Royal Ascot is likely to be on the agenda for both Ambiguity and Kellstorm following their victories in Tipperary last night, providing the O’Brien team with a double.
Ambiguity made it two wins and a second form three juvenile runners for Joseph O’Brien’s Owning string when justifying hefty support in the two-year-old maiden while Kellstorm, a full-brother to Irish St.Leger winner Order Of St.George, looked a potentially smart stayer when landing the Fundraising At Tipperary Races Maiden.
Donnacha O’Brien oozed confidence on board Ambiguity, which came through strongly to beat Eacharn by two and a quarter lengths in the opener, prompting Joseph to comment: “He’s been working really nicely – Seamus (Heffernan) rode him at work and loved him.
“He’s an exciting colt and will appreciate better ground. We might look at the Marble Hill or a race at Naas for him. Royal Ascot is the plan after that.”
Aidan O’Brien has Ascot’s Queen’s Vase, over two miles, in mind for Kellstorm following his workmanlike maiden success under Seamus Heffernan.
Sent to the front early in the straight, the handsome Galileo colt kept finding for Heffernan and won with more in hand than the length and a half verdict over Evening Hush suggests.
“He’s a lovely, genuine horse, a tough stayer and should get physically stronger, ” explained Aidan O’Brien. “He could be a horse for the two-mile race in Ascot (Queen’s Vase) and, later on, maybe a St.Leger horse. He’ll be a lovely four-year-old.”
Chris Hayes gave the John Joe Walsh-trained mare Lady Giselle an enterprising ride to land the featured Tipperary Racecourse Celebrating 100 Years Handicap at the expense of favourite Ancient Sands.
Having tracked the leader, Shamar, Hayes made his move turning for home and Lady Giselle stayed on to score by a half-length for owner-breeder Richie Kavanagh.
Walsh explained: “The nicer ground and light weight made all the difference to her. She got bogged down the last day in Limerick. But she seemed in great form coming here and was overdue a change of luck. We’ll look for another little handicap for her.”
The Eddie Lynam-trained four-year-old Doc Sportello built on his debut run at the Curragh when justifying 9/4 favouritism in the five-furlong Irish Stallion Farms Maiden.
Confidently handled by apprentice Oisin Orr, he came through strongly to master High Speed by two lengths, prompting Lynam to explain: “He had a nice run first time and I came here hopeful, although I’m never confident. It’s nice to get those colours (Kilboy Estate) back in the winner’s enclosure – they’ve been lucky for us. We’ll see what mark he gets before making plans.”
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