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JIM BOLGER’S Radharcnafarraige ran out a ready winner of the Group Three Coolmore Stud Fillies Stakes at Naas yesterday to set herself up for a tilt at the Albany Stakes at Royal Ascot.

One of the most experienced runners in the field, the daughter of Distorted Humor quickened up in fine style over a furlong out and soon put the race to bed.

Kevin Manning started his move down the outside of the field and despite drifting towards the far rail, she was so far clear of the remainder it made no difference.

The 2-1 favourite beat David Wachman’s Emerald Ring by three lengths but Kevin Ryan’s Hilary Needler winner Geesala was very disappointing.

“That was good, she’ll go for the Albany Stakes at Royal Ascot now,” said Bolger.

“Cuis Ghaire won this race beforehand and then went on to win the Albany Stakes. She’s not as powerful as her yet but she will be in time.”

Bolger and Manning doubled up when Kitty Kiernan (8-1) made just about all in the Bill & Avril Whitehead Memorial Race.

The admirable Miss Gorica (9-2) won the first Listed race of her career when repelling the persistent challenge of Rain Delayed in the Naas Sprint Stakes.

Having won a handicap off top weight first time out this season, the six-year-old mare, in foal to Dylan Thomas, went down narrowly to Ger Lyons’ runner at Cork in April.

She was 3lb better off this time and the pair had it between themselves throughout the final furlong and it was Joanna Morgan’s stalwart who held on by a head.

“She’ll run in the Group Three on Thursday at Leopardstown (Ballyogan Stakes) and I think she has a right chance,” said Morgan.

“She is in foal to Dylan Thomas, so we’ll keep her going as she still has another three months left. She’s a brilliant filly with such a fantastic temperament.”

Earlier on the card Dermot Weld’s Oor Jock earned himself a crack at the Windsor Castle Stakes at Royal Ascot with an impressive performance in the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Race.

Fourth on his debut over seven furlongs, he showed plenty of pace dropped down to the minimum distance and comfortably held off Eastern Light and Purple Glow.

“He did it well, he worked very well the other morning and showed a lot of pace,” said Weld.

“He has progressed nicely from Gowran Park where Pat (Smullen) said he just didn’t get home.

“I’ll speak with the owners but I think he’s a real Windsor Castle horse, he’s entitled to take his chance in it.”

Eddie Lynam has his string in fine form and Jembatt, a Tipperary maiden winner last time, defied top-weight for him in the Paul Byrne Memorial Handicap, making most of the running and scoring comfortably from the Johnny Murtagh-ridden favourite Rockymountainhigh.

Lynam is never slow with a quip after welcoming a winner and joked: “Somebody must have given him a sleeping pill at Dundalk! But we’ve changed tactics with him, riding him on the pace and that seems to have worked. He won well today and is going the right way.”

Johnny Murtagh salvaged his only success on the card when Anam Chara, trained by Andy Oliver, landed the concluding www.thetote.,com Community Raceday Handicap at the expense of Daring Man.

Always close to the pace, the grey Soviet Star filly edged ahead at the two-furlong pole and stayed on up the hill to triumph by almost two lengths, recording the second win of her career.

The finish of the opening Derrinstown Stud Apprentice Handicap produced a tremendous, three-way tussle which saw Joseph O’Brien’s strength proving crucial as 9/2 favourite Inishtearaght prevailed by two short-heads over Gagnant and Appletreemagic.

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