BEWITCHED is to go on the trail of Group 3 success following her threequarter length win, under Johnny Murtagh, from Swiss Diva in the Listed Sweet Mimosa Stakes over six furlongs at Naas last night.
The Charles O’Brien trained three year old came from behind to lead about 100 yards from the finish after a change of riding tactics had helped bring her a second Listed race success.
O’Brien said: “When Bewitched ran over seven furlongs at Fairyhouse last time, the trip was probably a step too far for her and she also didn’t help her cause by racing very freely. So Johnny missed the break intentionally tonight and let her creep into the race gradually. The ground was yielding tonight and it was also on the easy side when she won her first Listed race at Haydock in May, but I don’t think ground matters much to her.”
Murtagh later got turned over on two Aidan O’Brien trained hotpots - Enchanted Forest and Fencing Master - both of whom started longs odds-on favourite.
Enchanted Forest, who started 1-4 for the one mile two year old maiden, lost out by two lengths to the Jim Bolger trained Music In The Rain after both colts had drifted off a straight course over the last furlong and a half.
Enchanted Forest, who made the running, was the first to drift, moving right well over one furlong out before the winner, who had taken control at the time, went left inside the final furlong. It was no surprise when the placings remained unaltered following a stewards inquiry.
Bolger said of the Kevin Manning ridden winner: “I had the dam, Greek Symphony, and had her covered by Invincible Spirit before selling her. I then bought this colt back (for 80,000gns) at Tattersalls in Newmarket in October. He’s a nice type of colt but as he didn’t do things quite right first time out, we weren’t looking beyond tonight in terms of plans.”
Fencing Master, Group 1 placed last season and who contested the both the Newmarket and Irish 2,000 Guineas this year, started 1-3 for the Declan O’Brien De-Compaction Supporting Naas Hurling Club Race but after attempting to make all, he was beaten decisively by Wade Giles who won by three lengths under Keagan Latham.
Wade Giles was making it two wins from two starts and Ger Lyons, who trains the winner for Pearl Bloodstock Limited, said: “He’s a really nice horse and is the first I’ve trained for the owners.
“He needed that match practice out there and, hopefully, there will be plenty more to come from him. I’m not sure about plans but the Platinum Stakes at Cork the weekend after next will probably come a bit too soon.”
There was a 50-1 surprise for punters in the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Two Year Old Maiden when the Mattie Tynan trained Ladie’s Choice was ridden to a one and half length win by leading apprentice Ben Curtis.
Richard Sheehan, representing Tynan, said: “This win came a bit sooner than expected although we knew she had come on since her first run. The ease in the ground helped and she will probably have a six or seven week break now.”
Winning Impact, trained by Jimmy Coogan for his brother Benjy’s sister-in-law Mrs Beverley Westermann, who lives in Germany, took the six furlong Naas Hurling Club Fundraiser Maiden, hitting the front close home to win by half a length under Declan McDonogh.
Karen Kenny rode her sixth winner when the Pat Martin trained Cullofane took the one mile Derrinstown Stud Apprentice Handicap.
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