Cappella still unbeaten
A review of the rest of the action from The Curragh, where Ger Lyons was left looking at Royal Ascot for his winner.
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Jeanne Girl made full use of her previous experience to claim the Castlemartin And La Louviere Studs EBF Fillies Maiden at the Curragh.
Always handy as Alertness set the pace on the stands rail, with As Good As Gold in close attendance, the once-raced Jessica Harrington-trained youngster (12/1) hit the front over a furlong out.
Running in the colours of Punchestown manager Richie Galway, the Rip Van Winkle filly went a length or so clear but was strongly pressed by newcomer Sexy Legs inside the last and there was only a nose between them at the line.
Harrington said: "Before today I'd had two horses beaten short heads, so I was thinking, 'Oh no, here we go again'. I'm absolutely delighted.
"Niall (McCullagh) was blaming himself for going too soon, she was travelling so easily and when she got there she was idling in front.
"We think she's a smart filly, we'll get over today and then we'll make a plan. She handled that (rain-softened) ground grand.
"Hopefully she'll go on improving and I imagine the way she moves she'd love good ground as well."
Cappella Sansevero took his unbeaten record to three with an impressive performance in the Cold Move EBF Marble Hill Stakes.
His task was made much easier when likely red-hot favourite The Great War was withdrawn on account of the ground, but there was still much to like about the Ger Lyons-trained two-year-old, who had previously won at Dundalk and Naas.
Held up through the early stages by Gary Carroll as Coto took up the running from Blackbriar, he made smooth progress over a furlong and a half out when pulled out for his challenge.
The writing was on the wall for Coto at the furlong pole and the 4-6 market leader duly swept past 150 yards from home, winning by three and a quarter lengths from Sors.
Lyons said: "In a nutshell, he was professional. We've done Dundalk, we've done horrible ground in Naas and now horrendous ground at the Curragh. Gary said he was hating the ground and his hooves were spinning early on.
"I told him to ride him like a good horse and take him off the bridle as late as possible.
"They say good horses can go on any ground, but I know he was hating that. "He'll go five or six furlongs, but at the moment my gut feeling is the Norfolk Stakes (Royal Ascot).
"Hopefully the wheels don't fall off the wagon, but I'm happy with where he is at the moment.
"I want as many as possible of my team to go to Ascot - it's our Cheltenham - but unfortunately it's at the start of the season and we're trying to fit square pegs into round holes a bit.
"There's some nice races here and it's not the be all and end all, but at the minute mine are being aimed at Ascot."
Fran Berry's enterprise paid off when Tonton Macoute stole a march in the Saadiyat Handicap, while the consistent That's Plenty got his head in front again in the closing Irish Stallion Farms EBF Habitat Handicap.