Atzeni shines on Cappella

Andrea Atzeni showed why he has been signed up by Qatar Racing with a good ride to get Cappella Sansevero home in the Nestle Supporting Irish Autism Action Round Tower Stakes at the Curragh yesterday.

With Jamie Spencer retiring at the end of the season, rising star Atzeni is to be retained jockey in 2015 for Sheikh Fahad’s operation and wasted little time in displaying his talents.

He asked the 6-4 favourite to squeeze through a gap to make his challenge and the Coventry Stakes runner-up responded to be in command at the line as he proved three-quarters of a length too good for Rapid Applause.

Trainer Ger Lyons will now aim Cappella Sansevero at the Middle Park Stakes at Newmarket in October.

“We always liked him, but it was nice to get a fresh perspective about the horse today and Andrea said he was a lovely horse, rides like a three-year-old and will get further,” said Lyons.

“It’s all systems go for the Middle Park. The one I thought we might win was the Phoenix, but I’d gladly take the Middle Park!

“He’s the right horse to go for it. He’s not ground dependent. He idled in front a bit in the Phoenix and past the post he was in front again. That might have been the one that got away.”

Carla Bianca completed a four-timer with a hard-fought triumph in the Xtravision & HMW Supporting Irish Autism Action Dance Design Fillies Stakes.

The Dermot Weld-trained filly, wearing the Moyglare Stud colours carried to victory by Dance Design in the 1996 Irish Oaks, continued her progression to land this Group Three over nine furlongs.

The 5-4 favourite asserted in the closing stages to hold Pearl Of Africa by a length with Alive Alive Oh third.

Weld said: “That’s four now back-to-back for this filly. She was slow in the spring to get going but has progressed with every run and it was a nice performance today.

“The Blandford is a possibility for her and the faster the ground the better for her.

“I thought nine was her correct trip, but the way she came home today pleased me most of all because she has a lot of pace.”

Jack Naylor (2-1) is bound for the Prix Marcel Boussac at Longchamp after completing a hat-trick in the Flame Of Tara EBF Stakes in gutsy fashion. Jessica Harrington’s filly, partnered by Fran Berry, got on top in the last half-furlong to defy a 5lb penalty for a Group Three success and defeat Legatissimo by three-quarters of a length.

“The mile suited her well and she’ll step up in class now. She won’t go to the Moyglare as that’s dropping back in trip,” said Harrington.

“She’ll go to France for the Prix Marcel Boussac. She’s very laid-back and will go on soft ground, which is the great thing.”

Sretaw (11-1) ended a run of six seconds in style by taking the 21-runner Irish Stallion Farms EBF Irish Cambridgeshire.

In what proved a rough finish, Wayne Lordan galvanised Gavin Cromwell’s five-year-old to land the Premier Handicap by half a length from Vastonea.

“We were very hopeful and deserved this,” said owner Eamon Waters.

“She’s entered at Leopardstown on September 14, but it’s up to Gavin where she goes.”

The impeccably-bred Ol’ Man River lived up to his pedigree with a stylish victory on his debut Irish Stallion Farms EBF (C&G) Maiden.

Always travelling easily on the outside from his wide draw, the 11-10 favourite, trained by Aidan O’Brien, moved effortlessly to lead in the final furlong of the one-mile contest.

Just pushed out by Joseph O’Brien, the son of Montjeu out of the Classic-winning Finsceal Beo barely had a race as he coasted home by three-quarters of a length from the staying-on Aared.

The winning trainer said: “You’d have to be delighted with that first time. He’s never been away and this was his first day on the track.

“It looked a good solid race and he travelled very strongly. He had to get tired going that gallop first time, but he cruised into the lead.

“We’ll take our time with him and won’t be in any panic. We’d rather go gentle and see what’s going to happen.”

Betfred cut Ol’ Man River to 16-1 from 25-1 for the Investec Derby, while RaceBets go 16-1 from 33s. Coral offer 20-1 about the Qipco 2000 Guineas and the Derby.

Tom Madden took the Derek O’Sullivan Memorial Apprentice Handicap on 9-2 favourite Love The Feeling for Willie McCreery, while the Newstalk Supporting Irish Autism Action Handicap went to Fergal Lynch on the Gerald Keane-trained Captain Cullen (20-1).

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