Tinandali back on track with decisive Navan victory

Saturday, Jun 8 2019

Tinandali was by far the widest-margin winner on Navan’s seven-race card as he routed his two opponents in the concluding Irish Stallion Farms EBF Race.

The 4-5 favourite relished the easier ground, in the colours of the Aga Khan for Dermot Weld, as he bounced back from his Curragh disappointment last month.

Asserting from the front in the final quarter mile under Oisin Orr, the Oasis Dream colt was far too good as Goddess disappointed again and Invasion Day therefore came through for second close home.

Future options are open for Tinandali, but Weld described him as “a very talented colt” and his performance “very impressive.”

The Albany or the Queen Mary at Royal Ascot were mentioned as possibilities for Tango after she had lived up to her 1-6 billing in the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Fillies Maiden.

On her second start, the Ballydoyle daughter of No Nay Never quickened smartly from over a furlong out under Donnacha O’Brien to defeat But You Said by two and a half lengths.

The winning jockey said: “I don’t know how good of a race it was. But it felt very easy today, and I’m sure she’s smart – definitely a black-type class filly.”

There was further joy for Aidan O’Brien followers in the Irish Stallion Farms EBF (C & G) Maiden – but it was the outsider of his three runners, Royal Lytham (10-1), who landed the spoils under Seamie Heffernan.

A son of first-season sire Gleneagles, Royal Lytham overcame trouble in running and picked up well in the closing stages to collar Dark Vader by three-quarters of a length as the Donnacha O’Brien-ridden United Front (4-7 favourite) floundered back in fourth.

Heffernan said: “You’d like his attitude – attitude is a big plus, and he’s one of them that could be anything. He won very easily.

Declan McDonogh, second on Dark Vader, turned silver to gold in the Arkle Bar Handicap – courtesy of the Charles O’Brien-trained Face Off (14-1).

At the other end of the experience scale, 10Ib apprentice Joey Sheridan rode his third winner on 4-1 shot Kerosin for in-form owner-trainer combination James McAuley and Denis Hogan in the www.navanracecourse.ie Handicap.

The victory means the County Tipperary teenager’s claim is reduced to 7lb.

The well-backed Camphor (9-2 into 11-4) made her third start a lucky one in the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Fillies Maiden for Jessica Harrington and Shane Foley.

She was strongest in the closing stages to get the better of Simply Beautiful and favourite Kiss For A Jewel by three-quarters of a length and half a length.

Harrington said: “We’ll see where we go – but judging by the others (opposition here), she could make up into a Listed class filly.”

The Harrington-Foley alliance was expected to click again 35 minutes on in the Racing Again At Navan July 13th Handicap, with 5-4 favourite Onlyhuman.

But he had to give best to front-runner Magnetic North, who stuck on doggedly to triumph by half a length for Sheila Lavery and Robbie Colgan at 7-1.

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