O'Brien horse raises chances of Derby win after Gowran victory

Battle Of Marengo is available at around 25-1 for next year’s Investec Derby following his facile victory at Gowran Park.

Battle Of Marengo is available at around 25-1 for next year’s Investec Derby following his facile victory at Gowran Park.

Trainer Aidan O’Brien appears to have another well-above-average juvenile on his hands after the son of Galileo demolished the field in the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Maiden.

Battle Of Marengo had finished third on his first start at Leopardstown and was expected to improve for the experience.

Bounced out by Joseph O’Brien, he was never far from the pace and soon put the contest to bed, the 4-5 favourite breezing home by 11 lengths from Flameseeker, with the well-backed Janna’s Jingle third.

“That was grand and he improved from his first run. He showed a good attitude,” said O’Brien jnr.

“He handled the soft ground well.

“We were worried about the ground beforehand, but when you can do that on soft ground we’ll be looking forward to getting some good ground for him.”

The winner holds entries in Group Ones later in the season.

A drop in class enabled stablemate Twirl (6-1) to win her first race of the season in the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Hurry Harriet Stakes.

O’Brien’s Galileo filly had been set some stiff tasks since finishing second to The Fugue in the Musidora at York, having run in the Oaks, the Ribblesdale and the Irish Oaks.

Those races were beyond her, but back in Listed class Colm O’Donoghue set out to make all of the running and barely saw another rival.

Two furlongs out she kicked some five lengths clear and despite getting tired close home, still had enough left to hold off stable companion Soon by a length and a half.

Coolmore representative Gerry Aherne said: “She had run some good races behind The Fugue and Shirocco Star.

“Colm O’Donoghue said there is more to come. The second filly will have her day as well.”

Ronan Whelan is a jockey making a big name for himself and put his skills to good use on Einsteins Folly in the Rooftop Restaurant At Gowran Park Nursery.

Sent off at 5-2, the top weight took it up fully three furlongs out before drawing clear of his five rivals and staying on strongly.

Horizon Sky was two and a quarter lengths away in second but was never a danger to the impressive Jim Bolger-trained winner.

“That’s his ninth run and he’s been mixing it in good nurseries,” said Ger Flynn, Bolger’s travelling head lad.

“He’s a fine, big horse and Ronan said he did it easy enough in the end.”

Bolger wasted no time in doubling up when the consistent Livia Galilei (9-2) won the McEnery Cup Handicap under stable jockey Kevin Manning.

Flynn said: “She’s a tough mare and tries her heart out all the way to the line.

“She is gutsy and doesn’t like getting beaten.”

Trainer Ger Lyons and jockey Emmet McNamara continued their good run when Fluidity (9-2) did the business in the Follow Gowran Park On Facebook Handicap.

Lyons’ odds-on shot Power To Please could, however, only finish second to Shifting (25-1) in the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Fillies Maiden.

Morethanafeeling (10-1) had earlier hacked up in the Gowran Park Apprentice Handicap.

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