Jacobean and Loved add to good week for O’Brien

While enjoying another successful week in Royal Ascot, Aidan O’Brien doubled-up with Jacobean and Loved, both ridden by Seamus Heffernan, in Limerick last night.

Jacobean and Loved add to good week for O’Brien

Fourth in last year’s Racing Post Trophy but disappointing since, Jacobean landed the opening Croom House Stud Maiden at the expense off market rival Chenega Bay after the pair dominated from the start.

Still looking a bit awkward in front, the High Chaparral colt kept going well enough to triumph by two lengths, prompting Heffernan to comment: “Some of ours take a run or two and, hopefully, this fellow will step-up to listed or Group 3 class.”

The Ballydoyle double was completed in the Irish Stallion Farms Fillies Maiden when Loved, unplaced on her debut behind Pleascach in a Group 3 at Naas, mastered front-running Duchessofflorence before holding her fast-finishing stable-companion on a Pedestal.

“She won with a nice bit in hand and is a stakes filly,” stated Heffernan. “She’s not over big but has a big heart.”

Also in double form was apprentice Ross Coakley, who scored on the Liz Doyle-trained Annie Irish and John Larkin’s House Limit.

“I thought she’d win – she worked brilliantly two days ago,” said trainer Liz Doyle after Annie Irish’s win in the Ballyduane Stud Handicap. “She’s a lovely, clean uncomplicated filly and I’m only getting to know her.”

The consistent House Limit, trained by John Larkin, completed Coakley’s first double when pipping Meadowlands (Donnacha O’Brien) in the Apprentice Handicap.

Runner-up on her debut at the Curragh, odds-on favourite Spinamiss, in the colours of her breeder Lisa Kelly, had to work hard for a narrow win in a blanket finish to the two-year-old fillies maiden.

The Lilbourne Lad filly kept going bravely up the straight to hold debutante Zeb’s Fantasy by a head, with a length covering the first four home.

Relieved trainer Paul Deegan said: “She still doesn’t know she’s a racehorse. She’s still babyish and Chris said that was the wrong way to ride her – she saw too much daylight and followed the other filly off the turn.

“But she’s a fair filly. She loves fast ground and will stay further. We’ll probably look at the Group 3 (the Silver Flash Stakes) at Leopardstown next month for her.”

Meanwhile, in Down Royal, Elegant Statesman, trained for J P McManus by Henry de Bromhead and ridden by Niall ‘Slippers’ Madden, captured the Tote-sponsored Galway Plate Trial at the expense of Never Complain.

The 12/1 shot, having his first run since November, clearly appreciated the good ground and was completing a double for De Bromhead, successful earlier when Three Stars (Andrew Lynch) justified 6/4 favouritism in the Taste @downroyal Maiden Hurdle.

Currently on holiday, Peter Fahey missed seeing Queen Alphabet (Jonathan Burke) bounce back to winning form in the www’thetote.com Mares Hurdle, booking her ticket to a rated hurdle in Limerick on July 5.

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