My Silver Nails hammers home another victory

Monday, Jul 9 2018

Mick Mulvany continued a highly-successful 2018 when taking the Property Partners Early Auctioneers Fillies Handicap with My Silver Nails at Roscommon.

The Kells trainer recorded an across-the-card treble on Thursday evening and My Silver Nails, part of that winning trio, followed up under a 6lb penalty.

The 7-2 chance was briefly hampered as Tammy Wynette drifted left under pressure a furlong out but kept on well under Gary Carroll to beat Ice Storm by a length.

Mulvany said: “We’ll probably head to Galway with her now and have a go. We’ve never had a winner at the big Festival so we’ll be hoping to break our duck.

“There’s a race on the Monday and the Friday for her, and I think seven in Galway would suit her.”

Donnacha O’Brien and Colin Keane are setting a strong pace at the head of the jockeys’ championship and both were among the winners.

Donnacha O’Brien teamed up with his father, Aidan, for a double with Christmas and Conclusion.

Christmas was a heavily-backed 4-11 favourite in the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Maiden and made all in this seven-furlong event for a comfortable three-and-a-half lengths verdict.

“He had a good run the last day and is learning the whole time. I think he’s a good horse,” said the winning rider.

“He had the experience and around Gowran helped him at a track like this with some sharp right-handed bends. I like his attitude, so hopefully he’s a horse that will keep improving.”

O’Brien had to work hard on Conclusion (4-1) in the Roscommon Herald Handicap but his mount pulled out enough close home to beat Raphael by three-quarters of a length.

“He wasn’t doing a stroke the whole way around but when something came to me he found plenty. He has plenty of ability,” he said

O’Brien is one ahead (45-44) of reigning champion Keane, who was also on the scoresheet with Hypnotic Force (6-1) in the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Fillies Maiden.

Winning trainer Ger Lyons’ brother and assistant, Shane, said: “Colin said she was a little bit fresh beforehand but won well.”

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