STAKES TREBLE AT NAAS
Juddmonte sires FRANKEL and OASIS DREAM supplied three of four stakes winners at Naas yesterday (7th May) with DANSILI broodmare sire of the fourth, Cliffs Of Moher.
The first to strike was William Jarvis-trained Mrs Gallagher (OASIS DREAM) in the Listed Polonia Stakes. She took the lead from the opening stages of the race and kept on strongly under Josephine Gordon to double her stakes tally. William Jarvis said: "She's very quick and will
have to step up now. We have an entry in the King's Stand so we'll probably roll the dice.
I've always known she was smart, but today I was really
impressed. She showed blistering early speed again."
Lightening Quick, a daughter of FRANKEL and Cheveley Park winner Lightening Pearl, was making her seasonal return in the Gr.3 Athasi Stakes. She raced in third for much of the race and was ridden past the leader at the furlong pole to assert herself, prevailing by three-quarters of a length. Trainer Ger Lyons said: "It's great to win that with a Frankel filly out of a Group
1-winning mare. That's what it's all about."
"Colin [Keane] said the first feel he got off her was cantering
down to the start, because we are not getting that at home. I
don't mind that, as long as they are doing it on the track. We put
her in the Ballyogan the other day and you would come
back there [at six furlongs] rather than go further. It's something
we will have to sit down and discuss. She is in the Irish Guineas, but on that run Colin said she wouldn't be going
any further. I would say the secret to her is spacing out her runs
and keeping her fresh."
Dermot Weld-trained Imaging (OASIS DREAM) continued his steady progression with success in the Listed Tetrarch Stakes following his second place in the 2000 Guineas Trial Stakes at Leopardstown (14th April). He found himself short of room in the straight but jockey Declan McDonogh managed to find a gap just in time for him to burst though to take the win by three-quarters of a length. Weld said afterwards: “What impressed me was the way he
quickened through the gap when it eventually came. For a few strides
it looked like he was going to be an unlucky loser.
“I thought it was a very good performance on ground that we
think might be faster than ideal for him [good to yielding]. I had
toyed with the idea of going to the French Guineas, but obviously we
will wait and go to the Curragh [for the Guineas] , which is the logical
progression for him.”
Date: 08 May 2018