Sunday 28 December 2014

Harrington's delight over Jack Naylor Flash victory

Published 25/07/2014 | 02:30

Jessica Harrington's filly Jack Naylor has caused a 14/1 stir by winning the Group Three Jockey Club of Turkey Silver Flash Stakes at Leopardstown (Barry Cregg / SPORTSFILE)
Jessica Harrington's filly Jack Naylor has caused a 14/1 stir by winning the Group Three Jockey Club of Turkey Silver Flash Stakes at Leopardstown (Barry Cregg / SPORTSFILE)

Jack Naylor caused a 14/1 stir by winning the Group Three Jockey Club Of Turkey Silver Flash Stakes at Leopardstown.

The Jessica Harrington-trained filly was delivered fast and late by jockey Fran Berry to get up in the final 100 yards and deny the onrushing Agnes Stewart.

Game front-runner Qualify finished third, but Marsali, the 11/4 favourite, was disappointing.

Jack Naylor had previously been sighted at Roscommon on July 7, when she won a seven-furlong maiden by three-and-a-half lengths.

Harrington said: "She stays really well, but probably a mile would suit her better. She did it like I hoped she would and she loves that ground. She's in the Debutante (Curragh, August 24) and I'd quite like to go there, but it might be hard with a penalty, so we could supplement her for the Moyglare (Curragh, September 14)."

Berry said: "Her work at home has always been good. Her stamina came into play."

Despite John F Kennedy's earlier defeat by Jim Bolger's Hall Of Fame in the opening maiden, Aidan O'Brien still had cause to smile when his Gleneagles ably justified 4/7 favouritism in the three-runner Japanese Racing Authority Tyros Stakes.

The Galileo colt was beaten by the reopposing Convergence on his debut at Leopardstown in June, but he reversed that form in the hands of Joseph O'Brien. Gleneagles was last of the trio for a long way, but made his move one-and-a-half furlongs from home.

The Ballydoyle inmate had to work fairly hard late on, but he was always doing enough to keep Tombelaine at bay. Convergence was not beaten far at all in third.

Aidan O'Brien said: "I'm delighted with that."

He indicated that the Goffs Vincent O'Brien National Stakes at the Curragh on September 14 could come under consideration for him.

Irish Independent

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