Wednesday 18 October 2017

Bewitched weaves her magic for Naas success

The Charles O'Brien-trained Bewitched relished the return to six furlongs when landing Listed honours in the ITBA & Gain Horse Feeds Sweet Mimosa Stakes at Naas last night.

A winner in the same grade at Haydock in May, the 6/1 chance travelled sweetly in the middle of the pack under Johnny Murtagh and she burst through at the furlong marker to challenge Swiss Diva.

The winner edged across to the inside rail when placed under maximum pressure in the closing stages but she beat David Elsworth's raider by three-quarters of a length, with market leader Prescription back in third.

"We rode her a bit differently, she tanked a bit the last day at Fairyhouse so we missed the break on purpose with her today. We'll try and stick to fillies' races and we'll travel if we have to," O'Brien said.

Murtagh later suffered a reverse when Aidan O'Brien's odds-on favourite Enchanted Forest had to play second fiddle to the Kevin Manning-ridden Music In The Rain in the seven-furlong juvenile maiden.

Connections of the winner had to survive a stewards' enquiry when Jim Bolger's colt slightly hampered the runner-up inside the final furlong.

There was another setback for the Ballydoyle partnership when 1/3 hotpot Fencing Master was turned over by the Ger Lyons-trained Wade Giles in the one-mile conditions event.

The opening sprint maiden for juveniles saw a surprise when 50/1 shot Ladie's Choice came home in front under Ben Curtis for trainer Mattie Tynan.

Winning Impact from the Jimmy Coogan stable lost his maiden tag at the second time of asking when taking the Naas Hurling Club Fundraiser Maiden in the hands of Declan McDonogh.

Irish Independent

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