Backed down from 12/1 to 5/1, the son of Lils Boy ran out a convincing winner from Key Mountain to give the stable a timely boost ahead of Democratic Deficit’s bid for the Boylesports Irish 2000 Guineas at the Curragh on Saturday.
Back To Paris had shown promise in his three starts last year and won this first handicap with enough in hand to suggest he’ll be difficult to beat under a mandatory penalty at the Curragh over the weekend, when a ten furlong handicap is his most likely objective.
Nina Carberry continued in tremendous form when partnering the Ger Lyons-trained Flashy Beau to justify favouritism in the amateur rider’s events. Flashy Beau was completing a quick double, having won at Roscommon on Monday.
Lady O’Reilly, saw her colours carried to victory in the opening two races, her double initiated when odds-on favourite Key Rose banded the opening two year old maiden, prompting trainer Eddie Lynam to comment, “that’s a relief. We’re not used to having odds-on favourites but she did it well.
An hour later Lynam, again in the winner’s enclosure, declared, “the only certainty is that Lady O’Reilly will win it,” after his charge All Flash had short-headed Tamara Gervasoni in the Ashbourne maiden.
Both winner and runner-up are owned by Lady O’Reilly and his comments referred to an incident almost two furlongs out in which All Flash swerved and hampered the runner-up.
In the subsequent steward’s enquiry All Flash was disqualified and the race awarded to Tamara Gervasoni, trained by Enda Kelly and ridden by Michael Hussey.