserved that. He’s a bit tricky and does nothing at home. He’s as lazy as sin and we can’t really work him – he just leads the two-year-olds. I thought the few pounds he got for running well in a good race in Navan might catch him out.
“The conditions suited him tonight and, happily, we were able to capitalise. Colin said he was in front plenty soon enough. It would be great to win a listed race with him, but he’d only do that if the big boys stay away.
“He’s a nice horse and he should put the numbers on the board during the season, so well keep him on the team.”
The Ken Condon-trained Elusive Beauty confirmed recent Nass for with Swish in the two-year-old auction maiden, battling well for Shane Foley to beat Sheisdiesel by a head, with Swish a close third.
“Those Naas maidens always work out well – she was very green the first day bit showed a bit of improvement the last day and came forward again,” said trainer Condon.
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