No Derby joy for Lordan ... but he’s amply compensated with terrific treble

Wayne Lordan, who finished second in the Derby on Galileo Rock, enjoyed a terrific afternoon at the Curragh on Saturday, booting home a treble.

Aidan O’Brien’s hot pot, Coach House, proved very disappointing in the Group 2 Dubai Duty Free Full Of Surprises Railway Stakes.

Ridden with patience by Joseph O’Brien, he could never get in a blow as Sudirman (Lordan) and Big Time ran away from him over a furlong out.

The principals engaged in a good battle, with Sudirman getting on top close home to score by half a length.

The Henrythenavigator colt is trained by David Wachman, who said: “He’s a slow learner, but getting better all of the time.

“He will be suited by stepping up to seven, but we’ll wait and see and have a chat before deciding what’s next.”

Jim Bolger’s Intensified went of a long odds-on shot in the Dubai Duty Free Finest Surprise EBF Maiden, but went under to Tommy Stack’s newcomer, the Lordan ridden Tarn.

The daughter of Royal Applause powered past the flattering favourite inside the furlong pole to score comfortably by three parts of a length.

Fozzy Stack represented his father and said: “She was going nicely at home and quickened up well.

“Hopefully, she will go the right way. Jim’s horse looked a certainty, but we would have been disappointed not to have finished second.”

Lordan then completed a spectacular treble aboard Slade Power, trained by in-form Eddie Lynam, in the Group 3 Woodies DIY Sapphire Stakes.

Slade Power found plenty for driving to beat Russian Soul by half a length.

Commented Lynam: “He’s special, we bred him ourselves. He’s a big raw horse, a bit like his trainer, mentally immature! He will now go for the July Cup (Newmarket).”

Count Of Limonade, who found eleven furlongs all too far at Leopardstown previously, got back on the winning trail in the one-mile Dubai Duty Free Millennium Millionaire Celebration Stakes.

“He’s tough, very like his dad (Duke Of Marmalade)”, said trainer, Aidan O’Brien, after his son, Joseph, had guided Count Of Limonade to half a length success over Scintillula.

The latter tried to make all, but the winner edged past at the two-furlong pole and kept finding to hold his game rival.

“He will go a mile and a quarter and step up to a Group race now”, continued O’Brien senior.

The €60,000 to the winner Paddy Power Sprint fell to the Ger Lyons stable with Burn The Boats.

Partnered by Gary Carroll and drawn on the favoured stands’ side, he stayed on strongly to beat Whozthecat.

“We knew he wouldn’t get into races at Royal Ascot and this was a good substitute”, said Lyons.

“It is onwards and upwards for him now and, hopefully, he will be a horse for Dubai later on.”

Tracey Collins, who has been struggling for winners this season, found a nice one in the shape of Majestic Queen in the Dubai Duty Free Jumeirah Creekside Hotel Summer Fillies Handicap.

Partnered by Michael Hussey, she scampered clear from the furlong pole to beat Liberating.

“I’m delighted, this has been the plan from early in the year”, reported Ms Collins. “My dad (Con) used to farm this race, I think he won it six times! She’s a classy filly.”

Charles Byrnes’ Domination came back to form in the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championship EBF Handicap, staying on powerfully from over a furlong out for Fran Berry.

Byrnes indicated that the Galway Hurdle was now a possibility for his six-year-old.


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