Impressive start for Obliterator
Ger Lyons' well-bred Obliterator made a winning debut in the Oxigen Environmental European Breeders Fund Maiden at the Curragh.
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The Oratorio colt (9/1) is a half-brother to Irish 1,000 Guineas heroine Just The Judge and carries the same distinct colours of Qatar Racing.
He travelled smoothly into contention under Emmet McNamara and drew past the leader No Wunder with a furlong of the mile remaining, although Centre Of Interest got squeezed up between the pair.
Two and a half lengths was the winning margin.
Lyons said: "He's a nice horse, we've taken our time but his pedigree speaks for itself. We were hoping he'd finish in the first four and go on and win a maiden. I'll have to discuss it with the boys but I wouldn't be surprised if we put him away until next year.
"He wouldn't want mucky winter ground. We could look at something like the Beresford Stakes but obviously that would be ground dependent. He wants every yard of a mile now and will be a be nice mile-and-a-quarter horse next year."
My Good Brother (6/1) was another to take advantage of the stands rail as he made nearly all the running under Colin Keane in the Irish Stallion Farms European Breeders Fund "Bold Lad" Sprint.
A consistent sort, who has generally fared better on the all-weather, My Good Brother managed to repel a strong final challenge from Nero Emperor by a length.
It was to prove a fine result for Stamullen-based trainer Tom McCourt, who also saddled the third home Kiss The Stars.
McCourt said: "I told Colin to make as much use of him as he could. He is best when he doesn't have something in front of him as he tends to lug in behind horses and it is a job getting him out.
"He is tough and he is going the right way. The plan is to come back here for the Joe McGrath Handicap in a few weeks' time. That (ground) is as slow as he would want it."
McCourt added of Kiss The Stars: "She ran a fine race and she may go for the Joe McGrath as well. The ground didn't do her any harm and she stays six furlongs."
Jim Bolger trainee Killian Hennessy took the Derek O'Sullivan Memorial Apprentice Handicap with 11/2 shot Eighteen Summers while Nina Carberry, far better known in jumping circles, won the Tipperary Crystal Amateur Derby on Placere (8/1).
Winning trainer Dick Brabazon told www.irishracing.com afterwards: "We haven't had the ground for her all year and there was just enough juice in it today.
"It is great to get her back in form again. It has taken me a while to realise it but she is a mile and a half filly and something like the Naas October Handicap with a cut in the ground would be ideal for her."