Nell Gwyn off the mark

Aidan O’Brien and Kieren Fallon teamed up to enjoy success with Nell Gwyn in the Irish Stallion Farms European Breeders Fund Fillies Maiden at Tralee.

Aidan O’Brien and Kieren Fallon teamed up to enjoy success with Nell Gwyn in the Irish Stallion Farms European Breeders Fund Fillies Maiden at Tralee.

The Danehill juvenile has a lot to live up to on the racecourse – being a full-sister to the brilliant Rock Of Gibraltar – but today’s cosy victory suggests she has at least inherited some of that ability.

Fallon ensured she was always prominent in the one-mile contest and despite having to nudge her along with half a mile still to run, he always looked to have matters in hand.

The pair swung into the straight in second place and when Fallon asked Nell Gwyn to go about her business she soon found her stride and only had to be pushed out to record a pleasing success.

Lady Shanghai (4-1) and Potion (16-1) dead-heated for second.

William Hill installed the winner as a 33-1 chance for next year’s 1000 Guineas.

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