Sir John Lavery paints promising picture for next season

The Aidan O’Brien-trained Sir John Lavery, a very promising third on his debut at the Curragh just a week ago, proved the star of yesterday’s Gowran Park action as he romped to an impressive seven lengths win in the one-mile Irish Stallion Farms 2-Y-0 Maiden.

Sir John Lavery paints promising picture for next season

Confidently handled by Seamus Heffernan, the Galileo colt, the 8/13 favourite, was soon in mid-division and crept into contention gradually before hitting the front nearing the furlong-pole. From there, he stretched clear in good style to slam the Dermot Weld-trained debutant Haripour, a Sharmardal half-brother to dual Derby-winner Harzand.

Winning rider Heffernan was impressed by Sir John Lavery, commenting: “He had a lovely run the last day and stepped forward. He gave me a nice feel and this was what you’d want him to be doing on his second start. He looks a nice prospect for next season.”

The two-year-old fillies maiden saw Zalaniya, a slow starter and very green on her debut at Leopardstown, justify 9/4 favouritism for Dermot Weld, the Aga Khan and Pat Smullen, proving a length and three-quarters too strong for Set In Stone.

Weld stated: “Things didn’t go well for her in Leopardstown. But a lot of work and effort by my staff has gone into producing a different filly today. She did it well and I hope she’ll be a black type filly next season.”

In the other maiden, the Racing Again November 26th Maiden over an extended nine furlongs, Nanabad, ridden for Jarlath Fahey by apprentice Gary Halpin, ran out an emphatic four and three-quarter length winner from the Weld-trained Shinghari and favourite Mighty Leader.

“I’m surprised how well she won, because she’s still very green and wandered around a bit,” explained the winning trainer. “She got into all sorts of trouble the last day, but kept on at the finish. I knew she had improved, but wasn’t expecting that. She’s a nice filly.”

Noel Dooly conceded: “I don’t know whether it’s the surface or the lights, but he doesn’t seem to like Dundalk,” after his versatile eight-year-old Coolfighter got the better of Along The Shore by a neck after a good battle for the finale, the Golwran Park Gold Memberships For 2017 Handicap. “That’s his fifth win of the season and he certainly owes us nothing. He’s a big horse and it probably helped that there were no stalls today. He’s entered for Leopardstown on Sunday and, if he’s okay, he’ll probably go there.”

Locally-trained by Paddy Meany, course specialist Enough Is Enoguh registered her fourth win on this County Kilkenny track when landing the Like Gowran Park On Facebook Handicap under apprentice Tom ‘Socks’ Madden.

The nine-year-old mare beat favourite Not A Bad Oul Day by two and a quarter lengths. Meany added: “She’s finished now for the winter and she’ll probably come back here again next year.”

Christy Roche admitted: “That’s a surprise – he was on his last chance - we put the blinkers on and they must have made the difference,” after What About Bob proved a shock winner of the Gowran Park Racing Club Nursery.

The 33/1 shot, ridden by apprentice Andrew Breslin, stepped-up significantly on his previous form, getting the better of Empress Lyla by a head. Curragh trainer Jim Gorman enjoyed a welcome success when Don’t Quit captured the Handicap in the hands of Rory Cleary, who said: “He travelled really well and was full of running early in the straight.

“He won well and Jim will be delighted – he was very disappointed by the way this fellow ran in Cork on Saturday.”

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