Choisi lands Navan opener

Positive tactics gained handsome dividends for Chris Hayes when Lechevalier Choisi claimed the opener at Navan today.

Choisi lands Navan opener

Positive tactics gained handsome dividends for Chris Hayes when Lechevalier Choisi claimed the opener at Navan today.

Hayes did a fine job in bustling his partner along towards the head of affairs of the Irish Racing Calendar Maiden, and seldom looked like being overtaken.

The 5-1 shot lengthened his advantage inside the final furlong and had four lengths in reserve over Still Point at the line.

Trainer Jim McCabe said: "He's a good horse and looks a nice sprinter.

"We'll look at a Listed event next, but we'll see what the handicapper does.

"Chris said he was doing nothing in front."

Maarek then relished a drop in distance to justify 5-1 favouritism in the Navan Chairman Handicap

David Nagle's four-year-old was in his element over this five and a half furlongs, having previously been campaigned over a mile at Limerick.

The breaks came at the right time for Wayne Lordan's mount, who glided into the lead approaching the final furlong to score pretty convincingly.

Nagle said: "He did it well and will hopefully improve off that - that's his trip."

Lordan made a swift return to the winner's enclosure when Fire Lily (5-2) recorded a pleasing debut success in the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Maiden.

The Michael Tabor-owned filly bisected Danziger and An Ghalanta inside the final 50 yards to pocket what looked a pretty informative heat by a length and a quarter.

"She's a grand filly," reported trainer David Wachman.

"Wayne said she ran very green but he was quite impressed with her.

"There should be plenty of improvement."

Fame And Glory added Listed honours to his starspangled CV when taking first prize in the Vintage Crop Stakes.

But despite his 2-9 starting price, Aidan O'Brien's four-time Group One winner had to work hard under new jockey Jamie Spencer.

Tackling this one-mile-five-furlong trip for the first time, Fame And Glory needed plenty of encouragement to get past Fictional Account - after which Nebula Storm came with a late rattle under Johnny Murtagh.

O'Brien's entire still held on by a fast-diminishing half a length.

Now running in the colours of Fitri Hay, Fame And Glory follows in the hoofprints of the O'Brien-trained Yeats, who won this race in 2007 and 2008.

O'Brien said: "I'm happy with that and he'll come on plenty from it.

"There are three races we're looking at for him - the Tattersalls Gold Cup at the Curragh over 10 furlongs, the Coronation Cup (at Epsom) over a mile and a half, and the Saval Beg (at Leopardstown) over a mile and three-quarters.

"Depending on which one he goes for it will dictate what his plans are for the year."

Jessica Harrington's Siren's Song (5-1) then hit full throttle in the Listed Irish Stallion Farms EBF Salsabil Stakes.

With Ballydoyle pacemaker Spin having set off at a furious gallop, the Jessica Harrington-trained filly slowly cranked up the gears along the outside of the field.

Runner-up Asheerah led passing the one-furlong marker, but Fran Berry's mount picked up pleasingly to win by a length and a half.

O'Brien's Gemstone was disappointing, while Kirinda, the 6-4 favourite, finished third.

Siren's Song was graduating from a humble maiden at Leopardstown, in which she finished second.

Harrington said: "She's entered in the English and Irish Oaks and we'll look for another 10-furlong race for her next.

"She didn't mind the ground but is such a light mover that she'll be better on better ground.

"Fran said she would be even better over a mile and a half."

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